Thursday, June 2, 2011

So crazy it just won't work -- but it just might happen anyway

Patri Friedman, grandson of Milton, wants to build an opt-in utopian corporatist dictatorship, presumably benevolent but who knows, in the Pacific Ocean off the shores of San Francisco. The guy has financial backers but as far as business model, he sounds like kind of an underpants gnome. (When the Chron embargo comes off the story about three hours from now, be sure and read the part about the whiteboard.)

Scarily, however odd his proposal may sound, it does have a deal in common with the enveloping free-sushi-and-massage-but-give-us-your-life paternalism of some popular tech employers including the, um, kind provider of this nice free weblog of mine.

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