Seacoast Paper Reports on FSP’s 1000th in NH

Here’s the piece from the Seacoast Online:

Nearly a decade after establishing roots in New Hampshire, members of the Free State Project are welcoming their 1,000th member to the Granite State.

The milestone member relocated this week and has found a home on the Seacoast, according to local members of the pro-liberty activists group.

Founded in 2001, the goal of the Free State Project was to recruit 20,000 libertarian-leaning people to move to a single state to concentrate their efforts. New Hampshire was selected as the target state in 2003.

Since then, 1,000 people from all over the country have moved to the Granite State and officially registered as members of the organization.

Portsmouth resident Michael Finger was the 932nd member to move to New Hampshire.

Finger said the way the Free State Project works is that participants sign a statement of intent, declaring they will move to New Hampshire within five years of the movement getting 20,000 signatories.

More than 11,500 people have signed the statement of intent.

Finger said he ended up moving to New Hampshire over the summer because he got anxious and decided to follow a separate, but related effort, called Free State Now.

Instead of waiting until the movement got 20,000 signatories, Finger said, the Free State Now effort encouraged people to not wait and make the move as soon as possible.

Finger, who moved from Manhattan with his wife, said he chose to move to Portsmouth out of all of the other places in the state.

“We like New Hampshire because we like the way it is,” he said. “People are friendly and it seems a little bit more sane.”

Finger said he considers himself to be a “refugee” from a big-government state.

Like many other members of the Free State Project, Finger said he moved to New Hampshire because of the state’s business-friendly climate.

“It’s got a low unemployment rate and it’s easy to start a business,” he said.

Finger owns a consulting firm called Centinel Consulting, on Middle Street. He said many of his friends in the city also own businesses and have moved from places such as Colorado and California.

Erik Voorhees, a former resident of Colorado, said he moved to New Hampshire with his girlfriend nearly one year ago.

Voorhees said he joined the Free State Project because he liked its principles.

“I like that it is effectively trying to move more libertarian types to one small geographic area to have a much larger impact,” he said. “People of our political persuasion tend to be scattered around. I consider this to be quite a smart thing.”

Voorhees, 27, said the movement is full of diverse and progressive people of all ages and interests.

“I know Free-Staters of all ages, from age 5 to 88 years old, and everywhere in between,” he said.

“This is an important benchmark” said Free State Project President Carla Gericke, who moved from New York City in 2008. “It shows people are willing to vote with their feet for more freedom. We are modern day pioneers.”

The “First Movers” have made vast strides, according to Gericke.

At least 12 are now state representatives, and numerous others serve on school and town boards. Others have founded or worked with organizations that highlight liberty-oriented issues, such as the N.H. Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy; the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, which grades state representatives according to their voting records; and Cop Block, a police accountability organization.

Some have created a strong independent media presence in New Hampshire, such as Free Talk Live, a nationally syndicated radio talk show based in Keene.

Others have also started private charities and mutual aid societies, such as Shire Sharing, which delivers care baskets to the needy, and Fr33 Aid, which provides volunteer first-aid at events such as Liberty Forum and the Porcupine Freedom Festival.

When asked about the reasons for the movement’s growth, Gericke said a combination of factors have been at play. She cited the economic downturn, the popularity of Ron Paul and his message of limited government, the growing national debt, the federal government’s overreach on issues such as education and health care, and the country’s involvement in wars under President Barack Obama.

“With its ‘live and let live’ culture, its livability, its low taxes, its relative prosperity,” Gericke said, “New Hampshire is well-situated to become the beacon of liberty for the rest of the country.”

  • enslave keene

    In addition to the 1000 liberty minded folk that have migrated here 10 years, over 50,000 statists and enslavement minded folk have also migrated her in that same time period.

    We are confident that we will see state enslavement of the people in our time!

  • Justin Civil

    So brave.

  • http://propagandalalaland.blogspot.com/ Julia

    I'm interested: I know how the political and economic systems in NH may change, but how do you see the culture of NH changing now that there's tons of free stater libertarians there? What ways does everyone see it changing?

