Wednesday, July 13th, 2011   Submitted by
My hat goes off to James Schlessinger Jr. and the Keene, New Hampshire activists that have created their own public access television show. It is no easy feat to do a thing like this. Even better is that their first episode was well done and interesting. It will only get better with time.
There are two quick things I would like to mention about this video. Firstly, I think it is great that an activist is willing to risk his house over refusal to pay property taxes. That takes serious courage and will help to give me the strength to persevere if I am ever in a position of losing something of much lesser value. Secondly, the “average Joe” interviewed at the end is proof positive that concentrating a critical mass of libertarians in a small area has profound effects in our conversion rate.
Thursday, July 7th, 2011   Submitted by
I’ve written my last letter-to-the-editor for my local paper. I did my best to list some of my grievances with the state. Normally, when people flee a dying state they keep their opinions to themselves, or at most share them with close friends and family. But I thought the people of California deserved to know why I’m leaving. Unfortunately, I was only allotted two hundred words for my article. I could have written a book.
As usual, the comment section is filled with statists, this time rejoicing at my departure. Others sympathize with my views and cheer me on, like a convict who takes pleasure in one of his fellow cage-birds successfully escaping prison. The truth is, everybody is happy that I’m leaving. I no longer like California and California doesn’t want me. I’m not the first person to flee this dying state and I won’t be the last. I’m just escaping while I still can.
Here’s my final letter. If you believe you would receive similar sentiments by those left behind in your state, please consider joining me, and so many others, in the Free State.
Update: There have been two letters published in response to my own. They can be read here and here.
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011   Submitted by
You know your movement is starting to get big when the mainstream media is willing to go to the middle of nowhere to report on your activities. Here is a quality podcast done by NPR that gives a shout out to anarcho-capitalism and the Porcupine Freedom Festival. In contrast to the rabidly anti-libertarian comments left by many of the listeners, I think the podcasters themselves gained a good amount of respect for our movement during their visit. And it would be hard not to. It is quite a unique experience to be surrounded by several hundred down-to-earth, fun, compassionate, intelligent and resolute individuals that shatter all preconceived notions about how society can function. Granted, the podcasters did get some jabs in, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. For starters, people often poke fun of those for whom they have respect. Secondly, the fact that we are being ridiculed at all is better than being ignored, right? You be the judge and tell me what you think. Was this a net positive for our movement or net negative?
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011   Submitted by
Well, after several years of pondering, two years of conviction, one visit, and a year later than hoped for, my wife and I are finally moving to The Shire. I found a Porcmanor apartment in downtown Manchester. This means that I will be living in a building owned by a Porcupine, occupied by Porcupines. And we should be arriving by the end of July!
Friday, June 17th, 2011   Submitted by
Here is a nice little interview of Stephanie Murphy of New Hampshire. She is a well known voluntaryist activist and Free Stater. She helps to dispel some myths about libertarian anarchism to the Concord, New Hampshire region. Notice that the host of this public access television show is also a political refugee. Could it be, too, that Free Staters will end up infiltrating New Hampshire’s major newspapers? If you are currently a journalism major and wondering where to seek employment after graduation I hope you will consider reinforcing your comrades in the Shire.
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Tuesday, May 10th, 2011   Submitted by
People often tell me that they are not yet in the financial position necessary to move to New Hampshire. I can understand that sentiment. Nobody wants to move to a different part of the world, with all of its uncertainties, in financially poor shape. Ideally, one would pay off outstanding debts first, have some savings in the bank, and line up a job before moving.
But the truth of the matter is that if you’re struggling where you currently are, you might as well struggle in New Hampshire. Where you claim that you cannot afford to move, I believe that you cannot afford to stay.
If you’re doing well now and you’ve got a family to support then I can understand biding one’s time. But as the economy gets worse I believe you’ll be seeing many more Free Staters moving to New Hampshire with little more than the clothes on their backs. I’m almost at that point myself. I’m several grand in the hole, have no full-time employment and no prospects of things improving in the so-called Golden State. If I’m going to be a debt slave I might as well be one in New Hampshire, where I’m amongst like-minds, a lower cost of living, no sales taxes, and arguably the best economy in the nation.
