I’m no longer a Free Stater, but you should go to Porcfest and definitely move to NH, if you love liberty.

Porcfest Sunrise

The Sun Rises over Porcfest 2012

I tendered my resignation from the Free State Project today after being informed that they have decided to prohibit me from their events, the Porcupine Freedom Festival and Liberty Forum.  My name was still on the membership rolls after their announcement, so I removed it, wishing the FSP the best.

With the banning, I became the latest inducted in the elite club of people like Christopher Cantwell and Zack Bass who have been similarly politically excised from the FSP organization.

It was a good run, but all things come to an end.  I’m grateful for my more than a decade of helping to promote the Free State Project, and look forward to 20,000+ liberty-loving people coming here to New Hampshire and working toward freedom.

I know people have said they won’t be attending Porcfest this year due to the FSP’s decision, and I appreciate their sentiment, but to anyone who doesn’t feel as strongly, you should still attend the Porcupine Freedom Festival this June.  

Shire Society

If you love liberty, join the Shire Society and move to NH.

Porcfest will be a great event with or without Free Talk Live, and other LRN.FM shows that are not attending in protest of the FSP’s decision.  I will always have fond memories of the event that I broadcast from for nearly a decade.

For anyone who is interested in moving to get active with more libertarians per capita than anywhere in the world, and are looking for alternatives to the Free State Project and their yearly events Porcfest and Liberty Forum (which are great events), here are some to consider:

Since the FSP cited my beliefs about age of consent in their notice posted to their blog today as the reason for my banning, it should be known that I’ve been public about my views on age of consent for a long time.  Despite some vicious rumors, I don’t support sex with children and call that reprehensible twice in the video being propagated by my haters featuring excerpts from my radio show.  I do support young people being able to decide to emancipate themselves, including sexually.  I don’t come from the position that sex is dirty or bad, but there are plenty of people who do – and some of them call themselves libertarians.

This week, five local liberty activists met at the Sanctuary for Love And Peace to record the second episode of “Fuck it, we’ll do it live!” which featured five different libertarian perspectives on age of consent for more than an hour, including mine.  Here’s a full video of that conversation:

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  1. I don’t agree with you on the issue in question, Ian, but the way the FSP acted is way overboard. Dissolving a business relationship is one thing, but then making it personal? That’s another.

  2. Man I wasn’t kicked out a few years ago. I guess I am underachieving. 🙂

  3. Here is Ian Bernard in his final spin against the FSP. You are a spineless waste of breath. Good for you FSP getting rid of this deviant and his friends that support him.
    That’s called level headed thinking.

  4. To call someone “spineless” because they refuse to back down from believing what they believe regardless of the consequences is to invite the question “What exactly does the word spineless mean to you, because we seem to be working from different dictionaries?”.

  5. Oh Richard Paul is here from his winter hibernation, at the KAC, I mean the S.L.A.P, or whatever deviant name you call it nowadays. Your time is up.
    What I see here from Richard Paul is doing damage control . I work with and I am around lots of people, from all walks of life, and when I show them the ideas and mind set of the people from free keene, the IMMEDIATE response I get is “who are these delusional people think their helping”, and they laugh at you. I applaud the FSP for cutting you off, because they also think you are “spineless and without merit, Richard! “

  6. Well since the 20k goal has been achieved, should not the FSP dissolve?

  7. At this point I’d say fuck the FSP, but apparently it’s not old enough.

  8. “Tendered your resignation” ? Nice attempt at some spin, but the truth is you got kicked to the curb by the FSP; you had no say in the matter.

    Nice to see the FSP is cleaning house and getting rid of the weirdos and degenerates like Bernard here. It’s about time.

  9. It’s nice to see people who have no stake in this matter blathering on like a couple of idiots.

  10. I rescinded my FSP mover pledge, etc. after they kicked Cantwell. I’m not a Cantwell fan (quite the opposite, in fact, especially since he outed himself as a racist authoritarian), but their reasoning was just so completely wrong that I didn’t want to be associated with FSP any more.

    This development confirms that I made the right decision. There’s still a distinct possibility that I’ll eventually move to New Hampshire, but if so I’ll be looking to Free Keene, not the FSP, for allies.

  11. Actually if you excised yourself, then you’re more like me in that regard than you are like Cantwell or Bass. So, congratulations on that score.

  12. A good alternative to PorcFest might be this event called FeenFest Somolia, which just happens to be taking place at Roger’s Campground on the same dates as PorcFest. 😉

  13. Ian! My brother! You remain humble in the face of injustice, such grace. FSP served a great purpose, but that purpose has been fullfilled.. I think any organization that out lives its design becomes self sabatoging in some ways. The people are coming! Rejoice! The bazillion non-FSP opportunities were created for new movers and are waiting for their arrival. Bless those of you who paved the way to make this happen. Leave FSP in the dust, rise above, become something greater. Power. Love. Respect.

