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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.

13 September 2003 Board Meeting Meeting

Free State Project Board Meeting 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

  1. New Business

A. 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.

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

Libertarian Party of New Hampshire Welcomes the FSP to the Granite State

At the January meeting of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire's executive board, the party officially endorsed the Free State Project by unanimous vote.

"New Hampshire residents may find themselves a group of political friends and allies in the Free State Project members, all of whom recognize the virtues of self-reliance, individual freedom and small state government, and will seek to further improve upon and enhance New Hampshire's standing as the liberty-leader among the fifty states.

"The LPNH has formed the 'Welcome to the Granite State' Committee to coordinate efforts promoting New Hampshire as the most desirable Free State candidate. This committee will work with other activists and FSP members to attract people seeking liberty and the spirit of independence that are so well represented in the Granite State."

See press release

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