Thursday, September 22, 2005

Free State Project Moves Forward

For those of you that don't know about the Free State Project, it's a movement to get a whole bunch of (big or small l) Libertarians to one state where they could get enough influence, because of their size, to move that state towards a libertarian society. New Hampshire was chosen after some debate. The figure of 20,000 people moving was the goal. Looks like 100 or so have made the move so far. I still doubt they'll get 20,000 libertarians to move there, even amongst the ones who have said they will move.

Nonetheless, I'd love to see the project be successful and so was pleased to see this news article regarding some Free Staters filing papers for local office and some other Free Staters that have already had some success in winning elections and getting libertarian legislation passed. Looks like they're off to a good start. Kudos and godspeed to the Free Staters in New Hampshire! If I was younger I might well consider moving to New Jersey myself, but due to a number of reasons, looks like I'm trapped here and will likely go down with the sinking ship, the S.S. California.

"When you're on a sinking ship and the water reaches the upper decks, follow the rats."- See comments for source


At 7:01 PM, Anonymous leonidas said...

Glad to note you appreciate the quote I sent you on 2 June. The credit belongs to an associate professor of political science at Cal State Long Beach in late 1962 Dr. Ira Cohen. I don't know where he got it

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Yes, love the quote and have used it once before here, although I forget which post. It's somewhere in the archives.

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Tint said...

Just whack off the desert parts of So Cal and California still has a chance. Split the state!

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Fred said...

What do you consider the desert parts of the state, tint? I'd have to disagree since the people that have pretty much run this state into the ground, the authoritarian lefties, are mostly along the coast, especially the Bay Area.

I'm not saying all lefties are authoritarian, but the authoritarian ones are the ones that have caused the most damage int the state since they've controlled the state legislature for decades.

If I were to split the state, I'd go it more along the lines of the Jefferson State movement (still haven't figured out how to add links to the comments). Jefferson State would mostly be far Northern CA and Southern Oregon. There's a map of the proposal on their home page. They include Humboldt County but, as a "member" of the Jefferson State Committee, I suggested that Humboldt shouldn't be included as we have much of the same mentality in this county as has run down the state as a whole. Humboldt remains as part of the dream of Jefferson to this day.


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