"If 20,000 libertarians came to Montana and were truly active, they would own the state legislature, the governor's office, and the U.S. Congress from Montana."
Jerry O'Neil is a current member of the Montana House of Representatives. Prior to that, he served as State Senator from 2000 to 2008.
This was originally published by Gary Marbut in the Sierra Times, which is no longer available.
Over this past weekend I attended the Grand Western Conference of the Free State Project here in Missoula.
The Free State Project (FSP) was initiated by Dr. Jason Sorens, a political scientist from Yale. FSP is now a nationwide organization. The object is to determine which of the U.S. states offers its citizens the greatest climate of individual liberty. A complex matrix of factors is used to evaluate the quality of personal freedom, including economic factors, population and cultural factors, and, of course, the freedom of people to keep and bear arms.
Once the FSP has accumulated 5,000 members who have pledged to move to the chosen state, the project will allow its members to vote among the best states, especially to vote directed by the state-by-state freedom analysis done by the FSP. See their Website at:
In Montana, on a 6-0 vote, the state LP's executive committee voted to endorse the concept of the Free State Project (FSP). The vote took place on May 25, just after the state LP hosted the FSP-themed Grand Western Conference.
At the April 2003 Alaska Libertarian Party State Convention in Juneau Alaska one of the topics on the agenda was the Free State Project. Some felt that Alaska was clearly the best choice because of its low population and existing strong libertarian leanings. A motion to formally endorse the Free State Project was seconded and unanimously passed.
"I think it can work! … I'd like to move there myself; if they'd build me a studio I'd be there! … Good luck. … Stay in touch and let us know how you're doing."
Neal Boortz has a syndicated radio talk show.
The Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Vermont unanimously passed the following resolution:
"The Vermont Libertarian Party endorses the goals of the Free State Project and urges the Free State Project to choose Vermont."
At the January meeting of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire's executive board, the party officially endorsed the Free State Project by unanimous vote.
"New Hampshire residents may find themselves a group of political friends and allies in the Free State Project members, all of whom recognize the virtues of self-reliance, individual freedom and small state government, and will seek to further improve upon and enhance New Hampshire's standing as the liberty-leader among the fifty states.
"The LPNH has formed the 'Welcome to the Granite State' Committee to coordinate efforts promoting New Hampshire as the most desirable Free State candidate. This committee will work with other activists and FSP members to attract people seeking liberty and the spirit of independence that are so well represented in the Granite State."
See press release