Forget the FSP. Move to New Hampshire Anyway
With my conflicts with the Free State Project brought back to the forefront, I am again receiving many communications from people who say “I’m not going to move there now” and that sort of thing. I realize, that it may seem like you’re taking my side in a conflict by doing that, and I can appreciate your sentiment. The FSP’s decision was wrong, and their behavior since reflects poorly on the organization. I no longer wish to be a member of the FSP myself.
I also realize that no shortage of the people saying this would never have moved anyway. For a lot of you, any excuse to not leave your jobs, your friends, your family, and your comfort zones will do. I can sympathize with that, it’s not easy. For the rest of you who sincerely would have moved, you should know that this would be an absurd reason to not participate in what I think is the greatest chance we have to find liberty in our lifetimes.
The Free State Project’s board of trustees is little more than a half dozen control freaks who meet 4 times a year. They are not elected by the membership. The only things they have any control over are FSP events like PorcFest, the FSP social networking outlets, and the FSP website. Outside of those things, they have absolutely zero say over what you do with your life in New Hampshire. Additionally, the FSP board is a political entity that seeks favor with the State. We can debate the merits of that all day, but my point is that even the members of it behave differently outside of their official roles. The last time I was in Manchester, I had drinks with Carla Gericke and we’re still Facebook friends. If you really want to get back at them, then sign the pledge to make the move. My understanding is, once they reach 20k signers, the board will be dissolved, and cease to exist.
The general consensus with FSP members, and even more so with FSP sympathetic locals, is that I should not have been expelled. Any perception that I’ve been run out of New Hampshire is only caused by a small and vocal minority on the internet, mostly comprised of left leaning people, many who don’t even live in New Hampshire or have any intention of moving. If I decided to go to PorcFest, nobody would be able to stop me from doing that, and I would be welcomed at the vast majority of campsites. I’m just not going to help the FSP sell tickets by being at their event until they rescind their defamation against me. As I go about my daily life in New Hampshire, I am surrounded by friends who care a lot more about freedom, than 501c3 status or political correctness, and you can be too.
Most importantly, if you actually want to help me advance our cause, the last thing you should do is leave me to do it by myself. As some of you already know, I’ve spent a great deal of time in New York as of late for work reasons. I expect that this is about to change, and soon I will be back in New Hampshire full time. When that happens, the best thing you can do to advance our cause is to join me there. For those of you who are interested, I will work diligently to find you work, and lodging.
Seriously, consider it for a moment. We’re talking about taking on the most powerful government in the history of mankind. Did any of you really think there would not be serious opposition to this? Did any of you really expect that men would not turn coward once things got real? This is exactly what is supposed to be happening. What political movement does not have infighting? Since when have principled people not met opposition from those seeking political power?
Ideological inconsistency, pacifism, and political correctness are the least of our problems if we seriously expect to live in a stateless society. We are libertarians because we fight statism, which is the greatest threat, not only to us, but to the survival of our species. This fight is bigger than all of us combined. So when some people get cold feet and freak out, that should be like background noise to us.
Becoming discouraged and dropping out of the fight when opposition arises is no strategy for success. Take it from me, opposition is nothing but a measure of your success. If what we were working towards wasn’t making progress, then nobody would care. If I was as marginalized as some would try to make me out to be, then there would be no resistance. The fact of the matter is, we’re winning, our rivals are terrified of us, and they are trying to stop our advancement. They are failing, miserably. We are an unstoppable force and we are about to come within striking distance of an immovable object.
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