News Archives 2005
(NOTE: Some of these older links might not work)
January 1, 2005
» Radio interview with Kat Dillon - head of FSP Volunteer Support - on the Open Mike show on WKBK 1290 in Keene, NH.
January 3, 2005
» This Thursday evening 1/06/05, Keith Murphy, FSP Project Local Groups Director will be holding a Local Groups Workshop. Local groups are one of the most important means of recruiting for the FSP. If you have questions about your local group, or how to get one started, this is the place you can get answers. Please bring your questions and ideas and join us at the online chat at 9pm ET. Hope to see you there! Other chats.
January 10, 2005
» Russell Kanning was elected as the new FSP Treasurer. (Karen Pratt had to step down due to family obligations). Here's the full FSP organization.
January 12, 2005
» New We Made the Move!
article, by "Joel".
» Chat: This Thursday evening 1/13/05 at 9pm ET, the online chat will feature a Q & A Session with FSP early movers. If you have questions about moving to NH, housing, jobs, acclimating to snow, drop by and have at us! Other chats.
» Your Choice - an award-winning diamante poem by Ethan Nappen. More essays and articles about the FSP.
January 13, 2005
January 14, 2005
» Kat Dillon on Harry Browne
radio show from 1/1/05.
» New FSP ad Tired of watching the map go red and blue? (PDF) in the January '05 issue of California Freedom, the LP of California's newsletter. Other FSP ads.
January 16, 2005
» This Thursday evening 1/20/05, we will be holding a Recruiting Workshop where we'll be discussing recent recruiting techniques which have been successful. Please join us with your questions and ideas at freestateproject.org/chat at 9pm ET. Hope to see you there! Other chats.
January 17, 2005
» Free Jim Perry by Kat Dillon. Story and photos.
January 20, 2005
January 23, 2005
» This Tuesday evening 1/25/05, we will be holding a chat workshop on
Fundraising, with FSP Director of Development, Varrin Swearingen.
Please join us with your questions and ideas at
freestateproject.org/chat at 9pm ET. Hope to see you there!
» Congratulations to Evan Nappen for recruiting three new FSP participants and thus earning his Golden Porcupine Award.
January 26, 2005
» FSP launches the Active Activist Army (AAA), its biggest recruiting effort to date — A corps of FSP leaders has stepped up to form the Hit-20 team, aimed to revitalize our member growth to make the FSP 20,000 strong and begin the migration for liberty. Several thousand e-mails have been sent by FSP VP Evan Nappen to FSP Participants and supporters, challenging them to recruit three new Participants each by April 19, the 230th anniversary of "the shot heard around the world" that began the Revolutionary War. Supporters and Participants who sign up three or more new participants will receive the Golden Porcupine award, prizes from the Hit-20 team, and most importantly the honor of bringing us closer to a Free State. The Hit-20 team will provide strategies, materials, and guidance to all those accepting the challenge. If you have not yet signed up for the Active Activist Army, please do so now. Thank you for your help working for Liberty in our Lifetime!
» The Great FSP Recruiting Push of
2005 — FSP Founder Jason Sorens reviews the status of the Project and
covers what's in store for the FSP in 2005.
» Two new essays: New Hampshire is the Cure for the Liberty Lovers' Blues (or Reds) by Karl Beisel; New Hampshire "Gets It" by Jason Sorens. Other essays.
January 29, 2005
» Congratulations to Jim C Perry for recruiting three new FSP participants and thus earning his Golden Porcupine Award.
February 5, 2005
» After a hiatus, the Quill newsletter is back in action. The February edition is now available here.
February 09, 2005
» New endorsement from
Bernard von Nothaus, author of The Liberty Dollar Solution.
» Congratulations to Randall Wolfe for recruiting three new FSP participants and thus earning his Golden Porcupine Award.
February 13, 2005
» Essay - Plotting a Second TLE Revolution by Dada Orwell.
February 15, 2005
» For those in northern Illinois - FSP President Amanda
Phillips is scheduled to appear on the Stephanie Caltegerone radio
show on WNTA 1330 AM in Rockford, Illinois, on Fri 2/18/05 during the 2pm
CST hour. (Sorry, no webcast).
» Brian Sullivan is the new Participant Services Director (taking over from Tim Condon); Kat Dillon is the new Local Groups Coordinator (taking over from Keith Murphy); Seth Cohn is the new head of NH Info (taking over from George Reich). Here is the complete organization.
