By Ryan Miner
The move has been triggered! What move? Who is moving? Do I need a Uhaul? Actually, you might. What are you talking about? Who is moving? Please, anyone, tell me what’s going on! TELL ME!
Last week, The Free State Project, an organization that has taken root in the Granite State in an effort, according to its website, “to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire, has triggered the move.
What’s the move?
On February 3, The Free State Project’s organizers announced at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, N.H. that 20,000 participants have signed the Statement of Intent to move to New Hampshire, “where they will exert their fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty and property.”
According to the Free State Project’s press release announcing the trigger of the move,
The 20,000 mark is significant, because it ‘triggers the move’ – the mass migration of the Free State Project participants who have all agreed to move to New Hampshire within the next five years. So far, almost 2,000 have already relocated to the state.
This marks my fourth trip to New Hampshire in the last year. I first learned about The Free State Project from my liberty-loving friend Leah Wolczko, a passionately dedicated liberty advocate who resides just outside of the city of Manchester. Leah is close friends with many libertarians involved with the Free State Project. She graciously introduced me to many of her FSP friends involved, who, incidentally, welcomed me with open arms and encouraged me to consider the move.
I cannot say enough great things about how wonderful the folks are who are involved with The Free State Project.
As a libertarian Republican who craves intellectual stimulation in concert with other fellow libertarians, a move to New Hampshire seems palpably enticing.
During my recent trip to the Granite State, I fell in love with New Hampshire’s culture and scenery. I’m a political animal, and I love politics. From my experience, aside from D.C., New Hampshire is the probably the second best place for politics in the nation – or maybe first, depending on who you ask.
I’m not quite ready to commit to moving to New Hampshire with my family (that would be a huge step) but I am, however, ready to consider all possibilities for the future. It’s certainly an ongoing discussion.
I was honored to attend Free State Project’s February 3 press conference, held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, where it was announced that the move was triggered. I covered the event and captured video of said announcement.
I can personally attest to the barely containable and infectious energy inside the room that morning. During the announcement, I watched an idea turn into a reality. I watched several people gather in a room who have committed, together, to live their values and begin a new life in New Hampshire – for the cause of liberty! It was very emotional to witness the event unfold in real time.
As mentioned on the FSP’s website,
“We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from any and 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.”
Later that evening, members of the Free State Project threw a super secret, top-notch celebratory bash at a downtown Manchester speakeasy bar.
The Password: _______. Cannot disclose. Top secret. No, seriously. It was top secret.
CNN covered the party. And what a party it was; a good time was had by all!
For more information about The Free State Project, please visit its website at FreeStateProject.org.
Be sure to check out Liberty Forum 2016, scheduled to be held February 18-21 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. Get your tickets now! Special guest Edward Snowdon – YES, that Edward Snowdon – is scheduled to Skype in and speak with convention attendees. You don’t want to miss this.
I am in the works of planning an online interview in the near future with some of the Free State Project’s organizers and administrative staff. Keep an eye on my website for more details!
“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”
– Nelson Mandela
Live Free or Die.