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  • Libertarian Group Aiming for U.S. State Takeover

    06/05/2003 3:36:35 AM PDT · by Pern · 39 replies · 315+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 04, 2003 | Kristin Roberts
    MIAMI (Reuters) - Libertarians who hope to take control of a U.S. state's government and then do away with most of it are looking at 10 states as possible targets and aim to make their selection by October. Leaders of the almost 2-year-old Free State Project say membership is nearing a magic 5,000 mark, the number that the group has set as the trigger point for an internal vote on which U.S. state they should call home. Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming are all in the running. Under a plan by...
  • Fresnans join plan for Free State

    12/29/2003 11:31:43 AM PST · by jmc813 · 52 replies · 207+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | 12-28-2003 | John Ellis
    <p>For 27 of his 29 years, Varrin Swearingen has called Fresno home. The World Airways pilot lives in a nice house near Chestnut and Nees avenues. He's a member of Northwest Church. His parents are here, as is his wife's stepmother.</p>
  • Free State Project back in the News

    12/17/2003 8:33:55 PM PST · by Dada Orwell · 3 replies · 296+ views
    Free State Project back in the news today 2 months after that big media frenzy surrounding their choice of New Hampshire. Walter Williams wrote an article about them today and so did the Associated Press on Dec. 16: Williams: http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=36189 AP: http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/7506186.htm For those who don't already know this is the effort to get 20K folks to move to conservative/libertarian leaning NH for more freedom and presumably attrit the government even further once they get there.
  • NH Free State Project members initiate PAC, think tank

    11/03/2003 3:45:11 AM PST · by Dada Orwell · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Free State Project members from New Hampshire have taken the lead in forming a PAC and think-tank, separate from but allied with the Free State Project. The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, as it is called, will serve to reinforce and assist many of the freedom-friendly organizations and leaders already active in NH. The "NHLA" plans to support liberty-friendly causes and politicians regardless of party affiliation, but an early ranking of NH politicians indicates Republicans may be the early beneficiaries. The 100 most liberty-friendly state reps are, it appears, all Republicans! NH already has some of the nation's least restrictive gun...
  • FREEPERS in NH? - Dean Pays Filing Fee Amid White Sheets and Confederate Flags.

    11/13/2003 3:45:30 PM PST · by Xthe17th · 44 replies · 301+ views
    Fox News (Brit Hume)
    Just saw this on Fox. Dean was in NH to submit his $1000 filing fee for the NH primary. There were protestors there waving confederate flags, wearing sheets (that you Dr. Raoul?), and holding "Dean McGovern" signs.
  • Free Staters still considering Montana

    11/02/2003 3:49:40 AM PST · by BullDog108 · 128 replies · 226+ views
    Missoulian (Montana) ^ | 11/2/3 | JENNIFER McKEE
    Free Staters still considering Montana By JENNIFER McKEEMissoulian State Bureau HELENA - A splinter group of the Free State Project - the folks trying to overwhelm the politics of New Hampshire by recruiting 20,000 Libertarians to the state - is eyeing Montana's own Granite County as a possible western alternative. Ben Irvin, one of the organizers of a group he called the "Western Free Staters," confirmed in an e-mail that Granite County is on the short list of places considered as an alternative to New Hampshire - ironically nicknamed "the Granite State." Irvin lives in Pocatello, Idaho, although he is...
  • Two Americas: for how much longer can we prop-up the failed "Blue" America?

    10/31/2003 10:26:19 AM PST · by pabianice · 142 replies · 289+ views
    10/31/03
    In reading other posts here on FR and in spending most of the day just reading (I'm a reporter), I am again struck how the US has split into two countries: "red" Bush America and "blue" Gore America. That's nit news. What's most compelling is how Bush America is increasingly having to prop-up the utterly failed Great Society/Gore America, and for just how much longer such a situation can exist. Item: teacher disciplined for telling Mexican kids in her US class to stop disrupting the class (she's a "racist" for so doing). The other kids in the class continue to...
  • Libertarians Prepare Paradise in New Hampshire

