A recent mover, Joel Valenzuela, weighs in on the meaning he finds in New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project: "I took a break from my life of tireless activism in the Free State to visit my former home of Arizona. I was soon reminded of why I left, why I went Galt. Read more at his blog, the Desert Lynx.
A New Yorker Looks at New Hampshire by William N. Kilarjian (from August 2004):
This last Fourth of July, my wife, myself and our Jack Russell Terrier 'Mac' traveled to New Hampshire from our home in Westchester County, NY. This was only the second trip to the Granite State for my wife and the first for Mac. In my youth, our family had traveled often to New Hampshire on summer vacations, frequenting Manchester, Portsmouth, Nashua and Lake Winnipesaukee. Those summer trips and subsequent trips thereafter always engendered a feeling of being drawn to the Old Man of the Mountain. New Hampshire's appealing qualities are manifest. In the muscular natural beauty, the open, friendly and forthrightness of the people, the dignity of her cities and towns. Admirable traits abound.
From Vice: "What could thousands of libertarians do if they moved, en masse, to one tiny state and tried their hardest to reduce taxes, regulation, and general government meddling in people's lives? That's the question that one group of die-hard liberty-lovers has been trying to answer for more than a decade.
Founded in 2001, the movement, known as the Free State Project, has persuaded nearly 17,000 people, from across the US and other countries, to sign a pledge promising to move to New Hampshire once the number of signers reaches 20,000. So far, 1,674 'early movers' have already relocated to the state." Read more...
A tongue-in-cheek look at life in the Granite State: the perfect sunrises, the best pancakes, skiing, snowmobiling, beaches, and "wicked" does not mean "evil." Read the entire article from Motovo about the 29 Things People From New Hampshire Have To Explain To Out Of Towners. Photo credit: Wikimedia user R.Goodspeed
Introducing a new blog series: "Blast from the Past," where we will be sharing stories submitted to the Free State Project over the years. The goal is to give people interested in the FSP a better sense of other people's impressions of New Hampshire, the FSP, and life in the Live Free or Die state. We hope this will inspire you to sign the Statement of Intent, join the most audacious liberty movement in the world, and move to New Hampshire as soon as possible!
The first "Blast from the Past" comes from Phil B. Phil and his wife Kristine signed up in the early days, and moved to New Hampshire in 2012. Phil works in the pharmaceutical industry, and Kristine owns a yarn dyeing business and provides administrative support to FSP president, Carla Gericke. They love their lives in New Hampshire, and enjoy riding motorcycles, cooking, hunting, gardening, and have fully immersed themselves in the local community. What follows is Phil's essay about a visit the couple made to New Hampshire in 2004. Enjoy!
Another favorable article about this past weekend's Shire Sharing activities, where voluntary charity efforts helped feed more than 300 households.
"Attached to each bag was a handwritten note that read: 'This comes to you from someone who cares about you. All we ask is that you take care of yourself well enough to be able to do this for someone else someday,' set off by a small Free State Project coin with the inscription, 'Liberty in our Lifetime'.”
Read more at Manchester Ink Link.
Now for the 4th year running, Shire Sharing and the greater Porcupine community came together the weekend before Thanksgiving to help distribute food packages to New Hampshire's needy. All the actions were voluntary, from the financial contributions to the folks who helped film this short clip. Enjoy the video, but be warned, you might want to grab a tissue first. Real charity is moving!
Early movers making a difference! From the Concord Monitor: "Bloom said he and McNeil are 'political hobbyists.' In recent years, they’ve both lobbied in favor of industrial hemp. McNeil is the executive director for the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy. Bloom drafted the law that created nanobreweries in New Hampshire." Read more... Photo credit: Nick Reid, Monitor Staff
“We made a grown man cry!” ~ Angela H.
Tears of joy, for receiving a food basket through voluntary charity from Shire Sharing, a volunteer-based organization started by Amanda Bouldin four years ago as a tribute to and in loving memory of her father who had passed away from cancer. Hear the backstory of Shire Sharing in Amanda’s own words.
Shire Sharing has grown from its modest beginnings in 2011, when we fed 52 households, to a goal of 500 deliveries this year. In the end, 332 households received packages, while funds were raised to feed 500. The remaining meals will be distributed to Liberty House, a homeless veteran shelter in Manchester--all the turkeys!
The annual Shire Sharing Thanksgiving tradition now brings together a huge crew of Free Staters who celebrate the idea of voluntary giving. These dedicated activists spent the weekend spreading goodwill and goodies to those in need. It filled our hearts!
From Freedom Outpost: "In Obama's America, it can seem like freedom and limited government are a thing of the past. With a ballooning federal deficit, religious freedom under fire, and the Constitution treated as a joke, it's hard to find good news for our great country. Hard, but not impossible. Thankfully, there's hope, in the form of a determined group of conservative activists that's growing by the day: the Free State Project." Read more...