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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?
2011 Endorsement: Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico and current candidate for President, attended PorcFest 2011 and was asked about the FSP. He said it's "a wonderful idea" and he hopes "it will be a model for the rest of the country.
2012 Endorsement: "Yea! Go Free State Project. Wow. What a model. What a terrific model. When I was governor of new Mexico, the Free State Project came to my attention [...2]0,000 people who said they're going to relocate in some area in the United States, get elected to all the offices and basically "hands off" when it comes to the government. Very very very libertarian, if not anarchist. Anarchist being complete government void. No government! well, Terrific! I wanted to see that happen in New Mexico, it's now happening in New Hampshire. Good thing. Really a terrific thing. I just applaud the Free State project. I look forward to successes from the Free State Project that the country emulates." Full video here.
In an hour-long interview on Keene’s syndicated talk radio show, Free Talk Live, Lew called Keene “The northern capital of libertarianism” and suggested it was the epicenter of NH liberty activism. Lew identified himself as an “enthusiastic supporter” of the Free State Project, saying, “I definitely endorse the Free State Project."
"As the Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee, I have been asked to send notification to you regarding a recent resolution that was an endorsement of the goals of the Free State Project that was introduced at our 2010 state convention on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The wording of the resolution reads:
"The Libertarian Party of Tennessee formally endorses the stated goals and outstanding activism demonstrated by the dedicated membership of the Free State Project.'
"Yours in Liberty, Ray Ledford Secretary, Libertarian Party of Tennessee"
"The Free State Project in New Hampshire is really, really cool....in my heart [I] want to move to New Hampshire and be in on this."
Penn Jillette is a world-renowned libertarian entertainer, aka the louder half of Penn & Teller
"There were a bunch of really intelligent, informed, enthusiastic people [at the Free State Project Liberty Forum]. I hate to have to say it, but I thought the level of energy and intellectual curiosity was much higher at that event than at a typical Libertarian Party event in recent years." Video
David Nolan is founder of the Libertarian Party
"The Project is fascinating and there are hundreds of thousands of people that watch and listen to us on Wednesday's that ask about the Free State Project so we wish you well."
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is a libertarian commentator and Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News.
When I first heard about the Free State Project I felt the same excitement that I experienced when I heard they were forming a National Libertarian Party back in early 1972. I had hopes the party would bring the libertarian philosophy into the mainstream. Well, that didn’t happen:)
I joined the FSP about a year after it was formed. I assumed that Alaska or another Western state would win and although I wasn’t moving out of New England, I was willing to support the organization in any way I could. When I got on the forum I realized that NH had a good chance of winning, decided on moving here then,and, now we know the outcome:)
Living in Hartford and Windsor, Connecticut, I was never more than a few hours from almost any NH event and I spent quite a bit of time day tripping to meet and greets and other events particularly in Keene and at the Jim & Lauren build in Winchester.
Kevin moves to New Hampshire, builds a house, holds parties, and starts a revolution!