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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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."
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!
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...
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!
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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.
"It's Like This Too" is a weekly video series about early movers of the Free State Project, in partnership with Voices of Liberty. In this week's episode, Cecelia Fairchild and Shire Dude interview mover #50, Chris Lopez, the administrator for the Free State Project. The Admin Fund was started a few years ago to create a win-win solution after Chris suffered a tragic accident. Chris takes care of important FSP administrative and participant related tasks. Please consider donating to help replenish the Admin Fund so Chris can continue to be independent while adding value to the FSP.
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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
The Free State Project (FSP) started with an idea: if 20,000 libertarian activists could all move to one small state with a friendly culture, that would be enough to create true “Liberty In Our Lifetime.” In 2003, New Hampshire was chosen. Since then, more than 16,000 people have signed the Statement of Intent to move when the target is hit – and 1,674 participants have already made the move!
This week, two of these early movers released an original documentary on the project – 101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire, available for free on Youtube. Click the video above to watch right now.
Like the FSP itself, this film started with a man and a vision. Director Vince Perfetto wanted to figure out how he could adapt a famous outreach pamphlet, “101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire,” into a feature film. He enlisted the help of filmmaker Beau Davis, and the two began recording personal stories from FSP participants and perspectives on this historic project from liberty’s leading lights, including Ron Paul’s former Economic Adviser Peter Schiff, Food Inc.’s Joel Salatin, Patrick Byrne of Overstock.com, Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine, and several more.