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In the past decade, libertarians outside the Republican Party have tried a number of ways to overcome their marginality. In 1997, a Libertarian writer named L. Neil Smith encouraged Libertarians to run as spoilers against Republicans who had won elections by five-per-cent margins. Invoking a line from the science-fiction novel “Dune”—“The people who can destroy a thing, they control it”—he hoped to force the Republican Party to adopt libertarian-oriented positions. (In at least five recent Senate races, the Libertarian vote was larger than the Democrats’ margin of victory.) In 2001, activists formed the Free State Project, a planned migration of twenty thousand libertarians to New Hampshire—one of the most libertarian states—to concentrate their influence. Nearly nine thousand people signed up; so far, though, only a few hundred have moved.
"t was artfully contrived by Augustus that, in the enjoyment of plenty, the Romans should lose the memory of freedom." --Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire