Expert says ocean cities could lead to new political systems

Patri Friedman, the co-founder of the Seasteading Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to building ocean cities, says the idea could spur the creation of new political systems.

Seasteading communities would also be sovereign, in waters that are not controlled by governments.

"I came into this as a Libertarian, kind of wanting to make a country that was much more focused on the individual, and on freedom," Freidman told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising" in an interview that aired Friday. 

"One thing that I quickly realized with seasteading, and what our whole mission is about now is that it's not about thinking that I or anybody else has the answer for the right system of government," he continued.

"The idea is let's actually build a bunch of different people's ideas in practice as actual working societies, and then go see what works the best," he said. 

"We just want to let people try different things," Friedman added. "We don't advocate for any particular system." 

The Seasteading Institute has led the charge on promoting the concept. It has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with French Polynesia in an effort to establish a seazone with “unique governing framework," according to the institute's website. 

— Julia Manchester