Like these awesome people, you have put the "Move" in "Movement". Tell us your story.
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.
Here is this week's episode of It's Like This Too. We wanted to wait a day to release, so we didn't steal 101 Reason Liberty Lives in New Hampshire's thunder. I really loved doing this interview with Carlos Morales. He's wickedly funny guy, really passionate, and makes some pretty interesting facial expressions. I hope you enjoy watching this episode as much as we had making it!
As always, be sure to show some love to our partners in crime Voices of Liberty!
Over the weekend, the Concord Monitor did an in-depth interview with early movers Dan and Carol McGuire, who were both recently re-elected to the state house. "'We have a consistent political philosophy, which is more freedom is better and that government tends to cause more harm than good, sometimes with the best intentions,' he said." Read the full article. Photo credit: Nick Reid, Concord Monitor Staff
Check out this week's episode! Cecelia Fairchild and Shire Dude interview the "foundress" of Shire Sharing, Amanda Bouldin. Donate Bitcoin to Shire Sharing: 1CBr5J9vPMVzf5S22vdMUXkcLw8p4w7JgU Subscribe for new episodes every Monday! Be sure to check out Voices of Liberty our partners on this project!
Early movers Cecelia and Shire Dude, producers of "It's Like This Too," a new series highlighting early Free State Project movers, explain what motivated them to move, and what kind of activism they have been involved in since making it to the Shire. Stay tuned for a new episode every Monday on Voices of Liberty: Powered by Ron Paul.
It’s Like This Too, a new video series premiering Monday, November 3rd will focus on early movers of the Free State Project, and will explore what these movers are doing to create Liberty in Our Lifetime.
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.
In partnership with Voices of Liberty (formerly the Ron Paul Channel), and hosted by early movers Cecelia and Shire Dude, It’s Like This Too will highlight efforts of FSP movers, including, but not limited to, political efforts, alternative education, outreach, efforts to become self-sustaining, and simply living free. The ingenuity that abounds when individuals from all walks of life move to a common location with a shared goal of liberty is both limitless and awe-inspiring; see for yourself.
New Hampshire's largest newspaper, The Union Leader, weighs in with a balanced article about Free State Project participants who are building better lives in the Live Free or Die state.
From the article: "But a little magic did already happen, with about 10 percent of those people having moved to New Hampshire. They didn't want to wait.
'I think some people thought there is no reason to wait. New Hampshire is already a pretty libertarian state compared to the rest of the country. And I and a lot of other people thought why not move there and take advantage of what New Hampshire has to offer,' said Jason Sorens, who started the movement with an essay he wrote as a Yale graduate student in 2001." Read the entire article at The Union Leader.
Photo: Emily Smith and Jody Underwood of Bardo Farm. Photo credit: Meghan Pierce/Union Leader Correspondent
The moment you've been waiting for is here! Our mover update project is complete and mover numbers have been assigned.
If you completed the mover number survey, you should have received an email with your mover number and your "in NH" number. Didn't get it? Check your spam account.
What is the difference between my mover number and my “in NH” number? The “in NH” number reflects your mover number plus the 273 people in New Hampshire that signed the Statement of Intent before New Hampshire was chosen. They can not be counted as movers, but are participants of the Free State Project. You may also note that the “Participants in NH” counter on our website reflects the number of both movers and those who signed our Statement of Intent before New Hampshire was chosen.
If you ordered a signer certificate, you will be happy to know your order will be shipped soon. Or, you can order your certificate now. They are also available in the 13in13 store, with all profits going to the Free State Project.
Today is the 10th anniversary of the Free State Project's first mover! Since then, more than 1,400 liberty lovers have moved to the Live Free or Die state in search of more Liberty in Our Lifetime. Over the past decade, the FSP has gone from strength to strength, and we stand at the cusp of great things. The sign up rate is accelerating. More movers arrive weekly. As we prepare to Trigger the Move and welcome the next influx of activists, local participants are building liberty friendly institutions and infrastructures. What are you waiting for? The time is nigh. Nigh, I say! Join a growing community of liberty lovers for your best chance at more freedom, and fun!
Recorded at the Finger Lakes Freedom Festival in upstate New York, soon-to-be mover James Davis explains the gist of the Free State Project. If you have a burning desire for more liberty in your lifetime, SIGN THE PLEDGE! This is a great example of how you can get involved before actually moving to New Hampshire. James took it upon himself to gather materials, reserve a table and organize volunteers to help him for the weekend. Another liberty activist from New York recorded this video and uploaded it to Youtube. Do you have events like this near you? What can you do to help spread the word? Volunteer. Ready to move now? No reason to wait. Thousands have already made the move! Not ready yet? Don't just sit on the sidelines, take initiative like James, be creative, and get in the fight!
Newlyweds Tyler and Katie Crosson moved to New Hampshire in early June 2013 as part of the Free State Project. More than 30 Porcupines showed up to help them move into their new home.
Earlier on the same day, another new mover was helped in a similar "pay-it-forward" fashion, and afterwards, he had this to say:
"You want to know what the Free State Project is? It's 20+ people you've never met showing up in 95 degree heat to help unload your moving truck after you make a single post on Facebook.... I got a welcome bag with ammo in it, seriously."
As of today, my two children and I have been in the “Shire” for four whole weeks. We conveniently landed in our new home after the last snowfall and before the hot humid summer. Mostly I’m buttering my kids up for what I know is ahead of us. Ticks. Mosquitoes. Blizzards. My son has promised to shovel snow. He thinks it’ll be no big deal… Score!
