Monday, June 23, 2014

Back from New Hampshire

I had a fun long weekend at the Atlas Summit in Manchester, NH.

New Hampshire, as everyone who has seen their license plates knows, is the "Live Free Or Die" state.

As a state motto, it was adopted only in 1945. But it has a history.

"The phrase comes from a toast written by General John Stark, New Hampshire's most famous soldier of the American Revolutionary War, on July 31, 1809."

I met a bunch of people involved in the Free State Project, which aims "to recruit at least 20,000 libertarians to move to a single low-population state (New Hampshire, selected in 2003) in order to make the state a stronghold for libertarian ideas."

They have adopted the porcupine as their mascot:


Less threatening than a venomous snake,
not much inclined to launch an attack,
but still it would be a silly mistake
to put your foot on its prickly back.

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