This newsletter is chock full of awesome! Because the Free State Project, and Free Staters, are chock full of awesomesauce!
For the past few months, I have yammered on about how momentum is building, how the movement is maturing, how our time has come.
And boy, has it! We are set for a record breaking Porcfest X, with some of the finest minds in the liberty movement attending. The FSP was featured as a cover story in Reason Magazine’s June 2013 edition. John Stossel did an update about the FSP. Participants will be attending several outreach conferences over the next few months, including the Bitcoin Conference in San Jose, The Atlas Summit in D.C., and Freedom Fest in Vegas. We continue to make strides towards achieving Liberty in Our Lifetime.
In order to Trigger the Move in 2015, we need your support. Be part of history by donating as one of only 270 Trigger the Move Patrons. Your $1,000 donation, which you can stagger over 10 months or pay in Bitcoin, will mean more hands-on administration, more outreach, more marketing, more signers, and most importantly, more movers!
To give you a quick snapshot of how your financial support translates into more outreach, take this example: An FSP supporter built a Liberator on a 3-D printer he manufactured himself. He visited the Manchester activity center, The Quill, which has an outside picnic table adorned with a porcupine. The photo left was snapped and turned into a meme for circulation on Facebook. When I realized how popular it was, I invested $100 to "boost" the image. We received 367 "likes," over a hundred shares, and the image was viewed by more than 37,000 people. The additional paid outreach got us another 22,500+ views. So far, we have received 5 new "friends," and one signer. The photo was also picked up by Forbes, with an FSP photo credit... not bad for $100!
FSP signer and early mover Hardy Macia worked tirelessly to spread the principles of liberty, never giving up, still advocating for more freedom even on his deathbed. Sadly, Hardy passed away on May 13th, after a short bout with cancer. He was a true champion of liberty, and he will be missed. Rest In Peace, Hardy.
Yours in peace and liberty,
PorcFest X is coming! With over 200 scheduled sessions and record-breaking Facebook event RSVP numbers, this year is shaping up to be a big one. View the full schedule here and start filling up your dance card.
Don’t wait to register--$50 registration is only available through June 1, including special events that require pre-registration like the Black Powder Rifle Class or Field Expedient Medical Kit workshop. Please note: In order to encourage you to sign up NOW, registration will be closed between June 1 and June 16, at which time the door price will increase to $75 for the whole week or $30 for a one-day pass. You have been warned!
RV campsites are still available at Roger’s (you can tent or car camp on these sites, too), and area motels may still have some open rooms. If you’re a PorcFest noob, read our handy first-timer tips!
At 6 p.m. on Saturday, hear from presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, nicknamed “Governor Veto” and known as a proponent of fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy.
Showcase your hobby and make a little spending money at the first annual Porcupine Craft Fair, on Thursday afternoon, where any attendee can sell his or her handmade items from food to accessories to art. This is a great opportunity for people who don't have the time or amount of product needed to vend in Agora Valley but want to experience the PorcFest economy. Contact Tabitha at firstname.lastname@example.org before June 9th to sign up.
And on June 23, the final day of PorcFest, join the PorcFest Writers Workshop, a 2-hour crash course in becoming a better writer. Sign up in advance for just $10 for an opportunity to get some peer critique, insights, and inspiration. (Stay afterward and help clean up the campground to earn the organizers’ eternal gratitude!) Full workshop description is found on the PorcFest Schedule.
As of today, my two children and I have been in the “Shire” for four whole weeks. We conveniently landed in our new home after the last snowfall and before the hot humid summer. Mostly I’m buttering my kids up for what I know is ahead of us. Ticks. Mosquitoes. Blizzards. My son has promised to shovel snow. He thinks it’ll be no big deal… Score!
We left California--where I spent my entire life--for good on February 24, the day after the judge let me off of formal probation for a felony I was given for attending a birth in 2007 while I was a midwifery student. I was not allowed to leave Los Angeles County while I was on probation and was restricted from my work as a midwife. Because of my felony, I was unable to find work in a county with a nearly 20% unemployment rate. My income had decreased to one-tenth of what it had been before my arrest. I cleaned toilets, babysat, washed cars, ran errands... all for friends, because strangers ran criminal background checks.