We’re headed for what may become known as “the Greater Depression.” If that is the case then you’re likely never going to be in outstanding financial shape. My sentiment is that one is better off toiling in New Hampshire than anywhere else. And by the looks of it, Sovereign Curtis agrees. I hope you will watch this testimony and take what he has to say to heart and then join me, and so many others, in the pilgrimage to the land of milk and honey.
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011   Submitted by
Congratulations are in order for Grafton, New Hampshire resident Bob Constantine. Last year Bob had his marijuana garden stolen by the criminal gang known as the State of New Hampshire. He was also threatened with a “felony” charge and a potential caging of up to seven years.
But despite all of this Mr. Constantine decided to stand up for his rights and not beg for mercy from the judge. Activists from all over New Hampshire, as well as Vermont, came out to support Mr. Constantine by distributing leaflets to potential jurors that inform them of their power to vote their conscience when determining the defendant’s fate. Other activists provided moral support to Mr. Constantine while simultaneously questioning the morality of so-called police, attorneys and bureaucrats.
The jurors eventually found Bob Constantine not guilty of manufacturing marijuana. They did, however, convict him of possession of the taboo plant, which will result in the theft of one thousand dollars from Mr. Constantine as well as his caging for up to two months.
Bob Constantine’s courage will hopefully inspire other individuals to live free despite the threats of the state. His, and many other activists’, actions are a testimony to the culture of freedom and possibility that exists within the geographical location commonly referred to as New Hampshire. I, for one, cannot wait to arrive.
Thanks to Jason Talley for his excellent video production of Mr. Constantine’s closing statement.
Friday, February 25th, 2011   Submitted by
I remember a few months ago Keene resident Meg McLain was discussing opening a center for activists in the Keene, NH area. She was asking for name recommendations for Keene’s activist center and I remember throwing my recommendation of Liberty HQ out there. Nobody else thought that name was cool besides me. Oh well. I wasn’t the one opening the center. But I had definitely thought it a good idea for some time. Imagine having a central location where activists in your town hang out, collaborate, learn from each other, and have a place to engage in recreation. Well, Keene, NH has such a place and I have faith it will grow to be something quite amazing. I’m imagining seminar rooms, pool tables, ping pong tables, dart boards, a kitchen with full time cook, a bar and so much more. And what’s extra special is that the patrons are liberty lovers like yourself and the money you spend isn’t going to some owner who could care less about your cause.
Anyways, the center is ironically called the Keene Activist Center after all. See if you can spot some anarchist symbolism in this video. And just remember, the center is only in its infancy. It will grow, I assure you.
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011   Submitted by
I can’t wait until Grafton, Manchester, Concord and Nashua start giving Free Keene some real competition for liberty media. Free Grafton is coming along slowly, but surely. I look forward to the day when they too have a vibrant forum and professional youtube commercials.
Apparently Meg of Liberty Flair is responsible for the quality of this ad. She’s also done excellent fifteen, thirty, and sixty second advertisements for Free Keene. Perhaps some day I will have her create a commercial for Daily Anarchist that I can have air during Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano. When I dream, I dream big. Ha! Enjoy this short video and stay tuned, because in the very near future I’ve got some exciting news to share that should really help put anarcho-capitalism on the map.
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Sunday, December 26th, 2010   Submitted by
I know it may seem like I post a lot of articles concerning the Free State Project and New Hampshire goings on in general. But for all of the time I spend scouring the internet for anarchist activism, or even more generally liberty activism, Shire Porcupines account for the largest amount of chatter worthy content hands down. I encourage those of you who either will not or cannot move to New Hampshire to at least pay close attention to what is going on there. You can learn a lot about how to replicate their successes in your small corner of the globe. In fact, if it weren’t for the courage shown by other Porcupines in New Hampshire, I may never have taken the initiative to engage in my own civil disobedience here in California.
My goal is still to move to New Hampshire as soon as humanly possible, and I intend to document it every step of the way. Some of my favorite things to publish on Daily Anarchist are testimonials of others on how they converted to full blown anarchism or the story of their move to New Hampshire. If you have your own story I hope you will consider sharing it with us. Simply create a new post in your profile’s dashboard and submit it to the editor for review.
On a side note, Dave Ridley has published some excellent video blogs from the 17th to the 25th of December 2010. Check them out after you enjoy this short interview.