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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.
I have an odd relationship with the Town of Weare, a place of rebellion.
Weare is where I was arrested--Where? Weare!--in 2010 for filming police officers during a routine traffic stop. I was charged with felony wiretapping, facing 7 years in prison. All charges against me were later dropped, but I, like Ebenezer Mudgett and his posse did centuries ago, decided to fight back. I sued the police department and the Town of Weare for violations of my constitutional rights, and in 2014 prevailed in a landmark 1st Amendment case in the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Today is the anniversary of Weare’s Pine Tree Riot of 1772, which took place 17 months before the Boston Tea Party and three years before “The Shot Heard Round the World.”
If you are planning your move to New Hampshire, you are likely looking for a job. The good news is the March numbers show that the state's unemployment rate is 2.6%. The national unemployment rate is around 5%. Depending on figures still to come from North Dakota and South Dakota, NH could have the lowest unemployment rate in the US. Check out WMUR's coverage here. Join the FSP Job Alert group on Facebook, where you can ask questions, peruse job postings, and network. Happy hunting!
Over the past few months, a theater group called Civilians have been visiting New Hampshire to interview Free State Project early movers for a new cabaret show they are working on. Their focus was on anarcho-capitalists in the movement, but as you know, Free Staters come in many stripes--we're a big tent for smaller government, after all.
In this piece Civilians R&D Group members EllaRose Chary, Jay Stull and Jordan Mahome reflect on adapting their investigation into state-resistance movements for the Let Me Ascertain You cabaret stage.
"We decided to work on this project because Jay wanted to do something about this group of anarcho-capitalists he’s friends with in New Hampshire. They live in a community called the Free State Project. Ella was interested in what’s going on with social movements organized around police power, from Black Lives Matter to variations on the Occupy movement."
They met with many of us, letting us tell our stories. They say:
In 2007, the New Hampshire Film & Television Office made a promo to entice filmmakers to choose the Free State Project's backyard for film projects. The promo featured Orson Welles, who said:
"New Hampshire is towns and cities, but it is also wilderness, a paradise of trees, a healing expanse of solitude."
Check out the video to hear what else Welles had to say about New Hampshire, and for some inspiring footage from across this beautiful state. Curious which movies have been set in New Hampshire? How about filmed here? A recent favorite of mine? Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods.
New Hampshire not only offers the opportunity of "Liberty in Our Lifetime," it is also a spectacular backdrop to life itself. Come visit us in the White Mountains during PorcFest, then make your move!
Today, the Free State Project announced that it has joined a class action lawsuit against the IRS for illegally targeting libertarian-leaning nonprofit organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Last week, after a unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit "slammed" the IRS in a "blistering rebuke," the agency was forced to turn over a list of organizations it unfairly targeted. The Free State Project received a court notice that it is a member of that class.
Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Member Mary Kissel does a short (3min) interview of Associate Editorial Features Editor Kyle Peterson for the WSJ Opinion Journal on MSN News about his recent coverage of the Free State Project's Liberty Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire last month. She states "We call Snowden one of the worst traitors in American history, just to be clear," to which Kyle responds "He skyped in, answered questions, and got more than one standing ovation."
At Liberty Forum 2016, the inaugural Liberty in Action Awards ceremony was held, emceed by Andre Rosa. Check out this trailer, and stay tuned for the whole shebang coming soon!
"But if Manchester’s job and housing markets are thriving, it’s still a work in progress. The Millyard is woefully short of parking, and public transit isn’t sufficiently developed to allow people to get around without a car. There’s a civic center and a minor league baseball park, but little in the way of grass-roots, homegrown arts, music and culture. 'We have a bar and restaurant scene, but it’s going to need some retail and more diverse entertainment,' says York."
Photo credit: Carla Gericke
The Wall Street Journal's Kyle Peterson writes about the Free State Project in a lengthy article entitled The Great American Disconnect: "The U.S. has been drifting into a collection of red or blue enclaves. Libertarians decided they needed a state of their own."
The Free State Project (FSP) is a movement to get 20,000 pro-liberty activists to migrate to New Hampshire and work to limit the government’s role in society to the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property. Two thousand participants have already moved, and 18,000 more have pledged to move within five years.
