150+ Reasons to Move

This list was originally published in 2008 and has since expanded to more than 150 reasons to consider a move to Keene, if you are, or want to be a liberty activist. The list was most recently updated in July of 2013.

Keene is a premier destination for pro-liberty activists, now more than ever! From an activist perspective, it is challenging and full of exciting, ground floor opportunity. Whatever your brand of activism, whether outreach, political, disobedience/noncooperation, street theater, or media, you are welcome here. Here are some reasons why you should consider a move to Keene. Please feel free to link to, copy, and use this list however you like. Please visit the Shire Society Forum for discussion of this list. If you’re ready to visit Keene, check out our Visit page. If you’re ready to make the move, drop by our forum’s Housing and Jobs/Opportunities sections.

Keene Liberty Activism

There is much to do in Keene and the self-starting activists that are attracted here are always coming up with new ideas! Here are some of the regularly scheduled activist opportunities happening in Keene as of this publication. In addition, you’ll see some historic activism that originated in Keene. Please see our Calendar to see just some of what is happening this month!

  1. Robin Hood of Keene – Keene’s “Robin Hooders” hit global news in May 2013 when the “City of Keene” sued us. Robin Hood and the Merry Men and Women rescue motorists from being written parking tickets by depositing coins before the meter maids can reach the expired meters. They then leave cards on the windshields of the cars so drivers know who is responsible and giving the owners a chance to send in a contribution to the effort.  Stay tuned to the Free Keene blog for the latest on this developing story.
  2. Don’t Take the Plea Deal Outreach – Every morning the district court has arraignments, an activist is there in the lobby handing out “Don’t Take the Plea Deal” flyers to victims of the “justice” system, informing of them of their rights.
  3. Jury Nullification Outreach – Keeniacs have been handing out jury nullification info every time jury selection is held, in front of Cheshire Superior Court since August of 2008!
  4. Events Outreach – From flyering attendees of Music Fest and Pumpkin Fest to a table at the Cheshire Fair, activists are out in the community sharing the ideas of liberty.
  5. College Outreach – Activists visit area schools with signage and flyers, reaching out to students with our pro-liberty message.
  6. Television Production – Black Sheep Rising and AKPF#1 are produced weekly in Keene by liberty activists and aired on Cheshire TV.
  7. Radio Production – Several radio programs are produced here in Keene, mostly at LRN.FM – The Liberty Radio Network.
  8. Keene Copblock – Keene has been the home of CopBlock founders Ademo Freeman and Pete Eyre. Keene police are well-acclimated to being watched by CopBlockers’ cameras.
  9. First Responders – Keene is relatively small and with out various communications methods described below, it’s easy for activists to respond to those in need of assistance. As an example, here’s what happened one night in 2012 when Cecilia was pulled over.
  10. Courtroom Activism – Have you ever not stood for a robed man? We do it all the time up here, among other things like refusing to stop recording in public places. Whenever an activist is forced into their so-called justice system, the activist can count on others to be there in support!
  11. Chalk the Police – yearly event founded by CopBlocker and Free Keene blogger Kate where activists chalk Central Square with messages of peace and accountability. Here’s what happened in 2012.
  12. Court System Perks – The NH court system has its problems, but unlike many around the country, it’s possible to easily get a camera allowed in to record hearings. In addition, Keene courts do not have a mandatory “court cost” assigned to every trial. If you take a parking ticket to trial and are found guilty, the assessed cost is still the cost of the ticket – nothing extra. “Criminal” offenses involving a fine do have a tacked-on “penalty assessment” of 24%, but that’s only if you lose your case.
  13. Keenevention – This yearly convention brings activists from across the Shire and elsewhere and has an activism/moving-to-NH focus for its panels.
  14. Shire Choir – Activists joining their voices in song and addressing issues in a warm and fun manner. As an example, the Shire Choir began by visiting state liquor stores and singing anti-war-on-drugs songs to point out the hypocrisy of the state in that they cage peaceful people for selling drugs while selling one of the most dangerous drugs.
  15. Politics – from attending city council meetings to running for office, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the political scene here. Here’s a story where a mere handful of Free State Project participants were able to stop a proposed school budged from increasing further in 2013 – imagine what would be possible with more political action.
  16. Civil Disobedience / Noncooperation – Keene is the world destination for pro-liberty civil disobedience and noncooperation! We’ve had people arrested for all kinds of “crimes” here that do not involve a victim.  We even made a movie about one of those people.
  17. 4:20 Celebrations – In Sept. of 2009, 4:20s began to be held daily in Central Square and kept going strong (with as many as more than 100 participants) for months, despite aggression by Keene Police in the beginning. Here’s a great article about them from Cannabis Culture. Central Square was basically won as a DMZ for cannabis usage. 4:20s are still held on occasion, recently including many days in a row before and during Rich Paul’s cannabis trial.
  18. Nightcaps – In 2009, Central Square had been mostly won by activists as a DMZ for personal freedom, so it seems smoking cannabis and even open container can happen anytime without police intervention. With that in mind, in 2010, Ademo and Pete from Liberty on Tour kicked off the well-attended “nightcaps” in Central Square. Nightcaps tend to occur during the summer at 11pm and involve socializing and recreation. Open containers of alcohol are enjoyed and cannabis consumed as well. Good times!
  19. Getting involved with other activist movements – From Occupy Keene to the tea party, democrats to republicans to the NH Liberty Party, liberty activists are getting involved.
  20. Keene Activist Center (KAC) – Liberty activists come together for social activities, meals, and activist projects at the KAC.
  21. Shire Society – Keene is the home of the Shire Society declaration. Declare your personal independence from the coercive state society and join the Shire Society!  Check “The Shire” tab at the top of this site to see some of the Shire happenings.

Keene Activist Tools
Keene activists have a unique set of tools which they can utilize to improve communications amongst activists.

  1. Flyers and Trifolds – Please visit the Tools page here on Free Keene for a list of some of the fliers and trifolds we regularly hand out to the community.
  2. Keene 411 - Text messaging service – text a number, get delivery to dozens of activists.
  3. Porcupine 411 – Shire-wide voicemail delivery system with hundreds of recipients.  Leave a message and it’s distributed within seconds.
  4. Two-way Radios – For instant activist communications, many are armed with two-way radios.
  5. Keene Liberty Activism Calendar – Keep up-to-date on various public activism via this Google calendar.
  6. Facebook groups – Various groups exist that facilitate Keene activism.  Connect with activists in real life to learn about them.
  7. The Shire Society Forum – This forum pre-dates Facebook and used to be known as the Free Keene Forum, so there is a lot of Keene activity there.  This is a great alternative to Facebook for activist communication and is open to the public.

Keene Social Activity and Community Involvement
Every week activists gather multiple times to forge friendships and help the community.  Activists involve themselves in local charity because they believe in helping others – on a consensual basis.

  1. Social Sundays – Activists meet weekly on Sundays for “Social Sundays” and socialize, strategize, and brainstorm.
  2. Meals at the KAC – Different chefs come to the Keene Activity Center and prepare delicious meals.
  3. Free Keene Karaoke – Typically happening Saturday nights – activists gather to sing their favorite tunes and be merry.
  4. Movie Night – Weekly gathering of activists for moving-watching on Tuesday nights in nearby Winchester.
  5. PORC – The Porcupine Outdoor Recreation Club – founded in Keene.
  6. Community Volunteering – Activists have volunteered in the community in various ways, from helping with the Community Kitchen, to the Hundred Nights Homeless Shelter, to Pumpkin Fest, to Project Graduation, and more.

