FSP News - February 2008
FSP News - February 2008
- Reserve your hotel or campsite: Due to PorcFest's overlap with Laconia Bike Week hotels and campsites will sell out. The FSP has reserved some campsites and hotels, but these are first come, first serve. Do not wait until the last minute. If you'd like to discuss lodging and room sharing with fellow attendees, post to the PorcFest Lodging Forum.
- Register as an attendee: You'll need a ticket to attend PorcFest and we'll need accurate head counts of attendees so that we can organize PorcFest. Ticket rates will increase after April 1st and again at the festival, so get yours now. We're highly subsidizing the cost of the tours of New Hampshire this year. If you can be at PorcFest during the week, be sure to reserve seats.
- Consider registering as an exhibitor: PorcFest is a great opportunity to get the word out about your interests, business, or organization. Beyond the hundreds of attendees that will be there, you'll be mentioned in the FSP News that goes to over 12,000 subscribers.
- Review the schedule: There's a lot going on but there's always room for more. If you have an event (e.g. a gathering of ham radio hobbyists) you'd like to see added to the schedule, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of the event, when you'd like it to be, and what resources you might need. It needn't be completely thought out before you contact us. The sooner you ask, the better.
- Post to the Forum: Introduce yourself, ask questions, and let people know what events you're looking forward to, see who might be interested in sharing a ride or campsite. Start a conversation now and continue it by a fire at PorcFest.
- Promote PorcFest: First, invite/drag your friends and family (show them what this Free State Project and New Hampshire thing is all about). Then, spread the word to others. We have SlimJim Handouts, Flyers, News Articles, and Videos. Post these to forums, listprocs, community bulletin boards, and wherever you can. If you'd like any printed material sent to you, email email@example.com with your name, address, and the amount you would like.
Do these and look for more in next month's newsletter :-)
Action of the Month - Network for freedom
"Networking" often brings to mind two things. The computer kind, e.g., the internet, an intranet, your Local Area Network, a company's Virtual Private Network, or a local coffee shop's wireless network. The other kind of network being the human kind, e.g., the salesman's contacts, the PR firm's list of friendly media, or the group of friends you have down at the local coffee shop. Though now that we're all 21st century, modern-type people, there is a third type of network that comes to mind. The techno-babble types like to call it Web 2.0. That's where a lot of the content on "the web" is created by the users, e.g., forums, blogs, and chat rooms. So your Myspace, Facebook, and Second Life friends, acquaintances and otherwise now use the first kind of network to be a part of the second kind. And, as if you didn't see this coming, the opportunities to spread the freedom meme and the joys of living freer in New Hampshire are as close as your PC. (Personal Computer that is, not Politically Correct, although how that would have made any sense the other way, I'll never know - boy, you guys are weird) There are great organizations that are basically (keeping with the computer metaphor) pre-formatted and awaiting programming instructions. Some of my favorites are The Advocates for Self-Government, the Foundation for Economic Education, Lew Rockwell, The Ludwig von Mises Institute, Strike The Root, and The Future of Freedom Foundation. Not to mention the ones near and/or dear to the FSP already, like the NH Underground, Free Talk Live, New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, and the New Hampshire Libertarian Party. (Oh darn, I just mentioned them didn't I) Anyway, to make a long action short (too late), get out there and put some "wetwork on the network" and let everyone know how great New Hampshire and the Free Sate Project are. - Phil Denisch
FSP Local Groups
From Andrew Del Vecchio, FSP Local Groups Coordinator - Yesterday, Hillary Clinton came to my university for a 'town hall meeting.' I and a friend did a bit of Ron Paul and FSP counter-recruitment at the event, and a couple of student activists in other organizations had heard about the FSP, and were supportive of RP's anti-war record. Today, I followed this up by being a guest on the school's radio station (a friend of a friend hosts a weekly talk radio show there). I gave a brief introduction to what libertarianism is, why RP matters, and what the FSP is. The show's listener base is very small, but it probably reached some people, and you never know what kind of seeds you might be planting out there. Overall, it was a great experience, and I think Ian Bernard of Free Talk Live is right when he says that participating in other talk radio shows can be very useful for spreading the message of liberty. More info on our Local Groups in the FSP Forum.
