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NH: Where Freedom is Funny

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.

Is Being Libertarian Getting Trendy?

Good news for Free Staters! We've got company. Almost 19% of Americans now identify as "libertarian."

Says Reuters:: "One in five Americans consider themselves libertarian, with younger adults being the most likely to adopt the label. Among adults aged 18 to 29, 32 percent consider themselves libertarian. Just 12 percent of Americans age 60 or older consider themselves libertarian."

This means the liberty movement is young, growing, and that means the future is bright!

Tell your friends and family about the Free State Project. Pro-freedom people concentrating together is our best shot at "Liberty in Our Lifetime." New Hampshire offers hundreds of reasons for people to move here. Don't wait! Join the most audacious liberty movement in the world.

Read more about the poll at Reason.

Constitutional Carry Passes in NH

BREAKING NEWS: Constitutional Carry bill passes in New Hampshire! The House bill passed earlier today by a vote of 212 to 150. The legislation has already passed the Senate.

New Hampshire is an open carry state, meaning anyone who legally owns a gun can carry the firearm in the open. Under current state law, gun owners need to get a license from local police or town officials to carry a loaded firearm concealed. Today’s vote will do away with this requirement if signed by the governor and passed into law.

Read coverage from The Concord Monitor.

Just one more reason to join us in the Live Free or Die state.

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Check out this free documentary to discover why thousands of pro-freedom people are moving to New Hampshire.

What's Your Passion? Join the FSP and Make the Move!

What's your passion? What will you work on when you get to New Hampshire? The sky is the limit. The only thing holding you back is not being part of the largest, most audacious liberty movement in the world! Join now, and start planning your move!

Early movers work on various projects according to their personal passions. Some run for office, and help get pro-liberty candidates elected. Others write and speak on liberty topics, run private charities, engage in civil disobedience, start businesses and independent media outlets, and more.

For example:

In this The Citizen opinion column, early mover Bill Walker explains the history of marijuana decriminalization attempts in New Hampshire's legislature. Another early mover, Amanda Bouldin, a NH state representative and founder of Shire Sharing, a private charity that supports needy families over Thanksgiving, weighs in on the City of Manchester's Uber situation.

Where NH Gets Its Money

"Vermont and New Hampshire are similar in a lot of ways — they’re both small, heavily rural New England states that root for the Red Sox. But when it comes to taxes, they could hardly be more different. Vermont is one of the nation’s highest-tax states on a per capita basis; New Hampshire is the lowest."

Read more about where states get their money in this report from FiveThirtyEight

State of Liberty: A Dartmouth Student Reviews Liberty Forum

Brian Chen, a Dartmouth College student attended Liberty Forum in March, 2015. Here is his article about his first impressions about NH's largest liberty conference, and the Free State Project.

From the article: "There is the trope that libertarians are selfish and do not care about the poor, but my experience at Liberty Forum simply demolishes this supposition. The general character of conference attendees struck me; they were all unfailingly friendly, generous, and kind. People reached out to me not just to say hello, but to actually get to know me. Free Staters worked to help those struggling to find firm footing in the state, helping them find housing and work. The project is a real community, where participants supported each other. Traditionally, community-based forms of insurance and support have been used instead of government welfare programs, and my experience at Liberty Forum has reaffirmed my belief in a voluntary safety net that relies on real compassion and a more virtuous people will be superior to any state program."

Parental Choice: The Future of Education

Bill Walker, an FSP early mover and member of the Sullivan County Republican Committee, writes in The Citizen about global school choice options, and what is happening in the town of Croydon, NH.

From the article: "Parental choice is the future of education. Whether through online programs, private schools, or public school choice, every parent should be able to choose their child’s school. Our country was made strong by our diversity, not by conformity. Choice will rebuild our diversity, and the 21st century will see our diverse children reach out into the stars."

Photo credit: Patriotpost.us.

Militarization of Police: Panel at UNH

Shire Liberty News, your source for in-depth activism news and information about what is happening in the Free State, covered Friday's "The Militarization of Police" panel discussion at the University of New Hampshire. Read more...

Photo credit: Tom V, from left to right: Carla Gericke (FSP President), Perry Plummer (Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for New Hampshire), Anthony F. Colarusso Jr. (Dover Chief of Police) and JR Hoell (NH State Representative).