Leaving Los Angeles was a bit like the scene in Titanic where the main characters swim up from the sinking ship at the last moment. Arriving in New Hampshire has initially been a bit like sitting on board the Carpathia, straining my eyes to see the spot where everything I owned went down into the icy deep.
It’s amazing what you decide to keep when you realize you can only take what you can carry. For me it was mostly family heirlooms, photographs and art. A couple of Free Staters also kindly offered to hold some boxes of “media rate” book shipments. I left the state in a hurry, afraid their gaslighting would decree a return to my shackles.
But liberty is of such value that it is worth everything and more prized than the loss of all things. Liberty can only be protected once critical mass is attained. And that critical mass wasn’t in Los Angeles as I watched so many basic human rights violated: pregnant women in handcuffs being chained to metal benches all night long and denied food and water, mothers having their children kidnapped by the state for profit, ID requirements to leave the county, homeland security on every corner, warrantless searches, rights to work denied for state interests... I had to get out.
I still am not a whole lot better off, financially, here in the Granite State. But I know there are people nearby who would come to court with me if I were arrested for helping someone. And I know there are people who would protest if the state stole my children. And I know I would do the same for them.
I haven’t been out to meet too many of the good folks in the FSP yet because the first job I took here requires a lot of hours from me, but I hope to slowly make great friendships in my new home. If you are interested in our story, or are reading this from California (or any of the increasingly hostile police states), you can read more in the book I wrote, The Tyranny of the Cubicle, available on Amazon.
Real Estate in the Free State
by Mark Warden
Good news if you’re thinking about selling: the median sales price increased 5.5% over the last
year! And inventory is low, so homes are selling fast; the average number of ‘days on market’
for residential properties has decreased 10% in the last month alone, a strong indicator that the
spring selling season is in full swing.
Meanwhile, on the buying side, interest rates are still low and more houses are being listed as the spring selling season takes hold.
Which town is for you? Moving itself can be stressful, but you can alleviate some of that stress by narrowing down the towns you want to consider. Here are some factors to take into account when making the decision to relocate:
1. Property taxes: Property tax rates vary significantly from town to town in New Hampshire.
When thinking about where you want to live, it’s worth considering what you’re getting for your
money and which amenities and institutions are important to you. You can view tax rates by
town on this interactive map or go to the NH Department of Revenue Administration to view
current & historical tax rates.
2. Zoning: Zoning regulations also vary widely across New Hampshire. You’ll want to think
about how you plan to use your property and whether those uses might involve local zoning
ordinances. If you want to use your land for agricultural/farming purposes, for example, consider
towns like Deerfield, Grafton and Weare.
3. Location: Do you want to live a rural lifestyle? Or would you rather be in the heart of a major
city? Urban centers like Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Keene, and the Seacoast are popular
destinations and have many of the benefits of big cities while maintaining a small-town feel.
Other towns, like Alton and Lempster, are great for those who want to live off the grid and be
For more information on New Hampshire real estate for sale and rent, visit
Grafton: The Sixth Annual Burning Porcupine Festival
by Jeremy J. Olson
If you've ever wanted to check out the New Hampshire town with the highest concentration of liberty activists, now's your chance. Liberty folk will be holding the sixth annual Burning Porcupine festival this year from June 10-30 at the Hoyt Farm in beautiful rural Grafton.
The main events will be the first few days right after PorcFest (June 24-26), but you can come check out Grafton before or during PorcFest, too. We'll be holding tours of Grafton and its liberty hotspots, showing available real estate, and more.
Semi-dry camping is available at the Hoyt Farm. Bring a tent or your RV. There are outdoor bathrooms and a shower but no electricity or water hookups available. Camping, tours, and all events are FREE (however donations are appreciated)!
And if you're at PorcFest, don't forget to stop by RV site #59, where we'll be bringing Grafton to you!
In Memoriam: Hardy Macia
by Seth Cohn
On May 13th, the Liberty movement had a bright light go dark. Hardy Macia passed away, after too short a bout with cancer. Despite the diagnosis in late 2012, he ran for Congress in New Hampshire's 2nd district as a Libertarian, hoping to wake a few more people to the cause of freedom, actively helping with Gary Johnson's presidential run. Even in his last days, he took action from his hospital bed, confronting NH Governor Maggie Hassan via Youtube, urging her to do the right thing: allow the growing of medical marijuana, to focus on people in need over politics and drug warriors.
