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City Living on the Seven Seas

Rich Heap, Community Editor, Future Cities
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:36 EST

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
2/6/2014 6:37:05 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Could be useful research...
I agree with you Susan, the tech, engineering, political system and other unknown discoveries can help a lot of people and nations. I saw a documentary about Maldives slowly sinking into the ocean...Seasteading may help them solve that problem. Also, 70 percent of the earth is water...much is too be discovered living on some of that 70 percent. Lastly I hope it is more beautiful than the renderings in the video and never becomes a water world(movie).

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/3/2014 3:17:37 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Could be useful research...
Have to agree, mejiac. We complain a lot about taxes here in the US, but even in Canada, the taxes are substantially higher.

mejiac
mejiac  
2/3/2014 1:15:39 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Could be useful research...
@Mary Jander,

Any First World Country will have tax laws that are near to it's own science, because of the amount of layers of complexity that can exist.

Now, if creating a tax haven just to get away from them? Not sure. Taxes are there for a reason, and believe me that I've been in countries where tax payers don't see a dime of what's taken from them. So at least in the US, I can't complain.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/3/2014 10:33:06 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Could be useful research...
Yes, indeed. This is why people living outside the USA must pay enormous tax prep bills, just to ensure they're paying Uncle Sam correctly -- not too much, not too little. Since the US has tax agreements with many nations, it requires expertise to navigate the many requirements.

One more thing: The US has gotten a lot more aggressive in its "pay up" attitude to taxpayers living abroad.

Hmmm.... Maybe it's time to think again about living at sea. (Just kidding.)

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/3/2014 10:03:40 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Could be useful research...
Sadly, a lot of folk do choose to renounce citizenship. It's not that easy to do, though: You have to go to the US embassy wherever it is you are, and have a witness to the renunciation.

The concept disturbs me profoundly, but that's my personal feeling. Some people are expats and have other ideas.

mejiac
mejiac  
1/31/2014 3:23:49 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Could be useful research...
@Susan,

I can attest to your comment,

I lived outside the US for most of my life, and my family still had to pay what is designated as "foreign earned income",

So I agree, doesn't matter where you're located, Uncle Sam will send the bill

 

mejiac
mejiac  
1/31/2014 3:21:41 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: My own two cents
@Nicole,

Following your coment,

The article says "to create floating cities free from the restrictions of nations, tax systems, and governments."

I honestly would NOT want to live in a place where such "restrictions" don't exist...I mean, that leads to a basic hirarchy model to arise, where only those with power would dictate what goes and what doesn't.

I mean, how do you manage a basic set of rules just so people know what the boundries are?

 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/30/2014 6:26:38 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: My own two cents
I share your views on this one, Mary.

I also think we need to leave the ocean be. Why don't we sort out our issues here on land, rather than throw a fit and move to (and, therefore, further pollute) the ocean?

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
1/30/2014 5:47:00 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Could be useful research...
If you renounce your citizenship they can't get you for Taxes. but then again who would do such a thing

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/30/2014 10:23:26 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Could be useful research...
Ha! No doubt you're right. Still, one of the goals of seasteading is to be free of government interference in anything.

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