Free State Project

New Hampshire’s Free State Project – How Freeing a Single State from “Government” Could Free Us All

Could New Hampshire be the 1st U.S. State to Kick Out “Government” and See its Economy Flourish?

By Etienne de la Boetie2, Founder of the Art of Liberty Foundation and author of “Government” – The Biggest Scam in History… Exposed!

In my book “Government” – The Biggest Scam in History… Exposed! I have a suggestion in the solutions section entitled: Get concentrated – Support & Move to Voluntaryist and Libertarian Communities.   Libertarians are organizing all over the world in various efforts to secure an area with political sovereignty to implement societies free from the control system of “government.”

The largest and most exciting is the Free State Project, which has organized over 24,000+ activists who have pledged to move to New Hampshire and campaign actively for its political independence. The group has already moved and organized over 6,200+ in the state, with more arriving every week and has spent over a decade successfully rolling back laws, getting libertarians elected to office, and building the political and social networks needed for societal change. I believe if we free New Hampshire, then we, ultimately, can win everywhere.

The Free State Project started in 2001 when a political science student, Jason Sorens, then a Ph.D. student at Yale, published an article highlighting the failure of libertarians to elect any candidate to federal office and outlining his ideas for a secessionist movement, calling people to respond to him with interest. That response led to the organization on the Internet, and the Free State Project was born without a specific state in mind. 

101 Reasons Liberty Lives in New Hampshire

The initial participants began a systematic review of the easiest US state with a sub-1.5 million population to determine which state would be the easiest to take over.  Participants analyzed such variables as population, spending by political parties, the make-up of the legislature, and the percentage of libertarians in the state.  Hawaii and Rhode Island were eliminated for their political propensity to centralized government, and a “bake-off” was held in September of 2003 between Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.  New Hampshire edged out Wyoming (57% vs. 43%) in the final vote.

Members of the Free State Project signed a “Statement of Intent” promising to move within five years to whichever state was chosen when the total population of the group hit 20,000, a number that had been calculated as what was needed for a committed group of activists to significantly influence a small state with a sub-1.5 million population. 

Once New Hampshire was chosen in 2003, FSP members began moving to the State immediately.  These were called “Early Movers,” and they began having an impact almost immediately. The group hit 20,000 “signers” in February of 2016, triggering “The Move,” however, there were all kinds of “outs” in agreement.  Some signers wouldn’t move because they didn’t like New Hampshire, some signers got married, some signers divorced, and many had passed away. 

Flash forward to today.  The FSP now has 6230+ members “on the ground” in New Hampshire, with new members arriving every single week.  The actual number is likely higher because not every member has notified the organization’s office that they have made the move, and many simply don’t want to be on a list when we have an organized crime “government” targeting pre-freedom individuals and organizations.  The organization runs an extremely active jobs board to help folks considering making the move find employment in the state, a housing board to help them find accommodations, AND the FSP “Welcome Wagon” of fellow porcupines helps new movers unload when they arrive. You supply the pizza and beer!

The Free Staters, known as “porcupines,” have been incredibly successful in keeping the torch of Liberty alive in New Hampshire.  The state has retained its low-tax status as the only North-Eastern state with no income and no sales tax.  Forty-five free staters have been elected to the house of representatives, but the actual number may be higher as some porcupines run as Republicans and Democrats in a kind of reverse-Fabian socialism (Sheepdogs in Wolves-Clothing).  Furthermore, the free-staters in the legislature have formed strong political alliances with both sides of the house, and there is a solid voting block of over 100 representatives that consistently vote pro-freedom on almost every issue.

The Free Stater’s successes in New Hampshire transcend party politics. The members have built political and social networks needed for widespread societal change.  On the political side, the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance rates every piece of legislation coming before the house and senate on whether it is pro-freedom or anti-freedom and assigns a report card score of A-F to every legislator on their voting recordRebuild New Hampshire organizes activists and amplifies communications. The Children’s Scholarship Fund successfully lobbied the legislature to allow NH businesses to redirect a portion of their business proceeds tax to an Educational Tax Credit that has awarded scholarships totaling over $9,000,000, allowing students to attend schools that best meet their needs. 

On the social side, FSP members have created multiple community centers across the state that serve as homeschooling cooperatives, agorist marketplaces, co-working spaces, and community clubhouses.  These include The Quill in Manchester, the Praxeum in Portsmouth, the Shell in Rollinsford, and the Wearehouse in Weare.  Freestaters hold more than 550+ meetups, conferences, happy hours, game nights, singles events, hiking clubs, and full-fledged festivals in every corner of the state.  You can see the complete calendar at

What is PorceFest and the FSP

The Porcupine Freedom Festival is the FSP’s annual camping festival that takes over the largest campground in the state for a full week each June.  The event draws 2500+ attendees from around the world and features world-class speakers, parties, workshops, vendors, and activism in a family-friendly setting. 

A Libertarian and Voluntaryist Redoubt

The symbolism of the porcupine is simple.  The porcupine only wants to be left alone. He has quills, but they are only for self-defense.  While the majority of FSP members support a limited government that only protects life, liberty and property, a significant number of members are voluntaryists who don’t believe in the legitimacy, necessity or desirability of government at all. There is a running joke within the FSP: what is the difference between a libertarian and a voluntaryist in New Hampshire? Answer: About Six Months! I break down in the book the unethically manipulative techniques that the U.S. “government” has used to indoctrinate the pseudo-religion of statism into the shave-headed cult members that wear the uni-form (single form, conformity) and enforce on their fellow tax slaves.  I firmly believe that no libertarians or voluntaryists are safe until we have a redoubt where the shave-headed enforcers have no power because they are either: 1. Mocked relentlessly from all sides by a population that understands the scam of “government” and the unethically manipulative techniques used to create non-thinking, immoral gunmen. OR 2. They are outnumbered and outgunned by a peaceful but well-armed population who simply aren’t going to be robbed by “government” anymore.  New Hampshire is the place on the planet where these dynamics are slowly and surely taking place.

