A few years ago, my father started listening to a radio show called Free Talk Live. I was 13 or so, and politics was something I never thought about. I knew who the president was and what school taught us about voting Republican or Democrat, but that was about it. My dad had always told me he was an anarchist and that meant he didn't believe in government. My mother worked with the state police department and I didn't understand how he could want her to be out of a job. How could he not want police? They keep us safe! After opening my eyes, things changed a lot.
Dad started talking to me about things he heard on Free Talk Live, asking thought-provoking questions like, “without government, who will build the roads?” I guess I had never realized before that taxes were stolen money, and although schools, food for unemployed neighbors, and roads were important, this was not the way to go about it.
Phil and I met in May 1999 and instantly connected, in large part because we are both lifelong instinctive libertarians. As we developed our relationship and our businesses, we knew we couldn’t stay in California. By early 2001, Phil was actively gathering data on a variety of factors to figure out which states were to be on our short list for consideration. One evening Phil showed me a tiny blurb on something called The Free State Project, our eyes lit up; we went to the website, read what was there, and signed on the spot. In the summer of 2004, we flew to Boston, rented a car, attended PorcFest for several days and explored the state on our way. We were both thrilled to have found a group of people where personal responsibility made sense, and were both very inspired and ready to start the process of relocating our lives and businesses. My business, Curious Creek Fibers, was fairly easy, as I produce hand-dyed yarn and sell it wholesale to specialty hand-knitting shops around the country but because Phil’s pharmaceutical engineering consulting business needs clients, that was a bigger consideration.
I signed on for the Free State Project when I was a sophomore in college, and it took me almost 10 years to make the move from Pittsburgh, PA. When my husband and I moved to Lincoln last month, we knew we had made the right decision. Once we walked through the door of our new home, we realized that the 14.5 hours we spent driving in a car with two not-sedated-enough cats and an impatient 90-lb dog were well worth the effort.
Our rental came fully furnished, so we didn’t have much to move in. However, we did have some beds to move out to make room for office space – and several people offered to make the drive upstate to help. Mark Edge and Ian Freeman were two of them, and it’s not every day you get two nationally syndicated radio hosts in your house moving furniture around! Thanks again to everyone who helped, and we still have plenty of beer left over if anyone wants to come up for a visit.
"It's OK, I've been here before, you're expected to push," an American voice managed to cut through the thick of the human mass. We had never been to Kiev’s Boryspil Airport before, but I could feel the Communism was still in the air. Like humidity in a coastal city, it always manages to linger.
My brother Josh and I had left Ben-Gurion airport in Israel about four hours earlier and were rushing to make our connection to New York. Aah, I gasped as I started making my way to the gate. Finally on my way to the land of the free and the home of the… security lines, questioning booths, and body scanners.
The truth is, the first time I felt optimistic about my life change was about twenty hours later when we first drove our rental car past a large and clumsy sign that read: "Welcome New Hampshire. Live Free or Die."
On June 5, my husband Adam and I arrived in Manchester, NH after a seven-day drive from Los Angeles, California. We had been planning our trip for over three years, since our first visit to New Hampshire for Liberty Forum in 2009. This spring I started blogging at The New Porcupine to document the planning, spending, and experiences that go along with moving across the country for the Free State Project. After three weeks of apartment-hunting, PorcFest, and hanging out in different regions of NH, Adam and I moved into our new home right in the heart of Manchester. We look forward to hooking into our community of fellow Porcupines and other New Hampshirites and helping to achieve liberty in our lifetimes!
And now, to answer some New Mover questions:
1. What online resource did you find most useful when planning your move?