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  Free State Project - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Free State Project (FSP) is a plan to have 20,000 or more "liberty-oriented" people move to a single state of the United States, with the intent of influencing local politics and policy.
The Free State Project is an agreement among 20,000 pro-liberty activists to move to New Hampshire, where they will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property.
The Free State Project inspired or contributed to several splinter groups, such as the Free State Wyoming, which was created independently of the Free State Project, but which absorbed some of those who had voted for a western state and were disappointed by the selection of New Hampshire.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Free_State_Project   (1770 words)

 Idaho Observer: The Free State Project: A Project for Idaho
The Free State Project: A Project for Idaho
States with a population of approximately 1.2 million or less are being considered as viable locations for 20,000 liberty activists to infiltrate existing government and create a free state.
FSP members will vote for a state when there are 5,000 FSP members and within three years from the beginning of the project or the effort will disband.
proliberty.com /observer/20021103.htm   (3037 words)

 Free State Project - Free Talk Live   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Free State Project (FSP) is a plan to have 20,000 or more "liberty-oriented" people move to a single state of the United States, with the intent of influencing local political policy.
The chosen state of the group is New Hampshire, known for its "Live Free or Die" motto and absence of a state income tax.
The Free State Project was founded in 2002 by Jason Sorens as a means of enacting real political change by physically moving 20,000 people to a single state to vote in change.
www.freetalklive.com /wiki/index.php?title=Free_State_Project   (153 words)

 Onward to New Hampshire! [ Free State Project - Liberty in Our Lifetime ]
The idea for the Free State Project is not unlike that which led to the Mormon migration to Utah in the 19th century.
But though roughly half of the members of the Free State Project describe themselves as Libertarians, according to national spokesman Elizabeth McKinstry of Ann Arbor, Mich., the other half is made up of independents, conservatives and liberals, she says.
These media articles are maintained on a non-commercial basis by The Free State Project, a non-profit organization, for historical, educational, scholarship, and research purposes.
www.freestateproject.org /news/media_archive/0176.php   (2103 words)

 Free State Project - SourceWatch
The Free State Project (FSP) is a nonprofit corporation chartered in Clark County, Nevada.
"The Free State Project is a plan in which 20,000 or more liberty-oriented people will move to a single state of the U.S. New Hampshire, where they may work within the political system to reduce the size and scope of government.
The success of the Free State Project would likely entail reductions in burdensome taxation and regulation, reforms in state and local law, an end to federal mandates, and a restoration of constitutional federalism, demonstrating the benefits of liberty to the rest of the nation and the world."
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Free_State_Project   (490 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Free State Project Balloting Concludes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Then members of the Free State Project hope to quadruple their numbers within two years, move there and start transforming it into a national model for small government, few laws and individual liberty.
Project members say secession is not their goal, but that the provision could be a useful bargaining chip.
Though the premise of the project is that 20,000 committed individuals could be a genuine force in a small state, members bristle at the suggestion they want to "take over" a state.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A44549-2003Sep21?language=printer   (689 words)

 Free State Project - Libertarian Wiki
The slogan of the Free State Project is "Liberty in Our Lifetime", and the symbol of the project is the porcupine, which symbolizes the desire to be left alone from government interference.
Recently, a sense of urgency has come to the Free State Project, and Ian Bernard, FSP member and host of talk show Free Talk Live, has created the First 1000 [1] pledge.
Some parties believe that the choice of New Hampshire was a poor one, and are advocating the second choice of the Free State Project, Wyoming, under the auspices of Free State Wyoming.
libertarianwiki.org /Free_State_Project   (250 words)

 State of Freedom - The Free State Project
He figured that 20,000 like minded people, moving into a state with a population of 1.5 million or less, could have a profound effect on the state's politics at every level.
Liberty minded people have been asked to join and promise to move to the Free State within five years of the FSP reaching 20,000 members.
The feds backed off of the 55 MPH speed limit, not because they finally grew a brain, but because several states were forcing the issue and threatening to take it to the supreme court.
www.davehitt.com /nov03/stateoffreedom.html   (1019 words)