February 16, 2005
» The Connecticut FSP group will be participating in a rally
supporting New London, CT homeowners in their legal battle against abuse of eminent
domain, as a followup to earlier FSP advertising in the area. The rally takes
place on Sunday February 20th at 3 PM at the intersection of State St. and Bank
St. The Castle Coalition will be providing signs. Prior to the rally, at 11 AM,
Jason Sorens will be interviewed on
WPKN 89.5 FM about the FSP's
» See video interview with Steve Cobb - FSP Publicity Director, from the '04 Porcfest.
February 23, 2005
February 26, 2005
» Exciting new endorsement from Michael Badnarik, LP Presidential candidate, 2004.
February 28, 2005
» The FSP Board has adopted a new, more streamlined mission
statement, which you can view above (top of the home page). The substance
is the same, but the wording is superior to the old version.
» Strategic Goals for 2005
» New flyer - "Eminent Domain Abuse" on downloads page.
» Talk by Jason Sorens: "Secession and Democracy" on Tuesday March 15, 6 pm ET at U. of Pittsburgh Law School, 3900 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. Free to the public, no registration needed. Sponsored by the Federalist Society.
March 02, 2005
March 04, 2005
» Upcoming FSP tables in California: 1) NORML convention 3/31-4/02 in San Francisco, 2) Orange County Gun Show 4/2-3 in Costa Mesa, and 3) Del Mar Gun Show 4/30-5/01. More info.
March 05, 2005
» FSP Fundraising. [Progress bar on home page].
March 06, 2005
» New event: Jason Sorens speaks to College Libertarians at Florida
State Univ, Mar 17 @5pm. CANCELED! More events.
» Upcoming FSP tables/speakers: Wisconsin LP Convention (March 19), Iowa LP Convention (April 2). More events.
» Two new essays by Jason Sorens, FSP Founder and Chairman: Secession Research Part one Part Two.
March 07, 2005
» Jason Sorens will speak to the Vermont Citizens for Property Rights on March 19 @1 PM at the Charlmont Restaurant near Morrisville, VT.
March 9, 2005
» Free Staters win elections in NH: Dawn Lincoln to the Budget Committee in Winchester and Karen Pratt to the School Board in Goffstown.
March 11, 2005
» New FSP Merchandise item: FSP embroidered jacket.
March 14, 2005
» Media article They want to
take over the state in the 03/03/05 HippoPress, Manchester NH. Also,
follow-up letter to the editor You
missed the boat on Free State, by Cal Pratt.
» New Hampshire again named Most Livable State for 2005 ... comes in as 2nd Healthiest State, and retains its position as 4th Safest State.
March 16, 2005
» Free State Nationwide Tax Day Recruitment — April 15, 2005! Grab your flyers and get out there to remind taxpayers that there's an alternative to big government. See this discussion on the forum for info and ideas, and/or coordinate with your local group!
March 21, 2005
» Essay What's Going on in New Hampshire?? by Kat Dillon. "If a few hundred dedicated liberty lovers can make a change in New Hampshire, what will happen when a few thousand move?"
March 24, 2005
» Media article 'Free Stater' joins board about FSP participant Karen Pratt and her election to the Goffstown School Board.
March 28, 2005
March 29, 2005
» Board of Directors Meeting Minutes for 2/27/05 and 3/20/05 available.
April 7, 2005
» The Jan/Feb '05 issue of American Handgunner magazine contains a nice article Can a Porcupine Save Your Guns? by FSP vice-president Evan Nappen. The article is available in HTML and now, in a nicer PDF.
April 9, 2005
» The FSP has a new partnership with Netflix, the DVD rental company, so that if you join Netflix (through the link on this page), the FSP will receive a small commission. We have even begun a list of some pro-freedom movies you might be interested in. You can reach our Netflix page from the FSP Store or go there directly.
April 10, 2005
» The April edition of The Quill - the FSP newsletter - is now available.
April 11, 2005
» Brief Report from the LP Minnesota Convention by Amanda Phillips.
April 15, 2005
April 18, 2005
» Article in the Concord Monitor - They still just want to be free.
April 20, 2005
» No traffic cameras for NH! - An amusing story about when a bill came up to allow robotic traffic cameras at the busiest crossroads, mocking laughter from the gallery preceded the measure's demise.
