A year ago, “working from home” was simply a polite euphemism for “I sell my used socks to Perverse on the Internet and show up at night to steal copper from construction sites.” But thanks to Covid-19, more people than ever realize that there is literally no reason to type in an office eight hours a day if you could just do the same thing, without pants, from anywhere in the world. And we mean somewhere – The boom in working from home has reportedly sparked Silicon Valley’s interest in seaside towns, requiring the creation of floating islands in the middle of the ocean. But why bother to create a new island? Did you know that you still have to pay taxes even if you never leave your home?
Yes, libertarians have long been the main proponents of seaside cities and see it as a way to seek government freedom and their tyrannical insistence on government. The idea is to build a floating island in international waters and use it to create a completely new country in which a radical libertarian citizen can live free of laws, taxes, oppression and almost certainly deodorant. If that sounds ambitious … it is. Over the years, every attempt has developed into a fun catastrophe that includes hurricanes, Papa Doc, sunken pirate treasures, the lost secret of immortality, Vanuatuan cult riots, lama-based gun game, and just a number of financial frauds. Who could have guessed if you tried to build the city? Bioshock wouldn̵
It all started with Werner Stiefel, a soap magnate from the state of New York, who wasn’t from a punk like Dr. Bronner should go crazy. After reading Ayn Rands Atlas shruggedStiefel was convinced that the United States would become a brutal dictatorship and that it was up to him to create a hidden new society for the freedom-loving elite, as the space traveler Jimmy Atlas Shrugged did in the book. It’s just a shame that he didn’t take up Lord of the rings instead, since Saugerties would now have some sweet new burning eye towers. Instead, Stiefel set about building his advanced new utopia, which initially took the form of a cheap motel near his soap factory.
In 1970, Stiefel published newspaper advertisements nationwide inviting young libertarians to live in the motel while they were working on “Operation Atlantis”, which was ultimately to build an artificial island on a comfortable Caribbean reef. For this purpose, the volunteers first built a huge geodesic dome and then built it as the basis for the construction of a huge ferro-cement ship in order to courageously revive a shipbuilding that is used above all when steel runs out in times of war. This should be their new base while they were building the island. At this point, you can sympathize with any remaining motel staff who suddenly found support for the Catskills’ dome people. After months of work, the Atlanteans finally launched their ship into the Hudson River, where it capsized immediately. And caught fire. At the same time.
Undaunted, the Atlanteans restarted their shaky ship and sailed it into the Caribbean, where it was hit by a mild storm and immediately sank to the bottom of the ocean. Fortunately, there was no loss of life, although presumably the one who designed the ship died later when he slipped on a banana peel, raced through a roller skate factory, and plunged straight into an old well. But Stiefel still refused to give up, though that’s exactly where you should start reassessing some life choices when you paddle a raft of Ayn Rand water-filled first editions off a sinking libertarian superyacht. Instead, Stiefel relocated the entire business to Tortuga Island, which is unlikely to sink at least in the short term.