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walroose:

you know you’re in New Hampshire when every other car has a vanity plate

seenonmywalk:

Hot air balloon landing near or on local highway. I love balloon fest weekend!

seenonmywalk:

Hot air balloon landing near or on local highway. I love balloon fest weekend!

Are you ready for liberty in our lifetime?

Are you ready for liberty in our lifetime?

If you’re curious to learn more about self-sufficient, prepper, permaculture, homesteading, and/or survivalist lifestyles, you won’t want to miss this PorcFest video.

Panelists discuss how their lifestyles fit into these categories and detail their experiences in New Hampshire.

I have this wonderful opportunity to experiment, to see what I am capable of, to become my own man, and I will not squander it. I am so hopeful when I see what the liberty community has accomplished thus far, and I am giddy with excitement for what we can accomplish in the future.

Society seems to take two steps forward, one step back. But it always is marching towards freedom, and I’m glad to be marching with it.

- Dylan Beyer

bloodbuzzzz:

Because adventuring is good for one’s soul.

bloodbuzzzz:

Because adventuring is good for one’s soul.

Now that I don’t live in New York anymore I have nothing to complain about….. Kinda weird.

- Alex Portelli

Java Junkies

Another top ranking for New Hampshire: Love of Coffee.

"In the run-up to the American Revolution, New Englanders’ famous resistance to paying steep taxes on tea encouraged them to embrace the brown bean instead."

Manchester ranks second in the nation, according to Men’s Health.

I am delighted to announce the Free State Project has been granted 501(c)(3) status as a charitable organization, which retroactively affects all donations since July 20th, 2009. We will be contacting our past donors with more information, and encourage you to make a tax-exempt contribution to the FSP today.

- Carla Gericke, FSP President

July 2014 Newsletter

From the President’s Desk

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Photo by Tennyson McCalla

What a month this has been! PorcFest XI was another smashing success, with a record number of attendees, and much educational fun for all. Through the FSP Ambassador program, which was introduced in 2012, we garnered more than 50 new signers. We saw several news articles in mainstream media outlets, including The Economist.

Our PorcFest XI keynote speakers had an amazing time. Joel Salatin’s speech was packed. Patrick Byrne from Overstock.com, the first major retailer to accept Bitcoin, wants to join us for Liberty Forum 2015, and announced he has “found his tribe.” Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine said he wished he’d attended PorcFest sooner because he had no grasp of “the amazing community you guys are building here in New Hampshire.”

I would like to once again express my deepest thanks to the volunteer organizing team, and especially the main organizers, David and Christine Butler. They did a challenging job with aplomb and smiles, and proved that passionate and dedicated volunteers are worth their weight in gold.

Spending time at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas is always a treat. This hotel conference attracts incredible speakers from across the globe, and I was honored to meet Steve Forbes, Doug Casey, and Christopher Monckton, amongst many other liberty luminaries. Whenever I travel to these conventions, I am struck by how unique and important the Free State Project’s mission is. Movers take things from the theoretical to the practical. We are Porcupine pioneers!

I am delighted to announce the Free State Project has been granted 501(c)(3) status as a charitable organization, which retroactively affects all donations since July 20th, 2009. We will be contacting our past donors with more information, and encourage you to make a tax-exempt contribution to the FSP today.

As I write this from Denver, CO, where I have several outreach events lined up this week, I am reminded how crucial it is to get the last 4,000 or so signers in order to Trigger the Move as soon as possible. To support these efforts, you can make a tax-exempt general donation here or become a Trigger the Move Patron ($1,000 one time donation or $100 over 10 months) here.Thank you for your much needed financial support. Your contribution helps to sustain the most important liberty movement in the world!

We are building a better future by enhancing the things that make New Hampshire a wonderful place to live. We are lighting the fires of liberty so that the rest of the world can see pro-freedom principles lead to more peace and prosperity. Sign the Statement of Intent, move as part of the Free State Project, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Yours in peace and liberty, 
Carla Gericke 
President, Free State Project

New Hampshire News

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The best media quote

PorcFest saw a ton of media coverage this year. For starters, there’s the Washington Free Beacon, the Concord Monitor, Popular Science, and theEconomist.

