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NH #1: Lebanon Best Small Town

Lebanon, NH, my old stomping ground, was named Livability's 2015 Top Best Small Town, moving up from its number 3 ranking last year.

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

Real Liberty Doesn't Erode Freedom

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.

Majority of Granite Staters Say: Free the Weed

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.

Free Range Kids? Learn More at PorcFest XII!

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."

Buy your tickets to PorcFest today!

New Hampshire VS. Maryland

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.

Forest Kindergartens? Yes, Please!

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."

Read the whole article at NHPR. Photo credit: New Forest Park Authority

Sucker's Bet: Monopoly vs. Prohibition

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

Driving Tour: Monadnock Region

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.

5 Reasons the Free State Project Trumps Liberland

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.

Here’s why:

#1: The Tortoise and the Hare

New Hampshire VS. New Jersey

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.

Climb Every Mountain... In A Zamboni?

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

Blast from the Past: Stossel Chats to FSP

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.

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.

Curious about the FSP? Join us at our flagship summer event, the Porcupine Freedom Festival. Buy your tickets today!

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."

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