Keene: Liberty Media Capital of the World

Keene has more pro-liberty media for you to consume, distribute, and help create than anywhere else in the world. Here’s the current list:

  1. Liberty activists are producing 1 1/2 hours of programming each week (Black Sheep Rising and AKPF#1) for Cheshire TV, the local cable access channel.
  2. LRN.FM – The Liberty Radio Network – This 24/7 streaming audio collection of the best liberty oriented shows on the internet originates from Keene.
  3. Free Talk Live – Internationally syndicated, pro-liberty talk radio originating from the LRN.FM studio in Keene. Airs locally on WKBK.
  4. Puke and the Gang – The show for grumpy young men, hosted by liberty activists Puke…and the gang.
  5. Copblock’s Police Accountability Report – Produced here in Keene.
  6. The Copblock Radio Show – Produced here in Keene.
  7. The Freedom Minute – This weekly news and commentary podcast is produced by Darryl W. Perry here in Keene.
  8. Peace, Love, Liberty Radio – Darryl W. Perry brings you news, views and opinions while promoting the ideas of peaceful interaction. Peace, Love, Liberty Radio is broadcast live every Sunday from 3-5pm from the LRN studios in Keene.
  9. FreeKeene.com – Multi-user, multimedia blog by Keene-area liberty activists. Features include a calendar, forum, video of activism, free audiobooks, and more.
  10. ALP – Join Ali & Ellen in a journey in self-education and personal intellectual empowerment. Live on LRN.FM from 11:00PM – 1:00AM Eastern
  11. Free Press PublicationsFree Press Publications is an independent alternative media and publishig company, founded in June 2009, with the mission of “ensuring a FREE PRESS for the FREEDOM MOVEMENT” and is committed to spreading the message of peace, freedom, love and liberty. FPPNews is available in newspaper form across The Shire.
  12. Pirate Radio Station – In Keene you could hear liberty-oriented talk radio (LRN.FM) 24/7 on Liberty 94.3 from Aug 2012-Apr 2013 and prior to that on 107.5 back in 2009-2010 – hopefully the free radio station will be back soon.

Keene’s Challenges

Keene is a challenging opportunity. If you want easy street, you should look at some other areas of the state. On the other hand if you’re ready to be the change you wish to see in the world, this is where you want to be. With that in mind, here are some of the challenges in Keene:

  1. Courtroom Crackdown – The Keene courts have prohibited media devices from their entire buildings and have arrested several activists over it. This situation continues to develop.
  2. Militarization of Keene Police – The federal gang continues to hold hundreds of thousands of dollars in front of the city’s police department and as a result they are getting more officers and even a scary Armored Personnel Carrier.
  3. Close proximity to both Massachusetts and Vermont + college town = lots of people who support the state.
  4. Nearly the highest property tax rates in NH.
  5. Existing state representatives have poor NHLA liberty ratings.
  6. Zoning board stifling new and existing businesses.
  7. Crackdown on property freedom in downtown “Historic District”.

Keene’s Advantages and Opportunities

It’s not all doom and gloom – the future is bright here in Keene. Here are some already existing advantages as well as a few activist opportunities. Of course, you can always create your own opportunities and activists that like your idea may join you! Get in on the ground floor of the peaceful evolution in Keene!

  1. Voluntarists, Agorists, and Free Marketeers will find a number of like-minded individuals in Keene. The voluntarist viewpoint is the core of the activist community in Keene.
  2. Quick Response Times – Keene is so small, when a call goes out for activists to help others, they have been known to move fast and arrive on-scene within moments.
  3. Ease of access to the aggressors – Keene is the county seat, so both courts are right downtown – those living downtown can easily walk or bike there. In contrast, another area with a high amount of movers per capita, Grafton, is 90 minutes away from its county’s courts.
  4. Keene cops not as nasty as bigger cities like Manchester. They are more tolerant of cameras, and typically easier-going than their their thin-blue-line brethren in other cities.  Some, like Shane Maxfield are openly friendly to liberty ideas, while still doing wrong and enforcing bad laws. It’s not police utopia, but it could be a lot worse, like it is in Nashua. Additionally, the Keene police per 1,000 population ratio is lower than the NH average. As of 2010, NH had 2.0 police per 1,000 population and Keene in 2012 had 1.7.
  5. If you’re going to do disobedience, Keene is a great place to get jailed, all things considered. The jail is run by a man who tries to bring as much humanity to an inhumane system as possible, Rick Van Wickler (he’s a Law Enforcement Against Prohibition speaker). It’s nice to have a jail that’s not run by a sadist. It’s still a jail, but there are many across America that are FAR worse than Cheshire County Jail (Some like to call it the “Keene Spiritual Retreat“. The jail is brand new, with construction finished in 2010. In 2013, the jail upgraded their visitation system with major improvements, including visits from home via webcam!
  6. Keene bureaucrats tend to not be as unfriendly as bureaucrats in other cities. The small size of Keene means they are less anonymous than bureaucrats in bigger cities, so they have to keep up their image to some extent.
  7. Highest concentration of liberty-oriented media in the world – radio, television, internet, and print. Nowhere else will the general population encounter the liberty message as often as they do in Keene. All this media serves as an activist attractor as well, meaning more people will come to Keene over time, hopefully including you!
  8. Establishment confused, angry, and unsure of what to do about liberty activism in Keene. Some seem to believe they can arrest their way out of it, but that just gets publicized and more activists move because of their aggression. It must be frustrating to be a bureaucrat or politician in Keene.
  9. Establishment attempted to publish a hitpiece blog against liberty activists but only resulted in more positive publicity for us. They quietly took the blog off-line. Later, another opposition group formed on facebook and fizzled.
  10. Our first candidate for city council in 2007 received thousands of dollars in free press coverage including two front page news articles and radio and tv interviews. That same candidate spent $70 and did very little campaigning, yet received over 22% of the vote. The 2009 election resulted in 24% voting for NH native and Free Keene blogger Nick Ryder. In 2010, early mover Andrew Carroll set new vote records for Keene activists in his run for state rep. Keene does not have very many political activists, so it’s a wide open opportunity for the more politically inclined.
  11. It’s easy to be a big fish in the small pond of Keene if you are interested in politics, as there are so few people out here. Keene has 1/4th the population as Manchester, so campaigning is easier and your public profile is larger. In some cases, candidates run unopposed for local election. You could be that opposition.
  12. Operation Politically Homeless outreach shows that Keene residents are overwhelmingly either libertarian or liberal. Self-described liberals tend to be somewhat easier to convert to understanding liberty.
  13. Liberty-friendly Housing – Available but always in high demand. Investors may want to consider purchasing a multi-family home, owner occupying, and creating options for incoming movers while collecting rent and living with all your bills paid!
  14. Cheshire TV – This cable access channel is the only local TV source in Keene and is therefore highly watched in the community. You can create your own television show, or work on one of the existing liberty oriented shows.
  15. WKBK 1290/104.1 – Popular news/talk station with no call screening. Great way to get your pro-liberty views out to a general audience.
  16. WKNH 91.3 – College radio station with on-air opportunities. Start your own show!
  17. The Keene Sentinel – daily paper known locally as “The Slantinel” which could use some letters to the editor.
  18. Internships and jobs may be available at the above established old-media organizations.

Area Info / Demographics

  1. Keene ranked #3 on list of best places in NH!
  2. Keene is the economic hub of southwestern NH.
  3. There are plenty of jobs here as well as entrepreneurial opportunities.
  4. Big enough to have the amenities and comforts of a city,
  5. Small enough to be bikeable/walkable. Keene is the most walkable place in NH according to walkable.org.
  6. Population as of 2010 is over 23,400 + an estimated 10,000 more who come in during the daytime from the Monadnock region, VT, and MA during the day to work and shop (no sales tax!)
  7. Keene is young – the median age is 36.7
  8. Keene is mostly female – 52.76%
  9. Keene’s residents are mostly single.
  10. Keene folk are gay friendly. Here’s a useful thread on the Free Keene Forum about suggestions for meeting gays in the Keene area.
  11. Cost-of-living in Keene is lower than the national average.
  12. Wideband and Broadband Internet is available via Time Warner Cable. DSL is also available from Fairpoint.
  13. 4G cell phone service is available through Verizon and US Cellular as of Dec 2012.
  14. Lots of free WiFi.
  15. Variety of Living Options – You can choose a more “urban” lifestyle in downtown Keene, opt for the suburbs, or go a little further and you have rural living!
  16. Keene is conveniently located in a valley. Snowfall and wind are limited compared to surrounding areas.
  17. As it is located in a valley in Southern NH, Keene is not as cold as the northern portions of the state.
  18. Great real estate opportunities. Beangroup.com is a useful site to find properties. There are more useful links in the stickied thread in the housing subforum of the Shire Society Forum.
  19. Keene has over 20 churches and one synagogue. (For the organized religious.)
  20. Only 30% of Keene residents identify as religious. (For those who aren’t.)
  21. Keene is where the interfaith, liberty-and-peace-oriented Shire Free Church was formed.
  22. Short drives to bigger metros: 60min drive to Nashua, 70min drive to Concord, 80min drive to Manchester, About two hours to Boston, About four hours to New York City, About 4.5 hours to Montréal
  23. Cheshire Medical Center
  24. Private trash pickup services!
  25. The Keene area is a stunningly beautiful place to live. See for yourself via Google Street View.

Shopping / Food

  1. Downtown Keene – Widest Main Street in America – easy parking!
  2. Plenty of locally owned businesses of all varieties.
  3. Regional retail chains like Aubuchon’s Hardware.
  4. Lots of familiar national chains- Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target, Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Staples, Gamestop, JCPenney, Bed Bath and Beyond, Michael’s Crafts, JoAnn Fabric, Petco, & more.
  5. Major Auto Dealers
  6. Grocery stores include Price Chopper (24 hour!), Market Basket, and Hannaford’s.
  7. Blueberry Fields and Hannah Grimes Marketplace for natural/organic enthusiasts. Plus, some major grocery stores have a large selection of these foods as well.  Just opened in 2013 is the new Monadnock Food Co-op.
  8. Country Life Restaurant – Keene’s premier vegetarian restaurant.
  9. Plenty of pizza, Chinese food, Mexican, and a variety of other locally owned restaurants!
  10. Fast Food – McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Subway, Five Guys, & more.
  11. Regional Food Chains – Mi Jalisco, Friendly’s, Tokyo Express, Koto Japanese Steakhouse, Local Burger, and more.
  12. National Food Chains – Panera Bread (free WiFi), Chili’s, Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, & more.
  13. Buffets in town include Keene State College’s dining commons and Keene Buffet
  14. Lots of places to get coffee including locally owned coffee houses, Panera Bread, Starbucks (2x), and more!
  15. Many local restaurants and chains are open Sundays.
  16. The locally owned “Shipping Shack” is available for all your private mailbox needs.
  17. 24-hour CVS, 24-hour Walgreens, and other drug stores including Rite Aid.
  18. National and regional cell phone service providers are available in Keene.
  19. National, regional, and local banks all in Keene. You will also find credit unions.  TD Bank is open seven-days-per-week.

Recreation / Leisure / Education

  1. Convenient bike/walking trails all throughout the area!
  2. The most hiked mountain in the Western Hemisphere, Mount Monadnock, is conveniently located near Keene.
  3. Multiple parks, with several sports options.
  4. At least three beaches in the area including Otter Brook Park, Surry Mountain Lake, and Spofford Lake.
  5. The region has many sports teams including the Swamp Bats and a full complement of youth, high school, college and recreational level teams.
  6. Granite Gorge – skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more just 5 miles from downtown Keene! Want bigger mountains? Pat’s Peak, Crotchett, and Sunapee are a short trip away.
  7. The Ashuelot River
  8. Whether it’s fishing, boating, paddling or swimming, the region has more than 200 bodies of water of every size.
  9. Workout Options: Brand-new YMCA (Opened Dec 2011), Fit Nation, Total Fitness Zone, Solar Fitness, and a female-only gym.
  10. Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport
  11. The Keene Cinemas – Major Motion Pictures – Now with 3D!
  12. The Colonial Theatre – Independent Films, Live Music, and Stage Productions
  13. Opportunities to make music including the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Keene Pops Choir, and Monadnock Music.
  14. Opportunities to listen to various types of music at local venues.
  15. Plenty of bars/pubs with music, karaoke, and more bar attractions.
  16. The Corner News smoke shop is right on Main St. and Phat Stuff smoke shop is right across the street.
  17. “For book lovers, Toadstool Bookshop is awesome! It is very large and well-stocked. Keene also has two used book stores, Eagle Books and Hannah’s Used Books.” – Menno, Early Mover
  18. Lots of historical points of interest.
  19. Cheshire Fair
  20. Pumpkin Festival
  21. Keene Music Festival
  22. Art Walk (week-long event that puts artists’ works in storefronts)
  23. Farmer’s Market that is open twice a week, during three seasons, then they move inside to the Colony Mill twice a month during the winter.
  24. Shooting ranges in and around Keene and gun shops in the Monadnock region
  25. Keene State College and Antioch New England Graduate School are in Keene with other colleges very close by like Franklin Pierce University.
  26. There are a number of private schools and other educational opportunities.

