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We've set up an exceptional Education Activism track at PorcFest this year! The sessions will be at noon each day in the Pavilion, with an extra session Friday 10:30am. You don’t want to miss any of them!
Monday: James Davis
Trusting Young People: Lessons Learned from a Coercion-Free Summer Camp
James's stories from running a free-range kid summer camp (with 100+ kids!) paint a very different picture from what many suspect would happen.
Tuesday: Jon Trossbach and Ken Danford
North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens
“Learning is natural. School is optional.” That's the slogan of Self-Directed Learning for Teens, a community-based, independent learning program for teens.
Earlier this year, New Hampshire was cited as the wealthiest standalone state in the developed world. Think about that for a second... New Hampshire beat countries like Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland. The great Granite State is the little state that can.
Today, the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence announced that former FSP president, Carla Gericke, has joined this 501c3 educational nonprofit organization as its new president. Says Gericke:
From today's Union Leader:
"NEW HAMPSHIRE is looking for several thousand individuals to relocate to a great state, pay no sales or income tax, and enjoy good schools and a safe environment, all within an hour or two from beaches, lakes, mountains and cities.
Sporting a low 2.6 percent unemployment rate, employers across the Granite State are clamoring for you, out-of-staters, to come to New Hampshire and stay, work and play here. Once you do, you won’t want to leave. These high quality jobs come from a diverse base of organizations. Use your soft skills, love of technology, interest in advanced manufacturing, or many other areas as you consider joining our New Hampshire team. As an added benefit, you could meet the next President of the United States during our rousing political season. Contact a Granite State company now!"
The PorcFest One Pot Cook-Off, hosted by the Liberty Ladies of NH, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and we want you to join the party!!
For our judges, it's a culinary scavenger hunt and unique dinner experience! As one of PorcFest’s most delicious and longest running events, the Cook-Off is a lot of fun and a great way to connect with friends, old and new. For our contestants, it's a friendly but fierce cooking competition! FREE to enter and everyone goes home with prize $$$! Cook right at your site and the judges come to you. You provide your winning main dish one-pot entry and we’ll provide the rest!
Rain or shine, the celebration will be Thursday, 6/23 @ 4:30pm!
Visit: www.porcfestonepotcookoff.com or contact Edi Swearingen at email@example.com, for tickets and/or contestant registration, today!
Yesterday, FSP founder Jason Sorens and former FSP president Carla Gericke chatted to NHPR about the Free State Project. They were joined by Drew Cline, communications consultant in Bedford and the former editorial page editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader, and Dan Eaton, 13-term Democratic Representative from Stoddard.
"Recently, this movement announced success in its plan to encourage twenty-thousand libertarian-minded people from around the country to move to New Hampshire. And already, Free Staters have had an influence on Granite State politics, although it's not always been welcome. We'll check in on this project and its impact."
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The company just closed on a $50 million round of financing, and is planning to heavily step up its hiring. Check out current openings, which include both tech, sales and support positions, here. From today's Union Leader:
"Dyn, a thriving Millyard technology company, expects to add hundreds of jobs in New Hampshire over the next five years after it received $50 million in funding."
The American Conservative takes an in-depth look at the Free State Project with this thoughtful and enlightening discussion between Rod Dreher and FSP founder Jason Sorens.
"Sorens and other Free State activists chose New Hampshire as the site of their experiment, attracted by the state’s small population and tradition of flinty New England individualism. Some Free Staters didn’t wait for the group to cross the 20,000 threshold: they pulled up stakes and moved straight to the granite hills. Sorens was among them—two years ago, he took a position as a lecturer at Dartmouth College in Hanover.
In February, the Free State Project finally reached its target number of pledges. 'It’s resonating with people who are really looking for solutions,' Carla Gericke, the group’s [then] president, told the Associated Press on the occasion. 'A lot of people like to sit around and complain, and what this really is, is activist-driven. These are people who have goals and want to see them achieved.'”