 The Free State Project: A Project for Idaho - SierraTimes.Com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Free State Project: A Project for Idaho - SierraTimes.Com
Whatever a free state is, it's certainly not being served and protected by regimes posing as constitutionally authorized state and federal governments.
The FSP is specifically not affiliated with any political party, but rather a coalition of “libertarians, classical liberals, constitutionalists and others who believe that, at a maximum, the role of civil government should be the protection of citizens' rights to life, liberty and property.”
www.sierratimes.com /02/11/16/ario021116.htm   (3089 words)

 Patri's Journal: Free State Project (10/22/02)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The FSP was slashdotted in october, and has seen a greatly increased media exposure in general.
I think their major flaw is in thinking that a certain number of volunteers and dollars, when devoted to libertarian causes, will result in the same number of votes as if those volunteers and dollars were devoted to republicans or democrats.
Many states have clearly ruled that marijuana should be legal for medical purposes, yet the federal government has flexed their muscles, raided the growers, and said that it is not allowed by federal law.
patrifriedman.com /writing/journal/expat/59freestateproject.html   (874 words)

 PA Pundits » Blog Archive » Free State Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Therefore, the state of New Hampshire shall not participate in a national identification card system; nor shall the department of safety amend the procedures for applying for a driver’s license under RSA 263 or an identification card under RSA 260:21.
State sovereignty was a major issue during the civil war, but the claim that one human being has a right to own another human being was a poor selection for an issue to hang state sovereignty on.
A drivers license is identification to prove you have passed whatever test the state that issued it deems is required to operate a motor vehicle.
papundits.com /index.php/2006/03/10/free-state-project   (2102 words)

 Don't Back Down: Free State Project
In the last month, the project has reached the all-important plateau of 5000 members, which resulted in the choice of a state for the project.
By 2006, the FSF project hopes to have 20,000 people signed up, and within 5 years of that date, for those 20,000 to have relocated to New Hampshire where they hope to exert their influence on the state government.
In a state where the motto is Live Free or Die, it seems that the project may be destined for success.
jayseae.cxliv.org /2003/10/28/free_state_project.html   (424 words)

 LP03: Free State Project Gains Momentum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Of course any such projection is on par with predicting the weather for that year, but Reyes raised an important point: libertarian strategies aren't working very well.
Eventually, though, a free state could foster a largely libertarian society.
Reyes admitted, "We have to be humble" in the free state with respect to the current residents.
www.freecolorado.com /2003/04/lp03reyes.html   (198 words)

 Free State Project in the New York Times | Samizdata.net
That movement, the Free State Project, aims to make all of New Hampshire a laboratory for libertarian politics by recruiting libertarian-leaning people from across the country to move to New Hampshire and throw their collective weight around.
The political divisions in these states, between the natives who are conservativish or libertarianish, and the newcomers who are...not, has become more and more pronounced.
I am not wishing failure upon the FSP's, if they succeed in their stated goals that is a good thing.
www.samizdata.net /blog/archives/004857.html   (1767 words)

 Announcement: The Free State Project [Free Republic]
For example, in Wyoming, the smallest state in the Union, there were 213,659 valid ballots cast in the 2000 U.S. Senate race.
We would pledge to move to any state which is decided on by a majority of the members of the "Free State Society." (The details of how the voting would ensue could be worked out.
The Free State Project requires nothing of that kind, and the stakes are so much higher.
www.freerepublic.com /forum/a3b5f103b4759.htm   (2391 words)

 WorldNetDaily: 'Free State Project' seeks to restore liberty
Ultimately, according to the FSP website, the newly won "free state" would negotiate "directly with the federal government for appropriate political autonomy." No bloody revolution, no civil war, no fighting.
"The peace and prosperity within the free state would be a concrete example of the benefits of freedom, serving as a powerful argument for the liberation of other states," he said, adding that anyone who wanted the immediate benefits of the free state could "vote with their feet" and relocate there.
And, yes, states have a right to take back (resume) powers delegated to the federal government – in a word the right to secede from the Union," he wrote in his Aug.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=29249   (940 words)

 The Independent Online - News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
So far, the Free State Project has just over 3,700 members, and once they reach 5,000, which organizers expect to do in about four months’ time, members will vote on which state should be selected for the project—Montana being one of four prominent frontrunners.
When one signs up for the Free State Project, one is given the option to check off any of the ten finalist states that he or she is not willing to move to.
Unlike the upwardly mobile work-from-anywhere contingent or the free spirit wanderer crew, she and her husband Roy represent another significant chunk of the Free State Project’s membership: the retired.
www.missoulanews.com /News/News.asp?no=3276   (4027 words)

