You may have read that New Hampshire has become the target state of the Free State Project. Here is how they describe themselves:
Are you frustrated at the loss of freedom and responsibility in America, while the growth of government and taxes continues unabated? Do you want to live in strong communities where your rights are respected, and people exercise responsibility for themselves and in their dealings with each other? If you answered “yes” to those questions, then the Free State Project has a solution for you.
What the Free State Project is… The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors who agree to the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people’s rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else.
When you sign our Statement of Intent, you signal your commitment to move to the chosen free state, New Hampshire, within five years of obtaining 19,999 other people who commit to move. The more signatures we get, the more secure people can be in their decision to move, because they know that many other people will also be moving— enough to make a real difference! You don’t have to wait until we have 20,000 signatures to move, of course, but that option is there to let you be more secure in your decision.
Here is their fascinating list of 101 reasons to move to New Hampshire.
Now, the Free State Project will be coming to a big screen near you as part of a documentary called Libertopia. Reason TV recently did this interview with the Libertopia’s filmmaker Christina Heller.
Whatever your views about the Free State Project, it is still a fascinating example of the Tiebout hypothesis in action–the theory that people will vote with their feet to find the optimal mix of government.
Disclosure: I am not a member of the Free State Project.