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August 2014 Newsletter

From the President’s Desk

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Ferguson, MO, is a stark reminder of the importance of the Free State Project’s mission: to concentrate enough liberty lovers together to make a real difference in our own lives.

Come stand with the community that has been fighting against police militarization for years. Come stand with the community that believes in government accountability and that affirmed the right to record police officers in public. Come stand with the community where hundreds of pro-liberty candidates are running for office. Come stand with the community whose members run private charities, brewpubs, Bitcoin companies, restaurants, and clubs; who host writing groups, art parties, shoots, hunts, cookouts, workshops, and classes. We plant our own gardens, catch our own babies, breastfeed, home-school, drink raw milk, consume Bulletproof Coffee, and know where our eggs and meat come from (when we’re not harvesting it ourselves). Come stand with the community that knows “Liberty in Our Lifetime” is achievable because we are making it happen, and we are having fun while doing it! Come be part of the solution.

The FSP has now reached 80% of its goal of 20,000 signers. In early August, the Board held a summit to refine our strategic plan to Trigger the Move and to formulate a more comprehensive fundraising strategy now that we have 501(c)(3) status. Aaron Day replaced Rich Goldman as chairman. We also increased the size of the Board, and welcome two new board members: serial entrepreneur and mover Matt Philips, and FSP founder and mover Jason Sorens. Read their bios here and the latest board minutes here.

The majority of signers per capita per state come from New England, where residents are already acclimated to the winters. In the coming months, we will actively market the FSP and New Hampshire to our target audiences within Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, and upstate New York, using direct marketing, Facebook ads, and AdWords campaigns.

We have jazzed up our signer welcome packet, and in addition to the “welcome letter” with information about how to engage with the Porcupine community, participants now receive a Free State Project bumper sticker and pamphlets about Shire Sharing, PorcFest, and Liberty Forum. Thanks to Paul Best and Chris Lopez for driving this project!

Our social media outreach is growing and growing! We now have more than 60,000 likes on Facebook and 58,700 followers on Twitter. The team has started a new monthly state-by-state comparison meme on Facebook. The first one was a comparison of New York and New Hampshire (see graphic). This post organically reached 448,512 people, garnered 16,688 likes, 4,440 comments, and 6,221 shares on our page—an unprecedented success! If you are looking for an easy way to help the FSP, please like, comment, and share our Facebook posts, and retweet.

We are working on filming mini-documentaries featuring Porcupines in their natural habitats, highlighting “A Day in the Life of an FSP Mover.” We will be making more FSP video ads, like this—sneak peek!—one. The independently made “101 Reasons” feature-length movie is slated for release in November after the elections, when disillusioned libertarian voters will be looking for answers and alternatives. We launched a fun armchair activist project called “FSP Chairborne Rangers” asking “Keyboard Commandos“ to commit for a minimum of six months to posting positive comments about the FSP and the pro-liberty benefits of life in New Hampshire on articles, blogs, podcasts, and forums. You can become an FSP Chairborne Ranger by joiningthis Facebook group or by contacting us. Other exciting projects are in the works. I can’t tell you more about them just yet, but they are going to knock your socks off!

Current projections put us at September 2016 to Trigger the Move, accelerated from 2018. We now have almost 16,000 participants. We’ll be contacting signers to encourage them to start planning their moves, just as this past month’s 29 new movers did. Consult our easy-to-useMoving Guide for tips on making the move. We will also be sending out a survey soon for your feedback on FSP hosted events. Stay tuned!

Word-of-mouth is our #1 recruitment tool. Getting the last 4,000 signers should be a priority for every single Free State Project participant. I attended the Freedom & Unity Festival in Vermont this past weekend, and personally signed 5 of the 8 participants we recruited. I implore you to do the same. Talk to your friends and family about the Free State Project. Encourage people to sign the Statement of Intent. Mention the FSP in comments on articles, blogs, threads, and podcasts. Use our social media tools. Call in to talk shows. Help spread the word. Ultimately, the success of the Free State Project is up to YOU!

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

Promote the FSP! A Fun Opportunity

SFL Regional Conferences

The regional conferences held by Students for Liberty are a great place to promote the FSP, since college students who are planning their futures have more mobility than people with settled careers and families. There is no charge to attend and no charge to put up a table for the FSP. The first volunteer to sign up for each location gets a box full of FSP swag in the mail!

Locations in italics already have volunteers to head up the tables, but the more, the merrier!

October 18 
Atlanta 
Kansas 
Michigan 
Dallas

October 25 
Florida 
Arizona 
Calgary 
Boston 
Northern California 
New Orleans 
Tennessee

November 1 
Austin 
Carolina

November 8 
Colorado 
Philadelphia 
Southern California 
Chicago

November 15 
Northwest 
Pittsburgh 
Toronto 
New York

Finally, if you live near Arlington, VA, please consider promoting the FSP at the Students for a Sensible Drug Policy conference September 26-29.

New Hampshire News

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The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance published its 11th Annual Liberty Rating of the state’s legislators and released its candidate endorsements for the 2014 elections.

