Aurora Borealis in NH - Christopher M Georgia Photography
NH went blue! It’s all over! I’m never moving now! You guys suck! These are some of the criticisms levelled against the FSP in the aftermath of the elections. Well, I’m here to tell you: whether NH is blue or red, it doesn’t matter. Who cares about national politics anymore, anyway?
Over the past eight years, FSP participants who have become state representatives went from zero to 1, to four, to 12-14 in 2010, to eleven this cycle. We only have 1,100 movers on the ground. With only 5% of our goal movers in NH, political FSP participants held onto the status quo while Republicans got trounced. Baby steps, people. It ain’t called a “project” for nothing!
Liberty candidates ran in other states. How well did they do? A report is being compiled, but here’s a quick rundown: In Maine, 5 out of 18 liberty candidates won. In the Ron Paul stronghold of Minnesota, 4 out 42. In Massachusetts, 3 out of 17, and in Rhode Island, 0 out of 4. In New Hampshire? 68 out of 171 won.
Let me spell it out: we have to concentrate in one place if we want to affect real, tangible change. 20,000 movers could translate into 200 state reps, half the house. Imagine what fun would ensue.
To the naysayers: Put up or shut up. It’s easy to sit around and complain. It’s much harder--and much more meaningful--to put your money and life where your mouth is, and move to pursue Liberty in Our Lifetime. OUR lifetime. Not floating cities, or jungle escapes, but in a safe and prosperous place where you can settle without any undue hardship today.
What are you waiting for? Things are only going to get worse. More wars, more welfare, more police statism. Two years from now, where will you be? Still complaining, or will you be part of the Second American Revolution? Will you find refuge in New Hampshire, working with a thousand-strong community of like-minded, dedicated, intelligent individuals and families to ensure a better future for you and yours? The time is nigh. Don’t wait. Two years from now will be too late.
Yours in peace and liberty,
President, Free State Project
Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Austrian economist and best-selling author of Rollback, Nullification, and Meltdown, will give Saturday night’s keynote speech at Liberty Forum 2013. Woods is a dynamic and entertaining speaker and this will be his first presentation at a Liberty Forum.
Join us at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua from February 21 through 24, 2013, and get inspired by Mr. Woods and the many other fabulous speakers who are being announced over the next couple months. Early-bird pricing for this established conference is a great value at $199 for the entire weekend including meals and $99 if you forego the meals. Register soon to ensure you receive the discounted pricing.
Phil and I met in May 1999 and instantly connected, in large part because we are both lifelong instinctive libertarians. As we developed our relationship and our businesses, we knew we couldn’t stay in California. By early 2001, Phil was actively gathering data on a variety of factors to figure out which states were to be on our short list for consideration. One evening Phil showed me a tiny blurb on something called The Free State Project, our eyes lit up; we went to the website, read what was there, and signed on the spot.
In the summer of 2004, we flew to Boston, rented a car, attended PorcFest for several days and explored the state on our way. We were both thrilled to have found a group of people where personal responsibility made sense, and were both very inspired and ready to start the process of relocating our lives and businesses. My business, Curious Creek Fibers, was fairly easy, as I produce hand-dyed yarn and sell it wholesale to specialty hand-knitting shops around the country but because Phil’s pharmaceutical engineering consulting business needs clients, that was a bigger consideration.
At the same time, our lives began to take a bit of a detour. We had met, somewhat by chance, a young lady, age 14, who seemed bright and well-behaved, and whose family members were all meth addicts and/or alcoholics, and she was not getting proper care. By age 16, she had gotten into some trouble and then self corrected but needed a consistent home, so we took her in as she’d been living on the streets for over a year. We stayed in San Diego an additional five years to help her launch. She graduated high school well, and has continued to excel; has a good job, goes to community college, has become quite a remarkable motorcycle and scooter mechanic, and found a great roommate situation and moved out last year. She did not wish to move to NH, so she is still back in San Diego, but she’s coming “home” for Thanksgiving at her request.
In 2008 Phil’s industry took a major dive in San Diego, so he had to travel for work, including most recently a project here in NH -- finally a chance for Phil to establish himself in the place we wanted to be. After working in Portsmouth for almost a year, we had saved enough to make it happen. By chance, on Craigslist, I found a wonderful farmhouse for rent in Northwood. We visited and within two days had signed the lease -- now I had exactly one month to pack our home of 13 years. I did my due diligence and found the best way for us to move would be with a reputable, big name moving company, and went with Mayflower after getting three proper quotes.
As July drew to an end, Phil flew in before the move to help with the last packing, say goodbye to all the friends and family, and drive us across the country. Our daughter made the road trip with us, which was a great help. It was a long drive – 60 hours on the road in 5 days – whirlwind, stayed with friends or family all the way across the continent and arrived safe and sound.
There were two things I really wanted for us when we got to New Hampshire. One was that I wanted to completely change our eating and food purchasing habits. I wanted to be able to legally purchase raw milk and revel in the drinking of it! I wanted pastured eggs and meat, happy farmers raising happy, naturally fed animals, and enough space to grow and preserve what I could. I only shop at the grocery market for a few things now, such as hard cheese, flour, ginger ale to mix with my bourbon, and Phil’s gummy bears. I expect by next year I will have the hard cheese making down pat, will have researched and found the right grain mill for our needs, and I just found a recipe for a ginger ale “bug” in order to make my own. Other than that, we purchase all of our food from farmers in and around our neighborhood. Anyone have a great recipe for gummy bears?