Endorsements

We’re proud to share these endorsements with you, from both movers and observers:

  1. “I should be in Keene, New Hampshire with the Free Staters.” – Magician and comedian Penn Jillette (jump to 2:20 in the video if you are in a hurry.)
  2. In an interview on Free Talk Live, Lew Rockwell, the founder of the Mises Institute and creator and editor of LewRockwell.com, called Keene “The northern capital of libertarianism” and suggested it was the “epicenter” of NH liberty activism. Lew identified himself as an “enthusiastic supporter” of the Free State Project, saying, “I definitely endorse the Free State Project”. About Keene, he said “[i] especially like what you guys are doing in Keene”, adding that activists “do amazing things here”.
  3. “The trip was a great experience, especially when I visited Keene Monday morning with some of the activists who had been banned from the Cheshire County Courthouse because they used cameras inside the building.” – Carlos Miller of Photography is Not a Crime on his visit to NH for the 2012 Liberty Forum.
  4. “(Keene activists have) changed everything about what I believed.” – Regina from Colorado, talking about watching the videos chronicling our civil disobedience and the corruption of the system.
  5. Will May’s three year retrospective on moving as a single young male and living as an activist in Keene. He covers the highs and the lows.
  6. “I moved to Keene in 2004 and really enjoy living here. It has some big city conveniences without the big city size. It’s pretty, the weather is better than the immediately surrounding areas, the power stays on, it’s easy to get around, and we’ve made some really great friends here.” – Varrin Swearingen, Former president of the Free State Project
  7. “I moved to the Keene area because residents were doing fun things and invited me. Now I live here and invite others who love questioning authority, pointing out injustice, committing random acts of charity, and creating public displays of a enthusiasm. Get out here and start having fun!” – Lauren Canario, Superactivist
  8. “When selecting a place to base MotorhomeDiaries.com; Keene, New Hampshire – the emerging home of libertarian activism – was the only choice. I’m excited to be part of a community of principled libertarians who reject government violence in favor of a voluntary society.” – Jason Talley, Motorhome Diaries
  9. “For a long time I’ve admired the work of the Free-Staters, especially those in Keene, who are leading the peaceful evolution toward a voluntary society. I want to use this as the model for my work with the activist network at Fr33Agents.net (site is now offline).” – Pete Eyre, Motorhome Diaries
  10. “I moved to Keene because it’s a beautiful town. Lots of old buildings, lots of old trees, lots of shopping, all in a small town. Drive five minutes and you are in the country side. Like women? It’s a college town.” – Puke, Early Mover
  11. “Moving to NH was great because now I have friends of liberty for neighbors :)” – Christopher Cantwell, comedian
  12. I decided to move because from the first day that I was there, I felt like I would never be bored. There is a whole community of people from all walks of life that were kind enough to let me be a part of whats happening. – Andrew, Early Mover
  13. “Big enough to support a wide variety of businesses yet small enough to maintain its neighborly charm. What more could you want from this little big town nestled in the beautiful valleys of New England?” – Paul Ott, Early Mover
  14. “Folks in Keene are friendly and down-to-earth!” – Menno, Early Mover
  15. “Keene is a great place to hang out with other liberty activists and have fun storming the castle.” – Russell Kanning, Publisher, NH Free Press
  16. “Ground Zero for freedom…I fancy settling there when I move” – Thomas L. Knapp, Libertarian Blogger
  17. “Most are wondering why on earth you haven’t moved yet. We’re wondering what you are waiting for. I can tell you that I am living a life beyond my wildest dreams. Though I have very little materially anymore, I am wealthy with a pleasure for life that I never knew existed.” – Kurt Hoffman, early mover and civil disobedience activist, written from jail in Letter 14.
  18. “If you’re a liberty-minded person, you’ve got to come to Keene” – Derrick J, early mover.
  19. “better than I ever expected” – Ali, early mover.
  20. “Though I am not a Free Stater or Free Keener (I disagree with some of their tactics and issues and respectfully told them so), I am very grateful to them for making the necessary noise about [The BEARCAT] and getting the national exposure it needs.Their passionate activism is what is missing in this country and I appreciate them for their commitment.”- Jeffrey Scott of Occupy Keene in a letter to the editor of the Sentinel.
  21. More endorsements coming!