The Concord Monitor published an op-ed by Carla Gericke correcting misconceptions about the Free State Project participants and clarifying how the FSP has evolved since 2001.

The New York Times covered PorcFest XI and Nick Gillespie’s keynote in "Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?"

Good news for wine enthusiasts: New Hampshire is the best state in America for wine.

Finally, two FSP participants helped launch Stark360, a political action committee that intends to make the most of New Hampshire’s unique position to influence national politics in a libertarian direction.

Made the Move by Tynan Mohney

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4/5ths of the Mohney family in Rye, NH

Hey hey we’re the Mohneys! Like, Mony-Mony, but Mohney-Mohney. We’re here for the freedom! My husband Kyle, our three boys, and I upped the Freecoast population by 5 when we moved here in June from Michigan. Yes, Michigan—your winters don’t scare us, Free State.

Kyle started researching the FSP a few years ago when we decided to leave The Mitten in search of a home on the East Coast. Immediately after discovering the Free State Project, Kyle began growing the seemingly requisite beard to fit in here. Then, after a night/day shift in our politics and philosophy, a handful of trips to visit out here and meet Porcupines, and 14 hours in a large moving truck followed by half a dozen new friends helping us unload, we’re happy to call New Hampshire home. We’ve spent the last couple months on the beach, in the mountains, road-tripping and adventuring with our boys, getting to know different groups of Free Staters and trying all the pizza. There’s an awful lot of pizza in this state.

Long story short: we love it here. We’re so happy to be surrounded by more like-minded people who are also willing to discuss politics and philosophy, without requiring an explanation regarding who will build the roads.

Overheard in the Free State

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"Jury nullification outreach bright and early!" - Joël Valenzuela

“Wow, I can’t remember the last time a movie only cost $6 in a theater! Love me the Free State.” - Brian Sovryn

“I’ve been here for almost 7 years, and we just fit in so well with the people in the state, especially in the rural area where we live. I like the access to local politicians, how easy it is to get involved in local politics, and how a single person can make a difference. On top of everything, I love the liberty community of movers and locals. I don’t know if other states would have been better — but you can’t compare, really.” - Jody Underwood

“One year ago our family packed up everything and moved to New Hampshire after spending over 30 years in CT. It was a relief to leave the Progressive wasteland and start a new adventure with ‘Live Free or Die’ as our motto. We have found joy and have met such amazing people here. We are Home! Happy New Hampshire Anniversary!” - Judy Aron

"I am excited to report that I am now living in and operating from Newmarket, New Hampshire! My family is enjoying the seacoast life in the Granite State. The people here are wonderful, and there are great opportunities in technology fields for the creative and motivated.” - Ken Justice Jr.

“It’s amazing what an escape plan does for morale.” - Thompson Crozier

A Visit to Grafton by Scott Herrmann

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Outside of the Free State Project, Grafton is not on many peoples’ radar screens. It is nestled in the woods of New Hampshire, some 30-45 minutes from the nearest major town. Grafton is an area a little larger than 40 square miles, struck through with dirt roads, and far removed from the suburbs and infill which one finds in most of America.

Grafton is a place where people go to escape the complexities of modern life and government regulation. One such person is Peter Bosse II, a former web developer at Apple who moved from California to Grafton in pursuit of his lifelong dream of designing and building his own home for himself and his family. Peter’s home is presently a work in progress, with the bones of a beautiful and functional living space. His family’s efforts exemplify a do-it-yourself spirit which I found to be prevalent in Grafton.

Grafton is a place that would probably not appeal to a city slicker. The Free Staters I met occupy their time by cutting firewood, tending to their animals, improving their properties, and (naturally!) participating in local politics. In Grafton, do-it-yourself is a way of life. By moving to Grafton, one gives up many government-provided conveniences, but gains some great benefits in the trade-off: Grafton offers affordable land and the ability for the landowner to build and improve on his land with minimal regulatory stultification.

Grafton is being built from the bottom up, which is a rare thing to see in today’s America. It is not a planned community, or a project sponsored by wealthy developers. Instead, it is a place of homesteaders, farmers, builders, and those ready and willing to live off their land. Cable TV and pizza delivery are not very important to Graftonites, but agriculture, tools, and design are.

I found two common themes among the people whom I visited in Grafton. The first was pride. Free Staters in Grafton are proud of their homes, farms, and homesteads. In this, I could not help but be reminded of the early American settlers and pioneers of history books, who, armed with little more than love of liberty and the tools in their chests, set about building this great country.

The second theme was that of ambition. Almost every person I met had big plans: plans to build on their land or to improve their homes, and to provide for themselves and their loved ones for many years to come. We can all learn something from the hard-working people in Grafton.

I wish the Free Staters in Grafton great success in the coming years, and I hope that the community there continues to grow and move forward in peace and in liberty.

If you’d like to learn more about what Grafton has to offer, contact Peter for a tour or visit during the Grafton Apple Festival on the last Sunday in September.

Facebook Page of the Month

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The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization involved in both political and civic action.

