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Independent Streak: Libertarianism in the Woods of NH

The Dartmouth, the daily student paper of Dartmouth College in Hanover, is writing a three-part series on libertarianism in New Hampshire. Here is the first edition.

"On the morning of June 16, it will be just over 60 degrees in Lancaster if average temperatures hold. The city lies on the southern edge of Coös County, near the banks of the Connecticut River. At its heart is a small, insular community cut off from the state around it by forests and mountains stretching out for miles around. At the edge of town, out in the woods, is Roger’s Campground. That morning, the final preparations will be underway in these woods for one of the largest gatherings of libertarians in the world: PorcFest.

Pine Tree Riot: A History of Rebellion

I have an odd relationship with the Town of Weare, a place of rebellion.

Weare is where I was arrested--Where? Weare!--in 2010 for filming police officers during a routine traffic stop. I was charged with felony wiretapping, facing 7 years in prison. All charges against me were later dropped, but I, like Ebenezer Mudgett and his posse did centuries ago, decided to fight back. I sued the police department and the Town of Weare for violations of my constitutional rights, and in 2014 prevailed in a landmark 1st Amendment case in the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Today is the anniversary of Weare’s Pine Tree Riot of 1772, which took place 17 months before the Boston Tea Party and three years before “The Shot Heard Round the World.”

NH Unemployment Rate Now 2.6%

If you are planning your move to New Hampshire, you are likely looking for a job. The good news is the March numbers show that the state's unemployment rate is 2.6%. The national unemployment rate is around 5%. Depending on figures still to come from North Dakota and South Dakota, NH could have the lowest unemployment rate in the US. Check out WMUR's coverage here. Join the FSP Job Alert group on Facebook, where you can ask questions, peruse job postings, and network. Happy hunting!

Unlikely Bedfellows Have One Thing In Common, And It's Not Just Cabaret

Over the past few months, a theater group called Civilians have been visiting New Hampshire to interview Free State Project early movers for a new cabaret show they are working on. Their focus was on anarcho-capitalists in the movement, but as you know, Free Staters come in many stripes--we're a big tent for smaller government, after all.

In this piece Civilians R&D Group members EllaRose Chary, Jay Stull and Jordan Mahome reflect on adapting their investigation into state-resistance movements for the Let Me Ascertain You cabaret stage.

"We decided to work on this project because Jay wanted to do something about this group of anarcho-capitalists he’s friends with in New Hampshire. They live in a community called the Free State Project. Ella was interested in what’s going on with social movements organized around police power, from Black Lives Matter to variations on the Occupy movement."

They met with many of us, letting us tell our stories. They say:

Orson Welles Loves NH, And So Do We!

In 2007, the New Hampshire Film & Television Office made a promo to entice filmmakers to choose the Free State Project's backyard for film projects. The promo featured Orson Welles, who said:

"New Hampshire is towns and cities, but it is also wilderness, a paradise of trees, a healing expanse of solitude."

Check out the video to hear what else Welles had to say about New Hampshire, and for some inspiring footage from across this beautiful state. Curious which movies have been set in New Hampshire? How about filmed here? A recent favorite of mine? Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods.

New Hampshire not only offers the opportunity of "Liberty in Our Lifetime," it is also a spectacular backdrop to life itself. Come visit us in the White Mountains during PorcFest, then make your move!

The Free State Project Joins Class Action Suit Against IRS

Today, the Free State Project announced that it has joined a class action lawsuit against the IRS for illegally targeting libertarian-leaning nonprofit organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Last week, after a unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit "slammed" the IRS in a "blistering rebuke," the agency was forced to turn over a list of organizations it unfairly targeted. The Free State Project received a court notice that it is a member of that class.

WSJ Opinion: Can Libertarians Hijack New Hampshire?

MSN News: WSJ Opinion Journal

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Member Mary Kissel does a short (3min) interview of Associate Editorial Features Editor Kyle Peterson for the WSJ Opinion Journal on MSN News about his recent coverage of the Free State Project's Liberty Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire last month. She states "We call Snowden one of the worst traitors in American history, just to be clear," to which Kyle responds "He skyped in, answered questions, and got more than one standing ovation."

Liberty in Action Awards Trailer

At Liberty Forum 2016, the inaugural Liberty in Action Awards ceremony was held, emceed by Andre Rosa. Check out this trailer, and stay tuned for the whole shebang coming soon!

The Queen City: A New Millennium Marvel

Politico recently wrote a fascinating piece about New Hampshire's largest city, Manchester, which is also known as Queen City.

"But if Manchester’s job and housing markets are thriving, it’s still a work in progress. The Millyard is woefully short of parking, and public transit isn’t sufficiently developed to allow people to get around without a car. There’s a civic center and a minor league baseball park, but little in the way of grass-roots, homegrown arts, music and culture. 'We have a bar and restaurant scene, but it’s going to need some retail and more diverse entertainment,' says York."

Photo credit: Carla Gericke

The Wall Street Journal Visits the Free State Project at Liberty Forum

Photo credit: Chad Crowe / WSJ

The Wall Street Journal's Kyle Peterson writes about the Free State Project in a lengthy article entitled The Great American Disconnect: "The U.S. has been drifting into a collection of red or blue enclaves. Libertarians decided they needed a state of their own."

The intrepid reporter visited Liberty Forum last month in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he bought jam with Bitcoin from an ATM and watched Edward Snowden address over 500 attendees.

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