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The official podcast of the Free Cities Foundation hosted by Timothy Allen.

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The official podcast of the Free Cities Foundation hosted by Timothy Allen.

New episodes every Friday.

    073 - Peter Young: Special Economic Zones, Autonomy and the Future of Free Cities

    073 - Peter Young: Special Economic Zones, Autonomy and the Future of Free Cities

    SEZs, Free Zones, Autonomous Cities, Shannon, China, Shenzhen, Dubai, UAE, Special Economic Zones, Honduras, Prospera, Democracy, Free Cities, International Cities.



    Timothy Allen talks with Peter Young.

    Today I have the Free Cities Foundation's managing director Peter Young back for another episode. This time we’re talking about SEZs, free zones and autonomous cities. We’re basically giving you the 101 on what we discovered during the making of our film 'Zones of Progress’ in Dubai.

    There are lots of great insights here into the evolution of free zones and what their future might look like if the trend continues. Peter is super knowledgable on the subject, so pay close attention and soak up all the insights.  I personally think that understanding the history of SEZs  is hugely important if you are interested in the establishment of new autonomous territories.  

    Look out too for my final penny drop moment with the concept of democracy: It's been a long journey for me on that subject, but it now appears that I may be ready to tackle Hans-Hermann Hoppe's 'Democracy, the God that Failed”.

    Enjoy the conversation.



    TIMESTAMPS:

    0:30 - Introduction.
    5:37 - Shannon Airport's history as a free zone and China's stance on special economic zones.
    11:57 - China's economic transformation through special economic zones, particularly Shenzhen.
    19:05 - China's economic zones and Dubai's special financial zone.
    25:30 - Dubai treats its residents like customers.
    39:33 - Attracting human capital is the zeitgeist.
    38:55 - Free Cities will be sandboxes to explore alternatives to democracy.
    43:14 - The history and reality of Charter Cities.
    53:34 - The democratic system is high time preference.
    57:54 - Peter's advice to governments thinking about setting up free zones.



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    TWITTER:

    Peter Young: https://twitter.com/petermiyoung

    Timothy Allen: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/MrTimothyAllen⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/freecitiesfound⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    WEBSITES:

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://free-cities.org/⁠⁠⁠⁠

    • 1 hr 5 min
    072 - Fred Roeder: Dubai, Governance & The Evolution of Cities

    072 - Fred Roeder: Dubai, Governance & The Evolution of Cities

    Dubai, Evolution of Cities, USA Cities, Healthcare, Education, Pharmaceuticals, Saudi Arabia, Consumer Choice, Innovation, Democracy.



    Timothy Allen talks with Fred Roeder.

    Today I have another conversation for you that I recorded in Dubai.  I am speaking with a gentleman by the name of Fred Roeder.

    Fred is the managing director of the Consumer Choice Center which is a consumer advocacy group focusing on pro-growth policies or, as Fred put it: promoting abundance for consumers.

    Fred is also a Dubai resident, having chosen to relocate there recently, so there’s a fair bit of chat in our conversation about the UAE and the benefits of living in the Middle East as well as subjects like the evolution of cities, governance incentives, innovative US cities, healthcare and we discuss the pros and cons of the democratic system.

    Enjoy the conversation.



    TIMESTAMPS:

    (0:30) Introduction to episode.
    (2:58) Who are you?
    (6:56) Dubai is a platform.
    (14:03) Dubai's leaders treat their citizens as customers.
    (19:23) Does Dubai incentivise other governments to become more competitive?
    (25:07) Do countries become inherently less attractive over time?
    (31:29) Are any cities in the West innovating?
    (38:09) What will Dubai innovate in the future?
    (43:54) What happens when the state gets too big?.
    (46:54) A new weight loss drug that reduces compulsiveness.
    (54:08) Healthcare in Dubai and medical tourism.
    (59:09) What is Dubai getting wrong?
    (1:01:58) What is going on in Saudi Arabia?
    (1:06:27) Pros and cons of the democratic process.



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    TWITTER:

    Fred Roeder: https://twitter.com/FredCyrusRoeder

    Timothy Allen: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/MrTimothyAllen⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/freecitiesfound⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    WEBSITES:

    Consumer Choice Center: https://consumerchoicecenter.org/

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://free-cities.org/⁠⁠⁠⁠

    • 1 hr 16 min
    071 - Vera Kichanova: Private Cities, Russian Politics & Saudi Arabia

    071 - Vera Kichanova: Private Cities, Russian Politics & Saudi Arabia

    Private Cities, USA, Russia, Libertarianism, Honduran ZEDEs, Democracy, Monarchy, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Neom, The line.



    Timothy Allen talks with Vera Kichanova.

    Today's show is a conversation I had with the Free Cities Foundation's very own senior economist, Vera Kichanova.

    Obviously, we take a deep pretty dive into the subject of private cities. Vera received the first ever Phd in the subject. What you may not know about her, however is that she was Russia's first ever elected libertarian… so I had to ask about that too.

