Commemorative FSP Porcfest X silver rounds will be on sale next week at the 2013 Porcupine Freedom Festival. You know you want one, or two... Or ten!
Squee! The 10th annual Porcupine Freedom Festival is almost here. While Porcfest is a bit of a “working holiday” for me, it is also, hands-down, my favorite liberty event. This year’s organizers Mike and Vanessa Vine, and their amazing team, have done an incredible job. Using the foundation built over the past decade, they have elevated Porcfest into the stratosphere. Simply put: It’s gonna be a whopper!
I will be hosting a daily "Farm to Freedom" luncheon for some of our Porcfest speakers. This "picnic" will highlight local fare. I'm looking forward to building lasting relationships with these fine liberty minds.
Porcfest emcee extraordinaire Robert Murphy had this to say: “The liberty activists in New Hampshire are really a city on a hill, showing the world how voluntary social arrangements can replace coercive institutions. For example, they just caught a serial killer who was disposing the body of his 8th victim. Instead of calling the government cops, they simply told him, ‘Next year, you're in charge of organizing Porcfest.’“
Funny as that statement is, organizing Porcfest is no joke. It takes thousands of volunteer-hours, and my heartfelt appreciation goes out to everyone who contributed time, money, and effort. Thank you!
Last month, thousands of tech-nerds converged on San Jose for the 2013 Bitcoin Conference. And they let in me, Teresa Warmke of Fr33 Aid, Angela Keaton of antiwar.com, and Stephanie Murphy of Porc Therapy. Good thing too, since we upped the ladies-in-attendance ratio by magnitudes. Our panel discussion about non-profit organizations that accept Bitcoin was sponsored by Bitcoin Not Bombs, who covered our travel expenses. Thanks to Davi Barker and Drew Phillips for driving this collaborative venture.
We have two important upcoming outreach events that need your support. The week after Porcfest, I will be speaking--assuming my voice has returned--at the Atlas Summit in D.C., and in early July, NH Representative and FSP participant Mark Warden and I will head to Vegas for Freedom Fest. Please give generously.
Summer is always the most exciting time for the FSP, because summer brings new MOVERS. Are you coming soon? Make a "We Made the Move" movie! Our research shows this is one of the most compelling selling points for folks who are still on the fence about moving.
If you are still on the fence, WHY? The FSP is an idea whose time has come. We have proven this strategy works. We are dedicated to making New Hampshire more free. We are building a vibrant liberty community. We are going to Trigger the Move, so you may as well spread your wings and take the leap!
Yours in peace and liberty,
PorcFest is less than one week away! Registration numbers have already smashed previous years’ records, so it’s safe to say that PorcFest X will be the biggest festival in the history of the Free State Project. If you didn’t get your tickets in advance, full-week passes will be available on-site for $75, and day passes can be purchased for $30 per day.
We are happy to announce that these rates include Roger’s Campground day passes, so if you’re staying somewhere else, no more handing over $5 each day in the Roger’s office for an orange parking sticker. In fact, those super-sticky stickers are a thing of the past! When you check in at registration, you’ll be given a nifty magnet to place on your car door. This keepsake is just one of the many innovations the PorcFest team has introduced to streamline your experience.
Unfortunately, Lew Rockwell isn’t able to join us at PorcFest this year. Thankfully, Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, has stepped up to take his place. Traveling all the way from Los Angeles, Boldin will deliver Friday’s keynote speech entitled "From 0 to Rothbard: An Action Plan for Liberty.”
You won’t want to miss Saturday afternoon’s traditional PorcFest X group photos on the field. After a few photos without banners and marketing, this year, for the first time, hundreds of Porcupines will opt in to holding "I am Bradley Manning" signs. Either bring your own sign, or stop by the NHLA site at Agora Valley #20 to make one, as fancy or as simple as you like. A small donation is requested to offset the cost of the poster stock and markers.
SatoshiDice and Coinapult are throwing the biggest dance party at PorcFest. This will be your last chance to party with hundreds of liberty-lovers in New Hampshire’s White Mountains (at least until June 2014!). UNCE will be held at the Free Keene Pavilion on Saturday night. Join the Facebook event to stay informed about this unmissable event.
Are you on Twitter or Instagram? Tag your tweets and photos with #porcfest or #porcfestx and they’ll directly feed into the PorcFest social stream, accessible on the Eventbrite page. Although you may have perused the full schedule already, if you sign up on Sched or connect with Facebook, you can bookmark your favorite sessions and create your own custom schedule so you won’t miss a thing!
