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The Free State Project and Trials Of Running an Anarchist Event with Matt Philips

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Anarchast Ep. 453

Topics include: early days of The Free State Project, origins and history of Porcfest, living in the free state, internal and external freedom, New Hampshire, more people moving there each year, some great legislative progress already, what number of people is critical mass, encouraging Libertarians to get involved, continuing growth in the movement, juggling celebretarians, schisms, conflict resolution, curating community, online vs in person communication, Burning Man culture, growing libertarian community in New Hampshire, Anarchapulco 2020

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23 Comments on The Free State Project and Trials Of Running an Anarchist Event with Matt Philips

  1. little johnyjewel // 5th March 2019 at 12:16 am // Reply

    i’m in Pa. and thought about joining the FSP 8 yrs ago..i really should have. not too late i guess. my neighbor is a nosy, fed.

  2. Is Matt a Mincer, and why are your ticket prices so expensive?

    • gregory johnson // 5th March 2019 at 1:18 am // Reply

      There are two sides to a ledger bro …income and lexpenses, which im guessing you are not privy too…

    • +gregory johnson There are like events all over the world. Same Scale, expense, etc Their prices are not even close. These prices are hypocritical at the very least, or maybe I got it wrong, maybe the prices are a very accurate reflection of its inceptor.

    • doughtymqan // 5th March 2019 at 2:58 am // Reply

      Price is only relevant to what is delivered to the consumer. Only you can make that calculation.

    • +doughtymqan True, and i have. On my calculator, it ads up to greed.

  3. Barry Dutton Sells Homes // 5th March 2019 at 12:42 am // Reply

    Taxation Is Theft. Every day.

  4. gregory johnson // 5th March 2019 at 1:15 am // Reply

    Great interview thanks Jeff.

  5. Evan Mantri // 5th March 2019 at 2:57 am // Reply

    Really wish they picked a warmer state like FL or NC, but, oh well, I guess I’ll be moving to NH.

    • Asheville,NC is alot more free than NH the Live as a Slave or Die state!

    • Libertopa EurekanAnarch // 5th March 2019 at 9:35 pm // Reply

      North Carolina is probably one the best states to put a libertarian community in, the high income taxes in that state might be a bummer though!

      If they have to choose somewhere within the United States of America, Alaska is pretty much the best option freedom wise, as it’s so big in terms of land area and 99% of Alaska is wilderness, with most of the population living in Anchorage or in remote villages. The government would find it rather difficult to find the community in Alaska if it’s in the middle of nowhere!

      Sure, Alaskan weather is far from optimal, what with it being frigid most of the year, but the good news is that Alaska has no state income tax or sales taxes! In fact, there’s alot of remote areas of Alaska that don’t even have property taxes or zoning! Plus, most Alaskans are still heavily reliant on themselves, their families and their local villages, rather than the government! Thus Alaska is the closest thing in the United States to a libertarian utopia!

  6. little johnyjewel // 5th March 2019 at 3:17 am // Reply

    great vid.

  7. little johnyjewel // 5th March 2019 at 3:22 am // Reply

    its funny, i talk about my creepy neighbor the fed and my comment disappears from public view.

  8. Ohh look another Republican statist pretending to be a anarchist. A statist is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new political master every once in a term of years! Real anarchists do not vote at all for any reason because only real anarchists to not need permission from a political master to be free. Real anarchists do not vote for a political master to have them force their ideas upon a minority of people. Real anarchists turn their back on the system and live as this wish as long as their are not harming other people or using a ruling class to harm other people.

    • You might have missed the part about how infighting makes libertarians look bad and discourages new people to come into the movement at about the 25 minute mark. I’d listen to that part and take it to heart my friend. We need more unity on common principles and less division based on a few points we can disagree on. Infighting has threatened the existence of the free state project as well as the anarchapulco group. Be an anarchist by all means, but find places to agree with people and form teams that accomplish goals together as well. Teams accomplish far more than we can alone. And no one will ever agree with any other person on every point. Expecting that we must is a real social problem for all groups to work through.

    • JessieJ true, & while i 110% agree, we might need to take baby steps in order to infiltrate the system & destroy it from within?

  9. Voluntar Deer // 5th March 2019 at 12:27 pm // Reply

    Would really like to see your response to Thaddeus Russell.

  10. I had no doubt WY (at 38% pop. of NH) would win so my wife & I signed up (first 100). I was reminded when NH won that the majority can be wrong, and often is. We moved to WY in ’09 and found it very libertarian friendly.
    I have come to the conclusion that using the initiation of violence to fight the initiation of violence (as I tried from ’73-’80 in the LP) is futile, counterproductive. 
    I used to attend every FreedomFest and Libertopia where I am a life member. Now, at 76, I stay home due to health issues. If I was younger I would move to Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, or Macau. The US Empire/police state is too dangerous, too socially unstable, and too socialistic.

  11. Libertopa EurekanAnarch // 5th March 2019 at 9:14 pm // Reply

    Actually, Alaska would probably be a better place to have a libertarian community, that state is so big in land area and has such a sparce population that the government would have a much harder time finding you there than in the main 48! Plus, outside of Anchorage, Alaska has more of a self sufficient, survivalist mindset than the main 48 states of the USA.

    Another good choice would be Texas, outside the major cities, Texas has a more conservative mindset. Though in terms of freedom, Texas is less optimal than Alaska, as the police in Texas have bigger god complexes than most and law enforcement worship is pretty strong there. Plus there was the Waco incident in which several thousand federal agents stormed the Branch Davidian commune for no reason at all! Not to mention, property taxes in Texas are through the stratosphere!

    The most optimal place on Earth to put a libertarian community is in international waters. Beyond about 20 km ( 12 miles ) from shore, no government has any jurisdiction over the ocean and thus none of their laws and regulations apply there!

    To me, putting a libertarian community in New England is like putting one in California. The states of New England have the biggest state governments outside of California, and any openly libertarian community there would probably be shut down in a heartbeat.

  12. David James Rodriguez // 5th March 2019 at 9:53 pm // Reply

    Nice chat guys!

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