Why I Should Move to New Hampshire: 1 Year in the Shire

I moved to New Hampshire a year ago today. I hated Louisiana and I wanted to be around anarchists. I can’t and I won’t tell you to move to New Hampshire, because ‘I don’t know you; I don’t know your life.’ But I will tell you that moving to New Hampshire is the best decision I ever made, and that it has done the following things for me:

There are anarchists everywhere.

By no means is a majority of the population anarchist, and people who come here (or anywhere for that matter) expecting an anarchist utopia are very silly. Before I visited New Hampshire I had met two anarchists, and both of them were only there for school. The overwhelming majority of people I had ever met were either socialist or completely fascist. After awhile, hanging out with people who want to kill, rob, and cage you gets intolerable, and only having human contact online just isn’t the same. As far as I’ve been able to tell, New Hampshire has the highest number of anarchists anywhere on earth. Anytime I want to I can be around anarchists because there are people here who do not want to kill, rob, or cage me.

Expecting perfection is silly, not everyone gets along, and not everyone is a good guy. Which just means that there are so many anarchists here that you can pick the ones you like. Not everyone that I hang out with agrees with me on every detail of philosophy. But they don’t actively advocate for policies that would aggress against me, so we’re cool.

Philosophical Discussions

There are philosophical discussions in real life. Most people do not agree with me on every obscure detail of the NAP. I was well prepared for that before I came up here. It seems to me that that catches many people by surprise, but I was aware that many of my philosophical positions are marginal. But there are enough people willing to discuss them to keep me entertained.

You can get some level of this online, but people tend to be more open in real life. I find it highly unlikely that I am right about everything; I just don’t know what I am wrong about. So if I am around people who agree with me on the NAP and are willing to have intelligent discussions, I might find some places where I am wrong. When I was stuck with nothing but people who thought that taxation is voluntary I had no chance of advancing my own understanding.

Higher Standards

When I am surrounded by people who believe that it is perfectly moral to steal 40% of everyone’s stuff, it is really easy for me to feel morally superior and not improve on myself. Statists are not going to challenge you. Some of them are going to ask sincere questions. Some of them are going to insult you. But only other anarchists are going to challenge you because only other anarchists are starting from the same premise. I spoke and thought in statist terms, and that was not going to be corrected by statists. I can refer to things by their proper terms: Federal Reserve Notes, gang members, income before theft, etc. Though sometimes I have to interact with the general population and use statist terms, I am healthier for being able to state things as they are on a regular basis. Ian has helped me realize that I was referring to the United States Federal Government as “we.” Fully mentally separating that entity from myself is not only accurate, it is healthier. There is social pressure to do something to advance the cause of liberty. My reasoning and beliefs are constantly challenged.

Actual Community

I was always rather annoyed at the concept of a community. I knew it as some group of people who told you what to do, demanded that you pay for their children, and offered nothing in return. There is a good community in New Hampshire. People will help each other instead of just consistently demanding things. Its more two sided, or several thousand sided, than one sided.

I’m in a Relationship.

That would NOT have happened in Louisiana. A good friend of mine told me that he doesn’t think I would be happy with anyone who isn’t an anarchist. He’s right. There are no anarchists in Louisiana, and there aren’t many anywhere other than New Hampshire. In 11 years (29 minus 18) I was unable to find anyone. It took me about 8 months in New Hampshire to find someone who is an anarchist, agrees with me on all of my marginal positions, meets all of my unrelated criteria, and actually cares about me. I would have settled for someone who isn’t “philosophically pure,” but he is as close to perfect as humans come. My life is awesome.

Encryption

I don’t encrypt everything. But as much as I thought I just didn’t care, and as much as I enjoy making posts directed to the NSA, I do act differently when I know I’m not being watched. There are people who are willing to use encryption like Signal. I find that even if I’m not talking about something illegal, embarrassing, or sensitive that I’m more open when I know that I’m not being watched by a third party.
I don’t worry about how something might sound, or potentially be twisted, to a gang member with a badge when I’m using encryption like I do when I’m on an open line. My conversations are more real when the Feds aren’t involved.

The Gang of New Hampshire and Its Subsidiaries

Cops are evil, and the government is evil. But the cops and laws generally in New Hampshire are substantially less oppressive that what I am used to dealing with. For the most part, the gangs seem to follow their own rules at least, and that helps with planning and decision making. People have done things that I am convinced would get them arrested (at best) in most other places. People film police regularly without incident. There are courts who have stopped bothering to say “all rise” because on some days nobody does. For most people theft will be less. There is no state income theft for individuals. There is no sales theft for groceries and general merchandise. I opened a business without having to get any pieces of paper. Car insurance isn’t theft, but the rates are much lower because the insurance companies know that it is not legally required here.

The General Population

Even the non-anarchists are for the most part pleasant to be around. People have been nothing but nice. My car stalled in the middle of the road once. I have anarchist stickers on the back of my car, but still several people came to help me. People who I have interacted with present as rational and intelligent. There are people who hate our beliefs, and therefore us, but as a group the people are decent, rational, and nice. There is very little crime in New Hampshire.

I Calmed Down.