  14. You’re a disgrace to this movement and it’s a long time coming. Good riddance.

  15. I’ll say it again: Ian has media. So hes different;not like everyone else. There’s alot of going into the weeds in the video. There’s alot of intellectual theorizing lol.

  16. This is just a damage control rant. The FSP kicked him out. Now Ian Bernard is trying to manipulate the truth. Your views regarding children having sex with adults is your down fall. Yes they are children you are talking about. Yes you had a relationship with a 14 y/o girl. Yes she has 22 years to file a report for statutory rape. You can cry foul but you have been busted out right. Your video is pathetic. Even the title clearly shows you people are not taking the rape of children seriously.

  17. If you want to take rape seriously, then stop pretending that its definition could plausibly including “having sex with anyone whose age is lower than a number drawn out of a hat by a gang of politicians.”

    REAL rape has a victim.

    It’s quite clear that Ian, like all sane people, agrees that rape includes having sex with someone who, for reasons of immaturity or another, is incapable of meaningful consent. But drawing a number out of a hat is not a reasonable way of determining ability to meaningfully consent.

    The burden of proof should be on the prosecution to actually prove rape (including through inability to meaningfully consent), not just to wave a placard with the number “14” on it at a jury and demand a conviction.

  18. Congratulations Keene! You’re becoming the outpost for those so low in the social order that even the FSP rejects them.

  19. @RichPaul -“To call someone “spineless” because they refuse to back down from believing what they believe regardless of the consequences is to invite the question “What exactly does the word spineless mean to you, because we seem to be working from different dictionaries?”.”

    Would you characterize Ian’s reluctance to engage in civil disobedience because of a suspended sentence as backing down from one’s principles because of the consequences those actions would result in?

    If so, then you’ve got your answer.

    If not, you’re being disingenuous.

  20. You’re engaged in the fallacy of the excluded middle here. “Spineless” would mean never doing anything that might entail risk. You’re claiming that everything not the complete opposite of that IS that.

  21. You people are just plain sick. Ian states that he believes CHILDREN should be able to emancipate themselves sexually.. Well you moron, if someone at the age of 14 can and should be able to consent to sex with a fully grown adult, then when the inevitable happens, like pregnancy, then that fully grown man should take complete custody of said 14 year old. Because if they are old enough to make grown up decisions then the parents shouldn’t have to continue supporting that 14 year old and the baby that comes with pregnancy, financially or otherwise. But I don’t see a pussy like you supporting a child, because you associate with deadbeat losers that don’t take care of the kids they make. You are the last person that should have a say in what age is ok to be able to consent. Why don’t you go get a real job and do something productive with your time. You’re a waste of oxygen and I’m so embarrassed that your name is associated with the city I call home.

  22. Mainstream liberty got huge news this week.

    Walter Block has endorsed Donald Trump and formed a group Libertarians For Trump.

  23. @ThomaSLKnapp – Ahh, no, I never mentioned “never doing anything that might entail risk”- you injected that into the discussion. Clearly, there are degrees of risk and I wasn’t referring to doing “anything”.

    My statement referred to doing something that someone strongly believes in (in Ian’s case – civil disobedience) and the significant risk (revocation of a suspended sentence and jail time).

    I’ll state it clearly for you (and this is in accord with the law of excluded middles) – when someone fails to do something that person strongly believes in because there is a significant risk, that is acting spinelessly.

    If you notice, Rich Paul implied that since Ian refused to back down from what he believes in, he should not be considered spineless. I provided a counter-example.

    What’s your definition of spineless?

  24. My definition of “spineless” would be “not showing any spine.”

    Yours seems to be the fallacious “never shows anything but spine.”

  25. Holy Hannah, Ian! Don’t you know that the government rightfully owns all people until they reach whatever age our overlords decide upon? You’ve obviously had a bit too much to think.

  26. @Richard Bauman Didn’t Ian get that suspended sentence by engaging in civil disobedience?

  27. My definition of spineless would be a politician, but take Robert Anson Heinlein’s opinion on the topic:
    “It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier.”

    He’s quite spot on, decades after his death.

  28. I wonder if James thinks he’s fooling anyone by not using his name in all his troll posts.

    Having said that, I would like to address this nonsense about spinelessness.

    If a person holds a strong belief, that doesn’t require them to act to their detriment to any degree. If the consequence was death, would you call him spineless for backing off? What if the consequences were the death of his family and friends?

    Spine or no spine is a subjective matter, and I personally don’t fault him.

