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PorcFest XII has come and gone. What an amazing week celebrating community, camaraderie, and capitalism in the White Mountains. This year saw an impressive line-up of speakers, events, parties, and a vibrant marketplace in Agora Valley. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped to make PorcFest XII the best yet!
Here's a list of media coverage of the 12th annual Porcupine Freedom Festival, which will be updated as more articles and interviews become available.
Buy your full week PorcFest ticket for $100, or $45 day pass (good for 24 hours) HERE or at the gate.
From The Union Leader: "Crosby Peck, who is the owner of Roger’s Campground and Motel, likes his Free State guests precisely because they do shake things up and because they’re an enjoyable bunch to host.
Peck has seen PorcFest grow from 500 visitors to its present size and on Wednesday he reported that for this year’s festival his facility — which boasts a 52-unit hotel, 305 RV sites, 125 tent sites and 48 safari sites — was 'pretty well booked.'
'The whole area' in and around Lancaster 'for the most part, welcomes them (Free Staters) for what they do for the local economy,' said Peck, adding that of the 1,500 visitors who come to PorcFest, many will go into town to buy groceries, gas and various sundries.
Jeb Bush was in NH yesterday, and some activists went to tell him what they thought. Says The National Review: "But the governor’s warm reception inside the Adams Memorial Opera House was marred by about 20 libertarian-leaning protesters waiting just outside. Waving signs that read 'No Communist Core,' 'Bailout Bush,' and 'No Banker Left Behind,' the group epitomized the Free State’s iconoclastic political positions. If voters of a similar mind exert as much influence this time around as they have in past elections, the New Hampshire primary may prove a difficult hill for Bush to climb..."
Portsmouth High's class of 2015 went full flash mob mode during their graduation ceremony yesterday. Here's to hoping they do indeed "Shake It Off"--school, that is--and become critical and independent thinkers. Wishing them luck in their future endeavors!
Due to the hard work of two FSP early movers, Democrat NH state representatives Amanda Bouldin and Elizabeth Edwards, HB 270, a bill granting immunity from criminal prosecution to a person who reports a drug related emergency has passed the NH senate, and will be signed into law by the governor.
Says Elizabeth Edwards about the implications of the bill:
“Somebody who calls 911 due to witnessing an overdose can't be arrested for or charged with drug possession, and neither can the overdose victim.
This sort of ‘good Samaritan’ legislation, along with increased availability of Narcan, have reversed the trend of increasing opioid overdose deaths in states that have passed both. The governor signed our Narcan bill on Tuesday. This was the second and more controversial piece.”
What does the late, great comedian George Carlin and New Hampshire have in common? In its June 2015 issue, New Hampshire Magazine spills the beans! Impressed by the revolutionary spirit of the Boston Tea Party? Well, New Hampshiremen had that event beat during the Pine Tree Rebellion. New frontiers, space travel, Segways, tourism, Tupperware, literary scandals--New Hampshire is steeped in fascinating history--read all about it here.
Photo: Bretton Woods, NH. Credit: NH Magazine.
This is a quintessential New England town, replete with town square and gushing river. You can enjoy picnics in the park in summer, and ski minutes away in the winter. Nosh on some delicious food at Salt Hill Pub or Three Tomatoes. Catch live music in the park or at the Opera House (where I saw Johnny Clegg play a few years ago). With ivy league Dartmouth College just minutes away, as well as a world class hospital, a fantastic school district, and several high tech companies like Tom Tom, Hydrotherm, and Timken Aerospace in the area, Lebanon might just be the right fit for you and your family.
Quick facts: Population: 13,367; Median Household Income: $52,231; Median Home Price: $235,400.
Photo credit: AdamJackson1984
In no other state will you see thoughtful debates about what libertarianism is happening in the local newspaper. This type of open dialogue is vital for our New Hampshire friends and neighbors to understand how more freedom will, in fact, enhance their lives.
Early mover, father of two, and a former Democrat James Davis writes an excellent response to this article which appeared in The Concord Monitor earlier this week. (It's worth reading the comments to that article as well.)
Says James Davis: "Libertarians come in all different shapes and sizes, from all parts of the world, and from all different socioeconomic situations. And some libertarians are jerks, just like some people of all political movements are jerks.
The latest WMUR Granite State Poll indicates a majority of Granite State adults favor the legalization of marijuana in New Hampshire, but opinion is more strongly in favor of decriminalization.
From the WMUR article:
"The poll of 567 New Hampshire adults by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, conducted May 6-22, found that 54 percent favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use and 36 percent are opposed. If marijuana were legalized, the poll found, 64 percent of New Hampshire residents approve of selling it a license retail outlets and taxing it, while 29 percent disapprove of the idea."
Full poll results here.
