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Setting Stage for Libertarian Influx

Today's Concord Monitor, front page, above the fold:

“It’s a little bit like a Kickstarter model, right? Like, if 20,000 people say they’ll do it, then we’ll do it,” she said.

The first movers are making it easier for those who come after them. At least one Free Stater owns a real estate company, which he uses to help his fellow “porcupines,” as participants are nicknamed.

They also spring to action to help new movers unpack and get to know the area, and Gericke said there’s a buddy program that helps people find a mechanic or a doctor.

“Honestly, I’m glad it’s taken its time because people have laid a lot of groundwork. . . . Even though, yes, it’s taken over a decade, I think that it is actually going to benefit the movement as a whole,” she said.

"Keeping America Safe" Panel Discussion

Do events like this happen where you live? A panel discussion about foreign policy, moderated by John Stossel. From the Union Leader:

MANCHESTER — Are America’s actions overseas serving the country well? Have U.S. military interventions made the country more secure, at an acceptable cost — or have military actions proved too costly to American troops, the country’s principles and our financial future?

Education Choice is Foundation for Equal Opportunity

Christopher Sununu, who sits on the Executive Council, writes an op-ed about school choice in New Hampshire.

In New Hampshire, we see continued evidence of illogical behavior by the state. Our governor and her attorney general are seeking an injunction against the small town of Croydon, that has chosen to pay tuition for a tiny group of elementary students to attend a private school. The Croydon School District has seen fit to pay for five students to attend the Newport Montessori School, because it and the students’ parents have determined it is in the children’s best interest. That approach also happens to be less costly to Croydon taxpayers than the public school. However, the attorney general says that Croydon is violating the law, so now the town must raise money to fight the state in court.

95%: Less Than 1,000 Signers to Go!

We are making history! Now with less than 5% to go to securing the final signers--less than 1,000 liberty lovers!!!--NOW is the time to show your support for the Free State Project! Due to the slow rate of donations, we are exhausting our operating resources to fund the Facebook ads, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Not only are we on track to Trigger the Move at an unprecedented rate, we are also making history by bringing you Edward Snowden--live from Russia--at Liberty Forum!

Escape to Liberty

Laissez Faire Today discovers the Free State Project, and Chris Campbell writes a compelling article about the viability of being part of the most audacious mass migration movement for more liberty in the world. Join now.

And the freedom of mobility, we believe, is one freedom you should take full advantage of if you’re serious about living free in an unfree world. (Unless, of course, you’re satisfied with your current location and are comfortable with its future. Which is great.)

The “best” place in the world is subjective. It depends on the individual. No place on Earth is perfect. And there will always be trade-offs no matter where you go.

But, no matter where it is, having a group of like-minded people with you will always enrich the experience.

And today, with billions of people only a click away, it’s more possible than ever to find a “tribe” of like-minded folks…

And even get them all to relocate to the same place.

94.3%--It's Happening Fast!

The Facebook advertising campaign is a smashing success! We gained another percentage point over the weekend, and the counter now stands at 18,865, 94.3% to our goal of 20,000 signers. While this is amazingly exciting, we can use YOUR support for our Trigger the Move fundraiser. Let's keep the momentum going!

Fundraising report as of this writing: $10,625 USD raised by 89 people in 22 days 27% of $40,000 goal.

Click here to read more about the campaign, then give your most generous donation today.

Can't contribute financially? Help us get the word out by sharing and telling your friends! Come hear Edward Snowden speak at Liberty Forum starting on February 18, 2016 in downtown Manchester. Save the date for PorcFest, June 19-26, 2016.

The Free State Project is a 501(c)(3) organization; contributions are tax-deductible. Our tax ID number is 36-4668773.

School Choice: Why It Matters

Early movers Dr. Darren Tapp with Laura Bennett write about the Croydon school choice case:

Parents have found that Newport schools do not work for their children and thus wish to educate them elsewhere, including at private schools. The DoE’s injunction is not only robbing Croydon residents of their time and money, but it is — at its root— very opposed to the well-being of Croydon families since the injunction seeks to infringe on their right to make the best possible educational decisions for their children.

Read more at FreeCoast Online PLEASE NOTE: The hearing on the merits of the case has been postponed, and is no longer scheduled for January 13, 2016. Stay tuned for more details.

Photo credit: Kate Baker. Group of school choice supporters at the courthouse before the injunctive hearing late last year.

An Uber Dilemma

If you missed what was happening with Uber in Portsmouth (see here, here, and here), get up to speed with this short documentary clip created by Portsmouth independent filmmaker Zach Cusson, and featuring early mover and Free Uber founder Christopher David.

As seen on a pro-Uber supporter's sign at a council meeting last year, the issue boils down to: Let the rider be the decider.

93% to Goal of 20,000 in 5 Days

Never before have we seen such growth! The counter now stands at 18,643, that's more than 93% to our 20,000 goal. At this rate, we will Trigger the Move sooner than anyone can imagine!

This acceleration is directly attributable to paid Facebook ads targeted to people who think like we do. For the first time, we are able to reach a huge new audience who might never before have heard of the Free State Project, but once they do, they love the concept. It was like that for me. I was disillusioned with national politics and disgusted with the burgeoning police state. I was seriously considering leaving the U.S. Then I discovered the Free State Project. The rest, as they say, is history.

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