Don’t just take our word for it – see the Free State Project itself talk about moving 20,000 people to New Hampshire to take over state government and dismantle it.
In Bedford, a group of local residents – led by Republicans – raised the alarm on FSP candidates running for the local school board in 2014.
WMUR: Bedford residents critical of Free State candidates, March 10, 2014
“Some Bedford residents are sounding the alarm about a couple of candidates for town office who are self-described members of the Free State Project. The two candidates coming under scrutiny said they’re surprised that their Free State affiliation is creating such a stir in Bedford. But a few vocal residents are convinced the newcomers are trying to infiltrate Bedford with their philosophy, and they’re starting by running for office … (Bedford businessman and Republican Bill) Greiner and 14 other Bedford residents sent out a mailer that states in part that new people in town under the Free State Project are trying to forward their agenda by running for office. … “When you dig a little bit deeper into it, I don’t think they are who they say they are,” Grenier said. “I think Bedford residents ought to really take notice and think long and hard before they vote on Tuesday.”
Matt Murray – Merrimack resident and founder/creator of the NH Labor News blog – also encouraged voters to beware of Free Staters running for office.
Nashua Telegraph: Be careful who you vote for, July 25, 2014
“You see, New Hampshire is the focus of a unique political experiment, started in 2001 by then-Yale University doctoral student Jason Sorens. His idea was to get 20,000 activists to move to a single state with a small population and an easily-accessible government. As he said in his introduction to The Free State Project: “Once we’ve taken over the state government, we can slash state and local budgets, which make up a sizeable proportion of the tax and regulatory burden we face every day. Furthermore, we can eliminate substantial federal interference by refusing to take highway funds and the strings attached to them. Once we’ve accomplished these things, we can bargain with the national government over reducing the role of the national government in our state. We can use the threat of secession as leverage to do this.” Snowplowing? Bridge safety? An adequately-funded judicial system? Public colleges? These things are nowhere on the Free Staters’ priority list. Free Staters – at least those in Keene – seem more interested in marijuana and videotaping the city’s parking enforcement officers.”
The Colbert Report covered how Free State Project members aggressively harassed parking meter attendants in Keene. Listen for the comments from an Iraq war veteran starting at minute 5:30 – the abuse was so bad he quit his job over the harassment.
The Colbert Report: Difference Makers – The Free Keene Squad, November 19, 2014
A ragtag team of patriots leads a crusade against tyrannical parking meter attendants in New Hampshire.
Communities like Keene, that have a concentration of individuals affiliated with the Free State Project, have fared the worst – Free State Project members there have staged “School Sucks” demonstrations outside of the local middle school, played drinking games in the chamber of City Council meetings, and worked to undermine local voters during town meeting.