My wife and I have now resided in the Granite State for 1 year and here are some thoughts:
The move has not disappointed. We relocated from Connecticut, a tax-happy gun-hating stinkhole. There is a noticeable difference, perhaps primarily for those of us who came from such states, in the reach of the taxman here. Sales tax may seem negligible, but it had been a constant factor in my life, and in CT, I had to live through multiple increases and the looming threat of more. I work in MA, so I am still paying state income tax, but I salivate at the prospect of having that washed away at some point down the road (not now thought because I have a great job). Just knowing that is a future possibility makes me happy to live here.
Early mover Joel Valenzuela writes about New Hampshire's "Organic Bitcoin Farm Paradise."
"New Hampshire, home to 4,150 farms comprised of 471,911 acres of farmland, is a prime destination for local, organic farm products. The state is also home to one of the most robust Bitcoin communities in the world, and as a result you can buy all your organic groceries with cryptocurrency."
Read more at the Coin Telegraph.
The idea was simple: PorcFest attendees seemed like the type of folks who might be harboring an opinion, frustration, or passion or two (or ten!). I wanted to provide an opportunity to “tell us how you really feel.”
The rules were basic: You had 3 minutes and if you ran over your time, you got shot by a water pistol, and a point was taken off from your score. I lined up judges: Angela Keaton (Antiwar.com), Chris Lawless (Ron Paul’s Friggin’ Giant and Liberty Forum lead organizer) and Gardner Goldsmith (writer and radio host). I was the Vanna White of the night.
FSP early mover Ian Underwood writes a thought-provoking and compelling piece on Granite Grok today about the role of courts in New Hampshire. He starts with the following thought experiment:
"Suppose you buy a car made by General Motors. And there is a problem with the car — the brakes aren’t designed properly, and you’re severely injured in a car crash. So you want to sue GM.
And suppose you’re required to do that in a court that is owned and operated by GM. In particular, the judge and the other officers of the court are employees of GM.
You go to the judge to voice your concern about this. And he tells you: Oh, there’s no conflict of interest, because the court is a separate part of the company.
It’s laughable, right? Because it violates what we might call ‘the first rule of justice’, nemo judex in sua causa: No one can be judge and party in his own case."
It was a Sunday, it was dreary out, and Elm Street, the main downtown drag, was depressing as all get-out with boarded up buildings and “Going Out of Business” signs. I hated it. I actually teared up, saying to Louis, “Please don’t ask me to live here.”
At the time, I was still ambivalent about the whole “Move to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project and work towards ‘Liberty in Our Lifetime’” thing--how life has changed!--and Manchester was not doing Louis’s pitch any favors.
Fast forward a decade: 10 PorcFests, 20,000 signers, and one Trigger the Move later, and I’m happy to report: I love it here! Manchester's economy has improved and downtown is now vibrant, sporting restaurants and shops like Dancing Lion Chocolates that even take bitcoin!
This video guide by early mover Dr. Tarrin Lupo (chiropractor) is designed to help you relocate to New Hampshire. Dr. Lupo discusses how he saved $1,000 on his moving truck, and other useful information you need to know before you move.
Before you move, please email "email@example.com" to let us know. Thanks!
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FSP Board Meeting
Time/Date: 3:00p Sunday, April 17, 2016
Attending: Carla, Jason, Jody, Matt, Rich (tele), Séamas
Meeting called to order at: 3:09pm
- Choose meeting chair
- Treasurer’s Report
- President’s Report
- Aaron resigned
- New Board members
- Elect new board Chair
- New Business
- Amend Bylaws to clarify emergency meeting protocol
- What is the mission of the FSP?
- Future of Liberty Forum and PorcFest
- FTL/Ian Freeman
From The Dartmouth, America's oldest college newspaper:
"'The Free State Project is a natural outlet for dissatisfaction in the political system,' Merrill said.
'It’s a natural outgrowth of individuals wanting to be certain that government doesn’t intrude in their lives in an unreasonable manner,' he said. 'I have yet to run into any Free Stater who wasn’t patriotic, interested in keeping government at an appropriate size, and willing to do their part. I think those are the kinds of people that will keep New Hampshire the state that it has been and should remain.'”
This article on libertarianism and liberty in New Hampshire is the second in a three-part series from The Dartmouth, America's oldest college newspaper. The final part will be published tomorrow, so stay tuned.
From the article:
"New Hampshire is in Henry David Thoreau’s backyard, a region north of Massachusetts’ Walden Pond where individual responsibility, community cohesion in the small valleys of the White Mountains and personal liberty have always been valued. The small, isolated towns of northern New England may contribute to Alexis de Tocqueville’s concept of “self-interest rightly understood,” the tendency of people to view aiding their communities through private action — for instance, by removing a fallen tree from a roadway without waiting for government agents to do the task for them — as a self-serving goal, helping others by helping oneself."
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There is something magical about campfires isn't there? Throughout history, some of the greatest ideas, movements and friendships have started around campfires.
A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out a box of old paperwork when I found something surprising and timely, considering that FSP had just announced the week before that the move had been triggered. An old, forgotten notepad on which I had jotted handwritten notes taken at the very first meeting, in late 2002, of the “Welcome to the Granite State Committee” formed by three members of LPNH: Rich Tomasso, George Reich, and me. Our stated goal for the committee was to promote New Hampshire as the best state for FSP members to choose. We were all members of FSP, and were committed to moving if another state was selected, but we passionately believed NH was the best choice.