    10/28/2003 10:32:46 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 13 replies · 97+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/28/03 | Limbacher
    When Libertarians went looking for a state to call their own, they picked one with the motto "Live Free or Die" - New Hampshire. If plans now afoot gel, they will influence the Granite State's politics and make the motto, taken from the words of Revolutionary hero Gen. Stark ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils") and adopted as the state motto in 1945, a living reality. As we reported a few weeks ago, after a lengthy competition to choose the state they want, members of the Libertarians’ Free State Project picked New Hampshire and...
  • Libertarians Pursue New Goal: State of Their Own

    10/27/2003 4:35:48 AM PST · by RJCogburn · 59 replies · 270+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 10/27/03 | PAM BELLUCK
    A few things stand out about this unprepossessing city. It just broke its own Guinness Book world record for the most lighted jack-o'-lanterns with 28,952. It claims to have the world's widest Main Street. And recently, Keene became the home of Justin Somma, a 26-year-old freelance copywriter from Suffern, N.Y., and a foot soldier in an upstart political movement. That movement, the Free State Project, aims to make all of New Hampshire a laboratory for libertarian politics by recruiting libertarian-leaning people from across the country to move to New Hampshire and throw their collective weight around. Leaders of the project...
  • Free State Project’s N.H. choice confirms state’s philosophy

    10/25/2003 3:36:27 PM PDT · by archy · 7 replies · 197+ views
    Portsmouth Herald, via the Rockingham News, Plaistow, NH ^ | Friday, October 17, 2003 | - Portsmouth Herald
    Free State Project’s N.H. choice confirms state’s philosophy The motto of members of the Free State Project could very well be summed up in a statement made by Henry David Thoreau over 150 years ago: "That government is best which governs least." In many ways, Thoreau could have been speaking about the philosophy of many New Hampshire citizens when he wrote those words, and now we are set to find out if that philosophy can be lived in our very complex modern age. On Wednesday, the Free State Project, which seeks to ultimately move 20,000 people to a state in...
  • FRN Columnists' Corner - "Springtime in New England" By Lady Liberty

    10/21/2003 3:01:37 PM PDT · by Bob J · 2 replies · 78+ views
    Free Republic Network ^ | 10-21-03 | Lady Liberty
    FRN Columnists' Corner "Springtime in New England" By Lady LibertySpring is traditionally the time for new beginnings. This year, however, it's the autumn that brings new beginnings, at least for those who wish to plant and nurture the seeds of liberty. On October 1, the results of a vote of the more than 5,000 members of the Free State Project were announced. The Free State Project is the embodiment of an idea suggesting that a sufficient number of political activists could work within the existing system to repeal unconstitutional laws and return us to a Constitutional republic, at least within...
  • Live Free or Try (Free State Project heads to New Hampshire)

    10/17/2003 1:57:04 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 16 replies · 113+ views
    American Spectator ^ | Oct. 15, 03 | Shawn Macomber
    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- After a nationwide search and an online vote, the Free State Project, recently chose my home state as the base of what they hope will become a libertarian renaissance. The plan is to move some 20,000 small government activists into the state, and begin a ground-up takeover of the government. The local Democratic Party greeted the libertarians' announcement with today's equivalent of a burning effigy, the hysterical press release. Chairwoman Kathy Sullivan accused Free Staters of harboring "a radical, antifamily agenda," and charged the group with wanting to "legalize prostitution, legalize drugs and eliminate public schools." This...
  • Give them libertarianism, and a moving van

    10/17/2003 4:08:18 PM PDT · by RJCogburn · 39 replies · 183+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 17, 2003 | Seth Stern
    It wasn't just the cheap rent and quiet living that convinced Justin Somma to move from the suburbs of New York City to the southwestern corner of New Hampshire last month. Equally appealing to this libertarian-minded 20-something is his new state's lack of an income tax or even a motorcycle-helmet law. Mr. Somma's migration is just the first of many encouraged by the Free State Project (FSP), which has set out to flood New Hampshire with 20,000 people bent on shrinking government. This month, FSP members chose the "Live Free or Die" state as their destination in an online vote....
  • Springtime in New England

