To The Daily Sun,
During some light reading this morning, I came across an article about the "N.H. Free State Project" and I remembered that approximately two months ago a gentleman had written a letter to the paper asking about that very topic.
This letter is intended to inform anyone interested in the topic.
Jason Sorens, a Yale graduate and Dartmouth professor of political science, had an idea back in 2001. He founded the Free State Project. Their goal was and is to recruit twenty thousand liberty-minded, activist-oriented individuals to move to a small state, with the intent of effecting significant political change at the local level. An agreement among participants to move to N.H. for "Liberty in our Lifetime" was created after N.H. was chosen as the first target. Quoting from the FSP website, " The Free State Project, a mass migration movement to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in N.H. is advancing to the finish line with more than 15,000 participants now signed up, with thousands moving ahead of schedule."
After a slow start in 2003, the group now has 15,206 signers as of January 8, 2014 and the organization anticipates it will "Trigger the Move" in 2015, three years ahead of schedule.
To become a participant of the Free State Project, a person is asked to agree to the follow Statement of Intent: I hereby state my solemn intent to move to the State of N.H. within five years after 20,000 participants have signed up. Once there, I will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of individuals' life, liberty, and property.
"People aligned with the FSP have been elected to two-year terms in the 400 member N.H. House of Reps since 2006. Approximately a dozen Free Staters were elected in the 2012 election". It is also the intent of the organization for members to get elected or appointed to local boards and committees.
The FSP logo and mascot is the porcupine. "Porcupines are certainly cute and non aggressive but you don't want to step on them" was found on their website which is freestateproject.org. After further reading I found an interesting interview of Jason Sorens at www.theatlasphere.com
If you find this as interesting as I do just google N.H. Free State Project and you can read until your heart is content.