NASHUA – The president of the Free State Project announced this weekend she wants the thousands of supporters nationwide who have committed to moving to New Hampshire to begin doing so in two years.
“This is a solution. We want to trigger the move. We know that what we are doing here is incredibly important,” Carla Gericke, one of the leaders of the Free State Project, who moved from New York to New Hampshire in 2008, told participants at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum.
According to its website, the Free State Project has 1,130 participants already living in New Hampshire, with more than 13,700 committed to eventually relocating here. Its plan is to entice more than 20,000 pro-liberty activists to move to the Granite State, with participants pledging to “exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of life, liberty and property,” says the site.
Based on the current recruiting rate, Gericke said, the pledge total would hit 20,000 in 2018, triggering the large-scale move to New Hampshire. Under that scenario, the goal would be to have all pledgers relocate by 2023.
However, Gericke said she does not want to wait until she is 51 years old to trigger the move.
“I want to do it in the next two years,” she said, explaining the only way to accelerate the move is to begin major fundraising efforts and secure sponsors to help raise about $270,000 – a figure she believes could make the move feasible.
“The most valuable thing you can do is move, and you won’t regret it,” she told those in attendance for the opening ceremony of the New Hampshire Liberty Forum on Friday at the Crowne Plaza. ” … We are building the beacon of liberty for the rest of the world to emulate.”
The $270,000 would help the Free State Project become a 501c3 company. It applied for that status in July 2012, but are waiting for official confirmation. The money would primarily help pay for marketing material, recruiting efforts and a salary for Gericke.
Despite the attention the Free State Project is receiving this weekend during the annual forum, there are still opponents of the controversial libertarianism movement. Some elected officials in New Hampshire are critical of members’ efforts, previously voicing suspicion about how Free Staters would actually go about launching political change.
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