Mover Stories

Like these awesome people, you have put the "Move" in "Movement". Tell us your story.

Mover Story: Sarah Chamberlain

Community. The word always left a bad taste in my mouth. In my life, “community” has meant something awful, something dreadful. And by age 23, I knew that becoming part of a community was something I would fight to avoid at all costs.

I think it was just after September 11th 2001 when my confusion began. I was a theater major at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. When the towers fell, and the flags began to wave, I took solace in the sense of community I felt on campus. There, I was among people who seemed to understand the reality of what was actually happening. This was no War on Terror, but a war for profit; and the masses rallying behind it were getting swindled. It was tremendously comforting to know I was not alone, to know there were many others who had not fallen victim to this great hoax. These people called themselves liberals. So, I supposed I was a liberal too. Then, things began to change.

Early Movers on Education

Early mover Jody Underwood chats to Brett Veinotte, another early mover and founder of School Sucks Project.

Jody Underwood, Ph.D., is a founder and owner of Bardo Project and is one of the faces of Bardo Farm. She lives off the grid on a large property in New Hampshire with a varying number of people, depending on the season and the year, all learning back-to-basics skills. She moved to NH for the FSP in 2007 and is currently on the FSP board of directors. She focuses on K-12 education both professionally and as the chair of her local school board, which recently instituted school choice and included private schools as part of the choice (which is causing a stir in the state department of education). Her goal is to figure out ways to revolutionize education.

ItsLikeThisToo - Ep 14 - Mattheus von Guttenberg

Mattheus von Guttenberg chose to move to New Hampshire, not for the great economy, the four seasoned climate, or the independent people, which are all great reasons, but for the Free State Project. In Mattheus' own words, "To the people who aren't living in New Hampshire, that are libertarian: you really can't capture or calculate how valuable it is to have that community." This statement rings true with so many people who have moved to New Hampshire as a part of the Free State Project. As we do more interviews for It's Like This Too, community is one thing that everyone continues to comes back to. It's amazing how such a cross section of diverse people have picked up their lives, moved to NH for freedom and found a thriving community of liberty lovers.

Keeping NH Awesome!

New Hampshire's largest newspaper, The Union Leader does a write up about the state of the Free State Project, and the positive influences the influx of Free Staters are having on the Granite State.

From the article: "Some of those movers will be at the Liberty Forum, which opens today in Manchester, checking out the state and deciding whether this is the place for them. As most Granite Staters have done (more than half the population was born outside the state), they are likely to decide that it is. And who can blame them?

Gericke says that even if only a few thousand Free Staters move here, 'with the mindset and the energy we can still keep New Hampshire awesome.' The State of New Hampshire has hired professional marketers to come up with slogans that will attract tourists. Gericke came up with one on her own that carries more punch than any of the pricey state gimmicks: 'Keep New Hampshire awesome.'

Yes, let’s."

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Desert Girl Chooses NH, Organizes Liberty Forum

Says Merav Yaakov, Liberty Forum's lead organizer in today's Concord Monitor article about Liberty Forum:

"I call myself a desert girl. I’m not inclined to this kind of weather, but I do it anyway because I get so many benefits from being here... The most important community that is invited to this event is people from other states who are considering New Hampshire as their next home."

We hope our pro-liberty New Hampshire neighbors and friends will also attend to learn more about the Free State Project community. Join us for fascinating talks, topics, and speakers, and just to have a jolly good time. Basic Tickets are $150 (Friday, Saturday) and Day Passes are $80. Buy yours today!

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ItsLikeThisToo - Ep 13 - Mike Vine

Mike Vine got involved with the liberty movement at age thirteen after looking into third parties for a school project and deciding libertarianism was the one for him. In August 2011, Mike and his wife moved from Manhattan to NH. New York was increasingly failing to offer things they wanted in their lives, such as independent businesses and the ability for him to start his business, Centinel Consulting. A primarily liberty-oriented business, Mike is essentially able to be a "professional libertarian," writing about Austrian Economics and alternative investments, such as gold and silver. In this video, Mike expands on the latest project he is working on - The Praxeum, a flexible use space for the liberty community that has a co-working aspect, as well as a venue for community meetings, such as homeschooling meetups, an Austrian study group, and more.