This photo (right) is of one of the first sights I saw when I visited NH. It kind of won me over to the moving idea. It was right next to a gas station around Merrimack somewhere, and speaks for itself.
I had known of the Free State Project from advertisements in the Libertarian Party newspaper. After I finished school in 2004, I made a few attempts to find employment in NH. Unfortunately, as I was just starting out my career, I had to take what I could get in terms of employment and ended up living and/or working in the statist dystopias of NJ, CT, and NY.
I became increasingly frustrated with the overbearing reach of government and the massive support of collectivism in the Tri-state area, particularly as the cost of living skyrocketed due to the tax-and-spend habits of the state. Bloomberg started pushing his soda bans, political advertisements with his "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" propaganda, and his statement that government "has the right to infringe on your freedom.” I was living in CT and commuting to NYC for work, both due to costs and also to have firearms in my home, which NYC would not allow, but the commuting time was horrible and the limited rights that used to be respected in CT were taken away this year.
Connecticut also has the highest taxes in the nation. After the Newtown tragedy, I had to deal with an unprecedented assault on my 2nd amendment rights. In April 2013, Governor Malloy forced through legislation that requires registration of so-called "assault weapons." This is a preliminary step to confiscation, which he admitted was his goal. This particular legislation is so vaguely written that an assault weapon is considered any weapon that can "accept a detachable magazine of over 10 rounds," which basically covers every modern firearm. One of the most alarming signs of what was to come was at a Connecticut Citizen's Defense League gun rights rally in Hartford, where I saw a policeman on the balcony of the state building slowly videotaping and photographing the protesters. All of this made me want to move out of Connecticut as soon as possible.
I wasn't sure if I'd manage to get to New Hampshire, as I’d had trouble finding employment when I had tried many years ago. I had been active on the FSP forum for a few months and had also come up to Manchester to see NH for myself and meet a few Free Staters. I was sold on moving if I could. I had also been in the middle of interviewing for a consulting job that has significant travel but also allows telecommuting privileges. Although they had wanted to place me near NYC, I told them I would only accept if I could be based out of Boston and live in Manchester, NH. I negotiated and told them that Manchester has its own airport and would cut their travel reimbursement costs as it would be far more expensive to fly out of NYC's La Guardia Airport, and that if I needed to go to Boston, it would only be an hour away. They agreed, and I was free!
Soon after I moved, I had the enjoyable experience of calling the Connecticut Firearms Licensing people to tell them I was no longer a resident. I'm also determined to help out and do what I can to ensure that the loss of personal freedoms in CT and NY will never happen in NH. I've realized liberty is precious, and can't be taken for granted in our time!
Tyler and Katie's Story
We are Tyler and Katie Crosson and we come from all over but, most recently, Connecticut. We found the Free State Project during the 2012 Ron Paul campaign and quickly fell in love with the idea. We've both been New Englanders for such a long time that when we were discussing where to move after we got married, it quickly became apparent that New Hampshire would be the smartest move. We calculated the savings, and it was somewhere between $7,000 - $10,000 per year less to live in NH than CT.
Aside from the philosophical motivations of being around people who actually agree with you, the monetary benefits and quality of life/cost of living are just absolutely amazing in New Hampshire. Then add in all the gun, personal, and economic freedoms -- New Hampshire is basically Galt's Gulch.
We finally made the move June 1st of 2013, and had more than 35 people show up to help us move in. The truck was unloaded in less than an hour, and we barely had to lift a finger. It was chaotic but beautiful! It felt like coming "home" for good, and having an entire family of people come to welcome us! Such an amazing feeling that we truly recommend it to everyone. We love living here!
Watch the video of Tyler and Katie’s Moving Day, filmed and produced by bikerbillnh.
Lamassu Bitcoin Ventures is the brainchild of Free Staters in New Hampshire who created a beautiful Bitcoin Machine. Here’s how it works in three easy steps (a process taking 15 seconds or less):
1. Scan your Bitcoin QR code.
2. Insert cash.
3. You have bitcoins! Buy yourself something pretty.
Visit their website or find them at Porcfest to find out more about the bitcoin machine.
Snake Hound Machine is another successful Free Stater business, where they “take the best parts we can find, some we make ourselves, and build the finest Kalashnikov rifles available on the planet.” Like SHM’s very-active Facebook page, especially if you enjoy awesome pictures of guns and girls.
As of 6/11/2013:
▪ Participants: 14,219
▪ Participants in NH: 1,165
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
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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