The Free State Project

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As the presidential race heats up, the focus of the country will eventually be on the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.  The latter state happens to be home to a growing movement known as the Free State Project (FSP).  This little known but well organized movement is gaining traction as it closes in its goal of getting 20,000 liberty minded individuals to move to the “Live Free or Die” state.

The movement is attracting people from all walks of life, but they all are working “toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property.”  Naturally, most of the people in this movement believe in the second amendment, sound money and a society based on rugged individualism and self-reliance.  These values are put on full display each year at the annual liberty camping event called the Porcupine Freedom Festival (or PorcFest for short),

So why is this happening in New Hampshire or all places?  According to the FSP website, the state is hospitable to libertarians for several unique reasons.  First, it is consistently among the most livable states.  Secondly, it boasts plenty of recreational resources for outdoor activities. Third is the the fact the New Hampshire possesses the largest state legislature in the US, allowing the highest ratio of representation and easy access to politics.  Finally, and most importantly, the state offers an existing culture of liberty that enables citizens to fight for freedom.  Examples include a low regulation mindset and no state sales or income tax.

There’s no doubt that the FSP still has its work cut for it in the years ahead, but no one should underestimate the power that a growing minority could have on this state.  Pay special attention to the outcome of the New Hampshire primary, because it could be a harbinger of the future success of the FSP.