We left California--where I spent my entire life--for good on February 24, the day after the judge let me off of formal probation for a felony I was given for attending a birth in 2007 while I was a midwifery student. I was not allowed to leave Los Angeles County while I was on probation and was restricted from my work as a midwife. Because of my felony, I was unable to find work in a county with a nearly 20% unemployment rate. My income had decreased to one-tenth of what it had been before my arrest. I cleaned toilets, babysat, washed cars, ran errands... all for friends, because strangers ran criminal background checks.
Many “Free Staters” have two concerns when considering their move to New Hampshire: a job and housing. There is a free market solution to both of these problems which might be a good fit for some. This opportunity involves private education, which is alive and well in New Hampshire. You might even get a free lunch!
According to The Boarding School Review there are 435 private schools in New Hampshire serving 35,481 students and ranging from small daycares to large college-prep boarding schools. In general, private schools do not require teacher certification and, importantly, have many employees that are not teachers. Some schools hire dormitory staff, tutors, coaches, chaperones, accountants, landscapers, IT techs, and more.
After the winds of Winter Storm Nemo had subsided and the raspy protests of shovels scraping pavement commingled with the mechanized purr of snow blowers moving mounds of nature’s frozen tears, we took a much needed respite from our participation in the clearing activities to reflect on our new life in the Granite State. The two of us have been through our share of winter storms, but Jeremy, our teenage son who made the move with us, left New England before he had developed a full appreciation for some of the nastier offspring Old Man Winter and Mother Nature can create. For the better part of the past decade, and hence the majority of his life, we had lived in the balmier climes of North Carolina. Freezing temperatures weren’t foreign, but their stay was usually brief and rarely were they accompanied by more than a dusting of the white stuff. That said, you might suspect that a generational storm would dampen our enthusiasm as one of the newest families to officially move to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project. On the contrary, we found Nemo to be a welcome challenge, telling us it‘s time to put up or shut up.
Making the move to New Hampshire for the Free State Project was an easy decision. At the time, I was in the process of separating from the Navy and looking for options on where to start my new life. My other half mentioned New Hampshire and the FSP when I was in the thick of discovering what freedom and liberty means. I immediately signed up and decided to move there in six months.
I moved on December 17, 2011 from San Diego and was greeted by a large group of Porcupines who helped me move in and welcomed me with open arms. So far, I have gotten involved in several activism events. In January, I campaigned for Ron Paul in the New Hampshire primary and met hundreds of students from around the country who share my passion for liberty. I also started a Young Americans for Liberty Chapter at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, where I major in Politics and Society using my post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Last year I helped Emily Sandblade with her winning campaign for State Representative.
A few years ago, my father started listening to a radio show called Free Talk Live. I was 13 or so, and politics was something I never thought about. I knew who the president was and what school taught us about voting Republican or Democrat, but that was about it. My dad had always told me he was an anarchist and that meant he didn't believe in government. My mother worked with the state police department and I didn't understand how he could want her to be out of a job. How could he not want police? They keep us safe! After opening my eyes, things changed a lot.
Dad started talking to me about things he heard on Free Talk Live, asking thought-provoking questions like, “without government, who will build the roads?” I guess I had never realized before that taxes were stolen money, and although schools, food for unemployed neighbors, and roads were important, this was not the way to go about it.
Phil and I met in May 1999 and instantly connected, in large part because we are both lifelong instinctive libertarians. As we developed our relationship and our businesses, we knew we couldn’t stay in California. By early 2001, Phil was actively gathering data on a variety of factors to figure out which states were to be on our short list for consideration. One evening Phil showed me a tiny blurb on something called The Free State Project, our eyes lit up; we went to the website, read what was there, and signed on the spot.
In the summer of 2004, we flew to Boston, rented a car, attended PorcFest for several days and explored the state on our way. We were both thrilled to have found a group of people where personal responsibility made sense, and were both very inspired and ready to start the process of relocating our lives and businesses. My business, Curious Creek Fibers, was fairly easy, as I produce hand-dyed yarn and sell it wholesale to specialty hand-knitting shops around the country but because Phil’s pharmaceutical engineering consulting business needs clients, that was a bigger consideration.
I signed on for the Free State Project when I was a sophomore in college, and it took me almost 10 years to make the move from Pittsburgh, PA. When my husband and I moved to Lincoln last month, we knew we had made the right decision. Once we walked through the door of our new home, we realized that the 14.5 hours we spent driving in a car with two not-sedated-enough cats and an impatient 90-lb dog were well worth the effort.
Our rental came fully furnished, so we didn’t have much to move in. However, we did have some beds to move out to make room for office space – and several people offered to make the drive upstate to help. Mark Edge and Ian Freeman were two of them, and it’s not every day you get two nationally syndicated radio hosts in your house moving furniture around! Thanks again to everyone who helped, and we still have plenty of beer left over if anyone wants to come up for a visit.
"It's OK, I've been here before, you're expected to push," an American voice managed to cut through the thick of the human mass. We had never been to Kiev’s Boryspil Airport before, but I could feel the Communism was still in the air. Like humidity in a coastal city, it always manages to linger.
My brother Josh and I had left Ben-Gurion airport in Israel about four hours earlier and were rushing to make our connection to New York. Aah, I gasped as I started making my way to the gate. Finally on my way to the land of the free and the home of the… security lines, questioning booths, and body scanners.
The truth is, the first time I felt optimistic about my life change was about twenty hours later when we first drove our rental car past a large and clumsy sign that read: "Welcome New Hampshire. Live Free or Die."