Top 10 Libertarian Stories of 2003
|Date:||01/06/04 (Feb. issue)|
|Title:||Top 10 Libertarian Stories of 2003|
Top 10 Libertarian Stories of 2003by Bill Winter 01/06/04
[FSP note: The #9 top story was the FSP. This is the excerpt. The other
stories can be found at the link above.]
9) The Free State Project selects the "Live Free or Die" state, New Hampshire. (October 2003)
Recap: On October 1, the Free State Project (FSP) chose the Granite State as the target of a planned mass migration of liberty-lovers. New Hampshire was selected via a nationwide mail ballot.
The FSP seeks to get 20,000 small-government supporters to move to one state, where they will work to limit the size and cost of government.
Significance: The Free State Project (which is not affiliated with the Libertarian Party) is certainly a bold political experiment. FSP members make the argument that traditional libertarian strategies have not been particularly successful. So, they say they will focus on one small state, where a limited number of libertarians can have maximum impact.
Fair enough; liberty-lovers should always be willing to try new tactics. But the jury is out on whether the FSP can succeed. After all, New Hampshire gets 10,000 new residents in an average year. So how much impact will 20,000 libertarians really have? Time will tell.
That said, the selection of New Hampshire represents an important step forward for the FSP. Now, we'll see if they are able to take the next step after that, and the next, and the next.
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