April 21, 2005
» Several new items in the FSP
Store - an FSP brochure, two new magnets, a new section for NH Merchandise
(currently featuring a discount subscription to NHToDo magazine), and a
partnership with Netflix (for DVD rentals).
» We Made the Move! Patricia Evans.
May 04, 2005
» Freedom Summit a
seminar dedicated to promoting and advancing human freedom will be held
June 24-26 in Manchester, NH. Speakers include Ron Paul, Nathaniel Branden,
James Bovard, Amanda Phillips (FSP), Don Gorman (NHLA), and other libertarian
» PorcFest '05 the second annual Free State Project gathering in NH is open to anyone interested in freedom or the Free State Project, and will be held July 23-31 at Roger's Campground in Lancaster, NH.
May 6, 2005
» On Monday, May 9, at noon, Mike Fisher, an FSP participant, plans to violate NH's licensing laws at the State Board of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics in Concord. Here's the thread on the FSP Forum and several media articles
May 13, 2005
» See the new Activist
» On May 9, Mike Fisher, an FSP participant, violated NH's licensing laws at the State Board of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics in Concord. There's been a lot of news coverage.
May 19, 2005
» NJ Governor awards writer of Letter to Ayn Rand Ethan Nappen (who will be at PorcFest 2005 and is the son of FSP VP Evan Nappen).
June 2, 2005
June 3, 2005
June 4, 2005
» Board of Directors Meeting Minutes for 4/17/05 now available.
June 9, 2005
» Word of mouth continues to be the most effective recruiting tool for the FSP and we wish to recognize the efforts of our most outstanding recruiters, by awarding the Golden Porcupine to any person who successfully recruits 3 new FSP Participants.
June 10, 2005
» States To Avoid - from LewRockwell.com: "The solution for freedom lovers is obvious: Move to NH".
June 13, 2005
» Essay: Free New
Hampshire: How Libertarians Can Win in the Marketplace of Ideas by Jason
» Brief Report from the Hamilton County LP meeting (TN) by Keith Carlsen.
June 15, 2005
» Central NY FSP and the Ithaca Libertarians Independence Day BBQ & Campout - Ithaca NY on July 3rd and 4th.
June 20, 2005
» The June edition of The Quill - the FSP newsletter - is now available.
June 27, 2005
June 28, 2005
» Free State Project mentioned in many links. In the wake of Kelo v. City of New London, a private developer has applied to take possession of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Souter's New Hampshire residence for the purpose of building "The Lost Liberty Hotel," featuring the "Just Desserts Cafe," and a museum dedicated to the loss of American freedom. He hopes that Free Staters will be regular customers. . .
July 7, 2005
» New Hampshire wins award as the Most Improved State
July 8, 2005
» Varrin Swearingen (Board member and PorcFest organizer) will be on the Al Kulas radio show on WKBK 1290 AM in Keene, NH from 8-9 am Saturday, July 9
July 10, 2005
July 12, 2005
» With Free Staters continuing to move to New Hampshire ahead of the 20,000-signer threshold, and with our original September 2006 goal for 20,000 signatures on the horizon, we need to consider whether to change our Mission Statement, Statement of Intent, or Participation Guidelines.
Is there a way we can restructure the Project to increase our chances of success in creating a free state, and in achieving liberty in our lifetime? The FSP Board of Directors wants to hear what you have to say.
You can post your ideas on our forum, send them to us by email, participate in the discussion at the upcoming Porcupine Freedom Festival or attend one of many to-be-scheduled local group meetings in August to make your views heard.
We'll carefully consider all input we receive by September 1st, and we plan to make a decision on any changes by October 1st. Thanks for your help in working toward a freer society!
July 14, 2005
» PorcFest press release -
Porcupines Gather in New Hampshire for Annual Freedom Festival
» FSP Commemorative BuckÃ¯Â¿Â½ Knife will be on sale at PorcFest
» Operations Report for July now available
July 23, 2005
July 24, 2005
» FSP Polo Shirts now available on the FSP Merchandise page
July 25, 2005
July 27, 2005
» Photo Contest for PorcFest 2005: There will be a photography contest during PorcFest 2005. Prizes will be awarded for most photos submitted, best photo, and funniest photo. A Grand Prize will be awarded for Best Publicity photo to be used for during 2005 and to promote PorcFest 2006. See current photos.