  29. well B Matt Schmidt , considering your stupid delusional self getting your ass ripped apart by kissinger in Superior Court it seems the spineless one is you waking up 6 month olds at 12 midnight yelling out your window ( GET A JOB) or blowing your horn early in the morning waking up little kids and disturbing families .
    Delusional and spineless huh. You have a CONFIRMED active Superior Court Restraining Order against you and you and your wife still went to JPs hearing for his kids .
    You still go by his house full of children and blair your horn and scare Toddlers and Stalk him
    Even your wife was accused of such and i believe every word of that case it was dismissed because your actions were not on video .
    Your a stalker little spineless bitch that threatens children and with a wife who threatens to kill mentally Ill teenage boys for looking at your daughter .
    Your a sycho nut job Matt Schmidt but your so spineless all you do is stalk and harass .. YAWNNNNNNN.

  30. Jumping Quacks or Gregg Duhaime from Hate Group Stop Free Keene whos founder Husband has a felony conviction recent , of over 28,000 dollars of theft from TD Bank North ( Case found NH Superior Court Cheshire Counts State of NH VS Whitcomb .
    Or his other buddy Matt Schmidt also from hate groupm Stop Free Keene who has a Superior Court restraining order against him (CONFIRMED to be ACTIVE) see Phillips vs Schmidt Cheshire Superior Court
    or Jennifer Schmidt also from hate group Stop Free Keene accused recently of brandishing a Knife to a mentally Disabled child also 14 years of age for looking at her daughter and has an active no tresspass order from her own daughters school for stalking the Mental Disabled childs Mother even following her to Walmart see Police Report Keene Police Jennifer Schmidt
    Also see Jennifer Schmidt keene District Court restraining Order hearing stalking a 14 year old around his school which prompted school administrator to get a no tresspass on Jennifer .
    Also see Andrea Parkhurst Whitcomb Police report of Drug and drunk UNDERAGE daughter being returned to her home under Protected Custody by Keene Police in 2014 in September .
    See Police report of keene Police Relay case to NH State Police Troop C Brandie roof and Josh Erickson and Sean Larson fabricating false Birth Certificate or falsifying government Documents see report by Trooper Wade (ACTIVE)
    See Police Report 2013 of another Stop Free keene hate group member Kim Deimond investigated and fired for illegally using Law Office resources to look up credit reports to search private info on Free Keene activist .
    See heather Deloch another Stop Free Keene member open investigation on Whole Sale Stolen Tramadol Bottles of a pain killer stolen from Winchester Rite Aid see Police Report by Trooper SGt Bill Delegge Troop c Heather is an employee of Rite Aid all three whole sale bottles were confiscated along with drug paraphenalia in the amount of 2000 , OPEN Investigation.
    See Ed Lake Winchester PD Police reports on Multiple Complaints by neighbor dispute of threats and harassment 2 in 2013 3 in 2014 1 in 2015 and 1 in 2015
    So much stand up people in Stop Free Keene YEAH . Most of these cases have VICTIMS.
    What did Ian do ahhhhh (YAWN) (YAWN) yeah Nothing ..

  31. Whos stephanie Schmidt from JamesTown now in Quincy mass. Oh yeah the former wife you abandoned and left with her kid and cheated on with Jennifer which prompted you to run to NH like the deadbeat coward you are . JUST SAYIN…

  32. I see the FSP has endorsements from David Nolan and Dr. Ruwart who would basically agree with Ian. They make a big thing of their Objectivist connections, but I know for a fact that Ayn Rand though age of consent laws were idiotic and at best guidelines for courts to review each case. Some High-IQ are capable of consent at 7, others low-IQ not at 30, and where people are on the subject is basically an IQ test. Shouldn’t FSP take down those endorsements as well and ban Big-L Libertarians and High-IQ people from participating?Plus I don’t see that Ian has said anything contrary to NH legal practice on the subject. I know that in Florida, where Ian comes from (I think) his views are legally unremarkable. Am I correct, Ian?

    Religious kooks and the extreme left- and right-wing are all doing a worldwide push since around 1995 to raise compulsory age of consent, ban bestiality, make everything rape, and bring back sodomy laws. Their goal is to bring back blanket sexual restrictions. It seems to me that this is where this is all coming from, and the FSP has folded intellectually because they’re not really pro-libertarians.I’m to old to get involved in this fight, but anti-Libertarian rust never sleeps.

  33. Ian is a pedo. I hope you get lots of video games in prison.

  34. This kind of thing certainly tests one’s commitment to non-aggression. If I was taking the abuse Ian is taking, I’d be tempted to shoot one of the the “Ian’s a pedo” trolls in the face and see how many of the rest wanted to keep playing.

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