When I discovered the entire New Hampshire was covered by one area code, I was strangely delighted. Coming from big cities where the city itself might have a few different codes, this seemed so old-timey, and quaint. But, 603 pride is a New Hampsha thing! (Check out the video, if you don't believe me.)
If you have started your job search in anticipation of your upcoming move, make sure to get a local "603" area code phone number. It will help with the job search!
An FSP participant was kind enough to share her tips for getting that sweet, sweet six-oh-three as part of your journey to be more free:
"How I just got a 603 area code phone number from Indiana for $11 without leaving home:
Purchased Airvoice SIM card for $0.99 including shipping from eBay here.
What are you waiting for? If you have skills, you will find a job in New Hampshire! So says The Boston Globe in this article about New Hampshire's low unemployment rate.
New Hampshire has long boasted some enviable economic statistics: low poverty and crime rates, high median income. And lately, there’s been an especially eye-popping number: an unemployment rate that has dropped to 2.6 percent, the lowest in the country after South Dakota (2.5 percent).
However, not everyone in New Hampshire is cheering the news, least of all employers who are struggling to fill hundreds of vacancies and experts who are concerned the low unemployment number represents a major crimp on economic growth. As impressive as it might appear, the state’s low unemployment rate does not reflect a surge in hiring so much as it does the fact that employers are having to draw on a shrinking pool of skilled workers.
My wife and I have now resided in the Granite State for 1 year and here are some thoughts:
The move has not disappointed. We relocated from Connecticut, a tax-happy gun-hating stinkhole. There is a noticeable difference, perhaps primarily for those of us who came from such states, in the reach of the taxman here. Sales tax may seem negligible, but it had been a constant factor in my life, and in CT, I had to live through multiple increases and the looming threat of more. I work in MA, so I am still paying state income tax, but I salivate at the prospect of having that washed away at some point down the road (not now thought because I have a great job). Just knowing that is a future possibility makes me happy to live here.
Early mover Joel Valenzuela writes about New Hampshire's "Organic Bitcoin Farm Paradise."
"New Hampshire, home to 4,150 farms comprised of 471,911 acres of farmland, is a prime destination for local, organic farm products. The state is also home to one of the most robust Bitcoin communities in the world, and as a result you can buy all your organic groceries with cryptocurrency."
Read more at the Coin Telegraph.
The idea was simple: PorcFest attendees seemed like the type of folks who might be harboring an opinion, frustration, or passion or two (or ten!). I wanted to provide an opportunity to “tell us how you really feel.”
The rules were basic: You had 3 minutes and if you ran over your time, you got shot by a water pistol, and a point was taken off from your score. I lined up judges: Angela Keaton (Antiwar.com), Chris Lawless (Ron Paul’s Friggin’ Giant and Liberty Forum lead organizer) and Gardner Goldsmith (writer and radio host). I was the Vanna White of the night.
FSP early mover Ian Underwood writes a thought-provoking and compelling piece on Granite Grok today about the role of courts in New Hampshire. He starts with the following thought experiment:
"Suppose you buy a car made by General Motors. And there is a problem with the car — the brakes aren’t designed properly, and you’re severely injured in a car crash. So you want to sue GM.
And suppose you’re required to do that in a court that is owned and operated by GM. In particular, the judge and the other officers of the court are employees of GM.
You go to the judge to voice your concern about this. And he tells you: Oh, there’s no conflict of interest, because the court is a separate part of the company.
It’s laughable, right? Because it violates what we might call ‘the first rule of justice’, nemo judex in sua causa: No one can be judge and party in his own case."
It was a Sunday, it was dreary out, and Elm Street, the main downtown drag, was depressing as all get-out with boarded up buildings and “Going Out of Business” signs. I hated it. I actually teared up, saying to Louis, “Please don’t ask me to live here.”
