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knives, lipstick, liberty, and... life

Several months ago my friend and Free State Project compatriot Jenn Coffey let the word out that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has bravely been blogging about the experience ever since. Although it has been painful and depressing to read, it has been educational for me; I really had no idea what a time-consuming, frustrating pain in the ass it is to get treated for cancer! It seems particularly ironic, in a haha-you’re-really-NOT-being-funny-universe kind of way that Jenn, of all people, has been sidelined with a life-threatening medical condition, because she is one of those seemingly larger-than-life individuals who seems to cram three times as much life into the allotted timeframe than the rest of us...

Liberty Forum 2014: Buy Your Tickets Now

The Free State Project’s 7th annual conference’s theme is Watching the Watchers, and includes speeches by political activist Naomi Wolf, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and his attorney Jesselyn Radack, open-source 3D-printing gun activist Cody Wilson, and co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation Trevor Timm, among others. Today the Free State Project announced the speakers at its seventh annual Liberty Forum, which will highlight political activism, whistleblowers, and solutions to the national security state. This year’s theme: Watching the Watchers. Regarded as one of the most prestigious liberty conferences worldwide, Liberty Forum will be held February 20-23, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, and attracts speakers and attendees from across the globe. Buy your tickets now.

Shire Sharing Feeds the Needy: Private Charity FTW!

Among those focused on the principles of liberty, those passionate about changing the world, there is always debate. One topic that gets less attention is welfare. Most of us, if not all, tend to agree that charity is best given voluntarily, and we usually agree that the funding method the state uses--taxation--is immoral, if not outright violent. Usually the discussion ends there, and we sit back, self-satisfied. Taxation is theft, end of story. Now the world will get better, right? What commonly happens next is we are called cruel, Darwinist, unloving, uncharitable. We are accused of not caring about the needy, of wanting the poor/disabled/drug-addicted to die so we will finally have time to roll around in our giant piles of money, laughing maniacally.

What’s Your Mover Number? Take This Survey!

If you have moved to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project, please take a moment to complete this survey before November 25th.

We recently sent this survey via an email to all known movers. If you did not receive that email, we may have lost contact with you, or, may not know that you moved. No need to do anything if you already responded to that email.

Once the survey data has been processed, a mover number will be assigned to you, and you will receive a message from us with your number in the coming weeks.

Once this step has been completed, mover numbers will be automatically assigned going forward. New movers will receive their mover number when they update their status to “moved” online.

Your mover number is a reflection of your commitment to more Liberty in Our Lifetime. The lower your number, the bigger your bragging rights! Whether you are one of the First 1,000 Movers, the next 1,000, or even one of the final movers, you are making history!

Haunted New Hampshire

Mount Washington Hotel

The Shining was a Disco-era bestseller from Maine's Master of Macabre, Stephen King, but it was the foreboding grandeur of the Overlook Hotel and Jack Nicholson's portrayal of dangerous dull-boy Jack Torrance that made The Shining a part of modern culture. While it was the Stanley Hotel in Colorado that reportedly inspired King, the author could have looked a lot closer to home for his supernatural stimulation.

Free State Project Hits 75% of Its 20,000 Goal: On Target for Mass Migration to NH in 2015

The Free State Project, a mass migration movement to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in New Hampshire is advancing to the finish line with more than 15,000 participants now signed up, with thousands moving ahead of schedule.

October 25, 2013 – Manchester, NH – Today, the Free State Project announced that 15,000 participants have now signed up to move to New Hampshire for more liberty. This mass migration movement aims to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in the Live Free or Die state. At the current rate of sign-ups, the organization anticipates it will “Trigger the Move” in 2015, three years ahead of schedule.

“Reaching 75% of our goal is a major milestone,” said FSP president, Carla Gericke. “I attribute the acceleration in sign ups to things like the NSA surveillance scandal, the TSA, the NDAA, the PATRIOT Act, Obamacare, unconstitutional gun control legislation, and the unwarranted wars under both Bush and Obama. As America devolves into a police state, well-informed people are seeking safe havens. The FSP offers a proven strategy for individuals who are looking for more liberty within a community of like-minded people.”

New Hampshire's Unemployment Falls Again

The New Hampshire Freedom blog analyzes the latest New Hampshire Unemployment numbers:

"Another month, another drop in the New Hampshire unemployment rate. When 2013 started, the New Hampshire unemployment rate was 5.8%. Last month it was 5.1%. The August unemployment rate is 5%. We are talking 2008 levels. In fact, the last time the unemployment rate was this low in New Hampshire was December of 2008." More....

Happy 10th Anniversary First Porcupine Mover!

