I have spent my entire life in California and the last eight years in San Francisco. I loved growing up in this beautiful state, and my entire network of friends and family is here. But now, it is time for a change.
When I was in high school over a decade ago, when I was first learning about libertarianism and liberty, I signed the Free State Project's intent to move. The idea behind the FSP is simple and revolutionary: get as many libertarians and liberty lovers as possible to move to the comparatively liberty-friendly state of New Hampshire to participate in activism, influence the culture, build lives and possibly create a free society in our lifetimes.
Or at the very least, it will be a safe-haven for those seeking liberty and the infinite ways people can peacefully organize and assemble their lives and pursue their own individual goals. Even if the FSP's ultimate goal is futile, the possibility of thousands of people in the same geographic area using Bitcoin, growing gardens not governments, withdrawing their consent, raising their kids without the horrifying government monopoly on education, and living and breathing liberty is too exciting to pass up.
It is a daunting task, but in my opinion, this "voting with your feet" model is the best chance for liberty to survive, grow and thrive in a country and world mired in state power in all of its various and frightening stripes. Scattered across the country, libertarians are a fringe, lonely force with no influence. But together, we can be a force for peace and human liberty, a quiet example to the rest of the world that there is still a small fire that burns.
As I write this, in the unusually warm San Francisco summer, I am three days away from embarking on a road trip to New Hampshire to join the FSP. And before that, on Saturday, September 12th, I will be getting married to Rachel, the most beautiful, loving and patient woman I have ever met. Our vows and private contract that we have carefully crafted will be etched into the Bitcoin blockchain as a timestamp, circumventing the state's evil marriage licensing racket.
Our six-week long road trip will essentially be our honeymoon as we embark on an adventure and start a new life in the Free State.
I am filled with joy, butterflies, nerves and excitement. I will be leaving my friends, family, and the comfort and security of my old routine, but I have a feeling it will be the best decision of our lives, something we will never forget or regret.
So for the next month and a half until we arrive in New Hampshire in early November, I will not be blogging as frequently. I will leave this post at the top of the page, and throughout our trip I will find some occasional downtime to update my blog with pictures and stories from our trip and maybe the occasional political rant. I also may update this post from time to time as well.
If anyone is feeling generous and wants to leave us a wedding present or gift for the road and our future in New Hampshire, our Bitcoin address is at the bottom of every post and on the sidebar. As we get closer to our destination, we will be in touch with the FSP Facebook group, community and forums to help us with our transition. Rachel is a highly-credentialed yoga teacher, and I have worked many different type of jobs so I am excited to see what kind of opportunities we find and make for ourselves.
But until then, I will be off driving across the country, exploring new cities, camping and enjoying my honeymoon with my beautiful bride.