July 28, 2005
August 1, 2005
August 3, 2005
August 4, 2005
» Media article: Taking freedom for Granite
August 7, 2005
» New item for sale in the FSP Store - FSP Decals
August 8, 2005
August 13, 2005
» Report from PorcFest - by Brian Wright
August 14, 2005
» PorcFest '05 Merchandise now available in the Store
August 15, 2005
» Board of Directors Meeting Minutes for 8/14/05 now available.
August 16, 2005
» Past issues of FSP News are now available. Also, "FSP News" is now a top menu item (under News).
August 19, 2005
» New essay Chasing Liberty by Morey Straus
August 24, 2005
» Report from PorcFest - by Varrin Swearingen (PorcFest Czar)
August 31, 2005
» In the We Moved! section, follow Brian Wright's on-going "New Pilgrim Chronicles: One man's story of the trials and rewards of moving to Free State".
September 3, 2005
» Attention FSP Participants affected by Hurricane Katrina: FSP Participant and Friend networks are in place. If you need temporary lodging, work or help in the LA, AL, MS. TN, or FL area, or if you are ready to re-locate to NH now, please contact us immediately. Call the FSP general number - 888 532-4604 if you have a return phone number, or email email@example.com. We will do our very best to put you in touch with Porcupines with the ability to offer assistance to you and your family, whether in your area or in NH. While we are not set up to handle disaster relief, many have expressed the desire to help.
September 5, 2005
» See the FSP Photo Gallery, by clicking on the new "Photos" button (located in the right-hand sidebar, bottom of the Member Center panel).
September 7, 2005
» New feature: Liaisons Corner an on-going series of interviews with our Liaison Leaders.
September 10, 2005
» Updated Org Chart.
September 12, 2005
September 13, 2005
» Report on PorcFest '05 by Bill Walker
» Report on PorcFest '05 by Chris Lopez
September 14, 2005
» Short essay The Life of Freedom by Kira Dillon (age 14).
September 15, 2005
September 17, 2005
» New FSP endorsement from Keith Stroup, director of NORML.
September 22, 2005
September 26, 2005
» FSP Store now has 4 new magnets, plus a variety pack.
September 30, 2005
» FSP Restructuring Announcement delayed: The Board of Directors has not yet determined which changes to the FSP structure should be pursued, if any. We have worked at length to resolve these questions, taking into account the extensive feedback we received from participants and friends, but will be unable to announce any decisions by October 1st. Thank you for your patience as we continue our deliberations. The FSP Board of Directors
October 6, 2005
October 9, 2005
» New essay LISTEN, Libertarian! by Tim Condon.
October 14, 2005
» Board of Directors Meeting Minutes for 10/05/05 now available. Includes info about FSP Structure Evaluation.
October 15, 2005
October 16, 2005
» Five new animated GIFs are available on the Logos page, like this one:
October 21, 2005
» New essay Unlimited Government and the Free State Project by Jason Sorens.
October 27, 2005
» Liaisons Corner interview with Jim Walters, States Rights liaison.
October 30, 2005
» Essay - Turning New
Hampshire into a 21st Century Powerhouse by Alan R. Weiss
» NH rated #2 in the 2005 Work Environment Index
November 1, 2005
» Statement by the
Free State Project Board of Directors
» Several related news stories.
November 5, 2005
» November's Design of
» US Census Bureau Report (PDF) released 10/27/05: NH #2 in "% of Households with Internet Access" and #3 in "% Households with a Computer". Also see newspaper article.
November 7, 2005
» In the We Moved! section, Brian Wright concludes his 12-part series "New Pilgrim Chronicles: One man's story of the trials and rewards of moving to Free State".
November 8, 2005
November 10, 2005
» Article in the Bow Times (NH) - Free Staters among us
November 11, 2005
November 16, 2005
November 18, 2005
November 22, 2005
» FSP featured on Sweet Site of The Day.
November 23, 2005
» In the Newswire - Coverage of the Social Security Card burn by FSP participants in NH. Check out the hot video!
December 14, 2005
December 15, 2005
December 18, 2005
December 19, 2005
» The Twelve Liberty-minded Days of Christmas by Philip Denisch
December 20, 2005
» Here Comes Porcer Claus by Philip Denisch
December 21, 2005
» The Free State Project is nominated for Freedom Organization of the Year on Strike the Root, a "journal of liberty". Also nominated is the NH Underground, a website started by FSP members that moved to NH.