Lousy reporting at The Guardian by Julia Carrie Wong, Insults French Polynesians and Misleads Readers

(Randolph Hencken) #1

Instead of highlighting the amazing collaboration between French Polynesia and The Seasteading Institute – which will bring environmental resiliency and economic activity to the remote islands – Guardian Reporter Julia Wong insults Native Polynesians by likening them to “Ewoks”, while comparing our pilot project of floating eco islands to the Galactic Empire.

Wong insists the project is a tax-dodging solution for Silicon Valley and Wall Street millionaires. She obviously didn’t bother to do any research into the Foreign Accounts Taxation Compliance Act, which makes it excruciatingly difficult for wealthy US citizens to avoid taxes by going offshore unless they renounce their citizenship and pay a very steep exit tax. At least other Guardian reporters have taken notice of this fact on more than one occasion.

Astute readers, may want to skip the reductionist insults in the first paragraph, bypass the hyperbole and speculation reported via quotes of French media personalities who have had no direct contact with The Seasteading Institute, skim past eight year old quotes from Thiel, and take notice of the only worthwhile parts of the inane excuse for reporting that are buried in the second half of the article:

“…this year the Seasteading Institute began negotiations with French Polynesia, which is a part of France, but has significant autonomy.

On 30 November, French Polynesia’s cabinet gave president Edouard Fritch a mandate, and he will travel to San Francisco in January to sign an agreement to develop a “special governing framework” for “seazones”, according to Randolph Hencken, the Seasteading Institute’s executive director.

Hencken said by email that the agreement stipulated that the institute must prove that seasteading will provide economic benefits and not harm the environment, and that the government will not provide any subsidies.

“Our seasteading collaboration with French Polynesia was initiated by the Tahitians themselves and will bring jobs, economic growth, and environmental resiliency to the region,” Hencken said.

Hencken predicts a close relationship between the seastead and the islands. In an interview with Business Insider in October, he suggested that he would be able to take a speedboat to French Polynesia to take yoga classes and go to restaurants. The islands would also provide a construction base, he said, further reducing costs.”

The article’s conclusion is spot on:

“…[Tahitian Marc] Collins, who invited the Seasteading Institute to consider French Polynesia after reading about the group’s attempts to find a host country in Wired, said that he believed the project was in the best interest of his country.

Collins hopes that the seastead will boost the economy, bring the country into more contact with technological innovators in Silicon Valley, and help combat the ‘brain drain’ that sees educated Tahitians leave the islands in search of work.

‘If anyone knows how to live on the oceans it’s Tahitians,’ he said. ‘Polynesians are the original seasteaders.'”

The original article is here, if seasteading supporters care to read the nonsense. However, readers may prefer the article The Guardian published about seasteading 1n 2014, “Has the time come for Floating Cities?”

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.seasteading.org/2017/01/lousy-reporting-guardian-julia-carrie-wong-insults-french-polynesians-misleads-readers/


People with small minds cannot comprehend big goals. Lazy reporters form opinions, based off their own comfort-zone.

It is a shame that the subject is being addressed by someone with no comprehension of the ramifications of Seasteading, on the growth of mankind.

Practical applications will actively influence eventual space colonization efforts, so the long-range effects will impact distant future civilizations, elsewhere in our solar system and beyond.

Collectively, in this forum, and the archived forum, we have documented the means to colonize the seas, but the same techniques apply to interplanetary colonization, as well.

While TSI focuses on larger constructs, the need for homestead-like sea-farms will also be crucial, as well as production of every variation in between.

Looking back, just at my own research, I have had contact with Marine Biologists, Marine Architects, Materials Scientists, etc.,as well as Research and Development Scientists of many seemingly unrelated fields.

Regardless of the naysayers, this is the next necessary step, toward the ultimate survival of mankind, and every living species on this planet.

(Wilfried Ellmer) #3

@RandolphHencken | context: | Extraterritoialized - Freezones | - There is no such thing as “bad publicity” in the current phase of the seasteading movement. What we want is “to get noticed” even if you get noticed and talked about in a “badly concieved article” you still get “noticed and featured by the Guardian” which in media terms is “Quite Something”.

The best thing you can do is stay calm - respond with a correction as you do here - and move on.

Great Job ! keep the good stuff comming.

“…Hencken said by email that the agreement stipulated that the institute must prove that seasteading will provide economic benefits and not harm the environment, and that the government will not provide any subsidies…”

  • is that so ? | can we speak privatly ?


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(Matias Volco) #4

“These millionaires,” he said, “lulled by an illusory desire to free themselves from the existing states, seem to have much more to gain than we do.”

The idea of seasteading – escaping the laws, regulations, and taxes of life on terra firma by establishing an outpost in international waters – has long enchanted libertarians.

It is precisely millionaires and billionaires who can already escape the constrains of terra firma by taking yachting to the extreme.

Ocean Colonization technology can bring down the costs of floating real estate to the mainstream.

I believe that is what The Guardian is saying in their own typical editorial way.

(Wilfried Ellmer) #5

@Matias | i doubt very much that the box of pandora of the superrich creating their own frame of play can be closed by anybody … | offshoring megatrend of the century | seasteading as breakaway |

• The Hypothesis (presented by Wong) “Beware of Seasteading it will open an escape door for the megarich” is ridicoulous at best.

• 50% of all money flow globally is OFFSHORED ALREDADY somebody writing for the Guardian should have this basic level of knowledge about the world we are living in…

• I suggest that instead of fantasies how big Government can close Pandoras box (where the medicin is worse than the illness) we should think about offers to smart invest their money “saved from confiscatory power abuse” in a free open oceanic society based on opt in / opt out, for the good of everybody.

(Patrick Mahieux) #6

Hello Randolph

The journalist of the Guardian was not objective or professional because the people she quotes in her article are not at all representative of the population of French Polynesia.