    Also, do you think having all these libertarians move to NH will eventually cause other parts of the US to become less libertarian?

  • enslave keene

    Justin Civil

    This your master enslave keene!!

    I order you to call me so brave!!

    Now!!

  • dittohead

    Justin Civil on Thu, 2nd Feb 2012 10:24 am

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    So brave.

  • enslave keene

    Good ditto head!

  • http://propagandalalaland.blogspot.com/ Julia

    Annnnnnd this discussion is going to go nowhere, as usual.

  • http://freeconcord.org Giggan

    Julia,

    The pro-liberty community in NH is melding with the already existing pseudolibertarian culture that existed before the FSP. I'm not of the mindset that one particular issue drives it or exists because of it. Such a large portion of what drives NH culture is the extent to which its people chose to represent as part of larger US culture. That's changing at the same time that people are becoming more self aware of their independence. So I'd say the FSP is strengthening NH's flavor of what is already a national as well as global trend for decentralization.

  • matt

    You know you're rock bottom media when you have to tout that a *real* media is reporting on an event. So 1,000 people have moved here out of a 10 year period. How many have moved BACK to where they came from….cause all I see on these "activist" vids are the same lame people doing the same lame bullshit.

    For such a proclaimed "free state" – you all sure do seem to have a problem with advertising it as such considering you're always in court for some sort of self inflicted bullshit.

  • chase

    matt, we were all excited for you when you made the front page of the paper for your macaroni-art, but now it's time to let someone else enjoy the spotlight.

    like a true hero

  • name

    Chaised, SO ORIGINAL.

  • http://propagandalalaland.blogspot.com/ Julia

    matt, I actually know two people from the FSP who ended up moving back to where they originated. One of them went through all sorts of personal issues. The other one (whom I'm still in close contact with) became a social anarchist like myself after he realized "anarcho"-capitalism is BS and just statism under a different form. He went through all sorts of shit with other free staters when he was in Keene, especially after becoming a libertarian socialist, so he left.

  • david

    Julia,

    Why do to snipe?

    Wouldn't your energies be better spent achieving YOUR idea society?

    Nevermind …your a troll……bye

  • david

    i will never understand people who spend so much energy dragging others down…..

  • enslave keene

    david,

    "why do to snipe"?

    What that mean?

  • matt

    Golly Gee Whiz Professor Wizard – david…..you could always choose to IGNORE us, like you promise to do ALL THE TIME. IDIOT.

  • name

    david,

    No one will ever understand someone who is too stupid to use english properly.

    And no one will ever take seriously someone who says "Nevermind …your a troll……bye." and then continues on, writing the very next post.

    Oh well, nevermind …your a troll……bye.

  • name

    Your a true hero. So brave.

  • david

    so they reply by more dragging people down…can't you guys get a life…there are so many better things to do other than trolling on the computer for a response to trash….maybe you guys should get counseling

  • name

    So brave. Your a true hero.

  • david

    when you guys say "So brave. Your a true hero." Is that suppose to bug someone?

    You guys should GET A LIFE… Saying "So brave. Your a true hero." ,is goofy,makes ZERO sense and sorry to tell ya doesn't bug me at all…. I just think its silliness and that you guys should go get a life.. seriously… don't you guys have ANYTHING better to do?……….You MUST, because ANYTHING is better than what you DO do. lol :-)

  • name

    You said do do. So brave. Your a true hero.

  • matt

    david, as usual – you miss the point. It doesn't bug us either – and for once I totally agree with you – it IS stupid and makes zero sense. But you're right on par with choosing to reply each and every time. How many more minutes until you write "done with these trolls"?

  • legion

    "get a life" = "so brave" = bullshit2…

    Where does one apply to become a libertarian socialist?

    Is there much paperwork involved?

    Help me, please, I'm so new to all this liberty stuff.

    Can I be a libertarian socialist even tho I usually vote Republican?

    Thanks, Julia!

    I'm catching up on all your older posts here, Julia, and I'm convinced you're the

    real deal.

  • http://propagandalalaland.blogspot.com/ Julia

    Still no one gives me a reasonable answer to my questions.