Like these awesome people, you have put the "Move" in "Movement". Tell us your story.
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!
On this weeks episode of #itslikethistoo, Cecelia Fairchild and Shire Dude interview the fantastical Stephanie Murphy. Stephanie describes her transition from scientist to voice actor, and the adventures she has had in between. Check out Stephanie's website. "Like" us on Facebook for new episodes EVERY MONDAY.
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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'.”
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"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.
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!
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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.