For over a decade, the radio program Free Talk Live (FTL) and its host Ian Freeman have had a marketing relationship with the FSP. Ian has convinced many people over the years of the value of libertarian ideals and of the potential for the Free State Project to achieve its mission of “Liberty in Our Lifetime.” He has likely brought more movers to New Hampshire than any other single individual. However, neither Ian Freeman nor FTL’s other hosts have ever been official spokespeople for the FSP.
In recognition of this value and in exchange for promotion, the FSP has had a long-standing agreement to provide FTL with event tickets for FTL hosts, sponsorship billing, and space to broadcast remotely during the events.
On the TV show, The A-Team--one of the few shows that was broadcast on state-controlled South African television in the 1980s--John “Hannibal” Smith used to say: “I love it when a plan comes together.”
And, boy, did it come together this past weekend at the Free State Project’s 9th annual Liberty Forum, held February 18-21, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester, NH.
I always say, “It takes a Quillage,” and it really does! Most of the people who worked on bringing you the best Liberty Forum yet, volunteered their time. Hours and hours, week over week, month over month. They are the true stars of the event.
Says Angela Harris, lead organizer with husband Emmett:
“WOW, what a weekend! If you had told me a year ago that Emmett and I would be organizing the next Liberty Forum, and that not only would we have Edward Snowden as our keynote speaker, but that we would have already Triggered the Move weeks before, I would have told you were crazy – optimistic and cute, but crazy.”
On February 20, 2016, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed more than 500 attendees at the Free State Project's 9th annual NH Liberty Forum in Manchester, NH.
People gathered from across the globe to discuss practical ways to expand social and economic liberties. The conference also provided an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the Free Stater community in New Hampshire, where 20,000 libertarians are now moving.
Nick Gillespie of Reason TV interviewed Snowden live via Google Hangouts. Snowden was greeted by audience members holding masks bearing his likeness--this homage was received with a wide smile from Snowden in Russia.
The 3rd of February will now forever be known in liberty circles as "Porcupine Day"--the day after Groundhog Day--and the day the Free State Project officially announced the move has been triggered. Join us in the Free State! Watch the video to see today's press conference. More videos to come!
At 11AM this morning, Free State Project president Carla Gericke announced the FSP had reached its goal of recruiting 20,000 participants. Here is her speech from this morning's press conference held at the Radisson Hotel in the Queen City.
Five years ago, when I became president of the Free State Project after having organized two Porcupine Freedom Festivals, aka PorcFest, now one of the largest liberty gatherings in the world, the signer counter stood at nearly 11,000.
I calculated that all things being equal, we would Trigger the Move in 2018, and with 5 years for signers to move, it would be 2023--and I would be in my fifties!--before I would see the full effects of our historic mass migration movement.
Free State Project ‘Triggers the Move’: 20,000 Libertarians to Move to New Hampshire in Next 5 Years
What kind of impact will 20,000 liberty-loving people make when they move to a small state, like New Hampshire? The country will soon find out.
MANCHESTER, NH (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 03, 2016: As of today, The Free State Project is the most successful intentional migration movement in American history. This is because today the organization has announced that 20,000 participants have signed the Statement of Intent to move to New Hampshire, where they will “exert their fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty and property.”
The 20,000 mark is significant, because it ‘triggers the move’ – the mass migration of the Free State Project participants who have all agreed to move to New Hampshire within the next five years. So far, almost 2,000 have already relocated to the state.
This is IT! 99% to our goal of 20,000 signers! Today, we have 19,858 committed activists signed up! Nearly 2,000 have already moved and made massive strides to expand liberties in New Hampshire. What are YOU waiting for? Today, show YOUR support for our efforts by donating $9.99, $99 or $999 to our Trigger the Move fundraiser. Let's DO THIS!
As of this writing, the online fundraiser has: $14,410 USD, raised by 158 people in 1 month, 36% of $40,000 goal. Bitcoin donations as of Monday were approximately $1,200. We have matched $1,500 offline. More details on other offline donations coming later this week. Please give generously TODAY. Thank you!
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As a Free State Project participant and early mover, I call New Hampshire home by choice. As the Super Secret Project says in their song "Granite State of Mind": "I'm the new Salinger/Cuz I could live anywhere/But I choose to live here." I know it is home, because this list of "11 Extremely Weird Things People From New Hampshire Do" totally rang true! Read why we are weird at Only In Your State.