Porcfest XI: Free Staters' gathering in Lancaster focuses on DIY
One of the reasons the Free State Project - a main reason, in fact - made migration to New Hampshire a priority around 2002 was the state's laws that favor gun ownership. That, coupled with the Granite State's perceived disdain for government regulation of all sorts proved a powerful draw for many of the movement's members. More than 15,000 have, according to organizers, pledged to move to New Hampshire eventually.
"There are so many different factions here: precious metals Bitcoins, you name it. But they all kind of get along," Bruton said.
There is a formal political element. Literature was available urging attendees to back the New Hampshire Senate campaign of Dan Hynes, who's seeking to become the Senate's first Free Stater. He's running in District 11, which comprises Amherst, Merrimack, Wilton and Walden.
"Your purchasing power has declined since 1978," Nick Bold told his audience of about 25 as he held court in one of the large tents during a discussion of what the world's economy may look like one day.
Bold, a rapid talker, describes himself as a scientist and engineer. His company, technocopia, is in Worcester, Mass. Its motto is, "The future of abundance through technology."
In attendance was Garrett Fox of the Baltimore, Md., area. He had with him a 3-D printer he'd made and said his plans to distribute them - just "give them to the next person" to expand and improve them - is an intriguing way to, as Bold mentioned, distribute technology without exchanging money.
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