13 Nonpolitical Ways to Fight for Liberty

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Like many before it, this election season has underscored the futility of American politics. Never before in recent memory have we been presented with choices so hostile to liberty. Politically speaking, we’re in for a rough, divisive next four years, with plenty of government expansion of power.

Thankfully, we have alternatives to politics. There are much better ways of effecting change for good than through voting. So don’t despair: get to work. Here are 13 of the best ways to advance the cause of human liberty outside of the political system.

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Free State Supporter Shot Over Flag, Dems Exploit for Political Gain

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A friend of the Free State Project was shot in Manchester over a dispute regarding the Project’s flag, and NH Democratic Party leadership capitalized on the incident for political gain.

Jarrod Ean-Dixon, longtime New Hampshire resident and a supporter of the Free State Project, was shot in an altercation over the Free State Project’s flag. The flag (pictured left), which is a play off of the Gadsden Flag, features a porcupine instead of a snake, along with the famous motto: “Don’t tread on me.” The porcupine is the symbol of the Free State Project due to its docile and defensive nature paired with its willingness to defend against aggressors when cornered. Ean-Dixon was at a social gathering where the flag was prominently displayed, and two guests engaged in a dispute with him, considering the altered porcupine version of the flag to be disrespectful. An altercation ensued and Ean-Dixon was shot multiple times.

At time of writing, Ean-Dixon remains in critical condition but is expected to survive. The two assailants are in police custody. [Read more…]

13 Nonpolitical Ways to Fight for Liberty – Move to New Hampshire

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The terrible political slugfest between two of the worst people to ever run for public office has ended, and America has proceeded through one of the two large dark doors presented, both leading to disaster. Instead of despairing, though, libertarians, already having written this election off as a loss, are preparing for a long winter. The casual supporters of liberty are stockpiling defensive weapons, practicing encryption, donating to private charity, and spreading liberty’s message in regular conversations. The more adventurous are using Bitcoin whenever possible, participating in the black market, actively seeking nongovernmental solutions to their problems, and even changing the way they conduct personal relationships. If this isn’t enough action for you, you can grow your own food, inform juries about nullification, and film police. You can even start your own independent media outlet if you want to be one of the most hardcore out there. Still want to do more? There’s one thing left to do.

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Free Staters Once Again the Target of Xenophobia

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Free Staters have once again found themselves targeted by scare-mongering political adversaries.

In a letter to the editor to the Concord Monitor, government employee and hardcore Democrat Gloria Andrews singled out Dr. Darren Tapp and Brian Seaworth, Chichester and Pembroke candidates for some of the 400 seats in New Hampshire’s House of Representatives, as threats to the state. Aside from a brief mention of Seaworth’s support for removing the governor’s ability to declare a state of emergency, Andrews focuses her entire letter on the “otherness” quality of the two candidates rather than their actual policy positions: they’re radicals meant to push an “extreme anti-government agenda.” [Read more…]

New Hampshire GOP Speaker Jasper Lashes Out at Free Staters

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Shawn Jasper, the Speaker of the House of Representatives in New Hampshire, has targeted Free Staters in comments related to his bid for reelection as Speaker.

Responding to criticism he has faced over his top-down authoritarian approach to the legislature, Jasper insisted that this was result of a “false narrative” regarding his leadership, blaming vaguely-labeled libertarians and Free State Project participants for their unwillingness to tow the line:

“You’ve got to look at the facts at what’s gone on for decades now, certainly the last 10-15 years. We have people who – former Libertarians – who may still be Libertarians at heart, I don’t know. … There’s some people who call themselves Free Staters, and I don’t know what can be done there.”

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Free State Project Reaches 15th Anniversary

The Free State Project (FSP) marks its 15th anniversary.

The FSP was conceived as a project to move 20,000 liberty-minded activists to a single state in order to properly concentrate their efforts and achieve success in the political process. Over time, that goal has diversified, with less movers showing an interest with in-system activism (though quite a few movers remain politically active). Earlier this year the FSP succeeded in “triggering the move,” attaining the goal of 20,000 signers who pledged to move within five years of that number being reached.

Jason Sorens, the mind behind the original idea for the FSP, gave an interview to FSPmovers.com, a site made to highlight achievements of notable early movers to New Hampshire, about his reflections on the 15th anniversary of his idea, as well as his predictions for its future.

The Free State Project’s long road to success

The long, arduous journey to triggering the move has taken quite a few twists and turns. Following the decision anointing New Hampshire as the final destination for the Free State Project, a splinter group formed around the #2 runner-up state, Wyoming. The FSP took a whole 15 years to reach its signature goal, far longer than originally projected.

As of now, about 2,000, or 10%, of the 20,000 signers have moved to New Hampshire. The remaining 18,000 have 4.5 years left to fulfill their pledges and come join the rest of their Free State brothers and sisters.