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'porcfest' Draws Libertarians To Wilds Of N.h.|valley News

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I dont get how the left wont just admit that income tax is theft. Who cares if its for a good cause? If I held you at gunpoint to pay for my mothers cancer treatment, wouldnt that still be theft? Once a year for the past 11 years, this campground in the northern part of the Granite State turns into a libertarian utopia. And this year, roughly 2,000 people mostly white men have paid between $45 and $100 to experience for one week what life would be like without the onerous mechanisms of laws, if the market ruled to the exclusion of all else. Want to wear a loincloth and sell moonshine, shop at an unregulated market that accepts Bitcoin and silver, or listen to a seminar called How the Collapse of the State is Inevitable? Then this is the place for you. It certainly is the place for Pete Eyre, a muscular guy with an enormous beard, standing off to the side of the fire. At one point he wanted to be a cop, interning at the St. Paul, Minn., police department, enforcing many of the rules people have come here to disregard. He found the system too reactionary, he says, and now helps run an organization that films police misconduct. He shows off one of his many tattoos in the flickering light of the fire. Its an anarchist symbol covering an old American flag tat he got in his past life. Its my journey, he says. Then someone taps him on the shoulder. Theres a kid having a bad trip in the bathroom, and in this hectic, anti-hierarchical festival, Eyre is the closest thing to an authority figure around. I am God, a longhaired 20-something repeats to the people babysitting him in a bathroom hallway. I am a perfect logical machine. Two girls huffing nitrous oxide from a balloon and a guy holding a needle come by. The guy with the needle says he has a chemical mixture that if injected will lessen the effects of hallucinogens. I have the solution right in my hands, he says. Eyre decides its a bad idea to inject the longhaired guy with a mystery drug even if it could work in theory and says he wont allow it to happen. Can anyone refute that it will work? the guy with the needle asks. It might as well have been the slogan for the whole glorious epic of the Porcupine Freedom Festival. PorcFest as its known here is put on by the Free State Project, a group dedicated to recruiting at least 20,000 libertarians to move to New Hampshire. The idea that a group of this size can make a difference in a state with a low population came from an essay in 2001 by then-Yale doctoral student and current Dartmouth government department lecturer Jason Sorens. Thirteen years later, the FSP has had nearly 16,000 people sign a statement of intent to move. The plan is that when 20,000 people sign the list, it will trigger a large migration. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,500 people have moved already including a number to Grafton in the Upper Valley. This is a way to build a community. Even isolationists dont like to feel alone. In most places, if you try to go to a libertarian event, youre probably going to get three people, says Kamil Markowicz, an attendee from Indiana. And one is going to be a Tea Party guy and the other a conspiracy theorist. Case in point: Theres a guy here with a libertarian baseball team back home in Chicago, but he says he needed a few constitutional conservatives to fill out his roster. The ideological motivations, which Free Staters discuss over homemade mead and beers, are relatively easy to understand. The U.S. government suffers from low approval ratings, we have been fighting wars for years without a satisfying result in sight, and privacy is slipping away. Why not just dissolve it all or most of it and live as individuals? In other words, live like the porcupine: Let your lifestyle not encroach on others, but if someone comes at you, dont hesitate to protect yourself with quills. Or your AR-15.
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