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thejadedtraveler

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Liberty Forum 2017 inquiry
« on: November 15, 2016, 05:51:19 am »

Hello.

I am from the Seattle area and have found myself increasingly interested in the Free State Project. I plan to visit NH sometime next year, perhaps late Spring, though am also interested in the Liberty Forum this February. I imagine there will be quite a bit of snowfall during that time, and I'll confess my experience driving in the snow is limited. Is getting around NH in Feb. relatively easy without renting a car? How is transit, buses, etc.?

Thanks for any information you can provide.
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Re: Liberty Forum 2017 inquiry
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2016, 04:23:56 pm »

The NH Liberty Forum is in Manchester, which is easy to get to. There's a good-sized airport served by Southwest, and the city has Uber and a bus system. Snow doesn't stay on main roads long in NH, because the plowing is regular. But of course, that time of year there's always a chance of a significant several-inch snowfall, which plows can't always keep up with.

This year's Liberty Forum is going to be a little more focused on activists within NH. That doesn't mean out-of-staters aren't welcome (at all), but it does mean that you won't see a lot of big-name libertarians or a lot of discussion around philosophy and political ideas. Instead, there will be sessions on how to build a mass movement, how to use the media, how to engage in political persuasion, etc. Very hands-on. PorcFest in late spring/early summer is geared more toward the out-of-state attendee with a social, having-fun feel.
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Re: Liberty Forum 2017 inquiry
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2016, 08:42:39 pm »

Thank you for the great information, Jason. I've only recently become familiar with the FSP. My wife and I found your "101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire" film to be nothing short of inspiring. I've lived in the Seattle area my entire life. While it has always been left-leaning, I can't help but worry about some of the extremist overtones that now dominate our political and social landscape (e.g., some calling for socialism/communism, the dissolution of property rights, etc.). This, of course, is not isolated to my region, though it is far more pronounced here and I find myself wondering just what life in New Hampshire would be like for a socially liberal, but fiscally conservative/small government-minded person. Thanks again.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2016, 08:58:48 pm »

NH is a politically diverse place, in keeping with its tradition of decentralization. I live in the second-most left-wing town in the state, Lyme. But the left-wingers in NH tend to be highly educated, pluralistic sorts, concerned about social justice but also not real extremists (though a lot of them are Bernie Sanders supporters). The southern part of the state, near Massachusetts, is much more conservative, and the wealthier suburbs tend to be dominated by establishment Republican types (a lot of Christie and Kasich supporters). Interior rural N.H. has long been pretty libertarian - lots of votes for Ron Paul in '08 and '12, little land-use regulation, etc. However, a lot of rural N.H. has also gone Trumpian, which is pretty disturbing. The most Trumpian parts are the downscale, blue-collar places like Seabrook and Claremont. Overall, libertarianish voters seem to hold the balance of power in a lot of elections. For instance, in the most recent election, NH went narrowly for the Dems for all federal offices and for the GOP for all the branches of state government. That fits pretty well with who I think are the better parties from a libertarian perspective at each tier of government.
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Re: Liberty Forum 2017 inquiry
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2016, 10:58:44 pm »

Thank you Jason. Those are all important things for us to consider. NH sounds like quite a contrast to the political landscape in the Puget Sound region, especially in terms of its diversity. While I know that no place is perfect, that liberty-minded people have a presence in NH and have any sway whatsoever in local government gives me hope.

At the very least we plan to be there for PorcFest, though may come up in February as well. Thanks again for all the great info, but above all for fighting the good fight.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2016, 08:33:37 pm »

Well, you're welcome... And I didn't really mention the half of the libertarian influence, which is quite significant at the state level. Seventeen or more FSP movers were elected to the state house at the last election, and friend of the FSP Charlie Arlinghaus is the new governor's chief policy guy right now.
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