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/