For speakers recounting their trips, there’s Bill Buppert at ZeroGov and Jeffrey Tucker atLiberty.me. Nick Gillespie’s account is still forthcoming, but here’s a taste.

A complete media recap is available on the PorcFest website here.

In other news, 2014 is the first year with FSP movers, such as Tim Condon, running for the state senate.

Notable Signers

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Bruce Fenton, founder of Atlantic Financial & Boston Gulf Advisors Group and board member of the Bitcoin Association, had the following to say about signing the Statement of Intent:

For those who don’t know, the Free State Project is a pledge for people to move to NH and pursue freedom. The Statement of Intent is as follows:

"I hereby state my solemn intent to move to the state of New Hampshire. Once there, I will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of individuals’ life, liberty, and property."

Anyone who promotes violence, racial hatred, or bigotry is not welcome.

We see an increasingly aggressive, harmful and militarized government and more laws governing our behavior in our bedrooms while taking from our wallets.

We believe people should be able to love and marry who they wish, put whatever substance they wish in their own body, be able to keep their hard earned wages, worship as they wish, defend themselves as they wish, grow farms and do anything else which is voluntary and harms no other.

In light of this, and in an effort to be the change we want to see in the world, we will join others in moving to a state which is striving for more freedom.

We won’t move right away, our pledge is within five years of a trigger based in number of signers. But we are committed nevertheless and the clock is ticking.

If you or anyone you know find this interesting, please share this status and consider joining us in signing the pledge or at the very least joining as a non-signing supporter.

Overheard in the Free State

Newlyweds

Newlyweds with friends at Roger’s Campground. Photo by Ryan Hirsch

"Are we going on a honeymoon? It’s PorcFest! This is the best honeymoon we could ask for!" - Caitlin Edwards-Appell

“I heard two great sentences today while helping a friend move: ‘Do you want to herd the cats?’ and ‘Wow, you two are Free Staters, thank you for choosing NH.’ This from NH natives. These people had voted for Ron Paul and hate the government. Make friends with natives, it’s a good thing.” - Joan Bastek

"I have this wonderful opportunity to experiment, to see what I am capable of, to become my own man, and I will not squander it. I am so hopeful when I see what the liberty community has accomplished thus far, and I am giddy with excitement for what we can accomplish in the future.

"Society seems to take two steps forward, one step back. But it always is marching towards freedom, and I’m glad to be marching with it." - Dylan Beyer

“Now that I don’t live in New York anymore I have nothing to complain about….. Kinda weird.” - Alex Portelli

"All of the organizers are amazing! Thanks for your sacrifices all week! I know most of you missed the events, cleaned up after rude slobs, and spent many thankless hours and sleepless nights handling all the details no one thinks about. It is GREATLY APPRECIATED! Know you helped create thousands of smiles and countless memories that will last a life time. The event was incredible! PorcFest would be nothing without you all!” - Zennifer Allegra

Made the Move by Dylan Beyer

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Dylan hanging wires in the pavillion’s rafters at PorcFest X

Sometimes things work out so well it makes me question if it is my own will and actions, and not some form of destiny. Two and a half years ago I stumbled upon liberty on the internet by pure chance, and it truly changed my life forever. I lied about my age and signed the pledge at 16. I went to Porcfest X alone at 17, and at Porcfest XI, I wore a shirt that said “Hire Me So I Can Move.” I hoped that organizing and working my butt off to get the audio set up would show people what I am capable of, and that someone would help me out. I have to mention: please, thank the organizing team as much as you can. Most people have absolutely no idea how hard it is. I had a small portion of it as the audio guy and I wasn’t perfect, but it took everything my family and I had to offer.

I am not sure if it was the shirt, how hard I worked, or just plain luck, but from the goodness of the Priolo family’s hearts, I was offered the best opportunity a dumb and risky 18-year-old could ever ask for. I left New Jersey and ‘went Galt’ on July 6th after PorcFest XI, and though it has only been one week, I have never felt more at home in my life. The work that the Free State Project does and the amazing community that has been built here in New Hampshire is testament to what liberty can do for people. I am so happy to benefit from it, and now I help to plant liberty seeds whenever I can.

