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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.)

Uber City: Portsmouth, NH

In an unprecedented move, the taxi commission for Portsmouth, NH, voted unanimously to ask the City Council to eliminate all taxi medallions and end city inspections and the regulation of taxi fares in order to level the playing field between regulated taxis and Uber rides. Said Lt. Chris Cummings, the Portsmouth Police Department’s liaison with the Taxi Commission: “I guess it’s going to come down to what consumers want to do.” Indeed. Read more at the New York Post, which has dubbed Portsmouth, NH, home of the FSP early mover initiative the FreeCoast, "Uber City." For more coverage, see Seacoast Online. Photo credit: Christopher Sadowski

Bitcoin for Taxes and Fees? Only in NH

New Hampshire is known as a libertarian hot spot, and the Bitcoin community here is strong. Read about the rich connections between Bitcoin and the Free State Project here. Now, Republican Representative Eric Schleien has introduced a bill, with bipartisan support, that would mandate the state treasurer to “develop an implementation plan for the state to accept bitcoin as payment for taxes and fees [by 2017]." Read more about the proposed bill at PanAm Post. Full text of bill. Photo credit: Bitcoin Magazine

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