    10/14/2003 10:31:55 PM PDT · by archy · 14 replies · 127+ views
    The Sierra Times ^ | 10. 13. 03 at 23:38 | Lady Liberty
    Spring is traditionally the time for new beginnings. This year, however, it's the autumn that brings new beginnings, at least for those who wish to plant and nurture the seeds of liberty. On October 1, the results of a vote of the more than 5,000 members of the Free State Project (http://www.freestateproject.org) were announced. The Free State Project is the embodiment of an idea suggesting that a sufficient number of political activists could work within the existing system to repeal unconstitutional laws and return us to a Constitutional republic, at least within a certain geographic area. Ten states with sufficiently...
  • Influx of Free Staters better than influx of Bay Staters

    10/06/2003 3:34:10 AM PDT · by RJCogburn · 6 replies · 159+ views
    The Union Leader, Manchester, NH ^ | October 6, 2003 | Russ Hoyt
    I AM NEITHER a Socialist or a Democrat, so I welcome the Free Staters — the libertarian-leaning people who want to move here — to New Hampshire. I agree with political pollster Dick Bennett as he is quoted in the Oct. 2 edition of The Union Leader, that they will not all get their own way. However, I must disagree with his opinion that people moving up here from Massachusetts haven't changed things. I feel like I'm living in a suburb of Boston. I was born in Exeter in 1940 and still live there. Before I was old enough to...
  • Free State Group Chooses NH over WY

    10/02/2003 9:35:05 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 10 replies · 159+ views
    Cheyenne, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 10-02-03 | Fashek, Allison
    Free State group: 'No to Wyo.' By Allison Fashek rep8@wyomingnews.com Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE - The Free State Project, a group of liberty-minded individuals, announced Wednesday that they have chosen New Hampshire over Wyoming as their future home. The group, which already has about 4,500 members, aims to recruit 20,000 people to move to the state in the next couple of years and reinforce its "sphere of individual liberty." Wyoming finished second out of 10 states that were candidates for the planned migration. The state fell to New Hampshire by a voting margin of 10 percent but finished...
  • Free State Project Picks New Hampshire

    10/03/2003 8:17:15 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 13 replies · 330+ views
    channel 31 news ^ | Oct 3, 03 | channel 31 news site
    NEW LONDON, N.H. -- Members of a national movement to bring 20,000 libertarians to one state have chosen New Hampshire for their revolution. New Hampshire beat nine other states in a Web site vote to host the Free State Project, the goal of which is to scale back government. New Hampshire residents varied in their reactions to the news, from an attitude of welcome to skeptical concern. Dallas Notter moved to New London from Southern California a few years back and said he sympathizes with the Free State Party. He said he made the move because he was fed up...
  • Question about New Hampshire Gun Laws

    08/08/2003 7:07:29 PM PDT · by DM1 · 10 replies · 582+ views
    ME | 8/8/03 | ME
    Hello Fellow Freepers I was wondering if any of you NH residents knew the requirements for a private citizen to obtain a pistol permit in the state? I am currently a Mass pistol permit holder but it is not for all lawful purposes.(basically i can purchase pistols/rifles and ammo but am only allowed to carry it in a locked container to and from target shooting areas). I was also wondering if your laws regarding this are similar to Mass as well and if not what i had to do to obtain one when i relocate up there. Thanks in advance
  • A word of caution for state’s ‘invaders’ [Nashua (NH) Telegraph Editorial]

    10/03/2003 10:02:24 AM PDT · by Living Free in NH · 37 replies · 228+ views
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | Oct 3, 2003
    KEY POINTSBACKGROUND: New Hampshire is the state that libertarians have adopted for their project to “revolutionize” government.CONCLUSION: This is an open country and libertarians may move to the Granite State at will, but they shouldn’t be surprised if their far-out ideas don’t go over with the rest of the population. The libertarians are coming – invited or not. New Hampshire by a vote of libertarians nationwide is their first choice for their “Free State Project.” They aim to attract up to 20,000 of like-minded individuals to move to New Hampshire over the next three years to eventually “revolutionize” its government....
  • Free State Project will come to N.H.

