FSP News - February 2009
FSP News - February 2009
2009 Liberty Forum - It's not too late!
Less than a month away, it's not too late
for the Liberty Forum.
Come join us and others dedicated to liberty from across the country. Hear speakers on gun rights, education, personal liberty, and more. Reinvigorate yourself with conversations with like-minded liberty oriented individuals! Come attend the liberty event of the year!
- Mary Ruwart author of Healing Our World In an Age of Aggression, and 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate is our Friday Night Keynote Speaker!
- Stefan Molyneaux, blogger, essayist, author, and host of the Freedomain Radio series of podcasts will be speaking.
- Aaron David Ward, stand up comedian, will be entertaining Thursday night!
- The New Hampshire representative who wrote HCR6 will be joining us Sunday!
- Kenneth Royce (aka Boston T. Party), shooting instructor, speaker, and author of books on guns, history, law, and more!
- Alan Schaeffer, President of Alliance for the Separation of School and State.
- Check out our Education Track.
And of course, John Taylor Gatto, Dick Heller, William Norman Grigg, representatives from Reason Foundation, NHELD, and more! See the whole line up!
Make your reservations now! Join in the conversation and camaraderie about Liberty in our Lifetime!
Answering Objections to and Misconceptions of the FSP
A new marketing pamphlet is available that provides responses to common misconceptions and objections to the Free State Project. Topics covered include: NH's weather and population; the role, purpose, and goal of the FSP; and issues holding people back from making the move or simply signing up. It's a useful handout for any prospective participant. Download this and other materials at the FSP downloads page.
The FSP at Boston Tea Party '08
Keith C. and Greg S. worked a table at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA on 12/14/2008 for the Boston Tea Party '08 event. We handed out a bunch of Liberty Forum cards, FSP bookmarks, and a flyer similar to the one Michael Hampton made for FSP activists to hand out at the I.O.U.S.A. movie. The FSP Gadsden Flag and porcupine hand puppets were big hits. Steve, a MA libertarian activist who recently woke up to freedom because of the Ron Paul movement joined the FSP at the event. Afterwords, we went to a party at the Green Dragon and did more recruiting. A guy even went up to us at the restaurant and said he found a couple more people interested in the FSP and we gave him Liberty Forum cards. I also managed to network on Facebook with about a dozen MA residents who attended the event.
All in all, it was great spending the day in Boston with a couple hundred mostly MA and NH liberty activists.
A couple members of the Bluegrass FSP Local Group set up a Free State Project table at a gun show in Indianapolis on the weekend of November 29-30. "The place was really busy," said member William Brinda. "In all, there were well over a thousand people who went through and saw the FSP display. Fifty or sixty people chatted with us and/or picked up some literature. About half of them were seriously interested." Sonya Sawtelle, who also attended, added, "It's refreshing to talk to so many people who are eager to hear about liberty movements."
Gun show attendance is currently higher than it was over the last few years. Now is a great time to recruit at a gun show near you. For help with this, check out the related section of the FSP Forum.
Action of the Month - Liberty Forum
The New Hampshire Liberty Forum is only a few weeks away. There will be wonderful speakers to excite (and possibly incite) the freedom-loving regions of your brain. There will be many opportunities to network, socialize, and enjoy camaraderie with fellow freedom-seekers. There will be corners in which to stand and observe the fine goings-on (for those that aren't the glad-handing type). There will be gun classes, and comedy, and lunches, and dinners. There will be rejuvenation, a renewal of the spirit of liberty that can languish when alone in the "lower 49". When was the last time you were in a room where the proportion of socialist/rent-seeking/proxy-nannies to rational, freedom-loving individuals was less than 99%? Less than 85%? How about a room with hundreds of people, and 100% of them freedom-minded; not a single one of them interested in stealing your money, or telling you how to live, or commanding how many gallons of water a minute your shower head can use. Not that there won't be lively discussions on a range of subjects so varied that I couldn't think of most of them or have the room to write them down. A final selling point for the Liberty Forum, those of us who have not been able to "make the move" yet, for whatever reason, will be able to spend time in the Free State. While it may not be a truly free state, it's the best we have and only getting better. With each Homo Sapiens that crosses the border into New Hampshire and transforms into Homo Freepians, the goal of Liberty in Our Lifetime gets a little closer.
"Good morning sir, and welcome to the Free State Project store. How may
I be of service?"
"Oh, I'm just looking around, seeing what you have."
"All right, let me know if I can help with anything."
"Well, actually, I was looking for something...special, you know, unique."
"Ah, in that case, let me show you the 'special' room."
"The special room?"
"Yes, it is where we keep the exceptional items. The rare items."
"What kind of things do you have?"
"Just a moment, let me unlock the door and pardon my change in voice once we're inside, the boss thinks it lends a certain air of respectability. Let's see, retina check, thumbprint scan, 32 digit combination, voice recognition 'LIBERTY-IN-OUR-LIFETIME', both padlocks, secret release button - OK there."
"Wow, this is a neat room."
"Oui, oui monsieur, az I said, zis iz our 'special' room."
"Oh, that must be the voice thing. Anyway, what is this stuff?"
"We have zee most merveilleux items in here. Handcrafted items from far, distant shores. All 'tre bon'.'"
"Wow, awesome. What a great pillow with a porc on it and I love these little pouches, how much?"
"Ah, my apologies monsieur. They will only be for sale at the Liberty Forum."
"What you've got to be kidding? These are great, they've got the cool porc logo sewn into them and a drawstring - I couldn't possibly wait until the Liberty Forum."
"Again my apologies, mon ami. Zee boss says only to sell zem at Liberty Forum. If zere are any left, well zen zey will be put up on the website."
"OK, if that's the way it's gonna be, I'd better make sure I get there early. Will you be selling any other FSP items at the Forum? Wait, let's get out of this room before you answer."
"Thank you. Ah, that's better. Yes, we'll have the full complement of FSP merchandise available for sale at the Liberty Forum. Shirts, magnets, pocket Constitutions, fluffy porcupine hand puppets - we'll have it all."
"And what about the special items?"
"We'll have them there too - some of the more special items may only be available through auction, we'll have to see."
"Fair enough, I'll have to wait until then. While I'm here, let me get a PorcFest'05 can koozie, a keychain, 2 pins, and a tee shirt."
"Very good, sir. Will that be gold or silver..."
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:
- "Committee of treason? HCR 6"
- Homeschool bills (HB367 and HB368)
- Parents Should Ditch Kids, Hang out with Cops?
- more in Free State Blogs
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 or send a message to Moved@FreeStateProject.org to let us know.
- 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!
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