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The Statement of Intent Isn't a Promise

Why doesn't every libertarian sign up for the Free State Project? For some, deep local connections to family or friends make it difficult or undesirable to move, and I don't wish to see them uprooted: society trumps politics every time. But for many, the issue is being unable to promise confidently to move to New Hampshire within six or seven years. This short essay is for these people.

The Free State Project's Statement of Intent isn't a promise. It begins, "I hereby state my solemn intent to move to the state of New Hampshire." What does "solemn intent" mean? Let's look at the word "intent" first.

In normal usage, "intend" and "intent" convey something weaker than a promise. "I intended to go, but something came up." Here, the speaker isn't admitting to breaking a promise; instead, he's simply noting that he meant to pursue a particular course of action, but unforeseen circumstances changed his mind. When you intend to do something, you admit it might not be possible, but you think it will be.

Press Release: Libertarian Author Vin Suprynowicz signs up for the Free State Project

Photo of Vin Suprynowicz

October 17, 2002 – The Free State Project recently gained a new member, noted libertarian author and speaker Vin Suprynowicz. While speaking at the New Hampshire Libertarian Party convention, Mr. Suprynowicz announced his intention to sign up for the project, and inspired others to do so with his statement that he would be happy to "cross state lines to preserve liberty, when our founding fathers were willing to die to do the same."

The Free State Project is a growing movement with the aim of obtaining signatures from 20,000 people who commit to move to a single, low-population state of the U.S. and work to institute political reforms there. Since the FSP's founding in September 2001, over 1500 people - including Mr. Suprynowicz - have decided that this route represents the most viable strategy toward the creation of a free society, and have signed up as participants. For more information about the Free State Project, please see the website, freestateproject.org.


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