Hello, this is Bryce again.
I am a participant in the Free State Project. What, exactly, does that mean?
I’m just going to basically define the project here. I’ll deal with objections in future posts.
I have been a libertarian for many years, but about 4 years ago, I moved from the western US to the state of New Hampshire.
The Free State Project is an effort to convince 20,000 people who share a common view of what society should be like (based on voluntary interaction, not the force of government) to pool their efforts in one relatively small place. The project started with an essay written in 2001 by a graduate student in political science, Jason Sorens (now a political science professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH), in which he proposed the 20,000 number and said that the target state should be one with a population of less than 2 million people. I believe there are 12 states in the US that meet this criterion, but ultimately only ten were put in the vote in 2003. Two of the states, Hawaii and Rhode Island, were considered to have state governments that were too corrupt to even contemplate trying to reform them. The other ten states were put up for a vote. New Hampshire won the vote as being the best state to make this effort, with Wyoming taking second place. The other states that were considered were Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Vermont, and Maine. I think I have those right.
If you want to know something about why New Hampshire was such a popular choice, see the video 101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire.
If you want to know why I personally felt this was a worthwhile effort, here is a brief explanation of it. I will write a post at another time saying why I feel so strongly about libertarianism.
I could see that voting for libertarians rarely accomplished anything. Outside of New Hampshire, libertarians rarely get elected to anything, unless they run in the Republican or Democrat Parties (even that is a rarety, excepting the wonderful libertarianish figure of Ron Paul, the former Congressman and 3-times candidate for President who, frankly, deserves his own post on this blog). Even when libertarians are elected, it tends to be only to a few very local offices, town or city level for the most part. This effort, of concentrating libertarians from all over the US in one state has changed that, and I am glad to be part of this effort to achieve “Liberty in Our Lifetime”.
I was living in Utah, frequently visiting family who lived just across the border in Colorado, and wishing I could do something to advance the cause of liberty. Then I learned of the Free State Project, and bam! There was something I could do. I saved up my money for a few years before making the move, but in September 2011 I packed up my belongings and made the long trek from Colorado to New Hampshire.