    There’s also a sprinkling of Argentinian politics, some observations on the successes of the UAE and we discuss the current buzz around Saudi Arabia and the country's fascinating plans for future.

    Enjoy the conversation



    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:30) Introduction.

    (03:12) What does a senior economist at the Free Cities foundation do?

    (08:53) Where did the private cities idea come from?

    (19:23) Anti development is mainly due to what's called the precautionary principle.

    (20:33) Development, democracy vs monarchy.

    (25:30) Do you think the problem with the democratic system is a problem of scale?

    (26:24) Vera was the first member of the Russian Libertarian party ever elected.

    (34:30) Why did you leave Russian politics?

    (37:58) What's your take on Javier Milei being elected president of Argentina?

    (43:28) How many people actually want freedom?

    (54:56) Do free cities have to be a city?

    (59:38) Many people think Dubai was built on oil. They're wrong.

    (01:04:15) Neom and The Line in Saudi Arabia

    (01:08:23) Do you think there will ever be private governance in Saudi Arabia?



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    TWITTER:

    Vera Kichanova: https://twitter.com/kichanova

    Timothy Allen: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/MrTimothyAllen⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/freecitiesfound⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    WEBSITES:

    Vera Kichanova: https://kichanova.com/

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://free-cities.org/⁠⁠⁠⁠

    • 1 hr 11 min
    070 - Danilo Silva: Geoarbitrage, Lifestyle Planning & Flag Theory

    070 - Danilo Silva: Geoarbitrage, Lifestyle Planning & Flag Theory

    Settee, Geoarbitrage, Flag Theory, Brazil, Digital Nomadism, Portugal, Golden Visas, Georgia, Argentina, Lifestyle Planning



    Timothy Allen talks with Danilo Silva.

    Todays guest is the digital nomad and perpetual traveller, Danilo Silva.

    Danilo is the C.O.O. of Settee, a Brazilian company that, in there own words “Helps Free People Become Citizens of the World”, advising on relocation, geoarbitrage and flag theory in general.

    As you would imagine our conversation primarily revolves around these topics... Where are the hot countries to relocate to? Short & long term strategies, golden visas, tax havens or just havens of freedom. Listen on for more of the same.

    Just one caveat before we proceed..,. we recorded this interview just before Javier Milei won the presidency in Argentina. So, when we’re discussing Argentina, it's the pre-Milei version.

    Enjoy the conversation



    TIMESTAMPS:

    [00:30] Introduction.
    [02:36] How long have you been a digital nomad?
    [05:40] What do you do at Settee?
    [10:24] Dealing with hyperinflation.
    [18:37] Is Digital nomadism a sustainable lifestyle?
    [21:04] Benefits of settling down for longer periods.
    [27:10] Georgia as a digital nomad destination.
    [30:32] Finding rental properties as a nomad.
    [35:17] Three real life case studies from your work at Settee.
    [41:09] Advising the host on his best strategy.
    [47:10] Which are the best places to relocate to in Europe and North America.
    [50:50] Living in Argentina, including cost of living and dating as a nomad.
    [57:26] Inflation and economic survival in Argentina.
    [1:02:53] Predictions for the future best places to relocate to.



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    Special Economic Zones Film:

    gofundme:  ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.gofundme.com/f/zones-of-progress-film-about-the-future-of-cities⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Bitcoin: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://free-cities.org/donate/⁠⁠⁠⁠



    TWITTER:

    Settee: https://twitter.com/setteeio

    Timothy Allen: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/MrTimothyAllen⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/freecitiesfound⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    WEBSITES:

    Danilo Silva: https://linktr.ee/danilo.settee

    Settee: https://www.settee.io/

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://free-cities.org/⁠⁠⁠⁠

    • 1 hr 9 min
    069 - Nicole Reese & Oscar Correa: Regenerative Neighbourhoods, Holacracy & Pioneer Communities

    069 - Nicole Reese & Oscar Correa: Regenerative Neighbourhoods, Holacracy & Pioneer Communities

    Regen Tribe, Regenerative Movement, Futurism, Mexico, Self-Sufficiency, Self-Sovereignty, Pioneer Communities, Eco Villages, Holacracy, Regenerative Neighbourhoods, Kuyabeh, Tulum



    Timothy Allen talks with Nicole Reese & Oscar Correa.

    On today’s show we’re delving into one of my least visited sections of the Free Cities Spectrum. I’m talking with two members of Regen Tribe, a startup involved in the ‘Regenerative Neighbourhood' ecosystem.

    Oscar Correa is the founder and CEO of Regen Tribe and Nicole Reese, the Director of Operations.

    Our conversation takes us on a journey through eco village design to futurism and pioneer communities as well as self-sovereignty, self-sufficiency and, of course the wider topic of the regenerative movement in general.

    Enjoy the conversation.



