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Libertarian movement gaining steam in New Hampshire

By Joseph Weber May 25, 2013

Libertarians eager to move beyond mere ideological victories are making progress in a long-term effort to migrate to one state to concentrate efforts and reshape communities based on their ideals of less government and individualism.

The grand social experiment can be traced to a 2001 essay by a Yale doctoral student, who lamented about Libertarians’ failure to get candidates elected and argued the best way to make a real impact is for 20,000 activists to move to a relatively small state with low taxes and job opportunities, then making inroads in government, communities and courts.

New Hampshire won in a 2003 online vote. And 10 years later, more than 1,200 activists have already moved there, with roughly 13,000 others pledging to follow after the 20,000 sign up for the so-called Free State Project.


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My fiance and I have already

My fiance and I have already made plans to make the move up to NH in January of next year. We are life long NY residents and have visited NH many times. New Hampshire is undoubtedly the best place in the country to live. Economic and personal freedoms are unparalleled. Anyone with an opportunity would do well to check it out.

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but an irate tireless few keen on setting the brushfire of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams

Porcupine Freedom Festival

is the annual gathering of Liberty State Project folks and friends. Commonly referred to as "Porcfest". Easy to check out the website. I urge everyone to attend! June 17th - 23rd in Lancaster, NH.

The porcupine is the symbol of individual freedom...you can probably figure out why all by yourself.

One of the reasons the FSP has a chance of making real change (I think they have already) is the ease of getting into politics and elected office in NH. Having so many elected officials (pays $100 per year so no one is in it for the money) gives opportunities to a wide range of viewpoints.

BTW the entire "liberal migration" is frigging nonsense.


Free State Project

If you are interested to learn more about the Free State Project or want to sign up: www.freestateproject.org/fsn8 You could also like them: www.facebook.com/FreeStateProject.org


NH was a complete mistake. They should have chosen WY. As soon as things get really nice there, the progressives will all leave their POS states and then start enacting the same POS gov'ts that they left behind in their old states. Now WY, no progressives are willing to move out there, let me tell you...

Wyoming is nice but it is

Wyoming is nice but it is much more difficult to find gainful employment and be within reasonable driving distance (a few hours) of a big city. The state constitution of NH is "rock solid" and even if the liberals showed up in droves they could not take away the freedoms of the people who already reside there. Also, check http://freedominthe50states.org/ . It's a measure of all 50 states. NH was number 1 but is currently number 4. WY is number 36.

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but an irate tireless few keen on setting the brushfire of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams

"complete mistake" ????

got any evidence for your strong opinion?

The fact is the decision was made, the project began, people have signed up, many have moved in, and lots of "good stuff" is happening.

Get informed.


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Should start

a second free state project for those who are not so hot on moving to the east coast? Californians, Coloradans, Utahans, and all the western state liberty lovers could converge on WY.

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North Dakota is a much better

North Dakota is a much better choice. http://freedominthe50states.org/

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but an irate tireless few keen on setting the brushfire of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams

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Agree and more

"Should start a second free state project"

We should start 49 more.

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I agree, Wyoming is much

I agree, Wyoming is much nicer and the populace is already more amenable to individualism.

Hope it continues.

Offsetting the Massachusetts progressive migration to NH will be a tough hill to climb.

That is a myth

NH is staying purple because the people moving from MA are overwhelmingly conservatives leaving the liberal state. It is people from other parts of the country (particularly the mid west) that are moving to NH and making it blue. While I was at the University of New Hampshire I took a class on NH politics and we analyzed the political affiliations of immigration into and out of the state. You can thank MA for keeping NH somewhat decent.

You sure about that?

I'm not being sarcastic, I'm genuinely asking, because my impression has been very different.

Having lived in both MA and NH several times over the years, I can definitely notice how southern NH has slowly transformed into Northern MA, politically speaking. Outside of Boston and Springfield, most of MA is pretty "moderate", but many don't quite seem to grasp the fact that more taxation = less freedom.

This is just my experience talking to people about politics around my county in southern NH in the past year since I've moved back up here.

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I have always suspected that this line of reasoning was not factual and I am glad to know there is evidence against it.

I will add that Dr. Paul gets a LOT of support on the Democrat side. In the last presidential primary I think he earned 11% of the Democratic vote as a write in! That should have been huge news but, as always, the RP campaign missed that one. Just think of it, thousands of voters, Democrats, went out of their way to register a protest vote against Obama and for Dr. Paul.


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Now this is the quote I like:

"The movement got a boost from the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns of Libertarian and then-Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul. Paul praised the project when campaigning in New Hampshire, the first primary state, and helped inspire legions of young Americans excited about a future with less government intrusion."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/25/libertarian-movem...

Everything Ron Paul is where I remain.

Thanks for posting, LL.

That's where I'll be moving to

Hopefully by next year. I'm looking for a place around Concord.


Is the best place in the state and is where I live (which is why its the best place in the state obviously).

Portsmouth is a nice place to visit.....

but I wouldn't want to live there.
I need about 10 acres where I can shoot off my back deck & can't see my neighbors.
Do they still have the horse & carriage rides down town?

If you want to live close to Portsmouth

but want a large, fairly cheap property, try Derry, Epping or Raymond.

Property in those towns are reasonably priced, taxes aren't too bad, and you're close to a several of NH's "major" cities.

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Thanks Bamobo....

Maybe a little north of there. Nottingham looks nice and deserted by the Google satellite view. It's only 25 miles from Portsmouth.

No problem, and Nottingham is nice

but I don't know much of the place beyond driving through it, wish I could give you some firsthand info. ;/

Yeah, the towns I mentioned may be a little bit too close to the MA border for most people's liking...unless you plan on opening a cigarette store!

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Concord is a Nice Spot....

.... I went to a Ron Paul rally there in August 2011.

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Concord is a great choice

Good luck!

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