NOTE: The opinions and commentary expressed in this essay are those of the author and are an exercise of free speech. They do not necessarily represent the views of Free State Project Inc., its Directors, its Officers, or its Participants.
50 Things ALL the States Have in Common
by Neil Alexander
The purpose of this essay is to dispel some misconceptions, or inferences about the two front-running states. However, the observations here also apply to ALL the states under consideration for the Free State Project.
I would like to say up front, that my family will be moving to the selected state, no matter which is selected. I certainly have my preferences, but we're going!
I worry that some of the people may reject certain remote states out of hand - especially places they have not visited. Most particularly, places on the opposite coast from where they now live.
The two leaders, currently, are Wyoming and New Hampshire. I have been to both states, and they both have:
- Reliable Electricity -- Don't laugh, think about it!
- Reliable Telephone Service
- Internet Service providers
- Satellite Television (200+ channels)
- Decent roads
- Fast Food (local or national)
- Grocery Stores
- Hardware Stores
- Target, Sears, Ace, etc. etc.
- Quaint towns with long histories
- Medium-sized cities with long histories (pop 50,000)
- Fabulous recreation areas
- Beautiful Fall Foliage
- Snow in the Winter
- Churches of All types
- Home builders
- Manufactured Housing dealers
- Car dealers & repair
- Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Systems
- Buildings more than 3 stories tall
- Tourist Attractions
- Nearby Metropolitan Areas
- Modern Medical Facilities
- RV Parks
- Republic form of government.
- Sunshine (even Alaska, Jason!)
- County Fairs, festivals, and parades
- Kids to befriend your children
- Taverns and bars
- Mail Boxes Etc. (mail forwarding services)
- Gas Stations
- UPS, FedEx, and Airborne Express - even in VERY remote areas.
- English as an official language
- UHaul & Ryder Rentals
- Regional symphony orchestras
- Military bases (for veterans)
- Newspapers, bookstores, and music stores
- Computer stores
- Public Television and NPR
- Cell phones
- Truck Stops
- Radio Shack
- Other Porcupines
So, is your lifestyle really going to be diminished?
The point? Don't opt-out of a state because you think it's a "back water". I've lived in a couple of back waters. I live in one right now. I still have internet service, electricity, phone, etc. And it's considerably cheaper than living in a big metropolitan area.
For everybody on the East Coast, check out Wyoming's information. Some of those town centers look like a guidebook for New Hampshire!
Westerners? Check out New Hampshire's smaller towns and cities. Lots of room. You can get used to looking at the news at 11PM instead of 8, I guarantee it. You'll be hard pressed to differentiate between LA & NYC, though.
Everybody will still get Leno & ER; phone calls from Aunt Mildred; 140 Spams a day; and tax forms at the Post Office.
Your kids will have Little League, YMCA, dance and music classes, and public schools (if that's what you want).
If you're in high-tech, or a broker, you might be able to telecommute (I do). If you're a doctor, you'll be greeted with open arms. If you're a lawyer, well, I dunno.
You might have to get a different kind of work, but you're flexible, right? Adapt!
So porcupines, don't relegate a far off state to "back water" status - they actually have more in common than we have with most of the rest of the world.