November 22, 2023
Host Keith and guest Dennis Pratt of the Free State Project discuss what is emerging today in New Hampshire. An ever increasing number of active, passionate, and tough libertarians are gathering together in one small state. They heartily agree on the Non-aggression Principle, but often disagree on many other aspects of life.
We are watching a sociological experiment in liberty happening in real time. Many thousands are participating. The proliferation of groups, the uncovering of differences that subdivide us, and the forking of efforts leads to both contention and decentralized success.
The snowball is rolling overwhelmingly towards liberty in the Free State, but not in the exact direction that 10,000+ libertarians would each choose to roll on their own.
Successful startups that alter an entire industry necessarily come with contention. Just ask Jeremy Kauffman and others who have had to shop around their prodigious skills to the 100+ different liberty groups cropping up in the experimental liberty landscape of NH.
Yes, liberty is messy. That’s because we’re humans, not cogs building the rulers’ pyramid. Watch this episode to hear the lessons we’ve learned so far. Join us in consideration of what the burgeoning liberty society in NH might encounter next!
Dennis is a libertarian who came from the left. As the #1 writer on the intellectual site Quora on “Libertarianism” for four years, he wrote 1800 essays before getting de-platformed. He moved to New Hampshire four years ago as part of the Free State Project, escaping the Authoritarian 49. Dennis organized the yearly PorcFest Porcupine Freedom Festival for three years, the largest continuing freedom gathering in the world and a week-long immersion into a liberty village. Dennis was a NH Delegate to the Libertarian Party National Convention in Reno for the last election. An undergrad psychology and grad computer science from Northwestern and grad business from MIT, he is a serial telecom and social entrepreneur.
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Links Referenced in the Show:
Free State Project
CATO Freedom Index
The Independence Inn
About Rebel Civics
Hosted by Keith Bessette, Rebel Civics covers the principles of society and government, the ideas upon which America was founded, the history of the development of these principles, and current events in relation to them. Rebel (n): A person who is disobedient to unjust authority and stands up for fundamental principles, despite conventions and the opinions of others.