ESTABLISHING FREE PRIVATE CITIES IN THE 21st CENTURY

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What a free private city actually is

Imagine...
...a private company offers you the basic services of a state, the protection of life, liberty and property, in a defined territory.
You pay...
...a certain amount for those services per year. Your respective rights and duties are laid down in a written agreement between you and the provider. For everything else, you do what you want.
Thus...
...you are a contracting party on an equal footing with a secured legal position, instead of being subject to the government’s or majority’s ever changing will. And you only become a part of it if you like the offer.

Why the world needs Free Private Cities

Political systems all over the world experience economic stagnation, loss of trust and social unrest.

It seems the old ways of governance are reaching their limits, even in western democracies. Free Private Cities can help solve the societal ills that currently plague so many countries.


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Legal certainty

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More freedom

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Guaranteed security

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Limitless innovation

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Solve the migration crisis

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No more social strife



How it would work

1. Concept
You need a concept. Here can you find ours.

It will be further elaborated and published as a book in early 2017.

On this basis, we invite anybody to compete with us in establishing their own private cities using alternative concepts.
2. Investors
Investors are necessary for financing the basic operations and infrastructure and the first buildings to live and work.

This is an ongoing process and we will take care of that. 

If you are a potential investor, please contact us.
3. Territory
We need a territory, in which an existing state grants us by contract the right to establish a Free Private City.

It need not entail complete territorial independence, but it must include the right to regulate the city’s internal affairs.

If you have a proposal for a territory, please contact us.

About

Titus Gebel

Titus Gebel

My name is Titus Gebel and Free Private Cities are my idea. I am a German entrepreneur with a PhD in law. I founded several companies, including Deutsche Rohstoff AG, retired as their CEO in 2014 and emigrated with my family to Monaco. After more than 30 years of political activity, I have come to the conclusion that real freedom, namely self-determination and voluntariness, cannot be achieved within the democratic process. There is just not enough demand for those values. My solution: create an entirely new product that will work as a role model in case of success. This product is called a Free Private City. Such cities will be managed by a private, for-profit company, which functions as a contractual "state service provider", with minimal regulation and maximal freedom. This website is only the beginning of a long journey. A book and a detailed business plan will follow, together with the establisment of a strong team with relevant experience. Finally, once committed investors are on board, we will start to approach governments. However, we are not wasting time: the latter should start as early as 2017. I am very happy that I could persuade Frank Karsten to become the first spokesperson for Free Private Cities.

Frank Karsten

Frank Karsten

As founder of the Mises Institute Netherlands and the More Freedom Foundation I feel honored to be part of Titus' great initiative and to work as spokesperson for Free Private Cities. In my co-authored book Beyond Democracy I lay out alternatives to democracy, and I consider private cities to be the best option. A market for private governance is clearly the way forward. I think they mark a significant shift in the way we can create a more peaceful and prosperous world. I am confident that in 50 years time the current governmental system will be widely considered old fashioned. Why vote with your pencil every four years when you can vote with your feet every day?  I am glad to spread our ideas to a wider audience and bringing together the right people and organizations to achieve our goals.

Those who inspired us

Socrates  (469  - 399 BC)
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Socrates (469 - 399 BC)
Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996), American scientist
One day there will arise an experimental community that works much more efficiently than the society we are living in. A viable alternative will then be before us.
Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996), American scientist
Arthur Young (1741 – 1820) English agriculturist
Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert. The magic of property turns sand into gold.
Arthur Young (1741 – 1820) English agriculturist
Patri Friedman (Seasteading.org)
Government is an industry with a really high barrier to entry. You basically need to win an election or a revolution to try a new one. That's a ridiculous barrier to entry. And it's got enormous customer lock-in. People complain about their cellphone plans that are like two years, but think of the effort that it takes to change your citizenship.
Patri Friedman (Seasteading.org)
Ludwig von Mises (1881 - 1973), Economist
All human progress always happened in the manner that a small minority began to deviate from the ideas and habits of the majority, until finally their example inspired the others to take over the new way.
Ludwig von Mises (1881 - 1973), Economist
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai
Most of people talk, we do things. They plan, we achieve. They hesitate, we move ahead. We are living proof that when human beings have the courage and commitment to transform a dream into reality, there is nothing that can stop them. Dubai is a living example of that.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai

FAQ

Free Private Cities are not intended as a retreat for the rich. Rather, they should develop along the lines of Hong Kong from poor beginnings to ultra-modern cities of the 21st century.

There are various possibilities for new residents who are willing to work but unable to pay.For example they could be granted a deferral of their payment obligations or employers seeking a workforce could agree to sponsor them for an agreed period of time.

In principle yes, as long as potential entrants are willing to accept the rules of the city.

However, applicants who openly declare views that are not compatible with a free society, e.g. socialists, fascists or islamists, won’t be granted admittance.

Ex-dictators, internationally wanted criminals, mafia bosses and the like are just as undesirable. In practice, there might be some additional restrictions imposed by the parent state, depending on the agreement reached. 

Not any more than any owner of a cruise ship company, a hotel or an insurance company, while you make use of  their services. All have a certain power but are bound by agreements with you – and so is the operator. 

This contract at arm’s length and the possibility to legally arbitrate it are efficient and effective tools for gaining redress of grievances  in the hands of residents.

However, it is, in the end, competition and the possibility to easily exit this small place, which would guarantee that the operator remains a service provider who sticks to his own rules, instead of becoming a dictator who ignores arbitration or otherwise abuses his power. In such a case, his customers would leave and he would become insolvent.

Because this issue is so important to many people, there will be offers and ideas addressing it. 

There are numerous historical and current examples of how social security can work successfully without coercion, namely through collective self-help organizations. Such things would automatically develop in a Free Private City. 

After the Welfare State (Book in PDF)

The basic idea is that every resident pays a fee for the operator’s services.

If the operator made his investment assuming that 100,000 residents came and and 200,000 ended up coming, he would make a profit because police, justice and infrastructure would not have to be doubled to provide the same level of service. 

In addition, there might be some modest taxes, like land value tax or property transaction tax or income from real estate development, which could help make the Free Private City profitable and keep the payment obligations for the residents as low as possible.

There is no magic formula. The operator and the residents will have to hold back the aggressor by a combination of means, such as making international public, diplomatic contacts with other states and perhaps even some armed defensive ability, which would impose a sufficiently high price on the aggressor, possibly associated with civil resistance.

In addition, in a Free Private City the residents are highly mobile and therefore, following an occupation, the city would probably no longer prosper.  This can be communicated in advance, making the potential aggressor think twice about taking any action that would ruin the very city he seeks to exploit.

Free Private Cities Ltd.
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British Virgin Islands
info@freeprivatecities.com