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Statement of Intent
5 years ago

Free State Project Statement of Intent


Do you want to see freedom in your lifetime? If you're interested in becoming a participant in the Free State Project, please read both the Statement of Intent below and the Participation Guidelines.


If you are not yet a Participant in the Free State Project you can register here. Alternately, you may print out the Statement of Intent, sign it, and mail it to the address listed. (requires Adobe Acrobat)


Please note that we have a standing policy, articulated fully in the FAQ, of expelling those who undertake racial agitation or advocate coercion or violence. We also ask that you be at least 18 years of age to sign the Statement of Intent.


FSP Supporters already living in New Hampshire are encouraged to register as New Hampshire Free State Pioneers.


Not quite ready to commit to the Statement of Intent, but want to support the FSP? Sign up as a Friend of the Free State Project.


Statement of Intent


I hereby state my solemn intent to move to the state of New Hampshire. 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 life, liberty, and property.

5 years ago

I think we need to go to New Hampshire for the Porcfest. People actually doing something ... not just talking about it. What an inspiration. I would love to meet and learn from these pioneers.  

5 years ago

I've always wanted to see New Hampshire  


I am going to sign up as a 'friend' since I can't actually move there (not yet anyway ), but I absolutely support this endeavor.  Bravo


Welcome to the Free State Project

Thank you for joining the Free State Project! With your help, we can achieve liberty in our lifetime. Already, early movers are making a difference in New Hampshire, and we hope you can join us soon.

A welcome email has been sent to the email address you provided. You are now logged into the site, and can log in again later using the username and password you provided when registering. Currently, you can update your contact information and email preferences on the site.

Please consider volunteering to help spread the message of the FSP, and recruit more participants. You can also support the FSP by buying FSP merchandise. There is a wealth of information available on the site about New Hampshirenews about the FSP, and the FSP community.

You can also create an account at the FSP forum, and discuss Free State related issues with other participants. 

Should you wish to contact the organization about your membership or any other matter, please see the contact information. If you encounter any difficulties accessing the site or your account, please contact the Webmaster.
5 years ago

The Free State Project was founded in 2001 by Jason Sorens, then a Ph.D. student at Yale University (now a Ph.D.), Sorens published an article in The Libertarian Enterprise highlighting the failure of libertarians to elect any candidate to federal office, and outlining his ideas for a secessionist movement, and calling people to respond to him with interest. The movement has, since then, come to emphasize secessionism much less strongly, with Sorens publishing a note in the journal to this effect in 2004.


Sorens has stated that the movement continues an American tradition of political migration, which includes groups such as Mormon settlers in Utah and Amish religious communities.
The group movement began without a specific state in mind. A systematic review started by narrowing potential target states to those with a population of less than 1.5 million, and those where the combined spending in 2000 by the Democratic and Republican parties was less than $5.2 million, the total national spending by the Libertarian Party in that year. Hawaii and Rhode Island Rhode Island were eliminated from this list because of their propensity for centralized government.
A ballot in September 2003 was held to choose a state to focus the movement's efforts on. The ballot used the Condorcet method to choose the target state. New Hampshire was the winner, with Wyoming coming in second by a 55% to 45% margin. 


Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Vermont, and the Dakotas (North Dakota and South Dakota) were also on the list.


The state of New Hampshire was chosen because the perceived individualist culture of New Hampshire was thought to resonate well with libertarian ideals. The movement, however, has drawn criticism from some New Hampshire residents concerned about population pressure and opposition to increased taxation. Republicans, on the other hand, have responded more favorably to the project, because of their espoused agreement on small government.


Annual events

The Free State Project is the official organizer of two events in New Hampshire:

  • The New Hampshire Liberty Forum is a convention-style event that was held in 2009 and 2010, with a wide variety of speakers, dinners and events.
  • The Porcupine Freedom Festival (PorcFest) is a week-long summer festival that takes place in a campground, and is designed to be a more laid-back event than the Liberty Forum.
Notable unaffiliated activities by Freestaters

There are many projects created by Free State Project participants or people in New Hampshire that are friends with FSP participants, none of which have been officially endorsed by the Free State Project, which remains strictly neutral on policy issues, electoral politics, and controversies about tactics.  Free Staters themselves often strongly disagree amongst themselves over which means (e.g. civil disobedience or electoral politics) are appropriate or useful.


Civil disobedience

On January 10, 2009, Andrew Carroll, an 18-year-old Free State Project participant, took part in an act of marijuana civil disobedience. Though Carroll says he does not smoke marijuana himself, he openly possessed it in order to demonstrate what he believes to be the immorality of the drug war.  Carroll was arrested for this, and was found guilty - but he opted to spend eight days in jail rather than pay a $420 fine. In September of the same year, people began having daily "420 celebrations" in Keene during which marijuana is openly consumed in public. Despite several arrests, people have continued attending them. Similar protests have also started occurring in other parts of New Hampshire.


In April 2009, Sam Dodson was arrested for filming in a court lobby. Because he refused to give his name (asserting his Fifth Amendment right), he was held in jail for nearly two months before being released for unknown reasons.

Free Keene
5 years ago

Free Keene is an initiative to encourage people to move specifically to Keene, New Hampshire. The website lists "130+ Reasons to Move to Keene" and documents activity already happening in Keene.


New Hampshire Free Press


The New Hampshire Free Press is published in West Lebanon. Originally known as the Keene Free Press, the paper began as a web-based newspaper in November 2005, expanding to a twice a month print edition in February 2006. In 2008 the name of the paper was changed to its current form. The print edition has a printing volume of 5,000 copies.


The NH Free Press is edited by Kat Kanning, an organiser of the New Hampshire Underground website.


New Hampshire Liberty Alliance


The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLA) is a New Hampshire non-partisan coalition whose goal is to increase individual freedom. The organization supports candidates for state and local office and lobbies the legislature from an individual-rights point of view. more



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