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Richard Boddie: The FSP Is Proof that Libertarian Principles Work

"The Free State Project can realistically facilitate the final empirical proof that libertarian principles AND POLICIES can and do allow for greater personal freedom, individual liberty, abundance and harmony, for real! Not theory. No more incessant intramural arguing and debate. No further need to verbally defend against statist collectivists and other skeptics.

"Over years of local application of libertarian policies and generations of grassroots libertarianism in New Hampshire, which already has a unique and traditional hands-on bottom-up township type of governing, it can happen. New Hampshire's system of governance is the most compatible of any in the entire USA with such efforts as the Free State Project.

"All of this can allow for the future proofs of what works and what doesn't work, end any further serious debating on the subject of libertarian policies in governing, but most importantly, facilitate an environment for freedom in American again.

"THERE IS HOPE in these times of neo-fascism in DC."

John Stossel: The FSP Is a Good Model

John Stossel is host of the libertarian show, Stossel, on the Fox Business Network. In an episode from May of 2013, he highlighted the Free State Project.

Earlier, while still a correspondent with the ABC News show, Give Me a Break, he had this to say about the FSP:

"This week the New York Times did a benign front-page article on the Free State Project (the decision by some libertarians to move to New Hampshire) ... this coverage will be a nice shot in the arm for the Free State Project, and I hope, an opportunity for a more open discussion of liberty."

25 October 2003 Board Meeting Minutes

4 October 2003

In Attendance:

  • Jason Sorens
  • Mary Lou Seymour
  • Amanda Maxwell
  • Tim Condon
  • Matt Cheselka

  1. Jason called the meeting to order

  2. Old Business

    There was no old business to discuss

  3. New Business

    1. Amendment to Bylaws regarding emergency board meetings

      • Mary Lou moved that the bylaws be amended to allow the BOD to hold mtgs on emergency basis without one-week notice if all 5 agree
      • Amanda 2nd
      • After discussion, vote was 5 in favor, 0 against. Motion passes.
    2. Election of Treasurer

      • Jason moved that Amanda Phillips be selected treasurer of the FSP
      • Matt 2nd
      • After discussion, a motion to table this motion until a set of instructions to the treasurer can be adopted
      • Mary Lou 2nd
      • Vote was 5 in favor, 0 against. Motion to table passes.
    3. Treasurer Instructions

11 October 2003 Board Meeting Minutes

11 October 2003

In Attendance:

  • Jason Sorens (joined the meeting late)
  • Mary Lou Seymour
  • Amanda Maxwell
  • Tim Condon
  • Matt Cheselka

  1. In the absence of the Chairman, Tim Condon was chosen to preside over the meeting by a majority of the directors present. Tim called the meeting to order.

  2. Old Business

    There was no old business to discuss

  3. New Business

    1. Election of Interim President

      • Mary Lou moved that Kelton Baker be selected as interim president, with his term beginning 15 October 2003
      • Amanda 2nd
      • After discussion, vote was 4 in favor, 0 against, 1 absent. Motion passes.
    2. Election of Interim Vice President

      • Mary Lou moved that Doug Hillman be selected as interim vice president, with his term beginning 15 October 2003
      • Matt 2nd
      • After discussion, vote was 4 in favor, 0 against, 1 absent. Motion passes.
  4. Adjournment

Eric Raymond: Libertarians Should Cheer on the FSP and Join It

"For the first time, I think I've seen a path that is both principled and practical. Not the whole path, but some firm steps that both accomplish good in themselves and open up great possibilities. And the best part is that it's a path most statists can't object to, one that uses the premises of the existing federal system to achieve a fair first test of libertarian ideas within that system. Even opponents of libertarianism, if they are fair-minded, should welcome this reality check. Libertarians should cheer it on and join it.

"Liberty in our lifetime? I think this might be how to get there."

Eric Raymond is an author and software guru.

27 September 2003 Board Meeting Minutes

27 September 2003

In Attendance:

  • Jason Sorens
  • Mary Lou Seymour
  • Amanda Maxwell
  • Tim Condon
  • Matt Cheselka

  1. Jason called the meeting to order

  2. Old Business

    There was no old business to discuss

  3. New Business

    1. Ballot Return Deadline

      • Jason moved that the deadline for returning ballots be moved from 22 September 2003 to 25 September 2003
      • Mary Lou 2nd
      • After discussion, vote was 5 in favor, 0 against. Motion passes.
    2. Press Conference Discussion

      A discussion amongst the board took place regarding details of the press conference in New York City. Location, logistics, etc., were all discussed.