The 7th Annual Burning Porcupine Festival by Jeremy J. Olson

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If you’ve ever wanted to check out the New Hampshire town with the highest concentration of liberty activists, now’s your chance. Grafton’s liberty folk will be holding the 7th Annual Burning Porcupine Festival, this year from August 4-10 at the Hoyt Farm in beautiful rural Grafton.

Working with last year’s Grafton Liberty Love Fest organizers, Burning Porcupine is expanding this year to include live music and more vendors than ever before. Keep an eye onwww.burningporcupine.org for updates and schedules. And as usual, the Grafton liberty folk will be holding tours of Grafton and its liberty hotspots, showing available real estate and rentals to prospective liberty movers, and more.

You can camp at Hoyt Farm at no charge (although donations are appreciated!). Bring a tent or park your RV. Camping is “semi-dry” camping; there are outdoor bathrooms, showers, and a potable water spigot on the premises, however no electricity or water/sewer hookups are available for campers. A map and directions are available at www.burningporcupine.org.

Contact Jeremy J. Olson at grafton@jeremyjolson.com or just visit the website for more information.

Website of the Month

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"Just Us" is a blog from the Justice family, who moved to New Hampshire from Phoenix, Arizona after PorcFest XI.

Facebook Page of the Month

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The First Annual Freecoast Festival, Sept. 19-20, is an opportunity for our local liberty community to come together and for prospective movers to see what life is really like on the Seacoast.

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Handy FSP Links

If you’ve moved to NH or otherwise changed your info, please update your contact info or send a message to Moved@FreeStateProject.org to let us know.

Find NH job info on the website - post your resume & check the FSP forum for a job! Join the FSP Job Alert page on Facebook for up-to-date job listings.

Check out NH housing and other community & logistical information at NH Info.

Stay up-to-date on social events and activism opportunities by following the New Hampshire Liberty Central Calendar.

Are you ready to join the FSP, move to New Hampshire and work with us towards Liberty in Our Lifetime? Join here!

And if you’re planning a visit, email visitnh@freestateproject.org, and we’ll be in touch.

We Keep Growing and Growing…

As of 07/17/2014:

▪ Participants: 15,850
▪ Participants in NH: 1,619

As of 6/18/2014:

▪ Participants: 15,748
▪ Participants in NH: 1,614

As of 5/20/2014:

▪ Participants: 15,687
▪ Participants in NH: 1,607

The Free State Project

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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.

SIGN UP TODAY!

The work of creating and sustaining such a society in New Hampshire is the job of residents, including project participants, not the Free State Project itself.

The FSP does not endorse any specific changes to government or strategies to achieve them. The FSP does not take positions on issues, candidates, legislation, places to move within New Hampshire, tactics or methods of action. The one stipulation the FSP does make is that people who promote violence, racial hatred, or bigotry are not welcome.

Reporting by the FSP on participant activity or NH events on the website, in the newsletter, or in any other place does not represent support or endorsement and may not portray the diversity of opinions and activities that exists among participants.

therealsidewalk:

Because in New Hampshire, you don’t need to be a pro to get shots like this. You just need to walk down the street, point and shoot. Throw back to last fall

therealsidewalk:

Because in New Hampshire, you don’t need to be a pro to get shots like this. You just need to walk down the street, point and shoot. Throw back to last fall

Another Weare police suit settled

In the Free State Project’s Statement of Intent, what does the part that reads

to exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of individuals’ life, liberty, and property.

really mean?

Perhaps in this case, it means completely transforming a police department from a culture of corruption to a culture of public safety.

(Source: popsci.com)

Guns, Drugs, And Partial Nudity: PopSci Goes To A Techno-Libertarian Bash

Forget red or blue. In terms of the zeros and ones of politics, there are those who think the building block of society is individual action—and those who don’t.

Great article on the merging worlds of tech and libertarianism.

Porcfest: where ”technology and freedom romp hand in hand”

Porcupine Festival 2014: A libertarian utopia in the heart of New Hampshire

Yup, that’s PorcFest! All of the cheeky comments aside, as this article clearly wasn’t written by a fan of freedom, the article is quite informative.

In fact, if your family or friends missed PorcFest, point them to this article, especially if they have a sense of humor :)