Is The Free State New Hampshire?
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Is The Free State New Hampshire?by The Hunter 06/26/03
I don't remember any more exactly when I first heard about The Free State Project, though I am pretty sure it was on the Liberty Round Table "discussions" mailing list. Founder Jason Sorens was floating the idea around, and it justifiably caused a lot of excitement in the Freedom movement. The whole idea has put me personally in a bit of an ethical dilemma, and made me seriously rethink my long-term plans. This past weekend I attended the Escape To New Hampshire program presented by the Welcome to the Granite State Committee of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. The "porcupines" of the Free State Project have convinced me that I'm already living in the state that has the best overall climate for freedom in the entire nation. Hence the dilemma.
You see, six years ago I was living in Massachusetts, better known in these parts as The People's Socialist Commonwealth. The worst part, no less, right in the middle of Boston. A nice enough city I suppose if you go in for civilization, socialism, and neighbors who can't conceive of minding their own business. Give me the woods and mountains any time; I'll leave Boston for the rats and collectivists. One night I just could not take it any more, and I packed up, dodged the commissars, wriggled under the barbed wire fences, strangled a guard dog, swam the river, and escaped to the "Live Free or Die" state. Well, all right, it wasn't quite that dramatic, but I have an artistic license and I know how to use it.
At the time, I saw this as a temporary measure until I could rearrange my life to move out west where you could really be free. Montana or Wyoming, probably, I have always loved the Rockies and spent as much time as I could hiking and riding around in them. Then along comes this sonuvagun Jason Sorens.
I eagerly poured over his data on the relative merits of the low-population states for this notion of 20,000 dedicated freedom lovers pledging to move to one of them together. The case he presented gave me great pause for thought. The more I looked at his hard numbers, and thought about my own experiences living here, the more I realized that you really couldn't find a better place to live free than New Hampshire. Much as I love the American West, and especially the mountain states like Wyoming and Montana, I've spent enough time in them over the years to have a feel for the accuracy of some of what the FSP's data reveal.
I have been going over the "Why New Hampshire" information that the Welcome to the Granite State Committee has made available with a fine-tooth comb. I learned a lot I did not know about the state I now call home, and found that the case is even stronger than I had come to believe. That was a large part of the reason I went up to Lancaster last weekend to see their presentation. I wanted both to hear the case they would present, and put in my two cents worth independently agreeing with their assessment.
There is no point in going over the case in detail here, because the Granite State "porcupines" lay out the case so well on their web page. I was especially taken with their 101 Reasons to Vote for New Hampshire, well worth a read even if you are not interested in getting involved in the Free State Project. The speakers at the "Escape" were just as informative. It was even more fun to sit around a campfire and bat ideas back and forth. There is even still time to get in on the fun, because they still have some events scheduled for the last weekend of June.
The ethical dilemma, you ask? I agree 100 per cent with the goals of the Free State Project. I think that this is probably the single most important thing happening in the Freedom movement right now. Sometime this fall the 5000th member will pledge to join the migration, and an historic vote will take place to choose their destination. Here's my problem: I already live in the state I think they should choose. To me at least, it seems rather unethical to join and take part in the vote after they have convinced me that I really would rather not move. I do really hope New Hampshire wins, though. We "Live Free or Die" sorts are really looking forward to a bunch of new freedom loving neighbors.
Hunter's Two Hundred Thirty-Third Rule: Nobody is going to give
freedom to you, you have to want it enough to take it.
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