At the time, I was still ambivalent about the whole “Move to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project and work towards ‘Liberty in Our Lifetime’” thing--how life has changed!--and Manchester was not doing Louis’s pitch any favors.
Fast forward a decade: 10 PorcFests, 20,000 signers, and one Trigger the Move later, and I’m happy to report: I love it here! Manchester's economy has improved and downtown is now vibrant, sporting restaurants and shops like Dancing Lion Chocolates that even take bitcoin!
This video guide by early mover Dr. Tarrin Lupo (chiropractor) is designed to help you relocate to New Hampshire. Dr. Lupo discusses how he saved $1,000 on his moving truck, and other useful information you need to know before you move.
Before you move, please email "firstname.lastname@example.org" to let us know. Thanks!
Check out the calendar of local events here.
To find out more about the PorcBuddy Program and the Welcome Wagon click here.
To get more tips on movers, check out the independent FSP Movers site click here.
To come meet the community, join us at PorcFest in June. Get your tixs soon!
To buy your own hand wood burned Porcupine mandala featured in the video click here.
To find Route 101 Gifts click here.
FSP Board Meeting
Time/Date: 3:00p Sunday, April 17, 2016
Attending: Carla, Jason, Jody, Matt, Rich (tele), Séamas
Meeting called to order at: 3:09pm
- Choose meeting chair
- Treasurer’s Report
- President’s Report
- Aaron resigned
- New Board members
- Elect new board Chair
- New Business
- Amend Bylaws to clarify emergency meeting protocol
- What is the mission of the FSP?
- Future of Liberty Forum and PorcFest
- FTL/Ian Freeman
From The Dartmouth, America's oldest college newspaper:
"'The Free State Project is a natural outlet for dissatisfaction in the political system,' Merrill said.
'It’s a natural outgrowth of individuals wanting to be certain that government doesn’t intrude in their lives in an unreasonable manner,' he said. 'I have yet to run into any Free Stater who wasn’t patriotic, interested in keeping government at an appropriate size, and willing to do their part. I think those are the kinds of people that will keep New Hampshire the state that it has been and should remain.'”
This article on libertarianism and liberty in New Hampshire is the second in a three-part series from The Dartmouth, America's oldest college newspaper. The final part will be published tomorrow, so stay tuned.
From the article:
"New Hampshire is in Henry David Thoreau’s backyard, a region north of Massachusetts’ Walden Pond where individual responsibility, community cohesion in the small valleys of the White Mountains and personal liberty have always been valued. The small, isolated towns of northern New England may contribute to Alexis de Tocqueville’s concept of “self-interest rightly understood,” the tendency of people to view aiding their communities through private action — for instance, by removing a fallen tree from a roadway without waiting for government agents to do the task for them — as a self-serving goal, helping others by helping oneself."
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There is something magical about campfires isn't there? Throughout history, some of the greatest ideas, movements and friendships have started around campfires.
A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out a box of old paperwork when I found something surprising and timely, considering that FSP had just announced the week before that the move had been triggered. An old, forgotten notepad on which I had jotted handwritten notes taken at the very first meeting, in late 2002, of the “Welcome to the Granite State Committee” formed by three members of LPNH: Rich Tomasso, George Reich, and me. Our stated goal for the committee was to promote New Hampshire as the best state for FSP members to choose. We were all members of FSP, and were committed to moving if another state was selected, but we passionately believed NH was the best choice.
The Dartmouth, the daily student paper of Dartmouth College in Hanover, is writing a three-part series on libertarianism in New Hampshire. Here is the first edition.
"On the morning of June 16, it will be just over 60 degrees in Lancaster if average temperatures hold. The city lies on the southern edge of Coös County, near the banks of the Connecticut River. At its heart is a small, insular community cut off from the state around it by forests and mountains stretching out for miles around. At the edge of town, out in the woods, is Roger’s Campground. That morning, the final preparations will be underway in these woods for one of the largest gatherings of libertarians in the world: PorcFest.