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Posted on 03/12/2004 2:23:14 PM PST by Solitar
The Big Idea Give 'Em Liberty March 2004
One of our political system's greatest virtues is that every vote counts. Now, one group of voters plans to move to one state, so that their votes count together.
The Free State Project is a simple, if radical, concept: Mobilize enough people with libertarian views lowering taxes, cutting social programs, privatizing schools, relaxing gun laws to live in one state in order to create a viable third part that will shape local government. "The idea is that, incrementally, we'll move to a freer society." says founder Jason Sorens, a Yale political science lecturer. Last year, the group chose New Hampshire as its promised land. The goal: Get 20,000 people to agree to move by 2006.
So far, 5,000 have committed, and nearly 200 are already there. One pioneer, Justin Somma (pictured) of a serious-looking Justin, 26, a copywriter, and his wife left New York City for Keene, New Hampshire. While the Free State Project was a factor in their move, he concedes the scenic small town "is a place we'd much rather live anyway."
Some political scientists doubt the movement's potential, but Somma isn't worried. "I think it's a solid plan," he says. "It's a matter of convincing people to think of alternatives to more government."
It is funny, but keep in mind that stereotypes exist for a reason. From my personal experience, Linux is definitely the platform of choice for libertarian minded/individualist folks, myself included.
The Digest represents the "I call myself a conservative, but don't mess with my Social Security..." demographic. Digest readers are typically the kind of people who support the War on Drugs AND the prescription monopoly, and who don't think their HOA's have quite enough power.
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