Anything peaceful and voluntary.

Why the Free State Project is Awesomesauce by FSP Prez, Carla Gericke

The FSP is a movement to concentrate 20,000 liberty-loving folks in one place: New Hampshire, or, as I sometimes call it “Nude Hampster.” Others call it “the Shire,” and the coolest of the cool call it the “Six-Oh-Three” (“603” being the calling code for the entire state). In typical anarchist fashion, we may not agree on what to dub our new home, but one thing we all agree on is New Hampshire is where it’s at.

Why there? Back in the day, 2002-ish, a vote–a voluntary vote–was taken and NH won out over Wyoming and Alaska. New Hampshire is a small state with a population of around 1 million. It is consistently ranked the “freest state.” It already has a live and let live culture. It has a port, a border with Canada, beautiful landscape, and hell, the state motto is: Live Free or Die. You don’t get more in-yer-face-mofos-for-freedom than that!

How does the FSP work? Technically, you are supposed to sign a pledge that says if 20,000 other people sign the pledge, we’ll all move to NH within 5 years. More than 11K have already signed up. BUT, again, in typical you-can’t-herd-no-stinking-cats fashion, a bunch of us decided we weren’t going to wait for the paperwork, so we UPPED and MOVED to get this freedom party on the road–and are fully ensconced in the Granite State.

More than 1,000 liberty lovers now call New Hampshire home. We live all across the state, with large enclaves in Manchester and Keene. Some focus on the political process. We even have a voluntaryist state representative–yes, I acknowledge, an oxymoron for the purists, but somehow it works. Some focus on civil disobedience, like holding peaceful 420 celebrations in public–sometimes even inside the state house. Some simply move, integrate into their new communities and live their lives as free as they can–’cos, yanno, freedom is a state of mind!

And that’s what makes the FSP unique: community, a concentrated community of like-minded people. No more lone wolf whackadoodleness just because you believe all human interactions should be voluntary. Now you can be in a pack of that whackadoodleness.

What kind of pack members are we looking for? Productive people from all walks of life. Whether you are an entrepreneur or a creative type, a hippie or a suit-and-tie, what you should be is self-reliant and productive. Joining the FSP is not just an escape route, we are building a movement, a new way of life. We are leading by example, so being exemplary goes a long way. The FSP’s motto is “Liberty in Our Lifetime.” This is no longer a pipe dream, but a growing, thriving reality in the Live Free or Die state.

To learn more about the Free State Project, join me during Libertopia on Friday, October 21 at 2PM in the John Galt Room. To sign up immediately as a participant, visit our website at Don’t miss our signature events: the Porcupine Freedom Festival (aka Porcfest) and Liberty Forum (registration now open). Questions? Comments? Email me at:


9 responses

  1. Very cool. I grew up here in NH, so no need to move 🙂
    Two questions:

    1. I love the name “Nude Hampshire”, but to my knowledge, nudity will get you in a heap of legal trouble in this state, even if you’re on your own property but within public view. Even just being topless can get women jailed. Is there any hope of changing these draconian laws?

    2. Who is the Voluntaryist representative?


    October 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    • Marcel, a couple years ago the topless stuff was tested by a feisty young lass, and after they arrested her they had to drop the charges because they found out it was legal. You’d be surprised what isn’t prohibited here.

      And for #2, I could guess but there’s any number that it could be.

      October 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      • That was in Keene – how confident are we that the charges would be dropped in another area, such as Nashua or Portsmouth?

        October 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    • Sovereign Curtis

      1. Actually women (in all states) can walk around in public completely in the buff, and are technically not indecently exposed. Why? The definition for ‘indecent exposure’ is displaying reproductive organs, and women’s reproductive organs are hidden inside her (so says the US Supreme Court).

      October 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      • Hi Curtis!
        That sounds good to me in theory, I’m just curious how confident we are in this in reality. We’ve got a fairly private yard but if someone really tries they CAN see in, and my wife is paranoid she’s going to get arrested and charged as a sex offender for suntanning in the nude. Ya know?

        October 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm

  2. Excellent abstract of the movement, Carla!

    October 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

  3. Carla is awesome. As is the vibrant liberty-oriented community here in the ‘shire. Winning!

    October 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

  4. Keith

    Here is a partial listing of the pro-liberty bills that passed in NH just this year. Did more pro-liberty bills pass in NH this year than all other states combined? I don’t know but maybe. On top of that, the NH state budget was cut by more this year than any other state budget is recent history. The government university funding alone was cut by 46% or around twice as much as the next best state. Experiencing is believing.

    2011 New Hampshire Liberty Related Bills Report

    October 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

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