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Debate Over Bitcoin Payments for Taxes and Fees

CoinDesk covers the recent testimony at New Hampshire's legislative hearings about whether the state should accept Bitcoin for payment of taxes and fees.

Says early mover, and the bipartisan bill's primary sponsor, Eric Schleien: “If New Hampshire can lead the way in the primary process, and we can lead in other ways, why don’t we lead the way to being the first state to actually implement a process? It’s going to happen, all 50 states are going to do this. Why don’t we be the first?” Read more here.

NH is Best Case, One Chart

Nothing like running across an article entitled: "The Case for Moving to New Hampshire, In One Chart." Boom, my work here is done! From the article, which can be read at Vox: "The OECD — a club of various rich, developed countries — recently unveiled a new dataset on well-being across the world, which they measure holistically, taking into account everything from the murder rates to unemployment levels to broadband access. Conveniently, they broke the numbers down not just by nation but by region. Adam Carstens conveniently graphed the US state data. New Hampshire comes out on top, followed by Minnesota and Vermont." Full "Well-Being User Guide."

Libertarianism: Bow Ties & Slam Poetry

Bloomberg covers last weekend's International Students for Liberty conference in DC. In the lengthy article, "Bow Ties and Slam Poetry: This Is Libertarianism in 2015," the Free State Project and PorcFest get a mention (which is great considering the FSP pioneered many of the "cool" things heralded in the article): "In recent years, as the duo of Ron and Rand Paul spread the libertarian gospel into Republican politics, reporters have noticed sub-cultures like New Hampshire’s Free State Project and its annual PORCfest, a 'libertarian Burning Man' where Bitcoin and silver pieces are preferred to 'fiat currency.'” Read more at Bloomberg.

Scott Horton of AntiWar at NH Liberty Forum

The Free State Project’s 8th annual Liberty Forum’s theme is "Moved by Liberty," and includes speeches by activist Sheriff Mack and CEO of Overstock, Patrick Byrne.

February 17, 2015 – Manchester, NH – Today, the Free State Project announced Scott Horton, radio show host and editor of Antiwar.com, will be speaking at Liberty Forum, New Hampshire’s premiere liberty conference. Liberty Forum’s cutting edge topics run the gamut from “Non-Violent Communications” to crypto-currencies like ziftyrCOIN and Bitcoin. This four-day conference will be held March 5-8, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.

Thursday, March 5th kicks off with a dinner reception followed by entertainment provided by Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, the online platforms of Reason, the libertarian magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets." Also on Thursday is a tour of the State House in Concord, and a late night improv session. Several independent media outlets, including nationally syndicated Free Talk Live, will be broadcasting throughout the conference, starting on Thursday night.

Who Represents the Minority?

Early mover, Conan Salada weighs in on the question of "representative government" after a small group of fiscally responsible residents went head-to-head with the tax hungry education industry at a deliberative session last weekend. From Salada's LTE: "As was expected, they were completely outnumbered, ridiculed and ultimately silenced. School board member Susan Hay summed up the proceedings perfectly, 'We don’t need a very small minority of people in this community — that do not in any way represent the will of the people — telling us how to do our job.' This brings up a very important question. Who, then, represents me? If I have no voice because the powers that be disagree or outright refuse to hear me, why then should I be forced to pay into such an institution? What happened to deriving their powers from the consent of the governed? Well, I officially renounce the consent I never swore to in the first place.

Get Your Mush On!

Bored with the simple joys of skiing and snowshoeing this winter? Why not take the dogs out sledding? Or maybe try some winter fatbiking? Or, better yet, unleash your inner lumberjack with some adult axe throwing. Check out some of the unusual and fun stuff you can do in New Hampshire during the winter at Visit White Mountains. Photo credit: Bretton Woods.

NH: Breaking Ground for Bitcoin

Says NH Magazine: "New Hampshire is out in front again — this time in a 'revolution' in how we pay for things. And helping to lead the change is Manchester resident Zach Harvey. Two years ago, he and his brother Josh created an ATM for Bitcoin, an increasingly accepted alternative currency that is strictly digital." Brothers Zach and Josh Harvey are FSP early movers. Check out this interview with Zach produced by other early movers for the "It's Like This Too" series for Voices of Liberty. The New Yorker covered Zach and the Bitcoin ATM last year during the FSP's winter conference Liberty Forum.

Cryptocurrency Featured at Liberty Forum

The Free State Project (FSP) announced recently an exclusive partnership with Milford-based cryptocurrency startup ziftrCOIN for FSP’s annual Liberty Forum event that takes place March 5-8 in Manchester.

ziftrCOIN is an innovative new altcoin designed to bring on board the next 10 million cryptocurrency users. Ziftr, the company behind ziftrCOIN, has designed a suite of tools to make cryptocurrency highly accessible and easily adoptable for both consumers and merchants. These tools include ziftrPAY, a secure API that enables merchants to accept Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, ziftrCOIN and other popular altcoins in addition to credit cards; ziftrWALLET, a multicoin digital wallet, and ziftrSHOP, an online marketplace where consumers can shop their favorite online merchants and pay using cryptocurrency or credit cards. Each ziftrCOIN will have a $1 minimum redemption value when spent within Ziftr’s retailer network.

Early Mover Inspires Ska-Punk Band

California-based ska band Warehouse One released a new track called "Victimless Crime Spree." In a tweet, the band says: "Title stolen from/inspired by @derrickjme." Derrick J is an FSP early mover who starred in the embedded documentary about his activism in Keene, NH. Whether you love the movie or not, Derrick's actions and film inspired others to make protest art, and this is a good thing. As Aldous Huxley, author of A Brave New World, states at the start of "Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree": "The... creative life of man is ultimately impossible without a considerable measure of individual freedom." To listen to Warehouse One's new track, which calls out the emerging police state (NSFW), and to read more, visit The Free Thought Project.

Packing Heat: Not Just for Men

There is a growing trend in New Hampshire: More women are learning to shoot and arming themselves. “When the government started talking about gun control," said Dan Gebers, president of the Major Waldron Sportsmen’s Association and a Dover police officer, "There was a major influx in [female] membership, young and old.” Several FSP early movers, and founding members of the Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire, are quoted in the Seacoast Online article. Photo credit: Foster's Daily Democrat front page. (They ran a story about this trend over the weekend as well.)

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