NH: Wealthiest State in the Developed World
Yesterday, Ryan McMaken, editor of Mises Daily and The Austrian wrote a blog at Mises Wire comparing Sweden and Germany to American states, finding that if they were to become U.S. states, these countries would be amongst the poorest.
This is interesting, but not half as mind-blowing as the fact that New Hampshire, according to his data, is the wealthiest state in the developed world, beating Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland.
Why would this be? Perhaps the NH Advantage has something to do with it? Or maybe it is a combination of the hundreds or reasons why New Hampshire has become such an attractive destination to discerning individuals?
Watch this free documentary to learn more about New Hampshire, the Free State Project, and to meet some of the early pioneers of this audacious mass migration movement.
Join thousands of pro-market, pro-tech, pro-freedom people. Sign the pledge today!
“I hereby state my solemn intent to move to New Hampshire within 5 years of the Free State Project reaching 20,000 participants. Once there, I will exert 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."
The FSP is now more than 88% to its goal of 20,000 pledgers. Almost 2,000 individuals have already moved, although not yet required to do so, because they understand the value proposition of choosing New Hampshire, which consistently ranks as having the best quality of living. This relatively small number of early movers have made astonishing pro-liberty strides.
What do people do when they get here? Here's a sampling of participants recent activities:
- Continuing to drive for Uber “illegally” as taxi commission refuses to part with its monopoly
- Setting a clear legal precedent establishing the right to film police encounters
- School choice battle in Croydon heats up against state
- Sword fighting libertarian church appears in NH Supreme Court in tax exemption case
- Creating an agorist Community Market Day where people sell and trade their farm-fresh produce, baked goods, professional services, bulk grocery items, and more
- The Rights Brigade, an early mover activist group focusing on jury nullification outreach throughout the state. See their 2015 Year in Review
- World’s first pro-Tor protest victorious after Department of Homeland Security unsuccessfully asks small NH town library to stop hosting a Tor relay node that allows anonymous web surfing
- Dozens of Free State Project participants were elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2014, up from one in 2006. Freshman democrat legislator, founder of Shire Sharing, and FSP early mover Amanda Bouldin passed 2 important harm reduction drug related bills, legalizing Narcan for OTC use and a 9-1-1 immunity bill
- Robin Hooders win NH Supreme Court case against City of Keene on 1st Amendment
- Formation of educational non-profits, like Ethics and Economics Education of New England, which was started by FSP founder and Dartmouth lecturer, Jason Sorens
- Independently developed the Liberty Ballot, an app that helps NH voters answer the question: "Of the many candidates on the ballot, who will reduce the size of government?"
- Explosion of nanobreweries in NH as a direct result of early movers efforts, with 3 early mover owned and operated nanobreweries now open across the state
- We like alternate currencies! One early mover operates a silver mint, the world's longest running Bitcoin meetup takes place in Manchester, and 2 brothers developed the world’s first Bitcoin ATM
- Activists host countless events each month, with subjects including school choice/homeschooling, jury nullification, medical marijuana legalization, and more. Many also organize arts and poetry events, family outings, hikes, etc.
- Shire Sharing—a private, volunteer-driven charity that feeds families in need annually on Thanksgiving, having grown from supporting 52 families in 2009 to more than 1,300 people being assisted last year
Curious? Want to learn more? Attend one of the FSP's signature events: the 9th annual Liberty Forum in downtown Manchester, February 18-21, 2016, or the 13th annual Porcupine Freedom Festival (aka PorcFest), which will be held at Roger's Campground in Lancaster, June 19-26, 2016. Read the media coverage from this year's Liberty Forum here, and PorcFest XII here.
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