It is stressful living under a highly oppressive gang and being around nothing but people who support it. I don’t care about freedom any less and I don’t hate the oppressors any less. But since moving here, I hate the government; I’m not angry at it. I don’t spend every day stressed about what the State is going to do. I don’t have to see as much aggression on a daily basis, and I’m surrounded by people that I can vent to. It’s still a fight, but I am no longer fighting alone.

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19 Comments

  1. Please, please don’t move your lame asses to New Hampshire! We have enough of “you” already!

  2. Bbsizzle By “lame asses”, Bbsizzle is talking about statists, commies, socialists and fascists. We don’t need any more of them here.  😛  If you’re of the libertarian or anarchist type, come on up to New Hampshire. We would love to have you here.

  3. You never said you have a job. Most people move to New Hampshire for jobs. Funny how these “freekeeners” etc…. move because they think they can scam the government out of SSDI. You know, the same government you people hate so much.

  4. Drac Vermell Jumping Jacks And this means what?  I posted how these free-staters are killing themselves. You have posted a bad check summons. I believe what I posted is a lot worse then your piddly display for attention.

  5. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell Now Jacks, the entire basis of your argument is that the FSP’s integrity as a whole is to be judged by the criminal enterprises of a few its members – or alleged members as is the case in the link that you provided. Funny that in your eagerness to get even you couldn’t even wait for a few more details to come out. At least the links I provided you are proof of actual guilt. Ms. Atwater-Yeager plead guilty to welfare fraud. Mr. Whitcomb served jail time for his crime. Yet there’s no outrage about these facts coming from you. I wonder why?

  6. Jumping Jacks You’re on SSDI, Jacks. And just like you I based that claim on absolutely nothing.

  7. Jumping Jacks That wasn’t what happened. Free Staters don’t use violence to achieve political or social goals. It was a statist like yourself that attacked somebody who wasn’t even a free stater. The person pre-dated the movement and to be a free stater you have to have moved here sometime *after* the initiation of the Free State Project voting on New Hampshire as the place to migrate to. Given the person already lived here he wasn’t a free stater. He was a friend of the free state maybe, but not a free stater.

  8. Jumping Jacks Who are you referring to? I know of maybe one person whose even on welfare of some kind and there is no logical reason that they shouldn’t take money from the state that has or probably will steal it from them later. It would only be hypocritical if they didn’t fight against such laws. But while such laws exist nobody should put themselves at a disadvantage.

  9. Bbsizzle It’s too late. There are lots of people moving in. Just found out about a new person moving from Massachusetts this evening.

  10. I moved here from Massachusetts 11+ years ago and have made a impact on what your deviant friends here have tried to do, take over downtown Keene and “free” it. Now your pitiful group hasn’t made the slightest impact for the “good of the community” here. How’s that working for yah? Oh speaking of work I’ve got to get some rest, because I’m protecting the health of the nation, by keeping you safe from diseases by you get by improper plumbing facilities. Nite nite don’t let the libertard infection bite.

  11. Bbsizzle Thank you for that delightful autobiography, Matthew darling. I know how crucial it is to your self-esteem that you make everyone know just how important you are. But while I’m very impressed with your various accomplishments, I really must disagree with you about some of these claims you’re making. Being that Thanksgiving is fast approaching and all, I’m a little bit surprised that you forgot to mention Shire Sharing in your critique. Did you know that this organization was founded by an FSP participant?
    You know Matthew, maybe you could do something for your community and lend a helping hand to them this year? I’m sure they’d be very thankful for that –  provided you promise to keep your trusty socket wrench at home of course.
    Here’s the link if you’re interested, Matthew. You can thank me later.
    http://www.shiresharing.org/#mission

  12. Bbsizzle Thank you for that delightful autobiography, Matthew darling. I know how crucial it is to your self-esteem that you make everyone know just how important you are. But while I’m very impressed with your various accomplishments, I really must disagree with you about some of these other claims you’re making. Being that Thanksgiving is fast approaching and all, I’m a little bit surprised that you forgot about Shire Sharing when you were submitting your critique. Did you know that this organization was founded by an FSP participant?
    You know Matthew, maybe you could do something for your community and lend a helping hand to them this year? I’m sure they’d be very thankful for that –  provided you promise to keep your trusty socket wrench at home.
    Here’s the link if you’re interested, Matthew. You can thank me later.
    http://www.shiresharing.org/#mission

  13. Drac Vermell Jumping Jacks I’m on SSDI? Are you serious? I believe you have been drinking bong water.

  14. libretea Jumping Jacks No, most freekeeners are on SSDI and have been for a long time.   Just to name one, Mathew Phillips aka JP. There are too many to name.

  15. Drac Vermell Jumping Jacks Peaches, you don’t even live in Keene. JP was busted and convicted of welfare fraud. Ian Bernard is currently being investigated by the FBI for child porn. Most freekeeners have criminal records. It sounds like your argument is full of holes and trolling.

  16. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell Go back and carefully reread my reply, Jacks. In your rush to get even with me you completely misconstrued the meaning of it.

  17. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell I thought that you believed that every action was justified by its consequences, Jacks? You don’t seem very eager to discuss the consequences that some of SFK’s own members have had to face. I wonder why that is?

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