    TIMESTAMPS

    (0:30) Introduction.

    (3:15) Guest introduction: Nicole.

    (6:45) Guest introduction: Oscar.

    (10:55) Examples of regenerative neighborhoods.

    (15:23) How do you entice people to stay at these communities?

    (18:18) Retaining digital nomads in planned communities.

    (20:43) Creating networks of regenerative communities.

    (24:29) Living in a community during lockdowns.

    (27:00) Does the idea of inclusivity ever really manifest in reality?

    (31:10) How do you stop pricing out locals?

    (35:58) Do ideological communities work in reality?

    (41:35) Is legal autonomy important?

    (46:28) Views on 'Capitalism'.

    (53:46) Is environmentalism a 'luxury belief'?

    (57:32) How will you enforce governance models?

    (59:13) Will you create resident contracts?

    (1:06:15) Preferred method of Governance.

    (1:09:00) Land tokenization.

    (1:17:21) Importance of decentralization.

    (1:23:59) The Tribes platform.

    (1:25:51) What kind of people are buying plots of land in Kuyabeh?

    (1:31:56) How do successful societies evolve?

    (1:35:01) The trend to reimagine society is growing.

    (1:41:17) Designing systems vs natural systems.

    (1:48:02) Different types of people who are investing in Kuyabeh, Mexico.



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    LIBERTY IN OUR LIFETIME CONFERENCE: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://libertyinourlifetime.org/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Special Economic Zones Film:

    gofundme:  ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.gofundme.com/f/zones-of-progress-film-about-the-future-of-cities⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Bitcoin: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://free-cities.org/donate/⁠⁠⁠



    TWITTER:

    Oscar Correa: https://twitter.com/oscarRegen

    Regen Tribe: https://twitter.com/RegenTribe

    Timothy Allen: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/MrTimothyAllen⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/freecitiesfound⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    WEBSITES:

    Regen Tribe: https://regentribe.org/

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://free-cities.org/⁠⁠⁠⁠

    • 1 hr 53 min
    068 - Tomer Kantor: El Salvador, Bitcoin & The IMF

    068 - Tomer Kantor: El Salvador, Bitcoin & The IMF

    Bitcoin, El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, Education, Dollarization, China, Singapore, IMF, Hope, Bond to Unbind.



    Timothy Allen talks with Tomer Kantor.

    I’ve got my final Bitcoin film festival despatch for you today.  I’m talking with the director of the film “Bond to Unbind. Bitcoin & El Salvador".

    Tomer’s film is a deep dive into the fascinating story of contemporary El Salvador. Spearheaded by its phenomenally popular president Nayib Bukele,  El Salvador took the bold approach of not only passing the world’s first ever Bitcoin legal tender bill in 2021, but also of actively rallying against El Salvador's traditional relationship with the IMF, including ignoring their pleas to rescind the Bitcoin law.

    In the words of Fortune magazine:

    “The International Monetary Fund’s board urged El Salvador to strip Bitcoin of its status as legal currency due to its large risks, highlighting a major obstacle for the nation’s efforts to get a loan from the institution.”

    Seemingly unperturbed by the IMF's passive aggressive threats, El Salvador’s so-called Volcano bonds, which are the governments Bitcoin-backed bonds also got regulatory approval at the end of 2023.

    We discuss all this and more in the pod as well as a talking about both of our personal experiences visiting the country since the law was passed.

    Enjoy the conversation.



    TIMESTAMPS


    (0:30) Introduction.
    (4:16) What were your preconceptions of El Salvador?
    (11:26) Dollarization in El Salvador.
    (15:55) Bottom up adoption of Bitcoin
    (22:51) What drives bitcoin adoption?
    (28:00) Nayib Bukele's back story.
    (35:01) El Salvador wants to be the new Singapore.
    (41:04) What do Salvadorians think of Bukele?
    (47:35) Is Bukele trust worthy?
    (52:26) Bitcoin & remittences.
    (57:29) The reality of Bitcoin adoption in El Salvador.
    (59:51) Is there a connection between El Salvador & the Free Cities movement?



    Free Cities Telegram Community: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://t.me/+im6c6r4jQkUzMjU0⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    LIBERTY IN OUR LIFETIME CONFERENCE: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://libertyinourlifetime.org/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Special Economic Zones Film:

    gofundme:  ⁠⁠⁠https://www.gofundme.com/f/zones-of-progress-film-about-the-future-of-cities⁠⁠⁠

    Bitcoin: ⁠⁠⁠https://free-cities.org/donate/⁠⁠



    TWITTER:

    Tomer Kantor: https://twitter.com/TomerKantor

    Timothy Allen: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/MrTimothyAllen⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/freecitiesfound⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    WEBSITES:

    Bond To Unbind (Full Documentary): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx-QWOHuug0

    Free Cities Foundation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://free-cities.org/⁠⁠⁠

    • 1 hr 7 min

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