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Erik Brown

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New Book - "A Libertarian Walks Into A Bear"
« on: December 15, 2020, 04:31:25 pm »

I have recently resumed checking Wendy McElroy's blog ( for news headlines.  In her post for 15 December 2020, she links to this article on the Vox website from 10 December 2020:

"A Libertarian Walks Into A Bear: Author Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling on The Free State Project"

The article is an interview between the article's author, Sean Illing, and the book's author, Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling.

The article, however, talks about the Free Town Project, and it's author seems to be under the impression that the Free Town Project
eventually became the Free State Project.  And, the book's author states that the project failed in 2016, although he might
simply be referring to the Free Town Project.

The book's author also states: "You know, 'libertarian' is such a weird umbrella term for a very diverse group of people. Some libertarians are built around the idea of white supremacy and racism. That was not the case with these libertarians. Most of the libertarians that I met were kind, decent people who would be generous with a neighbor in any given moment. But in the abstract, when they’re at a town meeting, they will vote to hurt that neighbor by cutting off, say, support for road plowing."  That there are white supremacists who call themselves libertarian came as a surprise to me, but I don't get out much.

Is this worthy of some official FSP public relations?

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Re: New Book - "A Libertarian Walks Into A Bear"
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2020, 08:14:14 pm »

good question

from what I can tell the info in that book is rather random and some made up ...  I don't know where they are getting their ideas from.

I lived in Grafton for a while and know many of the people that have been involved with the free town project.
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