Skip to comments.Reason Mag article on Free State Project
Posted on 12/10/2004 6:19:47 PM PST by Dada Orwell
"Revolt of the Porcupines"
This is the latest media coverage of the Free State Project, our movement which is working to bring 20,000 liberty lovers to New Hampshire, reduce government, etc.
where do jobs for the free staters come from?
Good luck with that. Forming your own commune sounds like a great plan to me.
Great in principle, hopeless in practice. The FSP has so much clout that Governor Benson, who was a Libertarian in all but name and who welcomed the Porcupines with open arms, was defeated in 2004.
Of couse they create them....
Here's the rest of the story....
.... NH Gov. Meldrim Thomson, when advised that CT state police had undercover units sitting in NH Liquor store parking lots using binoculars to identify the license plates of CT vehicles into which they observed a box of liquor being placed for the trip south, which were then called in to authorities back in CT to be picked up when they crossed the border into their home state, immediately directed his state police to arrest the CT undercover cops.
What ensued was a brief but intense period of negotiation between Thomson and his CT counterpart. The result was the CT undercover agents were released, and CT agreed to never send them back to spy on Nutmeg State customers in NH Liquor Store parking lots.
Those were the days when being a Soveriegn State meant something!
"So, even NH has a little nanny-state in it."
It's worse than that, Sit. During a vacation to visit a son who was working up East, the family stopped at a freeway NH restaurant on a Saturday evening. I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with mustard. The waitress said, "We don't have any mustard. If you had been here on Thursday, well, we had mustard on Thursday."
Amazing but true story...truth stranger than fiction...gives me the willies just to think about it. Texas and NH are part of the same country?
So whats the difference between:
libertarians moving into NH and instead of accomodating themselves to NH insisting NH accomodate to them
foreigners moving into the US and instead of accomodating themselves to the US insisting the US accomodate to them
City (Blue) folk moving into country neighborhoods (Red) and instead of accomodating themselves to the country insisting the country neighborhood accomodate to them?
It is a dang shame what those people have done to NH.
You mean people who actually love and want freedom moving to the "Live Free or Die" state?
That sounds really neat, doesn't it?
If you had been there years ago and go there now, you'd see what they have done; trashy.
Whoever trashed the place up, it's not porcupines, because hardly any have moved yet.
Hey for all who don't like the Free State Project plan or what not...I'm not going to argue with you; some of your objections are reasonable.
Unfortunately there are no perfect places left to go if you want to live in freedom. And the number of patriots who've moved (about 100) is not yet sufficient to sigificantly impact NH politics.
But this is the best option anyone's ever come up with; those who are persuing it are action oriented rather than armchair whiners. I moved in August and I think it was the best thing I've ever done, win lose or draw.
I'm honored to think that some of you have such a high opinion of us you think that 100 of us could swing an election but in actuality we are not yet a major player or a major topic of discussion here and won't be for some time. In fact the longer we are here the less we will be free staters, the more we will simply be scrappy gun owners and tax protesters.
"where do jobs for the free staters come from"
Hi Jar... depends. I commute to Boston for work but spend most of my money inside NH which works real nice for the Granite Staters. I wont' even buy gas in Boston LOL.
A disproportionate number of porcupines however seem to bring telecommutable jobs or small businesses with them.
One Porcupine (Robert Gibson) has started a company here without leaving florida; it employs three full timers in Manchester plus a few contractors. It's called Corbadex I think.
Here are a couple other links for small businesses and charities that are operated by free staters who've moved here:
http://www.custom-tech.biz/ - computer repair biz just established
http://www.lsfund.org/ - helps NH kids escape public school (total liberated this year: 5)
BTW if you are a marine then thanks for your service!
Liberty in Your Lifetime
Ah I wish that were so...unfortuately most people who favor drug freedoms are hostile to liberty in general; i.e. they are liberal control freaks who want higher taxes and gun regulations. They also tend to be losers who are not action focused. And worse yet, most liberals favors strict drug control just like social conservatives do.
So as much as I despise the Druglord Enhancement Agency I doubt there will be much progress on drug freedoms in NH for a while.
Could you p;lease cite some specific examples?
It is in all reality possible that the supply order got screwed up. I worked in a restuarant all through college and it was amazing to see some of the most basic items left off of the order. How do you forget to order chicken!?!?!?
And I'm not talking about a local mom and pop operation but a huge national chain. We did between $175,000 and $200,000 a week in sales with periodic weeks in excess of $225,000.