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"Looking for a healthier lifestyle? You might want to move to Hawaii. More educated people? You should probably try Montana, Vermont, or Minnesota. Better job prospects? North Dakota. And if you want the best quality of living, pound for pound, the best place to live is New Hampshire." Read more at The Washington Post. Photo credit: Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo
William Kostric believes the most important thing he has contributed to since moving to NH in 2008 is a community activist center known as The Quill.
According to William, while there are activist pockets throughout the country, none compare to the community present in New Hampshire - which is why he's still here, six and a half years after moving with the intention of checking out the Free State Project before leaving the country. William's advice to someone planning to move to NH is to make the move as soon as possible--why wait? In this episode, William also discusses an open carry event that took place in Portsmouth, NH, in 2009.
ItsLikeThisToo is a video series that focuses on early movers of the Free State Project. Based in New Hampshire, movers of the Free State Project are putting into practice a slew of tactics in an effort to advance liberty, and be part of a productive, harmonious, and, most importantly, voluntary community.
Interesting Bloomberg article about Rand Paul's recent trip to NH. The FSP is covered:"For most of the past decade, the state has attracted new libertarian-minded immigrants from other states, and elected new libertarian-minded legislators. They’re often the same people. The Free State Project, an effort to attract a critical mass of libertarians to one state and steer its life and politics, was organizing in New Hampshire long before Ron Paul ran for president. When Paul ran in 2008 and 2012, he grew a passionate base of volunteers.
'They were pretty symbiotic,' says Jason Sorens, the young Yale academic (now a professor at Dartmouth, fittingly) who dreamed up the Free State concept in 2001. 'The Free Staters went from 500 to 1200 in the space of a couple of years, and there was a big boost to us from the Ron Paul movement.'
How big a boost?" Read more at Bloomberg. Photo credit: Griffin Hammond for Bloomberg Politics
Free Talk Live's host and founder of Free Keene, Ian Freeman chats to Tom Woods about the Free State Project, and the exciting liberty efforts going on in New Hampshire. Says Tom: "They're unconventional, but that's why they're working."
For Andre Rosa all the world is a stage, and he intends to perform all over it! Andre, by his own words, ran away to New Hampshire from California in 2011. Andre says he doesn't really do activism in the traditional sense but he's a "liberty guy" and he lives his life and creates his art from this perspective. In this week's episode, Andre talks about his "Drag Queen and Covered Bridges" calendar with its trials and triumphs, his running for State Rep in New Hampshire, and his fun and creative campaign strategies.
A recent Gallup Poll asked residents from all 50 states if they would move from their current state if they could. See how New Hampshire rates. Not only do New Hampshire residents not want to leave their state, thousands more are flocking to the Live Free or Die state as part of the Free State Project to enjoy the NH Advantage.
The New Hampshire House voted 228-149 on Wednesday to allow the carrying of concealed guns in the House chamber. This is a return to the policy of the last Republican-led House from 2011-2012. Democrats repealed the policy in 2013. Read more at WMUR. Photo credit: WMUR
Last year, early FSP mover and then NH state representative Tim O'Flaherty worked on a bill to decriminalize adultery in New Hampshire, which passed into law in 2014. Tim has since become the Research Director at the NH Liberty Alliance, a non-partisan coalition working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire. The NHLA does this by monitoring bills in the legislative sessions, and by encouraging private charity, a civil society, and citizen involvement. What will you work on when you join the FSP and move to New Hampshire? Read The Economist's take on the adultery bill here. Photo credit: The Economist/Claudio Munoz
Over the weekend, the Keene Sentinel profiled several Free State Project new movers on the front page, above the fold. Read more about these pioneers for liberty here. Photo credit: Bill Gnade/Sentinel Staff
Have you heard about the latest hipster fashion trend, "The Lumbersexual"? New Hampshire's largest newspaper, the Union Leader, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the difference between a "lumbersexual" and a real New Hampshire man. Writes Jack Savage of NH Forest Journal: "Here in New Hampshire, where we all but invented the woodsy, can-do look of a handy, hale and hearty fella, the emergence of the lumbersexual man presents a problem. How do we tell them apart?" Read his "12 tips on how distinguish a real New Hampshire man from the carefully crafted catalog version" here.