    10/03/2003 10:25:13 AM PDT · by archy · 6 replies · 215+ views
    Portsmouth Herald ^ | Thursday, October 2, 2003 | Shir Haberman
    Free State Project will come to N.H. By Shir Haberman shaberman@seacoastonline.com PORTSMOUTH - The vote is in and the porcupines are coming! There is no indication yet how many will come or when they will arrive, but members of the Free State Project - who name themselves after the prickly rodent - voted last month and New Hampshire was the choice of 55 percent of them as the place to settle where they could make the most impact politically. "Our members’ philosophy is that being free and independent is a great way to live, and that government’s maximal role should...
  • New Hampshire wins 'free state' vote

    10/01/2003 9:38:17 PM PDT · by archy · 58 replies · 697+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 01 October 2003 | WND staff
    New Hampshire wins 'free state' vote Thousands of libertarians to move to state, work for more liberty Posted: October 1, 2003 5:00 p.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com A group of 4,500 libertarians who all agreed to move to one state to work toward restoring certain personal liberties and limited government has voted to choose the state of New Hampshire as a new home. The Free State Project, which has been collecting commitments from members to move to the winning state for two years, announced the results of its balloting this morning. Ten states were under consideration, with New Hampshire prevailing...
  • Democrats lash out at Benson, Free State Project (MORE WHINE FROM NH DIMS)

    10/01/2003 7:47:31 PM PDT · by Sparta · 24 replies · 246+ views
    Newsday ^ | October 1, 2003 | KATE McCANN
    CONCORD, N.H -- State Democrats lashed out against Gov. Craig Benson and the Free State Project, which said Wednesday it wants to bring 20,000 libertarians to New Hampshire to influence public policy.
  • Ready To Vote With Their Feet

    10/01/2003 7:47:27 PM PDT · by archy · 5 replies · 142+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 01 Oct 2003 | staff
    Ready to vote with their feet Originally published October 1, 2003 THIS CENTURY'S first potential large-scale political experiment takes its next baby-step today. The 5,400-some folks in the Free State Project will find out which of 10 low-population U.S. states their majority picked to conquer by persuasion. If the Free Staters can swell their ranks to more than 20,000 by 2006, all have pledged to move in (but not live together) across the favored state by 2011. The goal for this small-government-loving cadre is classically American: to get their voices heard by tipping the political scales in their favor. Active...
  • Libertarians Moving to N.H. to Establish 'Free State'

    10/01/2003 2:46:47 PM PDT · by archy · 70 replies · 550+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, October 01, 2003 | associated Press
    <p>CONCORD, N.H. — A group of libertarians announced a project Wednesday to get 20,000 Americans to move to New Hampshire and work to transform it into a "free state" with fewer laws, smaller government and greater liberty.</p> <p>New Hampshire, whose motto is "Live Free or Die," beat out nine other finalists for the Free State Project. Wyoming was runner-up in balloting conducted by about 5,000 members of the project around the country, vice president Elizabeth McKinstry said.</p>
  • Libertarians Pick N.H. for 'Free State'

    10/01/2003 1:02:12 PM PDT · by luckydevi · 78 replies · 281+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Oct 1, 2003 | KATE McCANN
    Libertarians Pick N.H. for 'Free State' By KATE McCANN Associated Press Writer CONCORD, N.H. (AP)--A group of libertarians announced a project Wednesday to get 20,000 Americans to move to New Hampshire and work to transform it into a ``free state'' with fewer laws, smaller government and greater liberty. New Hampshire, whose motto is ``Live Free or Die,'' beat out nine other finalists for the Free State Project. Wyoming was runner-up in balloting conducted by about 5,000 members of the project around the country, vice president Elizabeth McKinstry said. The 5,000 members have already pledged to move to the selected state,...
  • Free State Project Picks New Hampshire

    10/01/2003 8:35:16 AM PDT · by jmc813 · 78 replies · 404+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10-1-2003 | Free State Project
    Group aims to recruit 20,000 liberty-minded individuals to move Membership vote selects NH out of ten candidates for planned migration Free Staters hope to reinforce, enhance "sphere of individual liberty" in the Live Free or Die state Project has earned backing of NH governor, some state legislators Trickle of early movers expected to start this year Aiming to preserve one bastion of freedom in the age of intrusive government, members of the rapidly growing Free State Project (FSP) have made a crucial decision. Voting via mail-in ballot after months of feisty debate, Free Staters chose New Hampshire as their...
  • 'Free staters' pick New Hampshire to liberate for sex, guns and drugs

