The Free State Project: Escape to Liberty

--“Do you believe that adults have the right to make their own decisions about their own lives?” the website asked us a few days ago.

“Of course,” we replied to… our screen.

“Do you,” the website went on, “want to live in a place where adults are treated as adults? Where people take responsibility for their own actions, lives, and dealings with others?”

“Uh-huh,” we said, leaning in a bit.

“Where community is genuine and voluntary?” it asked as we slowly moved our pointer to the “Bookmark” icon at the top of the screen. “Where your rights are fully respected, provided only that you equally respect the rights for others?”

“All right,” we said, snapping out of our trance, “what’s the catch?”

--Enter the Free State Project.

OK.

So, as you may know, we’ve been strumming the “vote with your feet” banjo for a while now. And much of our focus, thus far, has been on what exists outside of the U.S.

Today, to balance the scales, we’ll take a look at one potentially life-changing opportunity within the homeland.

The great thing about a free society is you get to choose where and with whom you want to live.

The worst thing about totalitarian “do-gooders” is they think they can create a utopia by restricting the mobility of individuals and crushing independent thought.

For example, to take it to the extreme, the first thing Pol Pot did, in pursuit of his Cambodian agrarian utopia, was drain the cities and started killed off anyone with an education.

Instead of creating a utopia, though, he just created massive amounts of misery. And, before he was through, he ended up killing off 25 percent of the Cambodian population.

Fortunately, we’re far from living under the Khmer Rouge.

And the freedom of mobility, we believe, is one freedom you should take full advantage of if you’re serious about living free in an unfree world. (Unless, of course, you’re satisfied with your current location and are comfortable with its future. Which is great.)

The “best” place in the world is subjective. It depends on the individual.  No place on Earth is perfect. And there will always be trade-offs no matter where you go.

But, no matter where it is, having a group of like-minded people with you will always enrich the experience.

And today, with billions of people only a click away, it’s more possible than ever to find a “tribe” of like-minded folks…

And even get them all to relocate to the same place.

But that… that last bit… that’s crazy, right? Moving your entire life just to be around a bunch of strangers who share your values?

Maybe not.

Maybe it’s the way the future cities will be designed. Where people flock to those places which best align to their individual value systems.

Maybe, just maybe, that’s the future face of freedom in the United States.

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And… that, dear reader, is what the Free State Project (FSP) is all about.

The FSP is, according to its website, “an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire.”

Hatched in 2001, the FSP wants 20,000 libertarians to quit their jobs, sell their homes (if they own a home, that is) and relocate to the Granite State.

And guess what? It seems like it might work.

We’ll get to that, though, in a moment.

Let’s take a look at why this project shows promise.

First and foremost, the FSP makes a pretty convincing case for moving to the state. We can’t imagine anyone would think, on paper at least, that New Hampshire would be a bad place to live. Libertarian or not.

Just take a look at FSP’s video called 101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire.

Here are just the first six…

  1. No sales tax
  2. No income tax
  3. No capital gains tax
  4. No inventory tax
  5. No machinery tax
  6. No eminent domain

Bottom line, New Hampshire, year after year, has been ranked #1 in the country for quality of life and livability.

A recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows why.

Click the image below to see all the stats…

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Here are three Quality of Life stats that stand out to us.

ONE: “New Hampshire residents,” the FSP website reads, “rank #1 in knowledge of fundamental economics and financial concepts.”

In a FINRA Investor Education Foundation Financial Capability Survey, conducted nationwide, the Granite State scored first in the nation in areas of financial knowledge and decision making — AKA “financial literacy.”

Imagine that…

A state filled with people who understand economics not just theoretically, but how it applies to everyday life. That’s an interesting experiment in itself.

TWO: “New Hampshire is the 5th healthiest state in the nation.”

New Hampshirites, despite its “high prevalence for binge drinking,” according to Health.com, “are more active than most Americans, enjoy a low rate of infectious diseases, and have a low infant mortality rate.”
THREE: Moreover, the FSP website reads, “With the lowest homicide rate in the country, New Hampshire consistently ranks as the safest state.”

Not one of the safest… the safest.

It also boasts the largest homeschooling networks… strong self-defense laws… the highest number of Bitcoin transactions in the U.S. per capita (meaning, an openness to dollar alternatives)… the highest median income… and the lowest poverty rate in the U.S.

You can check out all 101 reasons at the Free State Project’s website here.

From the looks of it, as mentioned, the FSP is working.

Upon writing, 18,643 Americans have pledged to move to the state within the next five years — amounting to 93% of their goal of 20,000.

If just half of them actually relocate, we would consider that a success.

We almost added our name to the list…

But we’re not pledging to make the plunge quite yet. We will, though, later this year, visit New Hampshire and see what’s happening on the ground. And, of course, tell you all about it.

It does sound promising.

And if we like what we see, we’ll be the among the first to pack our things and head to the Free State — despite our deep aversion to cold winters. (Why do you think we’re still in Thailand?)

What about you?

Would you move to New Hampshire if the Free State Project ends up triggering a mass liberty-migration? Email it: Chris@lfb.org.

Also, we plan to interview the folks running the project. Do you have any questions you’d like us to throw out there? Email it: Chris@lfb.org.

As you know, we’re always on the lookout for ways to live free in an unfree world.

If you don’t like the idea of leaving the country in search of those greener pastures, New Hampshire could be a great option within the borders.

To jump in with both feet, you can sign up and make the pledge here.

But, we shall see. Stay tuned.

Until tomorrow,

Chris Campbell
Managing editor, Laissez Faire Today

P.S. Have something to say? Say it! Chris@lfb.org.

 

Chris Campbell

Written By Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell is the Managing editor of Laissez Faire Today. Before joining Agora Financial, he was a researcher and contributor to SilverDoctors.com.