L. Neil Smith's
Number 269, May 2, 2004

Morons Marching

The Most Sincere Form of Flattery
by Amanda Phillips
President, Free State Project

Special to TLE

Imitation is—no doubt. People can admire you, compliment you, envy you—but to try to imitate ... wow! It is a vote of confidence and adulation. It warms the heart!

The Free State Project (FSP) is worthy of imitation. It has had a remarkable life so far. Begun as the brainchild of Jason Sorens in a discussion forum, it has grown into the full-fledged movement for liberty it is today. The FSP forums are an unending source of discourse on liberty and discussions on how to attain it. Across the country, members work on spreading the word. It has achieved the major milestone of getting five thousand people signed up. It has arranged for the vote amongst its members to select the state to liberate.

While there is no doubt that the results of the vote impacted everyone involved with FSP, the fact is we all knew there were opt outs and there was going to be disappointment with the final selection. Those who opted out or otherwise decided against New Hampshire will, of course, seek freedom elsewhere. How could they not?! I celebrate their choice to not let go the dream.

For me, however, I'm keeping my eye on the prize. FSP has come a long way, but we have so much farther to go! Continuing the journey to increase membership, migrate and actively make change in New Hampshire is paramount. Not losing sight of the end goal is critical. I'm happy those who can't come to New Hampshire will continue the pursuit of freedom. I'm continuing the pursuit too.


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