    09/30/2003 7:24:17 PM PDT · by Dan Evans · 136 replies · 421+ views
    Guardian ^ | October 1, 2003 | Joanna Walters
    A libertarian movement promoting "minimalist government", the free market, drugs, prostitution and gun ownership plans to infiltrate New Hampshire to create a breakaway American regime, its leaders will announce today. The Free State Project, which has supporters in the UK and worldwide, will reveal today at a meeting in New York that its members have voted for the small but highly-symbolic north-eastern state as its target to win power. Project chiefs will now try to persuade 20,000 people to move to New Hampshire and sway the electorate towards blocking federal "nanny" laws and social restrictions. Jason Sorens, a lecturer in...
  • New Hampshire court rules trash is private

    09/29/2003 3:37:22 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 5 replies · 138+ views
    WSTM, Central New York ^ | September 29, 2003 | AP
    Concord, New Hampshire-AP -- What you throw away is your own business. That's the gist of a ruling by the New Hampshire Supreme Court -- that your garbage is private even when it's out on the street for collection. The decision runs counter to previous rulings by the U-S Supreme Court and high courts in other states. But New Hampshire justices say their state constitution provides a stronger expectation of privacy than the U-S one. The decision came in a case in which police searched a man's trash and found wire scrapers coated with marijuana residue. Then they got a...
  • Group Votes to Pick State for Experiment

    09/24/2003 8:31:24 PM PDT · by archy · 33 replies · 295+ views
    Associated Press [via Yahoo News] ^ | 09/21/03 | Kate McCann • Associated Press
    U.S. National - AP Group Votes to Pick State for Experiment Sun Sep 21, 4:14 PM ET Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo! By KATE McCANN, Associated Press Writer CONCORD, N.H. - Some 5,000 liberty-minded Americans have been holding an election, but for a state rather than a candidate, and the one they choose will be a laboratory for what they call the biggest experiment in democracy since the Revolutionary War. Balloting concludes Monday, and the winning state is to be announced Oct. 1. Then members of the Free State Project hope to quadruple their numbers within two...
  • Thinking small, Free State Project hopes for big things

    09/24/2003 12:15:27 PM PDT · by archy · 54 replies · 411+ views
    Palm Beach [FL] Press Journal ^ | 22 SPT 2003 | Kenric Ward
    Thinking small, Free State Project hopes for big things By Kenric Ward Press Journal opinion page editor September 22, 2003 On Thursday, a group called the Free State Project begins its countdown to freedom. That's when balloting closes for selection of a "free state." Over the past year, the libertarian-minded organization has been gathering members, mainly in cyberspace, with a goal of designating a single state as a new home. Not since the Mormons' transcontinental migration of the late 1840s has there been such a large, organized effort to move an entire group of Americans to one location. But...
  • Ready to move? Free State Project will announce the chosen state on October 1

    09/20/2003 4:18:54 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 71 replies · 1,048+ views
    Free State Project ^ | Sep., 03 | Free State Project
    The ballots have been mailed to Free State Project participants - and the voting result will be announced on October 1. The Free State Project is a plan in which 20,000 or more liberty-oriented people will move to a single state of the U.S., where they may work within the political system to reduce the size and scope of government. The success of the Free State Project would likely entail reductions in burdensome taxation and regulation, reforms in state and local law, an end to federal mandates, and a restoration of constitutional federalism, demonstrating the benefits of liberty to the...
  • Free State Project Media Advisory

    09/24/2003 10:22:42 AM PDT · by archy · 21 replies · 277+ views
    Free State Project Pressroom ^ | 23 SPT 2003 | FSP Staff
    Free State Project Media Advisory PRESS CONFERENCE MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Elizabeth McKinstry, Media Relations Free State Project, Inc. Phone: (734) 904-5712 Email: emckinstry@freestateproject.org Website: www.freestateproject.org WHICH STATE WILL BE THE FREE STATE? Drop by to find out: October 1, 2003, 11:00 am. 1050 Restaurant Skyline Hotel 10th Ave. at 50th Street New York City Group seeks migration of 20,000 liberty-oriented individuals to one small state. Results of membership-wide "Which State?" vote to be announced at press conference. Flag of winning state to be unfurled during the celebration. The Free State Project (FSP) is a plan in which 20,000 or...
  • Freedom, ho!

