*10,000 Join the March to Freedom in New Hampshire*
/For Immediate Release/
America’s boldest experiment in liberty, the Free State Project,
officially signed its 10,000th participant today. The organization is
dedicated to migrating 20,000 pro-liberty activists who agree to
downsize government to New Hampshire. The announcement comes in advance
of the Free State Project’s annual winter convention, the New Hampshire
Jason Sorens, founder of the Project, said, “This is a great milestone
for us. It feels good to be half-way there. There’s still much to do,
but the project is continuing to grow and I am confident we’ll reach our
goal of 20,000 participants.”
Participants come from many backgrounds but all agree to move to New
Hampshire, where they will “exert the fullest practical effort toward
the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the
protection of life, liberty, and property.” The agreement avoids
political labels and allows individual participants to set their own
course to reach their goal.
“The Free State Project has no political platform or membership dues”,
Sorens stated. “We have participants who identify as conservative,
classical liberal, libertarian, anarchist, voluntaryist, you name it.
The things we care about are: Do you want more liberty and less
government? Are you willing to work toward it? Are you going to be a
good, neighborly person in your community? If so, the Free State Project
may be just what you’re looking for.”
While no one is obligated to move until 20,000 people have joined, 800
participants are already in New Hampshire. Four have been elected to the
state house and dozens more to local offices. Members have founded or
supported organizations around issues such as lowering taxes, gun
rights, drug law reform, spending caps, homeschooling, marriage freedom,
privacy protection, and state sovereignty. They have also started media
outlets such as nationally syndicated radio show Free Talk Live, YouTube
sensations like The Ridley Report, and print publications like the New
Hampshire Free Press.
FSP president Varrin Swearingen noted that “the FSP is more than just
being politically active, it’s also about community. Several cities have
regular social meetings with dozens in attendance. Members have met
their spouse through the Project. There is a full social calendar of
parties, hikes, game nights, you name it. Come for the liberty, stay for
Early mover Margot Keyes of Epsom commented, “Many people move for jobs
or family, but rarely get a chance to move for their ideals. Why not
move to where you can find jobs, a lovely environment in which to live a
freer life, as well as a community where your ideas are not only
welcomed but shared?! Join the FSP community–live what you believe!”
When Swearingen was asked what the project is doing to reach the next
10,000 participants, he replied, “We are increasing our advertising,
starting direct telephone outreach, and increasing our presence at
pro-liberty events across the country. Now that members have moved to
New Hampshire we have hundreds of natural ambassadors that can speak to
how great it is here. One thing that sometimes holds people back is
their practical need for a job. We now have extensive online resources
available to help with that at http://freestateproject.org/jobs.
Thankfully New Hampshire has the best economy in the northeast, which we
hope to improve further.”
Judge Andrew Napolitano recently said that “The Project is
fascinating…” We certainly agree, and look forward to the Judge
extending his remarks on this milestone at the Liberty Forum, where he
will be the keynote speaker.
For more info contact
Free State Project, Inc.
PO Box 1684
Keene, NH 03431
Varrin Swearingen 559-709-8150 or vswearingen@FreeStateproject.org
Jason Sorens firstname.lastname@example.org
More coverage for background available at http://freestateproject.org/intro
NH Liberty Forum info at http://nhlibertyforum.com
Congrats. Now lets get them to NH.
Published: Saturday, June 13, 2009
For those of you who don’t know me, allow me to introduce myself.
I moved to Keene in 2004 with my wife of 16 years and two children, now 7 and 8.
I have owned the same home in Keene since moving here. I attend Grace Evangelical Free Church in Spofford, am a DC-10 captain for an international charter airline, home-school our active children and play drums and other musical instruments.
I also serve as the president of the Free State Project.
Over the past several weeks, numerous news articles and opinion pieces have mentioned the Free State Project. I’d like to offer facts and opinions that I hope will shed light on the subject from an angle not yet covered.
I am in the unique position of being both a resident of Keene, a focal point of recent local and national press, and an official representative of the Free State Project.
First, as a representative of the Free State Project, I’d like to present several facts that correct or clarify inaccurate and misleading statements that have appeared in The Sentinel and other media outlets lately:
1. The Free State Project is very simple: It seeks 20,000 participants who agree to move to New Hampshire, where they will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protections of life, liberty and property.
2. The Free State Project does not take positions on specific issues, legislation or candidates for office. It does not specify any area for participants to move to, and it does not specify tactics for achieving a “free state.”
The project itself does not exert the fullest practical effort. Participants in the project do so on their own.
3. The Free State Project does not own or control any radio shows, newspapers or magazines.
4. The Free State Project is funded through donations and does not have members, dues, or shadowy corporate backers. Its budget is small and financial reports are posted on the Web site.
5. The Free State Project’s most visible activity in New Hampshire consists of two events each year: the New Hampshire Liberty Forum, and the Porcupine Freedom Festival.
The 2009 Porcupine Freedom Festival will be June 25-28 in Lancaster. Those interested in learning more about the Free State Project, and meeting some Free State Project participants are encouraged to attend.
Though the project takes no position about the activities that have received so much attention lately, I do have personal opinions as a resident of Keene.
I, too, wish all the antics would stop.
It disappoints me that a mature group of people could be so foolish as to waste tax-funded law enforcement resources by initiating attacks against such nonviolent silliness as giving a manicure, holding a plant, or not meeting someone’s aesthetic preferences for outdoor furnishing.
Then, when performers of such nonviolent acts make audio or video recordings of the taxpayer-funded assaults, or choose not to cooperate with threats, the law enforcers get upset and initiate more acts of physical violence.
All this makes law enforcement look more like a gang of perpetually-adolescent thugs than civilized adults.
All of this generates news and opinion pieces, peppered with factual inaccuracies and slurs, that support the notion that it’s good to spend tax dollars assaulting nonviolent, non-fraudulent behavior, whether it be provocative or just plain goofy.
And that’s just plain goofy, or at least it should seem so to anyone who values liberty.
Maybe the question here is, who values liberty? Will the real liberty lovers please stand up?
Free State Project
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