    3. Adjournment

      • Jason moved that the meeting be adjourned
      • Matt 2nd
      • No Discussion
      • Vote was 5 in favor, 0 against. Motion Passes
      • Meeting closed

13 September 2003 Board Meeting Minutes

13 September 2003

In Attendance:

  • Jason Sorens
  • Mary Lou Seymour
  • Amanda Maxwell
  • Tim Condon
  • Matt Cheselka

  1. Jason called the meeting to order at 12pm eastern time

  2. Old Business

    There was no old business to discuss

  3. New Business

    1. Election of a new Secretary

      • Jason moved that the Board elect Matt Cheselka as secretary
      • Mary Lou 2nd
      • After discussion, vote was 4 in favor, 0 against, with 1 abstention. Motion passes.
    2. Insertion of clause III (B) into Bylaws, which reads:

Hubert Jongen: I Immediately Saw the FSP as a New Possibility

"For a long time I have been interested in 'free state' projects – from the time I spoke with Mike Oliver in Las Vegas about the MINERVA project! Since then there were many others, but most of them disappeared.

"Then I found out about the Free State Project. I immediately saw this as a new possibility, using existing legal procedures.

"I became immediately enthusiastic when my friend André Lichtschlag (publisher of the excellent German libertarian magazine eigentümlich frei) proposed starting a similar project within the European Union. Soon we formed a small group, the European Freestate Project.

"So I hope that there soon will be two Free States from which libertarians can choose, one in the USA and one in Europe!"

Hubert Jongen is Chairman of Libertarian International and of Libertarisch Centrun Netherlands.

NH Governer Craig Benson Welcomes the FSP

New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson is a rare breed of politician… he's the kind who keeps his promises even after the campaign is over. I met him the day after he vetoed an $8.8 billion budget, stamping the budget with a custom-made 2-by-4 red VETO stamp that his staff had purchased for him. The budget would have resulted in a $200 million deficit, which would eventually have to be paid down with tax increases. With his budget veto, he kept his campaign promise to keep taxes low and rein in state expenditures.

The entire state is buzzing with the news of his veto. Many in the media are comparing him with Mel Thomson, who similarly butted heads with the legislature by vetoing over-spent budgets. Thomson ran for governor on the platform, "ax the tax." Though lawmakers may have been frustrated with Thomson, he was a favorite with New Hampshire taxpayers who re-elected him twice. It appears that Governor Benson also admires Thomson; a prominent portrait of Mel Thomson with the quote "Low taxes are the result of low spending" greets all visitors to the Governor's office. Granite (and Free) Staters can expect him to continue to follow Thomson's fiscally responsible lead.

Sunni Maravillosa: The FSP Is Focused on Accomplishing Greater Freedom

"I remember hearing about the Free State Project back when Jason Sorens was recruiting feedback for the idea. Having heard of plenty of other 'let's form our own group' schemes, I smiled, nodded, and pushed the delete key, and expected to hear maybe one or two more things about the project at most. I'm delighted to say that I was wrong...I've been to a number of libertarian-oriented conferences, and read about many more. I know how argumentative and emotionally invested in being right some individuals can be. One of the first, and ongoing, surprises of the Grand Western Conference was how pleasant everyone I spoke to was. Nothing seemed to be about ego; the presentations and private conversations alike seemed focused on accomplishing the goal of greater freedom."

Sunni Maravillosa writes about personal freedom. Her blog is Sunni and the Conspirators.

Claire Wolfe: The FSP Gives Me Optimism

"If I were to describe in one word what I brought home from the Grand Western Conference of the Free State Project 'optimism' would be it … [And] I'm a born pessimist and a made cynic. I simply don't do optimism."

Claire Wolfe is a libertarian author and self-described "professional troublemaker."

Report from the Grand Western Conference of the FSP

This was originally published by Gary Marbut in the Sierra Times, which is no longer available.

Over this past weekend I attended the Grand Western Conference of the Free State Project here in Missoula.

The Free State Project (FSP) was initiated by Dr. Jason Sorens, a political scientist from Yale. FSP is now a nationwide organization. The object is to determine which of the U.S. states offers its citizens the greatest climate of individual liberty. A complex matrix of factors is used to evaluate the quality of personal freedom, including economic factors, population and cultural factors, and, of course, the freedom of people to keep and bear arms.

Once the FSP has accumulated 5,000 members who have pledged to move to the chosen state, the project will allow its members to vote among the best states, especially to vote directed by the state-by-state freedom analysis done by the FSP. See their Website at:

http://freestateproject.org

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