    09/15/2003 9:58:35 AM PDT · by archy · 20 replies · 171+ views
    The Las Vegas NV *Mercury* ^ | Thur 11SPT 2003 | Larry Wills
    Thursday, September 11, 2003 Copyright © Las Vegas Mercury Freedom, ho! Libertarians prepare to haul ass for a guv'ment-free clime By Larry Wills Like the Mormons of the 19th century pushing their carts along the Platte River, as many as 100 disgruntled Nevadans soon may be driving their U-Hauls out of town, singing "I'll Fly Away." They are among 5,000 Libertarians nationwide who are searching for the state with the most freedom and the least government. Just where that'll be--New Hampshire, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska are in the running--depends on the outcome of the members' vote Oct. 1 "It's quite...
  • Free-staters eye New Hampshire, Wyoming

    09/08/2003 11:01:44 AM PDT · by archy · 63 replies · 235+ views
    Associated Press via the Casper WY Star Tribune ^ | 06 September 2003 | Kate McCann
    Free-staters eye New Hampshire, Wyoming By KATE McCANN Associated Press Writer CONCORD, N.H. -- About 20,000 liberty-minded people soon may be putting New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die" motto to a serious challenge. Members of the Free State Project, inspired two years ago by a Yale graduate student, will announce their chosen state on Oct. 1, and New Hampshire could well be it. The group is also considering Wyoming and several other states. If it's New Hampshire, 20,000 of them say they will move here within five years to work for smaller government, fewer laws and individual liberty. Project members...
  • Free State Project hits crucial 5,000 member mark

    08/15/2003 7:53:21 PM PDT · by Dada Orwell · 56 replies · 1,077+ views
    http://freestateproject.org
    This just went up on the FSP website. --- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Elizabeth McKinstry, Vice President Free State Project, Inc. Phone: (734) 904-5712 Email: emckinstry@freestateproject.org Website: www.freestateproject.org Free State Project hits crucial 5,000 member mark August 13, 2003 Celebrity writer Boston T. Party becomes 5000th "Free Stater" Group aims to migrate, free one state from "Big Gov." 5000th sign-up considered key milestone Event triggers crucial vote: Which state will become the Free State? One year ahead of schedule, America's fastest-growing liberty movement has just crossed a rubicon. This week Colorado author and privacy activist Boston T. Party became the...
  • Libertarians Eye Wyoming for Relocation of 20,000 Persons

    07/23/2003 9:27:50 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 146 replies · 487+ views
    Cheyenne, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 07-23-03 | Olson, Ilene
    Libertarians eye Wyoming for relocation of 20,000 By Ilene Olson Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE – Wyoming’s low population and conservative mentality have put the state in a prime position be the target destination for 20,000 Libertarians as part of the party’s Free State Project. “We like Wyoming,” said Keith Carlsen, spokesman for the project. “It’s not only a beautiful state, but it has the lowest population. It’s easier to persuade less people. “Wyoming is one of the most pro-freedom, independent-minded states in the country,” Carlsen said. But Gov. Dave Freudenthal said Libertarians “are overestimating the receptivity of their...
  • Free State Project Announces Selection of Ballot Vote Certification Process

    07/21/2003 5:08:17 PM PDT · by archy · 13 replies · 235+ views
    Free State Project Announces Selection of Ballot Vote Certification Process ECL Chosen to Certify Important Vote Henderson, NV and Austin, TX – July 16, 2003 – The Free State Project (FSP) has created a voting and ballot system for its upcoming state selection vote, and has selected ECL as its Independent Ballot Tallying and Vote Certification organization. The Free State Project is a non-profit organization that is in the process of gathering 20,000 or more liberty-oriented people to move to a single state in the U.S. in the attempt to establish a truly free society. "Rather than continuing the same...
  • N.H. said a front-runner for libertarian splinter group