Based in New Hampshire, movers of the Free State Project are putting into practice a slew of tactics in an effort to advance liberty, and be part of a productive, harmonious, and, most importantly, voluntary community.

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.

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.

ItsLikeThisToo - Ep 12 - Merav Yaakov

Hoping to surround herself with like-minded people, Merav Yaakov moved to New Hampshire in 2011 as part of the Free State Project. Since then, she has focused some of her efforts on recruiting liberty-minded candidates to run for the State of New Hampshire House of Representatives. Merav is not in favor of suggesting too many new bills, but rather vetoing and repealing bad legislation. Merav has also taken the lead on organizing this year's Liberty Forum, an annual event intended to showcase the community in hopes of attracting new movers and FSP signers. This year, Liberty Forum takes place March 5th-8th; you can find more information and buy your tickets at NHLibertyForum.com.

Based in New Hampshire, movers of the Free State Project are putting into practice a slew of tactics in an effort to advance liberty, and be part of a productive, harmonious, and, most importantly, voluntary community.

ItsLikeThisToo - Ep 11 - William Kostric

William Kostric believes the most important thing he has contributed to since moving to NH in 2008 is a community activist center known as The Quill.

According to William, while there are activist pockets throughout the country, none compare to the community present in New Hampshire - which is why he's still here, six and a half years after moving with the intention of checking out the Free State Project before leaving the country. William's advice to someone planning to move to NH is to make the move as soon as possible--why wait? In this episode, William also discusses an open carry event that took place in Portsmouth, NH, in 2009.

ItsLikeThisToo is a video series that focuses on early movers of the Free State Project. Based in New Hampshire, movers of the Free State Project are putting into practice a slew of tactics in an effort to advance liberty, and be part of a productive, harmonious, and, most importantly, voluntary community.

ItsLikeThisToo - Ep 10 - Andre Rosa

For Andre Rosa all the world is a stage, and he intends to perform all over it! Andre, by his own words, ran away to New Hampshire from California in 2011. Andre says he doesn't really do activism in the traditional sense but he's a "liberty guy" and he lives his life and creates his art from this perspective. In this week's episode, Andre talks about his "Drag Queen and Covered Bridges" calendar with its trials and triumphs, his running for State Rep in New Hampshire, and his fun and creative campaign strategies.

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Love Free or Die

Last year, early FSP mover and then NH state representative Tim O'Flaherty worked on a bill to decriminalize adultery in New Hampshire, which passed into law in 2014. Tim has since become the Research Director at the NH Liberty Alliance, a non-partisan coalition working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire. The NHLA does this by monitoring bills in the legislative sessions, and by encouraging private charity, a civil society, and citizen involvement. What will you work on when you join the FSP and move to New Hampshire? Read The Economist's take on the adultery bill here. Photo credit: The Economist/Claudio Munoz

Freedom and a Better Life

Over the weekend, the Keene Sentinel profiled several Free State Project new movers on the front page, above the fold. Read more about these pioneers for liberty here. Photo credit: Bill Gnade/Sentinel Staff

Liberty Media Vet Reveals the Secret to Changing Hearts and Minds

Ali Havens is all about "liberty media." In her own words "liberty media is the best way to reach people." This rings true, seeing as Ali discovered the Free State Project through Free Talk Live. "I wanted to move somewhere, where all the libertarians would be." FTL didn't convince her to move though, she was already searching for "towns that have the most libertarians." Once she found out about the Free State Project and New Hampshire's natural "live and let live" spirit, she knew she was all in. Since moving, Ali has been involved in a number of media related projects, most recently being the narrator for the new documentary "101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire."

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Lions of Liberty Podcast Checks In

PorcFest X Lead Organizer Mike Vine talks to Lions of Liberty about the FSP's and its participants' major victories, the new documentary 101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire, what's happening on The Freecoast, his favorite book to introduce people to liberty, and more! If you're curious about the Free State Project, don't miss this interview! Like what you hear? Join the most audacious liberty movement in the world!

An Idea Boom Town

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.

Blast From The Past #2

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.

NH's Libertarian Beer Renaissance

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...

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