Celebrating the Upper Valley

The Upper Valley of New Hampshire is a unique and beautiful place. Home to Dartmouth College in Hanover, quaint towns like Lebanon, and world class historic sites like Saint Gaudens estate and sculpture park, another unique feature is that state borders bend a little up that way. New Hampshire and Vermont share school districts across the Connecticut River. When I used to work at the NH Writers' Project, we hosted our NH Literary Festival in White River Junction, VT, named one of the "coolest small towns," with lots of artistic flair, and a great clothing store called Revolution.

Potential of Bitcoin in NH

The Free State Project gets a mention in this Nasdaq article about Bitcoin adoption. The article also quotes early movers, NH representative Eric Schleien, sponsor of the NH bill who "considers Bitcoin payments more secure than credit card payments," and Joel Valenzuela, blogger at The Desert Lynx.

From the article: "At least two states, New Hampshire and Utah, have bills under consideration that would make it possible for citizens to pay taxes and fees in Bitcoin. New York City has proposed similar legislation. The reason? At least a few elected officials recognize the potential of Bitcoin to help government and citizens alike."

NH #1 for Most Financially Literate State

According to a recent study by WalletHub, Money reports that New Hampshire is the most financially literate state. From Money: "New Hampshire pushes its way to the top by having the lowest high school dropout rate, the second lowest non-bank borrowing rate, and the fourth lowest number of unbanked households in the country." Read more...

Photo credit: Alamy as appeared on Money

N.H. in 2035: For the Free State Project, It’s Live Freer or Die

The Concord Monitor covers the Free State Project and discusses some of the projects early movers are working on. "It’s New Hampshire in 2035, as projected by a unique political migration of libertarians intent on creating a state of unbridled liberty. Called the Free State Project, the movement’s founder, Jason Sorens, predicted at a forum this month that a small but dedicated group can punch above its weight in enacting freedom-focused changes and bringing about a destination for businesses and self-sovereignty." Read more...

Photo credit: Geoff Forester/Monitor staff

In Education: Choice vs. No Choice

Early mover Bill Walker weighs in on school choice in New Hampshire in today's Nashua Telegraph. "Education isn’t a left vs. right issue. It’s a choice vs. no-choice issue." Read more...

Bill Walker is a member of the Sullivan County Republican Committee. He thanks his mother, a public school teacher, for the sacrifices she made to send him to private school at her own expense.

Fascinating Discussion with Nick Gillespie and Patrick Byrne

At the Free State Project's 8th Annual Liberty Forum conference, a unique discussion took place when editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, Nick Gillespie, sat down to chat to keynote speaker, Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock, in this intimate and fascinating interview.

Comparative Advantage for Economy and Career

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This post originally appeared at e3ne.org.

All wealth comes from production and exchange: making and trading goods and services. The two are closely related: the more you trade, the more you’re able to produce. How does that work? Through the magic of specialization.

When you trade, you’re able to specialize in your comparative advantage, that is, what you can do relatively cheaply compared to everyone else. If you didn’t trade, you’d have to make everything yourself: clothes, food, shelter, transportation, health care, etc. You’d be very, very poor. By trading with other people, you can focus on doing one narrow thing really, really well, earning money, and trading that money away for other goods and services that other people focus on doing really, really well.

Love Shack? Nah, Sugar Shack, Baby

If you see a faded sign by the side of the road that says '15 Miles' to the... Sugar shack... stop, and enjoy! This weekend heralds the 20th Annual Maple Weekend. Join the fun at a local New Hampshire sugar house. Visit sugar makers to learn more about the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring. Meet your neighbors, and get some sweet tree gold while you are there. Insider tip: For the best maple syrup, go for dark... it's more flavorful and sticky-finger-licking good!

Photo credit: NH Maple Producers

Shire Co-op: Building a Freer Community

MANCHESTER - Over the last year, Community Market Days (CMDs) have sprung up in Manchester. I attended one in January and left with a ridiculous quantity of food: several pounds of humanely-raised ham, bacon, two varieties of sausage, and pork chops from Bardo Farm; two dozen eggs; baked goods; and grassfed ground beef ordered wholesale.

I spoke with five members of the Shire Co-op to learn more about this unique organization. I spoke with Jessica Love, who moved to Manchester from Florida three years ago as part of the Free State Project; Constance Spencer, another Free Stater who moved from Alaska with her family less than a year ago, now also in Manchester; Jack Shimek, a 30-year New Hampshire resident who signed the FSP Statement of Intent prior to the selection of New Hampshire as the “Free State”, now based in Milford; Kate Ager, a Keene native now living in Henniker; and Daniel Cuevas, also in Manchester.

SLN: Thank you all for agreeing to be interviewed! Could each of you tell me what your role is in the Shire Co-op?

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