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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."
On April 11, 2015, the 24th Annual Intragalactic Cardboard Sled Race was held at the Mount Sunapee Resort. The award-winning Robo-Porcupine cardboard sled was designed and engineered by early movers, Jim Johnson and Lauren Canario, as a homeschooling project. Under their guidance, students, along with recent mover Ethan Glover, met up once a week to make their "Robo-Porc" concept a reality. Using only cardboard, duct tape, paint, and wax, the team transformed their design sketches into an amazing corn-noshing porcupine sled. The proceeds from the event went to support a local charity, David's House.
Watch this clip from WMUR about the race.
Castles and Camaraderie: Come Shack Up With Us In New Hampshire! Read the latest FSP newsletter. We hope you are tempted to join us for "Liberty in Our Lifetime." Remember! Buy your PorcFest tickets today!
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.
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).
Looking for a great place to raise your family? New Hampshire ranks #1 for girls' health and well-being, according to a new report by the Girl Scouts Research Institute. Boys fare well in New Hampshire too, because New Hampshire fares well in quality of living generally, another #1 ranking, in fact!
From the Quality of Living Report:
The Dartmouth Review recently sat down to talk to Jason Sorens, founder of the Free State Project. From the Editor's Note: "Jason Sorens is a Lecturer in the Department of Government, the Program Director of the Political Economy Project (PEP), and the President and Founder of Ethics and Economics Education of New England (E3NE). He is also the Founder and current Vice President of the Free State Project (FSP), a political migration movement that seeks to recruit 20,000 libertarians move to New Hampshire to gain the critical mass necessary to effect political change. Recently, The Dartmouth Review had the opportunity to speak with Professor Sorens about his work at Dartmouth and his involvement in state politics. Here is what he had to say."
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.
April 7th marks the end of Prohibition in 1933. To honor this day, read brewmaster and Free State Project early mover Kevin Bloom's tale of how he helped foment a nanobrew revolution in New Hampshire. The following article first appeared in the 3rd edition of The Free Stater magazine, which was distributed at Liberty Forum 2015. Kevin's story exemplifies the old adage: "Where there is a will, there is a way."
I hope this story inspires you as much as it did me. Because of the passing of the nanobrew bill, several Free Stater owned nanobreweries have sprung up, including Able Ebeneezer Brewing Company in Merrimack, Earth Eagle Brewing in Portsmouth, and soon Kevin's own nanobrewery, Area 23 in Concord. If every mover came to New Hampshire with one idea of how to increase liberties and create more small businesses, we'll achieve "Liberty in Our Lifetime," in, well, no time. Cheers!
How to Ferment a Nano-Brewvolution by Kevin Bloom
Manchester Brewing is Born
Ross Ulbricht's mother, Lyn Ulbricht spoke at the Free State Project's 8th annual Liberty Forum, held March 5-8, 2015, in Manchester, 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."
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Community. The word always left a bad taste in my mouth. In my life, “community” has meant something awful, something dreadful. And by age 23, I knew that becoming part of a community was something I would fight to avoid at all costs.
I think it was just after September 11th 2001 when my confusion began. I was a theater major at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. When the towers fell, and the flags began to wave, I took solace in the sense of community I felt on campus. There, I was among people who seemed to understand the reality of what was actually happening. This was no War on Terror, but a war for profit; and the masses rallying behind it were getting swindled. It was tremendously comforting to know I was not alone, to know there were many others who had not fallen victim to this great hoax. These people called themselves liberals. So, I supposed I was a liberal too. Then, things began to change.