What Happens when “Government” Thugs Threaten Porcfest

“Government” Tax Collectors try to collect the “meals tax” from food vendors at Porcfest and are surrounded, mocked, and driven off, never to return!

Because New Hampshire now has one of the largest concentrations of voluntaryists in the world, the indoctrinated pseudo-religion of “statism” and belief in “government” not only doesn’t fly in New Hampshire but the concentration of pro-freedom activists is approaching the point where they outnumber the bureaucrats and gunmen. Some examples: In 2015 agents from the NH Dept. of Revenue showed up at Porcfest and attempted to collect the “meals tax” from food vendors.  They were surrounded, mocked, driven-off and the “dept of revenue” has never attempted to rob merchants at Porcfest again.  I have heard stories of porcupines who were pulled over by the cops and used the now defunct group calling app Porc411 that sends a call blast to everyone subscribed.  The police officer (and other responding officers and state police) were surrounded and outnumbered by porcupines who made fun of them, laughed at their “uni-forms” and mocked them relentlessly.  Finally, in Keene pro-legalization cannabis activists stormed the Keene police department after one of their members was arrested at a pro-legalization “smoke-in” at the town square.  The activists forced the release of arrested member and then lit up and smoked up the police station!

Free State Project NH Gun Church:

New Hampshire has the lowest murder rate in the nation, despite “lax” gun laws. The lowest murder rate in the nation doesn’t equate to lightly armed. It equates to being massively armed. My favorite Free State Project gun club is called “Gun Church” (Cause it is on Sunday and for people who like to shoot religiously). Run by a former Green Beret with assistance from Ex-Navy SEALS, Rangers and other ex-military, the group teaches modern gun fighting techniques for community protection. It is getting to the point when the shave-headed cult members of the “government” come out to try to enforce on their neighbors that they are going to find themselves outnumbered and out-gunned!

The Pre-State Project

Finally, the Free State Project is capable and, I believe, destined for exponential growth. New Hampshire is rapidly approaching the point where the Hundredth Monkey Effect takes place, and the majority of the population comes to the understanding that “government” is illegitimate and illogical and has been robbing and tax-farming them for ½ their income.  My non-profit, The Art of Liberty Foundation, believes that dynamic can be accelerated and has come up with a plan that we call “The Pre-State Project” to super-charge the growth by widely exposing the illegitimacy and criminality of “government” in a way that can’t be censored by the monopoly media.

A “Pre-Stater” is someone who already lives in New Hampshire BUT agrees with and is supportive of the FSP’s liberty goals.  Currently, the majority of FSP members are “Pre-Staters” and growing this number should be the #1 strategy for taking over and freeing the State.    Our plan entails dropping 100,000 copies of “Government” – The Biggest Scam in History, Liberator flash drives, and a TBD documentary to the intelligentsia, influential and libertarian-leaning in the state and driving the interested to town hall events where we introduce the FSP and the social and political organizations that stand ready to absorb and utilize new members while moving them to uncensorable, encrypted communications.  We believe this can be accomplished for a couple of million dollars and, once freed from the scam and control system of “Government,” New Hampshire can serve as both an example and “laboratory-of-liberty” for other secession movements.  If you want to free California, China, Israel or the UK, free New Hampshire 1st.  You can evaluate our plan for the Pre-State Project at in our Executive Summary.

Free State Project New Hampshire Liberty Events: PorcFest – Porcupine Freedom Festival every June, The Freecoast Festival (Sept, Portsmouth) or the Liberty Forum (March, Manchester), FSP Calendar (550+ Liberty Meet Ups and activities year-round).

About the Author:

Etienne de la Boetie2 is the founder of the Art of Liberty Foundation and the author of “Government” – The Biggest Scam in History that is exposing the illegitimacy and criminality of “Government” while promoting solutions like the Free State Project among others featured in the book.  He was signer #50 in the Free State Project and has been one of the effort’s most prolific representatives promoting the project on blogs, vlogs, podcasts, and radio shows around the world.

Other Global Voluntaryist and Liberty Communities: Europe: Liberland (Serbia/Croatia border, Europe), Liberstad (Norway), Montelibero (Montenegro) – libertarian start-up town in the Balkans, Sark (Bailiwick of Guernsey, English Channel) – Self-governing island Central/South America and Caribbean: Prospera (Roatan Island, Honduras) Defined and limited “government,” $80M committed, $32M in the ground; Cheran (Mexico) The town that kicked out the “government” Other: Seasteading Institute – political autonomy on the oceans,) The Free Society (stalled?) and Free Cities Foundation (Rocking It!)- Are attempts to negotiate political sovereignty similar to or within an existing Special Economic Zone (Country TBD) Caledonia (US-based voluntaryist mutual aid society).

About the Art of Liberty Foundation

A start-up public policy organization: Voluntaryist crime fighters exposing inter-generational organized crime’s control of the “government,” media and academia. The foundation is the publisher of “Government” – The Biggest Scam in History… Exposed! and Five Meme Friday – a weekly e-mail or Telegram summary of the best alternative media, censored truth videos, at least five hot, fresh, dank liberty memes every week, and “Government,” Media, and Academia Exposed! – A Telegram summary of the best mainstream and alternative news story proving our thesis that inter-generational organized crime interests are hierarchically controlling all three.

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