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The Republican Liberty Caucus Urges Its Members to Support the FSP

The Republican Liberty Caucus Board unanimously approved this FSP endorsement:

"The Republican Liberty Caucus endorses and supports the objective of the Free State Project (FSP), to gather together liberty-lovers in a single political subdivision of the United States, specifically New Hampshire, in order to 'exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of life, liberty, and property.'

"We urge RLC members to support the FSP effort and work within the Republican Party of New Hampshire to reduce government power by promoting the ideals of individual rights, limited government and free enterprise."

Bill Westmiller RLC [National] Secretary

Aaron Russo: The FSP Gives Our Country a New Opportunity

"Our country has a new opportunity, an opportunity for Americans to pack up their bags, move to the 'Live Free or Die' State of New Hampshire, and make it even better and more free than it is now. The Free State Project offers us all a wonder prospect. I encourage my fellow Libertarians and all freedom-loving Americans to consider joining the Free State Project."

Aaron Russo was a 2004 LP Presidential Candidate hopeful and a Hollywood producer.

Aaron Russo (left) hands endorsement to Doug Hillman (FSP VP)

Doug Stanhope: The FSP Could Change All of Our Lives

"Once you become aware of how limited your own personal liberty has become and how quickly and effortlessly freedoms are taken away, the Free State Project stands out as one of few ideas that could produce tangible change in our lifetime. The vision of Christian gun enthusiasts buying hand-painted targets from pot-smoking artists, laughing together while they give the tax man the finger, is beautiful enough to make the move."

Also from his website (Note: Adult content ... "not for everyone"):

"[The FSP] could be the most important and actually do-able movement that could actually change all of our lives ..."

Doug Stanhope is a "raw", stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and co-host of Comedy Central's "The Man Show".

Richard Boddie: The FSP Is Proof that Libertarian Principles Work

"The Free State Project can realistically facilitate the final empirical proof that libertarian principles AND POLICIES can and do allow for greater personal freedom, individual liberty, abundance and harmony, for real! Not theory. No more incessant intramural arguing and debate. No further need to verbally defend against statist collectivists and other skeptics.

"Over years of local application of libertarian policies and generations of grassroots libertarianism in New Hampshire, which already has a unique and traditional hands-on bottom-up township type of governing, it can happen. New Hampshire's system of governance is the most compatible of any in the entire USA with such efforts as the Free State Project.

"All of this can allow for the future proofs of what works and what doesn't work, end any further serious debating on the subject of libertarian policies in governing, but most importantly, facilitate an environment for freedom in American again.

"THERE IS HOPE in these times of neo-fascism in DC."

John Stossel: The FSP Is a Good Model

John Stossel is host of the libertarian show, Stossel, on the Fox Business Network. In an episode from May of 2013, he highlighted the Free State Project.

Earlier, while still a correspondent with the ABC News show, Give Me a Break, he had this to say about the FSP:

"This week the New York Times did a benign front-page article on the Free State Project (the decision by some libertarians to move to New Hampshire) ... this coverage will be a nice shot in the arm for the Free State Project, and I hope, an opportunity for a more open discussion of liberty."

Eric Raymond: Libertarians Should Cheer on the FSP and Join It

"For the first time, I think I've seen a path that is both principled and practical. Not the whole path, but some firm steps that both accomplish good in themselves and open up great possibilities. And the best part is that it's a path most statists can't object to, one that uses the premises of the existing federal system to achieve a fair first test of libertarian ideas within that system. Even opponents of libertarianism, if they are fair-minded, should welcome this reality check. Libertarians should cheer it on and join it.

"Liberty in our lifetime? I think this might be how to get there."

Eric Raymond is an author and software guru.

Hubert Jongen: I Immediately Saw the FSP as a New Possibility

"For a long time I have been interested in 'free state' projects – from the time I spoke with Mike Oliver in Las Vegas about the MINERVA project! Since then there were many others, but most of them disappeared.

"Then I found out about the Free State Project. I immediately saw this as a new possibility, using existing legal procedures.

"I became immediately enthusiastic when my friend André Lichtschlag (publisher of the excellent German libertarian magazine eigentümlich frei) proposed starting a similar project within the European Union. Soon we formed a small group, the European Freestate Project.

"So I hope that there soon will be two Free States from which libertarians can choose, one in the USA and one in Europe!"

Hubert Jongen is Chairman of Libertarian International and of Libertarisch Centrun Netherlands.

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