Media Endorsements

  1. “For those of you that follow or hear about Free Keene and the Free State Project and think that the members are into ‘shenanigans’ or worse you believe New Hampshire State Representative Cynthia Chase who believes that the principles of liberty, sound money, and free markets are a threat to NH and actually wishes to pass measures that will restrict the “freedoms” of those in the Free State Project I’d like to voice my opinion. Sure, there are times when perhaps they “get in the face” of people. Perhaps they goto extremes with their views: the counsel chambers drinking game comes to mind. Before you judge these folks….listen to the underlying message first. The rest is pure promotion so that you WILL LISTEN. Did I stop and look at the video of the topless TSA protester at the Manchester Airport? You bet your ass! After staring at her breasts…I realized she had a good point. I wouldn’t have given the video the time of day otherwise. Remember, sometimes you have to use sensationalism in order to be heard in today’s society. I’ve been experiencing FIRST HAND some of the issues they have been talking about for years. When a police officer tells you that he will not get involved when your name is FORGED on a check written to you….in order for it to be illegally cashed….you have to wonder what laws they use. It’s certainly not the law’s I’ve been told I had.” – Scott Antonivich, AKA “Parker Springfield”, former morning show host and program director of K-Rock in Keene
  2. “Keene, a place many consider to be a hub for hardcore libertarian activists.” – Garrett Quinn, Journalist, Reason Magazine. This quote is from his excellent article about Porcfest 2012.
  3. “Keene, New Hampshire, epicenter of the libertopian colony” – Justin Raimondo, Chroniclesmagazine.org
  4. “Keene is the epicenter of the FSP’s efforts to change New Hampshire from the inside out” – Carol Robidoux, Nashua Patch
  5. Some Keene activism called a “hybrid of Gandhi and Project Mayhem” by Mother Jones magazine’s Tim Murphy.
  6. “most [Free Staters] live in and around the city of Keene” – Chris Faraone, Journalist, Boston Phoenix. Chris was wrong about this statement, but the amount of activism around here certainly seems to have given him that impression!

Unintentional Endorsements

  1. At only just over 5% of the FSP having moved (May 2013), NH Labor News blogger Matt Murray said this: “The FSP has caused a significant impact on the state. While the FSP has not reached their 20,000 person goal, they already have a significant political presence in NH.” Murray also says this about the activists who have chosen Keene as their destination: “The ones who have settled there are the most extreme of this extremist organization.”
  2. “Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today.” – State Rep from Keene, Cynthia Chase
  3. Armored SWAT truck manufacturer LENCO’s sales reps complimented activists in Keene, saying that Keeniacs had more passion and organization than any other place they’ve sold over 300 BEARCATs
  4. “Free State Project holds extremist views and their participants have wreaked havoc in areas like Keene and Grafton. We’ve seen a steady stream of Free Staters taunting the Keene police and ending up in the Westmoreland jail, costing taxpayers dearly.” – Pam Martens, Local Busybody (Update on Pam in 2011 – She and her husband sold their house in Westmoreland and left the area.)
  5. “Not sure how this ends — I’m hoping some town in New Hampshire will step up and say how much they want these people and maybe they’ll just leave. But there seem to be more each day, all here with the idea that they will turn Keene into their model town, so who knows.” – Mike Caulfield, Blue Hampshire Blogger
  6. “Free Staters are becoming much more active — especially in Keene.” – Elwood P. Dowd, Blue Hampshire Blogger