    07/17/2003 10:25:47 AM PDT · by archy · 92 replies · 308+ views
    Fosters Sunday Citizen ^ | Sunday, July 13, 2003 | Dean Abbott
    N.H. said a front-runner for libertarian splinter group By DEAN ABBOTT Staff Writer Like most mothers, Michelle Dumas is concerned about the kind of society her young daughter will grow up in. "I want to raise my daughter in a place free from violent crime, where she will have access to high quality education, and where personal responsibility is inherent in the culture," Dumas said. Concern for the kind of society where her daughter will grow up is one of the reasons why the 33-year-old Somersworth woman joined the Free State Project after discovering the group on the Internet about...
  • Free Stater allegedly arrested for passing out FSP literature at NRA convention

    04/28/2003 1:22:36 AM PDT · by Dada Orwell · 118 replies · 1,675+ views
    Free State Project ^ | 4/27/03 | DadaOrwell
    Morning, FReepers! I have some news I thought might interest you: Free State Project Member Services Director Tim Condon was apparently arrested Sunday for handing out FSP literature at an NRA convention in Orlando. This according to FSP president Jason Sorens. Many Free Staters and gun rights advocates were already angry at the NRA for leaning too far left on certain gun control issues. Yesterday's arrest seems to be focusing new attention on the NRA's perceived shortcomings. Details are on the FSP forum at: http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?board=3;action=display;threadid=1647;start=0#lastPost Dada Liberty in Our Lifetime freestateproject.org
  • Libertarians Aim To `Breathe Free Air'

    03/05/2003 5:26:10 AM PST · by Katya · 60 replies · 206+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | February 23, 2003 | MAREGO ATHANS
    <p>Plans are under way for an invasion of New Hampshire. Or Wyoming. Or maybe Delaware, Montana or Alaska. Sparsely populated and independent in spirit, they're all attractive targets for a bloodless coup in the making. Within the next several years, according to plan, 20,000 Libertarians would move to a single state and begin infiltrating. They'd find jobs, join civic groups, get elected and take a hatchet to taxes and laws.</p>
  • Turn me loose, set me free

    11/20/2002 4:01:42 PM PST · by watcher1 · 58 replies · 252+ views
    boulderweekly ^ | Oct-Nov 2002 | Wayne Laugesen
    Turn me loose, set me free by Wayne Laugesen (letters@boulderweekly.com) Grab your gun, and tell the old lady to start packin' up the kids. It's time to move to Wyoming to create a free state. That's exactly what libertarian-minded people, from all over the country, are planning to do in droves. For too long, Libertarians have comprised the party of refreshing and popular ideas but no results. Like members of all third parties, Libertarians have enjoyed victories that are really just hollow consolations. Libertarians, for example, took majority control of an entire city council recently. Unfortunately, the pothole politics of...
  • The Free State Project: A Project for Idaho

    11/18/2002 7:26:58 AM PST · by Jack Black · 521 replies · 1,290+ views
    Idaho Observer via Sierra Times ^ | 11/16/02 | Hari Heath
    The Free State Project: A Project for Idaho What is a "free state"? Whatever a free state is, it's certainly not being served and protected by regimes posing as constitutionally authorized state and federal governments. Our current government has all the trappings of a police state; they are managed through emergency proclamations, executive orders, bureaucratic mandates and judicial fiat. We are further whipped into a frenzy by the propagandists of terror who have been given unconscionable and unconstitutional license by the corporately purchased buffoons in the legislative branch. Our nation no longer bears any real resemblance to the government our...
  • Libertarians Aim to Take Over a 'Free State'

    06/09/2003 10:41:16 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 159 replies · 504+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | June 10, 2003 | Bob von Sternberg
    The libertarians are coming -- maybe to one of the Dakotas, maybe to Montana or Wyoming, maybe even to New Hampshire or Vermont. Maybe. A plan is gaining traction among libertarians nationwide to target the most "freedom living" state with a small population, and start moving there en masse. If all goes as planned, as many as 20,000 of them would be living in that state by the end of the decade, their numbers large enough to start affecting public policy and potentially taking over the state legislature. "We're serious about this," said Jason Sorens, founder of the Free State...
  • Project is a state of mind

