That’s today’s headline from the NH Sunday News (Union Leader). Yesterday, at the Liberty Forum in Nashua, the president of the Free State Project, Carla Gericke, said that she didn’t want to wait for 20,000 people to sign up before they swarm into New Hampshire. Apparently, their “Free State Now” recruitment drive isn’t working. She estimated that they’d reach 20,000 in 2018, and for her that’s too long to wait. There currently are 13,700 pledgers.
The paper was unhelpful in assessing how much weight to place on Gericke’s words. I would guess that she’s expressing a widely-felt desire within the organization. I have no idea just how an anarchist organization (?!) goes about making a decision like this. They may not make a group decision at all – it may mean that several thousand will just start showing up without any formal “trigger” beyond a very informal agreement.
The Project has applied for 501(c)3 status, and is trying to raise $270,000 for marketing, recruiting, – and a salary for Gericke.
I wonder how many of them are going to be able to find work? Many will try to start businesses here. They are often temperamentally suited to self-employment, and it makes tax avoidance a lot easier. Maybe we’ll become a bit more Vermontey, in the sense of having a lot more tiny businesses. I wonder what the folks who can’t make a living will do? I’m sure that at first they’ll take care of their own to a some extent. But there will probably be many successful immigrants for whom “subsidizing others’ failure” will be a wholly unacceptable, un-Randian notion.