As a young adult looking to move away from the place I’ve called home for the past 21 years of my life, New Hampshire isn’t looking that bad, especially now that libertarians are starting to take over the state.
Yes, that’s right. Libertarians are taking over a U.S. state, and they’ve been pretty successful so far. They’ve slowly gained more and more seats in the state senate, passing a whole host of libertarian policies.
The general libertarian populace has been a force for personal liberty in the state. Everything from filming cops, to paying parking meters, everything you’d expect a bunch of liberty-crazed libertarians to do. The shenanigans these libertarians have participated in are downright hilarious. However, this libertarian migration should be seen as a positive force in American politics. You want something done? Get it done yourself. This is activism, libertarian activism to be precise.
Why are Libertarians Moving to New Hampshire?
You can blame The Free State Project for the masses of libertarians swarming New Hampshire. Started by Jason Sorens in 2000, the project’s purpose is to get 20,000 pro-liberty Americans into New Hampshire, thereby affecting the culture and government of the state.
The whole project is based on pledges. The idea is to get liberty-minded individuals to pledge their support to move to New Hampshire, but only after the number reached 20,000. They’ve already passed their mark, which means the signers have five years to relocate to New Hampshire. Five years is more than enough time, wouldn’t you say?
Already, over 2,000 FSP early movers have moved to New Hampshire. With its low regulation, zero income tax and state sales tax, and the largest state legislature, New Hampshire is becoming ever more attractive to Free Market, Individual Freedom lovers. New Hampshire was chosen by the Free State Project back in 2004 after passing 5,000 signatures. The project has several resources on why New Hampshire was chosen listed on their website.
Bitcoin ATMs, Medical Marijuana, & So Much More
“Early movers have already made their mark on the Granite State by passing life-saving drug reform legislation, expanding school choice and protecting First Amendment rights – this has drawn in a whole new crowd of participants. Just imagine what can be accomplished with 10 times as many people.” – Carla Gericke, president of The Free State Project
How do you like Bitcoin ATMs? Thanks to the group’s efforts, New Hampshire is the unofficial Bitcoin capital of America. New Hampshire libertarians launched Lamassu, one of the most popular Bitcoin ATMs, in 2013. SatoshiDice, the Bitcoin gambling website, was also launched out of New Hampshire in 2012.
A man was acquitted of marijuana possession thanks to some jurors who found out their power to acquit even if the prosecution met its burden of proof.
The migrated libertarians have even gone on a Robin Hood-esque crusade against parking meters. By paying soon-to-expire parking meters, they claim they’re denying the city’s ticket revenue. They’ve also gotten in trouble for recording and harassing parking enforcement officers.
Additionally, the movement has at least 18 seats in the state legislature. This is quite the accomplishment for such a project.
A Domestic Terror Threat, Discouraging Migration, & Haters Gonna Hate
Obviously, not everyone is going to enjoy the idea of thousands of libertarians moving into their state. Haters are gonna hate, as Cynthia Chase, a Democrat serving in New Hampshire’s House of Representatives, exemplified when she stated that “Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today,”
“There is, legally, nothing we can do to prevent them from moving here to take over the state, which is their openly stated goal… What we can do is to make the environment here so unwelcoming that some will choose not to come, and some may actually leave. One way is to pass measures that will restrict the ‘freedoms’ that they think they will find here.”
Nothing like being unwelcoming.
The city of Concord listed the group as a domestic terror threat when applying for a $250,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security for an armored military vehicle called a Bearcat. For some context, this military vehicle is bullet proof, capable of carrying several soldiers, and can attach a machine gun or grenade launcher on the top of the vehicle. It’s an urban warfare machine designed for combat zones.
The only thing is, Concord isn’t anywhere close to needing an urban warfare vehicle. So of course, Free Staters protested the city’s plan to get one.
The Free State Project’s founder called these “domestic terror threat” accusations absurd.
“We believe in privacy and civil liberties. The idea that we are a potential terrorist group is absurd.”
The attempts to slow down the FSP’s migration to the state will likely fail. Whether the group’s attempts to turn New Hampshire into a bustling libertarian state are still to be seen. But who doesn’t want to move to New Hampshire now to help? It’s certainly attractive to me.