 WorldNetDaily: 'Free State Project' moving ahead
A political effort to create a single state devoid of most ties to the federal government is progressing steadily, according to the project's creator and mentor.
Jason P. Sorens, a 25-year-old Yale University doctoral candidate in political science, told WorldNetDaily that his Free State Project has managed to enlist 1,500 "members" so far, and that membership is continuing to grow steadily as the concept receives more publicity.
The plan is this: Locate the easiest state in the union to "free," and then relocate 20,000 members – people who have pledged to move to the targeted state – to "implement the liberation," says an outline of the plan penned by Jan Helfield, a Falls Creek, Va.-based attorney and Libertarian Party activist.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=29324   (632 words)

 Free State Observer » News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The bill, written by Free State Project participant Dawn Lincoln, grants more freedom to parents who choose to homeschool their children.
Early Mover to be New President of the Free State Project
A reporter from the Keene Free Press who called the police station seeking information was hung up on by the department’s PR representative.
www.freestateobserver.com /?cat=2   (1046 words)

 Welcome to the Free State Project
In the state capitol, Helena, MSSA is known as the "junkyard dog of politics".
Once the FSP has accumulated 5,000 members who have pledged to move to the chosen state, the project will allow its members to vote among the best states, especially to vote directed by the state-by-state freedom analysis done by the FSP.
After the freest state is chosen by FSP members (probably this Fall), they hope to eventually persuade at least 20,000 FSP members to move to that state to enjoy freedom, and maybe also work to enhance the quality of freedom there.
www.mtssa.org /greetings.phtml   (3352 words)

 Free State Project Picks N.H. - nV News Forums
Project members also like the New Hampshire Constitution, which is seen as protecting the right to revolution.
Congressional Budget Office projections indicate that by 2005, federal spending will be $540 billion higher than it was in 2001 — a four-year increase of 29 percent that dwarfs the 14 percent increase during Bill Clinton's first term.
David Walker, comptroller general of the United States, notes that the current national debt of nearly $7 trillion, or about $24,000 for every person in the country, is a vast understatement.
www.nvnews.net /vbulletin/showthread.php?p=208126   (2785 words)

 The Free State Project have voted! | Samizdata.net
The Free State Project is a group in the USA looking to get at least 20,000 liberty oriented activists to move to a single state in the USA so that they can have more political impact somewhere rather than be lost in the sea of Republican and Democrat statists by being scattered across the country.
A silly and irrelevant question, but I was wondering whether the plural subject in "The Free State Project have voted" (as opposed to "has voted") was a UK cultural thing...
It's the state with the fewer crime, one of the richest per capita, one of the less taxed, one with low unemployment and poverty rate and finally one in wich you can carry a gun without much problems...
www.samizdata.net /blog/archives/004675.html   (2571 words)

 Free State Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Free State Project (www.freestateproject.org) is an attempt to concentrate activists with generally libertarian political views in a single American state.
The state the organization has chosen is New Hampshire.
The goal is to exploit the existing tradition of liberty in New Hampshire, its relatively small population, and the latitude for state policy in America's federal system of government to create a substantially libertarian political unit there within the next generation.
www.objectivistcenter.org /cth--1284-Free_State_Project.aspx   (240 words)

 Parting company option - The Washington Times: Commentary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Free State Project (www.freestateproject.org) intends to get 20,000 or so Americans to move to New Hampshire and, through a peaceful political process, reduce burdensome taxation and regulation, reform state and local law, end federal mandates, and attempt to restore constitutional federalism as envisioned by the nation's Founders.
The use of force against a state would look more like a declaration of war than an infliction of punishment and would probably be considered by the party attacked as a dissolution of all previous compacts by which it might be bound."
It has had a devastating legacy for future generations of Americans, in that since the issue of secession was brutally settled, the federal government is free to run roughshod over the safeguards envisioned by the Framers, namely the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.
www.washtimes.com /commentary/20031226-085001-2231r.htm   (617 words)

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