“FREE STATE PROJECT” MOVING THE NEEDLE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire’s motto is “Live Free or Die,” and an estimated 20,000 libertarians are planning to take the state at its word … at least when it comes to living there.
It’s called the Free State Project, and since 2004 it has been gathering commitments from individuals who vow to pull up stakes and head to the Granite State in an effort to move its ideological compass toward freedom.
Nearly 2,000 of them have already relocated there … and are already having an impact on the state’s politics.
This week, the group’s founder Jason Sorens and current president Carla Gericke are announcing that the project has reached its 20,000 target – making it the “most successful intentional migration movement” in American history.
“Early movers have already made their mark on the Granite State by passing life-saving drug reform legislation, expanding school choice and protecting first amendment rights,” Gericke said. “This has drawn in a whole new crowd of participants. Just imagine what can be accomplished with ten times as many people.”
Oh, and for those looking to write this movement off as nothing more than kooky libertarianism, consider this: Free Staters have reportedly purchased more than $30 million worth of real estate in New Hampshire.
Which is obviously just the beginning of their economic impact …
“Early movers are bringing their businesses, families and charities with them to New Hampshire – not to mention disposable income,” Gericke added.
Freedom pays, in other words.