    07/01/2003 12:38:51 PM PDT · by archy · 7 replies · 100+ views
    Las Vegas SUN ^ | 06/27/03 | Susan Snyder
    Debra Ricketts would trade life in Henderson for a home on the range in Wyoming, Montana or Idaho. She could be lured to the mountains of Vermont or New Hampshire, the wilds of Alaska, the Maine backwoods, Delaware's river country or the plains of either Dakota. By September, Ricketts and other Free State Project members will choose where their moving vans will be headed to start a statewide, Libertarian-leaning community. "It's a big commitment for a better lifestyle and a quality of life that means a lot to me," said Ricketts, a computer information systems manager and treasurer of the...
  • Looking for more freedom

    06/23/2003 3:48:47 PM PDT · by archy · 13 replies · 147+ views
    the Rapid City Journal , Rapid City SD ^ | 06/18/03 | The Journal Editorial Board, Rapid City Journal
    Looking for more freedom By The Journal Editorial Board Wanted: One freedom-loving state where jobs are plentiful, taxes are low, government is small, laws are few and individual liberty is appreciated. How: 20,000 people pledge to move to a single state where their numbers can affect elections and change local and state laws to reduce taxes, remove regulations and close government bureaucracies. Where: A state with less than 1.5 million people and which spends less than $10 million in election campaigns - Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, or Wyoming. When: As soon as...
  • YOU'VE BEEN LIVING IN A DREAM WORLD, NEO

    05/21/2003 12:59:30 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 55 replies · 343+ views
    NewsWithViews.com ^ | May 21, 2003 | By David Brownlow
    That is what Morpheus, a character in the movie, “The Matrix,” said to Neo as he explained that the world had been largely destroyed in a great battle between the computers and the humans. The conquered humans were kept in a sedated state of mind, living in a dream world. All but a few were perfectly content to serve as slaves to the computers. Shocked that everything he knew of the world around him was only a virtual reality, Neo could barely breathe. The premise of the movie, while science fiction, quite accurately sums up the political situation in our...
  • Free State Project comes to Wyoming

    05/19/2003 9:40:30 AM PDT · by archy · 15 replies · 282+ views
    Casper [WY] Star-Tribune ^ | Sunday, May 18, 2003 | MATTHEW VAN DUSEN Star
    Free State Project comes to Wyoming By MATTHEW VAN DUSEN Star-Tribune staff writer One might compare the dining room of the Szechwan Chinese Restaurant in Casper where Libertarians met to discuss the Free State Project Saturday, to the reading room of the British Museum where Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital. In both places, political thinkers were trying to find a different way to govern people. Still, it's best not to mention Marx around adherents of the Free State Project. The project, devised by Yale doctoral student Jason Sorens, aims to have 20,000 liberty-minded people move into a sparsely populated state...
  • West prime candidate for Yale student's free state dream

    04/24/2003 6:28:09 PM PDT · by OriginalV · 14 replies · 246+ views
    The Olympian ^ | April 24, 2003 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    <p>COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Thousands of invaders have their eyes on Idaho. Or Montana. Or New Hampshire. The Free State Project hopes to persuade thousands of people who support limited government to move to one lightly populated state and rule the land.</p>
  • Free State Project activists have eye on Idaho

    04/24/2003 11:58:31 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 108 replies · 999+ views
    Spokesman-Review (via Free State Project website) ^ | April, '03 | Spokesman-Review editors
    COMMENTARY More activists have eye on state Our View: Libertarians' Free State Project looking around for what it hopes is fertile territory --- Don't look now, but another group of fringe political opportunists is seriously considering moving to Idaho en masse and co-opting its political machinery. The Free State Project is smitten by Idaho and Wyoming. Organizers view the two states as bastions for smaller government and individual liberty – and a good fit for as many as 20,000 Libertarians who are yearning to be free of Big Government. Idaho is the favorite among the "bigger" states – population around...
  • Pacific NW Free State Project

    11/19/2002 7:56:44 AM PST · by newt · 22 replies · 216+ views
    Website ^ | 11/19/2002 | newt
    There is a meeting of the FSP at the Old Wives Tales Restaurant in Portland on Dec 7 at 11:00am. The Free State Project is a plan in which 20,000 or more liberty-oriented people will move to a single state of the U.S., and work within its political system to reduce the size and scope of government. We will reduce burdensome taxation and regulation, reform state and local law, opt out of federal mandates, and negotiate directly with Washington for appropriate political autonomy. We will prove to the nation and the world what liberty can accomplish.