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Free State Project's first mover! Since then, more than 1,400 liberty lovers have moved to the Live Free or Die state in search of more Liberty in Our Lifetime. Over the past decade, the FSP has gone from strength to strength, and we stand at the cusp of great things. The sign up rate is accelerating. More movers arrive weekly. As we prepare to Trigger the Move and welcome the next influx of activists, local participants are building liberty friendly institutions and infrastructures. What are you waiting for? The time is nigh. Nigh, I say! Join a growing community of liberty lovers for your best chance at more freedom, and fun!

Make the Move!

Recorded at the Finger Lakes Freedom Festival in upstate New York, soon-to-be mover James Davis explains the gist of the Free State Project. If you have a burning desire for more liberty in your lifetime, SIGN THE PLEDGE! This is a great example of how you can get involved before actually moving to New Hampshire. James took it upon himself to gather materials, reserve a table and organize volunteers to help him for the weekend. Another liberty activist from New York recorded this video and uploaded it to Youtube. Do you have events like this near you? What can you do to help spread the word? Volunteer. Ready to move now? No reason to wait. Thousands have already made the move! Not ready yet? Don't just sit on the sidelines, take initiative like James, be creative, and get in the fight!

A Wakefield Welcome

I went to a move-in party today. For those of you that don’t know, a move-in party is an event where participants of the Free State Project who have already moved to New Hampshire come to help unload the moving truck of new arrivals, usually in exchange for pizza and beer or other yummy goodness. It is work, to be sure, but it’s always a fun time, and it’s a great way to meet other people, both new movers and old shakers. This move-in was no different, and meeting the newest Porcupine was wonderful, as always.

The Canterbury Ales

Brew Pot

Canterbury's Baptist Hill Road is a timeless stretch of pavement, meandering through the rolling hills of northern Merrimack County, closely guarded by a phalanx of trees on either side. Though many years and even more miles separate Chaucer's Canterbury from its New Hampshire counterpart, it's easy to picture the famed English writer's caravan of story-telling pilgrims making their way along the path in search of a hearty meal and a frothy pint. The former can be had by taking a quick detour down Briar Bush Road, where the nearby Fox Country Smokehouse offers locally prepared meats and cheeses to satisfy any traveler's appetite; for the latter, however, our wayfarers need look no further, for they will find a cool draught served with warm conversation at Baptist Hill's own Canterbury AleWorks. The brewery is located at 305 Baptist Hill Road, but a lengthy driveway keeps it hidden from casual passersby. Nonetheless, when the “open” flag is flying, you can rest assured the beer is flowing.

  • Sep 23 2013 

BEARCAT: Right to Know

On Monday, September 9, 2013, the City Council of Concord approved the grant application to receive a Ballistic Engineered Armored Counter Attack Truck.

The 11-4 vote defied the will of the community, ignoring the more than 1,500 petition signatures collected by individual activists, the 50 people who testified against it, and the many, many Letters to the Editor, articles, and editorials against the BEARCAT. The City chose instead to side with the police chief and the 4 people who testified in support of the attack truck.

September 2013 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting
September 2, 2013
Present: Rich, Seamas, Varrin, Steve, Jody, Carla, Sharon
Meeting called to order at 8:06pm

Agenda:

  • President’s report
  • BEARCAT
  • LF14
  • PF14
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Open Sourcing Projects
  • Full-time
  • Cantwell
  • New Board Member/VP Position

Durham, New Hampshire 2nd Youngest Town in America

Over at the New Hampshire Freedom blog, the town of Durham's status as "Youngest Town in America" is discussed.

"According to CNNMoney, Durham, NH is the 2nd Youngest Town in America. The median age is just 20.3 years old in the Census designated area. There goes the stereotype of New Hampshire being full of old people. Well not exactly, NH has kids, college students, working professionals and retired people. In other words, people of all ages enjoy the Switzerland of America. Durham, in addition to hosting the main University of New Hampshire campus, is on the Great Bay tidal estuary and only 1 city away from the Atlantic Ocean. Durham hosts the Oyster River, historic farms and is a hop, skip and a jump away from an endless list of awesome activities. The New Hampshire Freecoast has a ton of activities to keep young people busy." Read more at New Hampshire Freedom...

  • Sep 4 2013 

FSP is "An Amazing Idea" Says NH State Representative

At Freedom Fest in July 2013, NH State Representative, Mark Warden, who is a Free State Project participant, small business owner and Realtor, was interviewed for the Future Money Trends blog. Says Warden: "The Free State Project is an amazing idea and concept that is just now coming to life." You can read the transcript and watch the full interview here.

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