Step right up ladies and germs and see the amazing marvelous merchandise of the FSP! See here, our incredibly low priced tee-shirts. And over here the wonderfully useful key chains. And over there the glorious custom Buck knife (there aren't too many left folks, get 'em while you can). Let's not forget the outstanding bookmarks and fliers that are just perfect for handing out and sharing with friends, family, and neighbors. Don't forget, spring is just around the corner, you don't want to be the only one without an Ultimate flying disc replete with the Don't Tread on Me porcupine! And did I mention our newest addition? The New Hampshire Liberty Forum 2008 tee-shirts and DVDs of the 2007 speakers! Step right up, no need to crowd, there's plenty for everyone. - Phil
Free State Match
Line up your sights and take aim for fun and freedom with the Free State Match #5. Are freedom and liberty in the cards? Will we once again be kings of our own sovereign selves? Will we end up as queens or queans? No matter what, don't jack around but take part in this challenging shooting match. Here's the deal, place 5 playing cards on a target, a deuce (a 2 of any suite) and 4 aces, now shoot the 6 marks on the cards. You have 15 shots in one minute to "break the ink". If you shoot with a scoped rifle, do it at 200ft, iron-sight rifle at 100ft, pistols at 15ft. Why a two and four aces? It spells out 20,000 (well, sort of), as we're shooting for 20,000 liberty-minded people to lead New Hampshire and the world to Liberty in Our Lifetime. - Phil
Targeted FSP Contributions
What's the best way to reach out to liberty-lovers? FSP participant numbers are climbing, but we need to increase the rate, too. What do you think? Google Ads? Direct mail? Free Talk Live? Only you know what's best. You choose what project is worthy of your dollar. Go to freestateproject.org/donate and choose how you want to contribute!
The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors who agree to the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people's rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else. freestateproject.org
In New Hampshire
Free State Blogs
What's happening in New Hampshire with the Free State Project? Free State Blogs attempts to answer that question. Here's just a sampling of this month's blog entries:
New Hampshire Industries Rank First
U.S. Census data just released indicates industries in which NH ranks first in terms of sales or receipts per capita.
Taking Action for Liberty in New Hampshire
In the wake of a certain high-profile, pro-liberty presidential campaign that recently passed through New Hampshire, some may have forgotten, or lost sight of the fact that there's a flourishing movement for liberty that is focused on the New Hampshire state house. New Hampshire has the most accessible state legislature in the country, and many liberty activists have reached the conclusion that, while D.C. may be rather hopeless, the legislature in Concord provides a comparatively friendly arena for the proponents of liberty to state their case for legislators.
This state-focused activism manifests itself in many ways. Primarily, the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance does a great job studying all the bills and trying to have as much of an effect as possible. Their efforts are complemented by groups like the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy (NH Common Sense), which focus activist efforts on liberty issues where serious, focused effort can achieve remarkable results.
NH Common Sense is currently working to pass HB 1623, a bill reducing penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana (a.k.a. "decriminalizing" marijuana). Bills to reduce penalties have been soundly defeated in the past, but this one has a full effort behind it and loads of momentum. This effort to increase liberty in New Hampshire has even been endorsed by a major newspaper, the Nashua Telegraph.
Liberty activists at the New Hampshire state house are playing excellent defense against a lot of bad legislation, but this is one truly pro-liberty bill that has a good chance of passing. Read more at NHCommonSense.org.
Help Free Talk Live in Manchester
A quick and easy way to help the cause of liberty in New Hampshire would be to help FTL get on the air in Manchester.
Videographer, Dave Ridley from NHFree.com is one of our Porcs on the scene in New Hampshire. See some of what's happening in the Free State on the RidleyReport. Check out the RidleyReport coverage of the HB1354 hearings.
Check the NH Calendars
The NH Underground Calendar lists liberty-oriented New Hampshire events. The NH Liberty Calendar also tracks NH events. Check the calendars before a visit or a move - you are welcome to attend NH events!
FSP News Thanks & Statistics
FSP Participants - here are some quick links:
- If you've moved to NH or otherwise changed your info, please update your contact info
- Check out NH housing and other community & logistical information at NH Info
Are you ready to join the FSP, move to New Hampshire and work with us towards Liberty in Our Lifetime? Join here!