My Free State Story

Representing the Free State Project at a Students for Liberty conference outside of Boston

Representing the Free State Project at a Students for Liberty conference outside of Boston

It finally happened. After well over a decade of toiling tirelessly in the dark, the Free State Project has finally reached its goal of 20,000 signers pledging to move to New Hampshire for liberty in the next five years.

This barely-funded, largely decentralized, volunteer-driven last stand for liberty has taken thousands of individuals contributing their all for a rash dream: liberty in our lifetime. I can’t disrespect all the others who worked towards this goal by attempting to speak for them. Instead, I’ll only speak for myself.

This is my Free State story.

Discovery

In early 2012, wasting my time in Phoenix and working side jobs to get by, I decided to restart my old career in public policy in the liberty movement. I went to the Atlas Foundation’s global compendium of pro-free market think tanks, scrolled through the entire list, and applied for a job at each and every one that was hiring, from positions in Washington, D.C. to those in Lima and New Delhi. When I came to New Hampshire listings I noticed the Free State Project, investigated, very much liked what I saw, but noticed they weren’t hiring. I moved on to search for other opportunities, but always kept my eye on those strange rabble-rousers trying something new in almost-Canada. [Read more…]