On Monday, June 22, 2015, join Free Range Kids founder Lenore Skenazy at the Free State Project's 12th Annual Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, NH.
Read her recent interview with The Washington Post.
Asked how perceptions have changed about Free Range Kids over time, Skenazy says: "There’s a lot more discussion about childhood freedom. Where it went and how we can get it back. I think the thing that I brought to public attention is this government angle. The idea that helicopter parenting was becoming law of the land, rather than just a choice. And that’s changed. There’s constant attention to this now in public and it’s a more fevered pitch. I just think that everybody gets now what I’m saying. For two years in a row after I started this site, I was voted as the most controversial mommy blogger by Babble. I’m not that controversial anymore. I read a lot of articles and everyone sounds like me."
The Free State Project has a popular Facebook series where it compares taxes in New Hampshire to taxes in another state. The latest state to be compared to New Hampshire was Maryland. Here is the resulting image.
You are welcome to read the comments or add your own comment to the Facebook posting of the image.
NHPR covers a growing trend in New Hampshire: Nature-based schools and forest kindergartens.
Says Patty Ewen, a consultant for the Office of Early Childhood at the New Hampshire Department of Education: "What we're really talking about in the context of New Hampshire is environmental based-learning. And there's a reason a lot of us live in New Hampshire and love New Hampshire and protect it. And a lot of that has to do with the environmental beauty and resources that our state has. So when you think about where you live and why you live there, for New Hampshire, nature-based learning is sort of a hand and glove opportunity. I do think it fits in a state like ours where everything is decentralized decision making or what everyone likes to refer to as local control."
Early mover Bill Walker weighs in on monopoly gambling in the Granite State, where a proposed bill to create 2 casinos recently failed.
From the article: "Just replace 'monopoly casino' with 'monopoly grocery store,' and imagine the chaos if our food depended on politicians picking the 'right' company to supply our state. Our politicians are no better at designing entertainment facilities than they would be at running Market Basket.
Monopoly is a sucker’s bet. Our legislature needs to put together a bill that gets the state government out of the Boardwalk Empire business entirely. Let the consumer decide how many casinos they want, whether the number is zero or five.
The Live Free or Die taxpayer doesn’t want government shutting down veteran’s poker games or subsidizing casino companies. Let entrepreneurs bet their own money and take their own chances." Read the whole article at The Citizen. Photo credit: The Concord Monitor
New Hampshire is a beautiful state with quaint towns and features. Mount Monadnock is the heart of the Monadnock Region. This drive will take you through the towns in that area. The drive can be done in one day, but you will want to stop along the way to visit and explore each town in the region. Check out this nifty tour planner and photos from Touring NH. Did you take the tour? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Photo: Marlow, NH/Credit: Touring NH.
A new libertarian micronation is taking the global news media by storm. “Liberland” aims to create a European “Free State” in the Balkans. While I declare solidarity with all my brethren exploring new ways to live free, I believe the New Hampshire-based Free State Project presents a more viable and proven strategy than Liberland can even hope to offer in the foreseeable future.
#1: The Tortoise and the Hare
The Free State Project has a popular Facebook series where it compares taxes in New Hampshire to taxes in another state. The latest state to be compared to New Hampshire was New Jersey. Here is the resulting image.
You are welcome to read the comments or add your own comment to the Facebook posting of the image. The image has already been viewed by over 600,000 people.
New Hampshire has some weird, wonderful and whacky traditions. Take this weekend's 5th Annual Alton Weagle Unusual Ascent Day at Mount Washington. In past years, ascenders have conquered the 7.6 mile road on stilts, top-car kayaks, blindfolded and skipping rope in lederhausen, using rollerblades and rockets to honor Alton Weagle, who in the 1950’s engaged in a series of “publicity stunts” to bring attention to the mountain. This year the steep climb will be attempted in a Zamboni. File this one under: Keep New Hampshire Awesome! Read more about this year's event at The Union Leader and catch coverage from 2013 at NHPR Photo credit: John Koziol
Back in 2007, John Stossel sat down with then FSP president Varrin Swearringen and FSP founder Jason Sorens to talk about the Free State Project. It's great to see how far the FSP has come since then. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the rest of the country. Join the Free State Project to make a productive, positive transition in your life. Be the solution: vote with your feet.
Just for the laughs: Comedian Justin McKinney talks about the freedoms found in New Hampshire as compared to the rest of New England. Despite the seat belt freedom in New Hampshire, drivers here have the same rate of seat belt usage as neighboring Massachusetts. States with seat belt laws are no safer, their drivers just get more revenue generating tickets. Sadly, New Hampshire does now have an indoor smoking ban for bars and restaurants. This legislation passed in 2007 before the first large wave of early movers came to the state.