In a Huffington Post article "Four Times Federal Judges Kept the Government Honest in 2014," Evan Bernick of the Institute for Justice covers FSP president, Carla Gericke's 1st Circuit Court of Appeals win against the Town of Weare, NH. "These decisions show how judicial engagement can ensure that the government stays within constitutional bounds. If judges can engage in tough cases requiring fact-sensitive analysis, they can do it in all cases -- and they must, if the courts are to perform their constitutional function and keep the political branches in check. Our rights will remain insecure so long as judicial truth-seeking remains the exception, rather than the rule." Photo credit: Huffington Post, moodboard via Getty Images.
Father and liberty lover William Baer was vindicated this week after being arrested and charged with 3 incidents of "disorderly conduct" during a school board hearing earlier this year when he protested the content of a novel distributed by Gilford High School to his 9th grade daughter.
Says The Union Leader: "The dismissal of three disorderly conduct charges against William Baer, a parent who was arrested after unruly conduct at a school board meeting in May, is being seen by some as an important moment in the history of law enforcement and American free speech."
Baer writes of his ordeal and his decision to fight back:
"Since my arrest this past May, my life and the lives of my family have been in disarray. After 7-1/2 months of being pursued by the State of New Hampshire, through the Gilford Police Department and School Board, I am obviously pleased that all charges have been dismissed. Belknap County Judge James Carroll showed me there still is some justice in our system.
Ali Havens is all about "liberty media." In her own words "liberty media is the best way to reach people." This rings true, seeing as Ali discovered the Free State Project through Free Talk Live. "I wanted to move somewhere, where all the libertarians would be." FTL didn't convince her to move though, she was already searching for "towns that have the most libertarians." Once she found out about the Free State Project and New Hampshire's natural "live and let live" spirit, she knew she was all in. Since moving, Ali has been involved in a number of media related projects, most recently being the narrator for the new documentary "101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire."
PorcFest X Lead Organizer Mike Vine talks to Lions of Liberty about the FSP's and its participants' major victories, the new documentary 101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire, what's happening on The Freecoast, his favorite book to introduce people to liberty, and more! If you're curious about the Free State Project, don't miss this interview! Like what you hear? Join the most audacious liberty movement in the world!
Free State Project President, Carla Gericke, testifies at the Concord BEARCAT hearing held in fall 2012. Carla testified because of the fraudulent, misleading, and spurious statements made about Free Staters in a federal grant application. If you missed what happened, you can read more about it here, here, here, with quotes and media coverage about the issue here.
#1: All the Woolen Underthings
When confronted with your first New Hampshire winter, everyone will tell you to invest in woolen undergarments. Everyone will tell you to, but YOU will ignore this advice for at least the first if not the second winter. You will say: “Don’t you tell me what to do,” while thinking, “What difference can a pair of woolen socks really make?” As someone who waited 4 winters to invest in all the woolen underthings, let me tell you unequivocally: A LOT. I’m talking warm tootsies 24/7. Toss in a pair of woolen leggings and a long-sleeved undershirt for when you will be outside for extended periods, and you will find yourself saying: “Wait, what? Winter is over already?” Treat your woolen items with respect--don’t toss them in the dryer!--and they will love you back, winter over winter. Toasty!
#2: Layer Up
And strip down when needed. Layers give you the flexibility to be comfortable, no matter what the temperature is, inside or out. Added bonus: New Hampshire winters come with built-in stripteases!
#3: Increase Your Vitamin D Intake
A recent mover, Joel Valenzuela, weighs in on the meaning he finds in New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project: "I took a break from my life of tireless activism in the Free State to visit my former home of Arizona. I was soon reminded of why I left, why I went Galt. Read more at his blog, the Desert Lynx.