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Origin Stories: Sean's Self-Discovery Leads him to the Free State

About three years ago I found myself in a career I didn’t particularly enjoy and in a house I struggled to afford. Was this to be my life for the next 30 years? That was a depressing thought. So, I sold my house and quit my job and began a journey of self-discovery.

I was intrigued by becoming more self-reliant. I wanted to be more in touch with nature and learn to provide for more of my own needs away from fragile and broken systems. I worked on a couple of farms learning to grow food and basic carpentry skills. I took a few permaculture workshops and went on a vision quest in the jungle of Peru. In the end, I came VERY close to building a tiny house and starting a farm; however, after a period of due diligence, I found the economics of agriculture uninspiring.

Another Way the Free Market Makes Me Smile

Amazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI! Today, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Free State Project Inc. Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4668773.

Since the FSP became 501(c)3, we have been able to accept tax deductible contributions. That’s pretty cool, in and of itself, because it means that our donors are both supporting liberty (us), and not supporting not-liberty (the guvmint).

It also gives us access to programs that are only available to non-profit organizations. Programs like Amazon Smile.

The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes (none if you already live in the Free State), or service charges.

Origin Stories: Goshe Thrives in New Hampshire

In February of 2008 when I became a U.S citizen, I was led to believe that voting was now my civic duty. Previously, I had been completely apolitical and for the first time I started to read the agendas between the two party lines. Looking back, I was just another ‘one issue voter’. At the time, I could not comprehend how a government could force individuals to purchase health insurance. As disgusted as I was with taxation, it seemed like a no brainer to avoid voting for Obama. I still hadn’t found political home until a new friend from work introduced me to Ron Paul minarchism. This led me to a group of friends involved with Campaign for Liberty in Baltimore, Maryland. Later that year, this new group of friends decided to head to Lancaster, NH for the event of the year that I knew nothing about. It was called PorcFest.

Big Day in da Haus

Yesterday was a great day for liberty in the state capitol. Pro-liberty bills passed left and right in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and will now be considered in the Senate, after which they could make their way to the Governor’s desk for signature.

School Choice

The State Senate has already passed one version of the “Croydon Bill” (SB 8) and the House passed its version yesterday (HB 557). This bill gives school districts the power to assign children to private schools in certain circumstances, using taxpayer dollars.

Says the Union Leader:

FSP Goes to Anarchapulco

Last weekend I went down to check out Anarchapulco. Since I missed my Mexico City connection by a couple minutes, I was jerked around by the airline and I ended up checking in to the auspiciously named "NH Collection" Airport Hotel.

NH Collection Hotel - Mexico City Airport

I ran into Eric July of Backwordz as we were both checking in - who had also missed his flight, and we spent the night cursing inefficient and over-regulated airlines (I’m looking at you, AeroMexico).

When I finally arrived Saturday morning, it was like getting off the plane in New Hampshire: Sunny and 70°. Beautiful!

Origin Stories: Robert Brags About his Liberty

New Hampshire just repealed concealed-carry permit requirements!

We have medical marijuana and are close to decrim.

We were the second state to recognize marriage rights for LGBT through legislation rather than the courts.

We have the best per capita representation in a state legislature, with an average of one representative for roughly every 3,250 people.

We have no income tax and no sales tax and the least tax revenue per capita among the states.

Unemployment; also lowest among all the states.

There is no requirement for car insurance which makes it super cheap (I saved 50%, yes my rates were literally halved, by switching to New Hampshire and didn't even need to call the lizard!).

We have among the lowest crime rates, and have been ranked among the healthiest states. We have the least STD’s!.

We have minor league baseball and hockey, some of the best hiking and skiing, Hampton Beach, and Chunky’s Cinema Pub!

This is what freedom can do, and we are just getting started! Live Free or Die!!

If your bags are not packed yet... what are you waiting for?? LIVE FREE with us!!

A Brief History of NH Marijuana Legislation

Few things get my goat more than when we see liberties expand in New Hampshire--as we saw recently with Constitutional Carry--and then the naysayers respond on Facebook with some version of "Still can't grow weed," or "Legalize MJ then I'll move."

Besides the giant red flag of demanding that other people expand your liberties for you before you commit to moving, it is frustrating when you consider how many years Granite State activists have been working on marijuana reform. An early mover posted the following in response to one such comment, and I thought it would be good to share for educational purposes:

1997, HB118 – Decrim <1½ oz.; killed in House

1998, HB1559 – Legal medical; killed in House

1999, HB87 – Decrim <1 oz.; killed in House (219-142)

2000, HB202 – Legal medical; interim study

2001, HB721 – Legal medical; killed in House (223-101)

2005, HB197 – Decrim all amounts; killed in House (295-60)

2005, HB238 – Legal medical; killed in House (252-116)

2007, HB92 – Decrim all amounts; died in House

Mover Survey Report

The goal of this survey was to gather hard data about the process and perception of moving from our movers, and to get the temperature of participants on the value proposition of the organization. The Free State Project needs to better understand the demographics, interests, and moving processes of its members.

We used the online survey tool SurveyMonkey, and distributed the survey through an email campaign on HubSpot. Analysis was done in Microsoft Excel.

Our response rate was 20%, which is above industry standard. Movers who responded tended to be opinionated, technologically comfortable, and recent movers. These biases have been incorporated into our analysis.

Key Lessons

Visitors prioritize exploring the state, especially on their first visit. Event management would do well to take this into account.

53% of respondents report that moving processes (physically moving, finding and job/home etc) were the most difficult part of the move to manage. 33% of respondents had more trouble building a network. The FSP can improve the first number by seeking out agencies that facilitate this process.

There are two major weaknesses.

Origin Stories: Bringing the Chase's Home

I moved to New Hampshire in late January from Iowa. I am a New Englander by birth but life landed me in Iowa for past seven years, happily so. My wife is still back in Iowa settling up affairs there and I moved early to start a new job. Having lived in both Connecticut and Massachusetts previously, when we decided to move back to the area the choice was between two states - Vermont or New Hampshire. I would like to say that we chose the Shire for reasons of principle, and that was certainly a factor, but the overriding factors were the pragmatics. As a technologist it opened up the greatest number of options for employment for me (Manchester, Concord, and the Boston area), the taxes are favorable (I've given more than enough money to Taxachusetts), and the mode of life here is more to our liking. Once we sell the house in Iowa, my wife will be moving out here as well and we will be purchasing property to start a small farmstead; our goal is building towards self-sufficiency and working with like-minded people to secure as much freedom and privacy as possible for everyone.


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