I am a pretty big fan of Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast. Earlier this year one of the podcasts that Jack put out was a recording of a presentation that he did for the Free State Project. This was the first time that I had heard of the Free State Project (FSP) and led me to look into what the FSP was all about. A quick summary of the Free State Project’s mission from their website states that,
“The Free State Project is an agreement among 20,000 pro-liberty activists 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 success of the Project would likely entail reductions in taxation and regulation, reforms at all levels of government, to expand individual rights and free markets, and a restoration of constitutional federalism, demonstrating the benefits of liberty to the rest of the nation and the world.”
My initial check into the FSP generated a high level of intrigue in my mind and motivated me to look further into not only the Free State Project but New Hampshire as well. This investigation led to, among other things, following @FreeStateNH on Twitter who tweeted a link a couple of days ago that led to a list of 101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire. While certainly only some of the reasons that a person might be interested in relocating, I felt that this particular list by the FSP encompassed a wide variety of issues that would be important to a relocating person or family. These issues include government, politics, economy, geography & environment, and quality of life. The full list can be seen at the link of above but some of my favorites include the following:
– New Hampshire has no general sales tax.
– New Hampshire is the only state with no laws restricting knife ownership.
– The NH Underground is an active, peaceful civil disobedience network. This group has organized activities such as conducting an open-carry litter pickup after curfew, filming police encounters, producing radio, television, and internet broadcasts.
– New Hampshire has a large, politically active, and rapidly growing homeschooling population.
– Communication with the NH liberty community is a phone call away. Through Porcupine 411, reports of speed traps and check points, political events, and news as-it-happens are recorded and broadcast via email as audio file attachments.
– New Hampshire rejected the Real ID (national identification card) program. Free State Project participants were crucial in securing this outcome.
– New Hampshire’s median household income of $63,942 is the highest in the country.
– The Manchester-Nashua metro area ranks 1st on the Forbes List of America’s 100 Cheapest Places To Live.
– New Hampshire offers abundant water resources. The potential for water shortages in NH is insignificant.
– New Hampshire is considered at very low risk for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and forest fires.
– New Hampshire has been ranked #1 in the nation for quality of life and livability five years in a row.
– New Hampshire is the safest state in the country.
If you are interested in listening to Jack Spirko’s presentation that he gave to the Free State Project, it is The Survival Podcast, Episode 848
and covers Jack’s Tenets of Modern Survival Philosophy
. The same presentation is available to be viewed on YouTube
. Another good listen about the FSP is The Survival Podcast, Episode 888 and is an interview of Carla Gericke (Queen Quill) of New Hampshire, President of the Free State Project. This is a great interview and gives a first hand account of what the FSP is doing in New Hampshire and what someone can do if they are interested in joining the movement. If nothing else, at least look at what this great organization is doing and share this vision with others that you care about.
Feel free to chime in with comments, recommendations, concerns, etc. in the comments area below!
-The Prepared Ninja