Website of the Month

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BirdsEyeView Aerobotics is a start-up from Sutton, NH that makes flying robots for recreational use.

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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 8/20/2014:

▪ Participants: 15,954
▪ Participants in NH: 1,648

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

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.

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Portsmouth. Late night laundry

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Portsmouth. Late night laundry

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On  the Porch - New London, NH 2014

jldifazio:

On  the Porch - New London, NH 2014

Reason #68 to move to New Hampshire

#1 in knowledge of fundamental economics and financial concepts.

(Source: ebri.org)

New Hampshire is the best state in America for wine drinkers

The Washington Post is correct. New Hampshire’s uniquely low taxes set it apart from all other states.

The Free State Project’s sole goal is to attract 20,000 liberty activists to the Granite State. What they do once they are here is up to them. Some Free Staters run for office. 
Here are 5 signs from the Union Leader, New Hampshire’s leading newspaper, helping you identify pro-liberty candidates in your area.

The Free State Project’s sole goal is to attract 20,000 liberty activists to the Granite State. What they do once they are here is up to them. Some Free Staters run for office.

Here are 5 signs from the Union Leader, New Hampshire’s leading newspaper, helping you identify pro-liberty candidates in your area.

It’s been one year to the day since I moved to New Hampshire. Last year on Aug 18, the only person I knew up here was Amanda and she immediately took me to a Bitcoin meetup. Today, I’m proud to say I’ve got hundreds of friends, business contacts, acquaintances, fellow enthusiasts, love interests, and brothers-in-arms. The support network up here is mind-blowing. I have changed more being in this picturesque New England climate for one year than I did in all four years of college. This place absolutely changes people - it’s the radicalism, it’s the community, it’s the weather.

A deep thank you to everyone who is making my growth possible.

- Free Stater Mattheus G.

Reason #67 to move to New Hampshire

one of the highest standards of living in the country.

(Source: stayworkplay.org)

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Bound to Rise; or, Harry Walton’s Motto by Horatio Alger, Jr. (1873). Found in the Internet Archive by AnitaNH

In 1870’s New Hampshire, fifteen-year-old Harry Walton, determined to help his impoverished family retain their farm, leaves home to find work and, after several different jobs and many adventures, manages to save his family’s livelihood and find a promising new career!

New Hampshire has 0% sales tax… how about your state?

New Hampshire has 0% sales tax… how about your state?

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Robin Williams in Keene, New Hampshire while filming Jumanji in 1994.
Mourners are placing flowers at the Parish Shoes sign downtown.

This was chalked yesterday in Keene in remembrance of Robin Williams. You were one of the greats.
"In the jungle you must wait, …."

sally—syrup:

Robin Williams in Keene, New Hampshire while filming Jumanji in 1994.

Mourners are placing flowers at the Parish Shoes sign downtown.

This was chalked yesterday in Keene in remembrance of Robin Williams. You were one of the greats.

"In the jungle you must wait, …."

My Turn: Free Staters cherish freedom, Granite State

By CARLA GERICKE

On July 19, the Monitor published a “My Turn” by Matt Murray of New Hampshire Labor News excoriating the Free State Project and quoting the essay by Jason Sorens that led to the formation of the FSP.

The FSP does not usually respond to attacks, but now is the time to make some facts clear.

While we respect Sorens’s contribution to the concept of the FSP, several ideas expressed in his essay never formed part of the organization. From its inception, the sole requirement for joining the FSP was signing the Statement of Intent: “I hereby state my solemn intent to move to the state of New Hampshire within five years after 20,000 participants have signed up. Once there, I will exert the 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.”

It’s that simple. FSP participants share a belief in personal freedom and responsibility, but otherwise we are diverse: religious and nonreligious; black, white, and brown; male and female; families, couples and singles; young and old.

Our philosophy is that of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the New Hampshire Constitution, updated for modern times. We believe that government should generally leave people alone so long as they are not harming others.

We think free markets work better than central planning.

We think local governance is better than faraway, centralized oversight.

That doesn’t mean we support everything individuals might do in a free society. Having a right to do something does not mean it is wise or even morally acceptable to do it. But a free society is more moral and prosperous than a controlled one.

The Free State Project has never supported secession. From the very beginning, the Frequently Asked Questions section on our website made it clear that the organization takes no stand on this issue.

FSP participants – surprise! – have different views on this question, just as other Granite Staters do.

More than 1,350 libertarians have moved to our state as part of the FSP, to join the roughly 250 original in-state participants.

More than 2,200 Granite Staters have signed onto freestateproject.org to express support for our mission. We cherish what’s great about New Hampshire and wish to preserve the Granite State’s original philosophy. We are your neighbors and friends.

(Source: concordmonitor.com)

Reason #66 to move to New Hampshire

Private, non-government schooling options, including:

  • home schools
  • Montessori schools
  • Waldorf schools
  • religious schools
  • boarding schools
  • traditional private high schools.
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ily New Hampshire

therealsidewalk:

ily New Hampshire