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FSP early mover Kristine Boncer not only exerts the fullest practical effort by volunteering for FSP events like PorcFest where she ran registration in 2015, and Liberty Forum where she managed the Courtesy Room this year, or by editing the FSP newsletter, Kristine is also a small business owner and artisan.
The Union Leader recently caught up with Kristine at the 82nd annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair:
"Kristine Boncer was very still as she slowly and methodically fed her grass-green wool into the spinning wheel. Except for her feet. Those moved in time with the wheel, slowly and surely, with a rolling up and down motion of a cat kneading its blanket before curling up for a nap.
'It is very relaxing,' Boncer said, looking up, but never losing stride. 'I love the tradition of it. It's something my grandmother used to do to clothe her babies.'
Last night a group of Free Staters attended the Hampton Democrats monthly meeting where Zandra Rice Hawkins from Granite State Progress (GSP) gave a presentation on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Free State Project (FSP). As in the past, Rice Hawkins failed to reach out to the FSP to make sure she has the facts.
From the invite email: “Zandra Rice Hawkins will provide an update on the Free State Project and ALEC. If you are not familiar with either of these 'initiatives' you should plan to attend – you will surprised and concerned at the amount of influence these two groups are playing – and hope to play – in New Hampshire. Each of these promises to be VERY educational — pleas (sic) plan to join us.”
Joel Valenzuela, blogger and activist at the Rights Brigade, a new liberty outreach venture, wrote about the evening HERE.
FSP founder Jason Sorens, author of "Secessionism," recently spoke to OZY. In "The United States of Secession," Sorens is quoted as saying: "... our current government is 'too big and too distant' for everyday people to influence it, and seceding could restore a balance of power."
PLEASE NOTE: This opinion is based on Sorens' academic research, and is provided for informational purposes only. Secession is not a strategy of the FSP, a 501c3 educational organization. That said, early movers pursue different approaches to Liberty in Our Lifetime, and you will find secessionists amongst FSP participants. Want to learn more? Check out the Facebook group for the Foundation for NH Independence, started by early movers.
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Several FSP early movers were featured in Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie. Watch the feature length documentary HERE.
“I’m fascinated with the Free State Project.” —Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie
“Like anything, it takes all kinds, and the Free State Project definitely has all kinds." —Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie
“I would love to be able to keep all my money; I would like to be free to ingest anything I want.” —Free State Project president Carla Gericke in Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie
“If we claim to be a country where we have freedom but you don't have the freedom to do what you want… you don’t have freedom.” —Free State Project president Carla Gericke in Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie
Want to watch only the parts with Free Staters? Catch Silver Dave starting at 36:47; Catch FSP president Carla Gericke and Artsy Fartsy at The Quill starting at 40:57; Catch Free Keene, FTL, and the Robin Hooders starting at 46:01.
Another reason New Hampshire is the best destination for liberty activists? The easy accessibility to presidential candidates. With its first-in-the-nation presidential primary status, this time of year, New Hampshire becomes a hotbed for the not-so hotheads who think they have what it takes to be POTUS.
This past Saturday, Rand Paul visited Free Stater owned Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester, speaking to a packed room at the monthly Merrimack Valley Porcupines meeting, now in its 11th year. Two days later, Porcupines held protest signs at a Chris Christie town hall meeting at The Village Trestle in Goffstown, while others headed inside to ask tough questions during the Q&A.
Early mover, Amanda Bouldin, founder of the mutual aid, private charity Shire Sharing, and 1st term NH state representative (D), successfully introduced HB 271, which was signed into law yesterday. This bill ends the prohibition on the possession of Narcan, which may now be administered to counter the effects of opioid overdoses. Before the passage of this bill, Narcan (the trade name for Naloxone) could only legally be possessed by EMS and police. Now, anyone who acts with “good faith and reasonable care” may store or administer the life-saving drug to a person in overdose without facing criminal or civil liability for doing so. This passage of this bill will help save lives in the Granite State.
Randy Clemens, author of "The Sriracha Cookbook," "The Veggie-Lover's Sriracha Cookbook," and co-author of "The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance," has hit the ground running after his move to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project.
In addition to settling in and exploring his new home state, Randy has stepped up to the plate by volunteering to help with publicity for the 12th Annual Porcupine Freedom Festival, aka PorcFest. Read more at his blog. You might also enjoy his excellent essay about why he decided to join the FSP and move across the country for more freedom.
Want to make your own imprint on the future of liberty? Join the largest, most successful, most effective liberty migration project in the world.
The Free State Project's pledge talks about exerting "the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property." How activists do this, is up to them as individual participants.
A group of early movers have taken the bull by the horn and started a new project called The Rights Brigade.
According to their website, their mission centers around "the defense of our basic human freedom. We believe every individual has the right to peacefully coexist with the rest of humankind, to live as they see fit, so long as they do not forcefully infringe upon the rights of others to do the same. We also believe that these rights, though universal, are meaningless unless they are able to be exercised, and that the exercise thereof will only be possible so long as those rights are vigorously defended. We will not trust the defense of these rights to any institution, but will personally see to it that they remain secure."
On April 11, 2015, the 24th Annual Intragalactic Cardboard Sled Race was held at the Mount Sunapee Resort. The award-winning Robo-Porcupine cardboard sled was designed and engineered by early movers, Jim Johnson and Lauren Canario, as a homeschooling project. Under their guidance, students, along with recent mover Ethan Glover, met up once a week to make their "Robo-Porc" concept a reality. Using only cardboard, duct tape, paint, and wax, the team transformed their design sketches into an amazing corn-noshing porcupine sled. The proceeds from the event went to support a local charity, David's House.
Watch this clip from WMUR about the race.
The Dartmouth Review recently sat down to talk to Jason Sorens, founder of the Free State Project. From the Editor's Note: "Jason Sorens is a Lecturer in the Department of Government, the Program Director of the Political Economy Project (PEP), and the President and Founder of Ethics and Economics Education of New England (E3NE). He is also the Founder and current Vice President of the Free State Project (FSP), a political migration movement that seeks to recruit 20,000 libertarians move to New Hampshire to gain the critical mass necessary to effect political change. Recently, The Dartmouth Review had the opportunity to speak with Professor Sorens about his work at Dartmouth and his involvement in state politics. Here is what he had to say."
April 7th marks the end of Prohibition in 1933. To honor this day, read brewmaster and Free State Project early mover Kevin Bloom's tale of how he helped foment a nanobrew revolution in New Hampshire. The following article first appeared in the 3rd edition of The Free Stater magazine, which was distributed at Liberty Forum 2015. Kevin's story exemplifies the old adage: "Where there is a will, there is a way."
I hope this story inspires you as much as it did me. Because of the passing of the nanobrew bill, several Free Stater owned nanobreweries have sprung up, including Able Ebeneezer Brewing Company in Merrimack, Earth Eagle Brewing in Portsmouth, and soon Kevin's own nanobrewery, Area 23 in Concord. If every mover came to New Hampshire with one idea of how to increase liberties and create more small businesses, we'll achieve "Liberty in Our Lifetime," in, well, no time. Cheers!
How to Ferment a Nano-Brewvolution by Kevin Bloom
Manchester Brewing is Born
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.
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.
Former NH state legislator, the man behind Porcupine Real Estate, and early mover Mark Warden chats to Freedom Phoenix's Ernest Hancock about the Free State Project, Liberty Forum 2015, the upcoming Porcupine Freedom Festival, and a bit about this and that. Topics covered include nanobreweries, citizen activists, budget cuts, jury nullification, and more.
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.
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.'
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"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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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.
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.