The second wish for us: That we would meet people who we could work with in many different ways to make a difference. Not just politically, but with our businesses, our ability to connect and relate to so many people, especially teenagers and pre-teens, and our can-do attitudes. We want to make a difference here, and we are finding many ways to volunteer our time. For now, I look to my yarn business and expect to hire an employee sometime in our first year here in New Hampshire. Perhaps when I get my folk school retreats running, I’ll be able to hire more people and grow my company without the government interfering!
Ah, I suppose I should say we moved from San Diego, CA, where supposedly the world’s finest weather lives. That may be true, but liberty cannot grow in a place like California and we decided that Liberty in Our Lifetime was worth being a bit chilly and leaving our beloved family behind. Yes, we left our parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, our whole community and safety net, but we did it because we wanted to be a part of something that would make the world a better place for everyone. We’re actually looking forward to the winter, and are really happy to be here and to be a part of the FSP movement.
At Suffolk University in Boston, FSP President Carla Gericke gave a talk about the FSP and current events. Although her audience was a small group of only about 15, the attendees were very engaged and several said they would be attending either Liberty Forum or Porcfest in 2013.
Carla also traveled to Washington D.C. with Free Talk Live host Mark Edge and FSP publicity guru Kari DePhillips on Election Day Eve to attend the Free and Equal Election Foundation's third party presidential debate. Contacts were made at Russia Today and with various DC reporters.
First we took Manhattan
Joshua Harvey Reports on a Three-City Outreach Expedition
A rotating crew of Free Staters journeyed throughout the Northeast this past month in search of young, impressionable minds. College campuses around the world have begun to exhibit tantalizing loci of libertarianism, and an organization called Students for Liberty has been putting on regional conventions that attract a surprising number of smart, dedicated, freedom-craving students.
Over the past three weeks we hit New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. Each surpassed the last. We had tables featuring scenic views of New Hampshire, pamphlets galore, and of course a pad full of statements of intent and their corporeal reward: a copper FSP round.
Folks, these conventions are the real deal. The Philly convention was the biggest regional libertarian student convention in the history of the world, with over two hundred students attending. Sharing the tabling arena with fully-funded outfits like FEE and Cato, the FSP pretty much owned the place. We had three tables, we had t-shirts, and we had the attitude. Students were flocking to our tables and by the time we were done, you could see those white stickers dotting the landscape. The ones that say “I’m Moving to New Hampshire in 2016.” Oh yeah, and sixteen students signed the Statement of Intent.
We made lots of Facebook friends, introduced many smart, ambitious young people to the FSP for the first time, made friends with libertarian lecturers from around the country and generally marketed the FSP as the bad asses of the libertarian world. But, after braving late-night flat tires in the Bronx, four-hour nights of sleep (okay we partied a little), and questionable pizzas, we want to do it again!
The motherlode of student liberty is coming up in February in the guise of the International Students for Liberty conference in Washington, DC. Students from all over the country, and the world, will descend upon the belly of the beast, and the FSP needs to be there. This will probably be the biggest gathering of libertarian students ever, and one of the biggest forums of libertarians to ever be assembled, period. We’ve bought the tickets, but we need $500 for a table, or $1,000 to plaster the Porc all over the conference and get a table with preferential location.
Help us reach our goal of $1000 to send Josh and his fellow Free Staters to the International Students for Liberty conference in Washington, DC.
Donate via ChipIn, or send bitcoins to 1AaJKr6cqDxzPrpTMgMJEoSv9nj1GYPpwP.
Local election outcomes are covered by New Hampshire Freedom and, at Free Keene, Former State Representative Seth Cohn explains why “Liberty Floats” on the Blue Tide. The New Porcupine examines the differences between voting in New Hampshire and voting in California. Congratulations to the 68 elected liberty candidates who will be working within the system for the next two years!
New Hampshire scored 8th most inventive state according to CNNMoney and 10th in the annual State Entrepreneurship Index this year. It’s good to know the inventive spirit is still going strong in New Hampshire -- over the years, the Granite State has been home to many inventions: the mechanical alarm clock, artificial legs, Tupperware, and, everyone’s favorite mode of transportation, the Segway.
There’s no such thing as bad publicity! New Hampshire politics is covered in Act 2 of This American Life’s “Red State Blue State” episode, including several mentions of the Free State Project as an agent of change. And Saving NH has published a lengthy, comprehensive document charting the history, goals, and accomplishments of the FSP. Although it’s meant as a warning, the report pays many compliments to NH Free Staters and is convincing as a promotional piece. Gratitude has already been acknowledged here, here, and here.
Liberty Forum registration is open with limited early-bird prices, so register now if you’ll be joining us, and then spread the word! Help grow the ideas of liberty by inviting at least one person to this exciting conference. For those considering a move, attending Liberty Forum is a great way to see what New Hampshire has to offer while making new friends and hearing from fabulous speakers. Join the Liberty Forum Facebook group and RSVP to the event, then share with your friends.
Visit NH is a great resource if you're planning a trip to New Hampshire or even if you've been in-state for years.
It seems the New Hampshire government and the Free State Project can agree on at least one common goal -- they both want you to come to New Hampshire!
Like Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree to find out how this activist got 540 days in jail for dancing, smoking cannabis, going to court, and riding a bike.
Derrick J moved to New Hampshire and did some very interesting, inspirational things. Learn Derrick J’s story and watch the free full-length documentary that tells his story.
As of 11/15/2012:
▪ Participants: 13,139
▪ Participants in NH: 1,106
As of 10/16/2012:
▪ Participants: 13,000
▪ Participants in NH: 1,097
As of 09/16/2012:
▪ Participants: 12,762
▪ Participants in NH: 1,082
As of 08/15/2012:
▪ Participants: 12,542
▪ Participants in NH: 1,063
The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors who agree to the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people's rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else.
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