Hardy moved to New Hampshire for the Free State Project in 2008, but he was no stranger to activism before that. Hardy was a long-time supporter of the Libertarian Party. He served as chair of the Vermont LP for many years, and regional rep to the Libertarian National Committee. He ran for office multiple times as a Libertarian, including for a run for Governor of Vermont in 2004. He founded the Vermont chapter of NORML, and ran on a platform of lowering the VT drinking age to 18, legalizing marijuana, and smaller government. He did serve for several years as chair of the Selectboard of Grand Isle, VT.
Hardy leaves behind a wife, Heidi, and 2 stepchildren. He programmed for a living, founding Catamount Software, beginning on the Apple Newton with his financial software PocketMoney, and continuing that software onto the Palm and other platforms, and then most recently onto the iPhone and iPad. He also wrote multiple apps to administer the World's Smallest Political Quiz. He freely gave of his time and his money to further many good causes, and he was there to help when it was needed. He drove a Porsche, and he believed in eating dessert first.
I'm honored to have been his neighbor, his friend, his NH State Representative, and above all, a fellow activist alongside him. We dressed as pirates, made a zombie commercial, collected signatures to run for office, campaigned together many times, and we relaxed at his house on the pond, looking out over the water, enjoying grilled food and good company - a model of what a good life in New Hampshire can be, at its best. He lived that good life and it was cut short much too soon; he was only 43. May his torch of liberty shine brightly in the heavens, a role model to inspire others onward toward freedom. He certainly did his part to help achieve Liberty in Our Lifetime. Rest in Peace, Hardy.
Thirteen new Free State Project signers were added to the ranks at last month’s Anarchy in the NYC event, where FSP President Carla Gericke was a speaker. Read Free State Now’s full recap here.
Keith Carlsen shares his favorite technique to introduce the Free State Project in conversation:
“Every year in America, we tend to lose more and more freedom. Perhaps small freedoms are gained from time to time, but over time, freedom decreases. Wouldn't you agree?” (At that point in a conversation, every single person I've ever talked to the FSP about has agreed with me that freedom is on the decline.)
Then I point out that people have been trying different strategies for hundreds of years to increase freedom, and yet the size, scope, and debt of government continues to grow. “You are aware that the national debt continues to grow, correct?” (The person agrees.) “All past methods have not only failed, but government has continued to grow. The current path is not sustainable.”
“How would you like to be part of the solution? How would you like Liberty in Your Lifetime? How would you like to move your family to the place with the lowest crime, the lowest poverty, the fewest problems, the lowest taxes and the most freedom in the US, and once there, work to reform society and bring back freedom and liberty? There is a plan to do just that using a new method that has never been tried before. It takes the best from failed plans and amplifies those good parts in a concentrated geographic area, while creating new methods and techniques at the same time. The idea is the Free State Project, the time is now and the state is New Hampshire.”
If you’re interested in volunteering to do FSP outreach at your local liberty events and maybe even trying out this technique, visit the Volunteer page for ways you can help spread the word.
Are you a signer? Donate $20 ($13 of every order goes directly to the Free State Project) and receive a beautiful personalized Statement of Intent Certificate in the mail. These hand-letterpressed certificates were crafted with care and intention in Manchester, NH, as a 13 in 13 project.
Bardo Project in Croydon, NH, is getting ready for Bardo Farm Fest, held Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 - 27, 2013). Bardo Farm interweaves sustainable gardening and livestock practices, self-sufficiency skills, energy conservation and production, self-discovery, and economic development as one path to freedom in the Upper Valley of NH. Attend BFF for workshops on raising pigs, maple sugaring, solar energy, and more, as well as several great bands and, of course, a pig roast!
As of 5/14/2013:
▪ Participants: 14,188
▪ Participants in NH: 1,152
As of 4/16/2013:
▪ Participants: 14,046
▪ Participants in NH: 1,147
As of 03/12/2013:
▪ Participants: 13,919
▪ Participants in NH: 1,137
As of 02/12/2013:
▪ Participants: 13,795
▪ Participants in NH: 1,131
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.
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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.