FSP News - May 2012
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Prometheus award-winning author F. Paul Wilson, author of the “Repairman Jack” novels, will be speaking about his experiences as a libertarian writer.
Boston T. Party will present The Tectonic 10th Amendment Battle of the States vs. the Feds
We have new speakers such as economist Benjamin Powell speaking about free travel and trade, and we will hear from Austin Peterson about how to get your liberty media into the mainstream.
For other speakers and notable guests, click away.
For those who had enough of that learning stuff in school, we also have plenty of fun in store. We will see the return of the Big Gay Dance Party, brought to you this year by Flaming Freedom. You will want to plan on seeing the special performance of the rock symphony “The Course of Empire” by Mr. Hunter. If you have given up all hope of sanity you can watch the live performance of Wheels Off Liberty.
If you need to wind down at the end of the day, you will be able to relax in the Think Twice Theater, which will be showing both classic liberty-themed films, as well as the as-yet-unreleased Silver Circle and Chartarum.
Want to help the Free State Project keep this PorcFest within budget? We've created the VIP (Very Important Porcupine) registration just for you. For the affordable additional contribution of $75, you can be recognized with some extra Porcupine love reserved only for VIPs.
Libertarian Convention Report
The Good: The FSP is a popular idea and everyone wants to know about it.
The Bad: no local help. I made several requests for help, including the FSP newsletter, and I believe a call went to the locals, but no one responded. Also bad, my camera was not cooperating.
The FSP + Porcfest ad went into the attendee binder. Several people mentioned to me that they saw it. There were less than 10 ads in the program so it didn't get lost in the pile.
We distributed the full-color handcard, FSP bookmarks, business cards and some other odds and ends we had in the box and what Phil sent. They were kept. I noticed the flyers I placed near the water stations or the phones during the day were picked up within half an hour. I went through the convention hall after the close of business and picked up maybe 20 flyers that were left behind. That was good. People left a ton of Gary Johnson stuff behind, but not FSP material.
Some of the other exhibitors put our flyers on their tables. One asked me if I had any of the FSP silvers to sell. I did not. Steve donated some FSP lanyards which was appreciated since registration ran out.
Scheduled 2 breakout sessions. We set up the banner in the main hallway where everyone had to pass to/from the hotel, next to the Gary Johnson room, so very high visibility.
I mentioned the FSP during presidential delegate announcements, which was on CSPAN. You may not have heard it on TV, but after I did that, there was a fair amount of applause.
Reporter from Reason and at least one other paper asked about the FSP.
The FSP was the main topic of conversation. I was wearing FSP t-shirts most of the con. I talked with someone on the hotel shuttle who wasn't aware the Project was still alive, which brought in 3 other people talking about it. Folks who'd been to LF or PF asked when the next ones were happening. I convinced at least a dozen people to come to Porcfest or Liberty Forum or to flat-out move. Most common objection: the cold. Best answer: NH has airports, rent out your house for the winter and fly south. Filled people in on the best places to move for certain jobs or lifestyles.
The rest of the NH folks and some of the Porcupines attending also helped with the promotion and talking up visiting NH.
I convinced one of the LP chair candidates the wisdom of having a national committee meeting in NH so they could see everything we are doing. He didn't win, but I think I can make the case for a national meeting in NH during this term. The other New England state chairs will also push for this.
I met several potential speakers for Liberty Forum. I'll pass along their contact info to the next organizer.
Think that covers it.
Free State Project Leaders Interviewed
Jason Sorens, founder of the Free State Project, was interviewed on Capitol Access at the NH Liberty Forum. Full interview here.
FSP Outreach in South Kingstown, RI and Philadelphia, PA
“Libertopia” filmmaker Christina Heller's New Project
LOS ANGELES (May 7, 2012) -- Released this week is the first crowd-funding trailer for You Are God, a documentary that presents its story of “being the change you want to see in the world.” The film crew is looking for small contributions to build grassroots support and get the film edited. You Are God is the second feature from Christina Heller, who directed the Free State Project documentary Libertopia and is producing this current film.
You Are God is the first film to go behind-the-scenes with Open Source Ecology and Our School at Blair Grocery, two radical startups in the sustainability movement. Both organizations address growing societal problems and have garnered significant press and followings since their inception. You Are God weaves the two stories, which embody a growing movement toward community empowerment and sustainability.
First, we see Nat Turner in New Orleans with Our School at Blair Grocery, an independent, alternative school in a hurricane-wrecked New Orleans grocery store. Many of the students have few ways to support themselves within the ninth ward. Most are more likely to make a short career of selling drugs than graduating from high school. At OSBG, they learn to organize and mobilize by growing their own food and selling it to local restaurants.
Second, we find ourselves in rural Missouri with Marcin Jakubowski of Open Source Ecology. He is designing the "Global Village Construction Set," also known as the 50 machines necessary for a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The idea is a modular, DIY, low-cost, and high performance platform for the 50 industrial machines (necessary for things such as plowing fields and brick making) and making the designs available open source to the public. What these two projects have in common are socially conscious entrepreneurs imagining new solutions to big problems. These are leaders in the true American spirit, recognizing issues in our country and saying, the future starts with me.
Action of the Month
DadaOrwell posted an excellent list of ways to help New Hampshire liberty regardless of location on NHUnderGround.com. Check out the list and follow some of his wicked awesome suggestions.Feel free to make suggestions or comments on the FSP Forum.
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