I’ve decided to make the move to New Hampshire and take my place among the Free Staters. I didn’t make this decision because I’m fighting for the cause of limited, constitutional government, but instead because I desire to be among fellow liberty lovers. It’s true, New Hampshire isn’t a perfect agorist paradise and still suffers from many of the same ills as my current state of residence, but I’ll take slightly more liberty any day.
It was a tough decision to make because I really do like living in the South. All of my family and friends will be left behind, including my elderly parents and my two dogs, whom I love dearly. I will be leaving behind many memories and that comforting notion of ‘home’. So why am I headed there and when will I be going?
While I cannot sign the Statement of Intent because of a slight disagreement over the proper role of ‘civil government’, I think agorists will benefit tremendously from having a bunch of libertarians affecting the state’s legal structure. Sure, they aren’t going to privatize all the roads, or abolish the state monopoly on police and justice, but they may be quite helpful in shielding our own efforts from the machinations of Washington.
It’s the Imperial State that is our greatest adversary as it is the most capable and determined force to deprive us of what little liberty we have left. The state government is pretty free compared to other states in the union and this is something I want to take advantage of. The state motto is “Live Free or Die”. Since New Hampshire is without general income, sales, inventory, and machinery taxes, there exists a comparative advantage for starting businesses and building personal wealth. New Hampshire has been ranked second in the nation for having a business friendly climate. However, the there are property taxes, but these are generally broken down by county and municipality, with some counties being far kinder to your wallet than others. There are also bed, vehicle, and dividend taxes, but I’m confident that the Free Staters can hack away at those if their numbers become great enough.
New Hampshire is also an open carry state so it isn’t taboo to see a bunch of folk walking around town with sidearms holstered to their hips. It’s almost like a scene out of a western, except with baseball hats and nine mil semi automatic pistols instead of horses and spurs. So you can bet people who desire to relieve you of your assets will have more incentive to go bother lesser armed prey. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why the state is ranked for having the lowest crime rate in the nation.
The state legislature known as the General Court is a minarchist’s dream come true, where there are four hundred state representatives who are only paid one hundred dollars per year. Generally, the state leaves land use regulations up to the municipalities and this could be of great importance for agorists who might want to set up a free city. Even Eminent Domain cannot be used to take land to be redistributed to private interests. The state constitution does not mandate a public education system, and so there are plenty of private schools. This is good news for those agorists who want to provide alternative education methods, such as myself.
Economically, the state has one of the highest median household incomes in the country at $49,467. The state has a thriving year-round tourist industry, as well as providing agricultural products, machinery, and electrical products. The state also has a growing tech sector. That is certainly one of the reasons I will be looking to move there.
For all the niceties of New Hampshire, the biggest reason I want to be there is to make new friends who share my passion for ethics, philosophy, and voluntaryism. As an agorist living in the shadow of an area in Florida heavily dependent upon military industrial complex pork, the people that I call my neighbors have a nationalist fervor that I just cannot stomach. I want to be with people that want to blow up balloons for parties, not blowing up villages for patriotism.
If I am able to find a decent paying software development job there around the spring or summer of 2011, I’ll be headed northward. I hope to see you there, building our agorist society one unlicensed brick at a time.