Free Staters Advocate Volunteerism as Alternative to Government

For Immediate Release
August 7, 2004
Contact: Amanda Phillips, National Spokesperson
Email: aphillips@...
Phone: 617-763-1996

The Free State Project ( is a plan in which
20,000 or more liberty-oriented people will move to New Hampshire,
where they may work within the political system to reduce the size and
scope of government. Participants pledge to work toward a society
where the maximum role of civil government is the protection of life,
liberty, and property. They have begun the migration to the "Live Free
or Die" state. Some serve in the NH State House and in Governor Craig
Benson's administration.

Beyond this political activity, however, Free Staters place equal
emphasis on charity and community programs, which will reduce the
demand for government services. "Volunteerism is at the very core of
our libertarian philosophy," says FSP founder Jason Sorens. "What
politicians and regulators often try to do through coercive
government, we plan to do through voluntary cooperation."

The Liberty Scholarship Fund (LSF) is one example of Free Staters'
charity; the LSF grants scholarships for home-schooled and
private-schooled children. LSF founder Mike Fisher, a Free Stater who
recently moved to NH, says, "There will be less need for government
education as more people are able to use private alternatives."
Outside an auction to benefit the LSF, anti-Benson activists held
signs reading, "Greedy people are the problem." The LSF will soon
announce the recipients of the first scholarships.

Many Free Staters also care about preserving NH's unique identity and
historical heritage. When NH, true to its frugal nature, declined to
spend taxpayer dollars to preserve the historic flags hanging in the
Statehouse's Hall of Flags, FSP participants saw an opportunity to
help and collected over $400 in contributions for the flag fund.

These are just two examples of contributions that Free Staters make to
the community. "It's clear that Free Staters are not all about
politics; we also have a positive cultural effect," notes FSP
President Amanda Phillips. "Our message is clear: If you favor small
government and individual rights, you should move to NH as part of the
Free State Project. There's no better place to raise a family, start a
business, and get involved!"

The Free State Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organization is
recruiting a total of at least 20,000 to move to New Hampshire.