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.”
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!
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:
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!
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!
"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
On the TV show, The A-Team--one of the few shows that was broadcast on state-controlled South African television in the 1980s--John “Hannibal” Smith used to say: “I love it when a plan comes together.”
And, boy, did it come together this past weekend at the Free State Project’s 9th annual Liberty Forum, held February 18-21, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester, NH.
I always say, “It takes a Quillage,” and it really does! Most of the people who worked on bringing you the best Liberty Forum yet, volunteered their time. Hours and hours, week over week, month over month. They are the true stars of the event.
Says Angela Harris, lead organizer with husband Emmett:
“WOW, what a weekend! If you had told me a year ago that Emmett and I would be organizing the next Liberty Forum, and that not only would we have Edward Snowden as our keynote speaker, but that we would have already Triggered the Move weeks before, I would have told you were crazy – optimistic and cute, but crazy.”
On February 20, 2016, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed more than 500 attendees at the Free State Project's 9th annual NH Liberty Forum in Manchester, NH.
People gathered from across the globe to discuss practical ways to expand social and economic liberties. The conference also provided an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the Free Stater community in New Hampshire, where 20,000 libertarians are now moving.
Nick Gillespie of Reason TV interviewed Snowden live via Google Hangouts. Snowden was greeted by audience members holding masks bearing his likeness--this homage was received with a wide smile from Snowden in Russia.
The 3rd of February will now forever be known in liberty circles as "Porcupine Day"--the day after Groundhog Day--and the day the Free State Project officially announced the move has been triggered. Join us in the Free State! Watch the video to see today's press conference. More videos to come!