The Free State Project gonna get your momma!

by Tim Condon

Good stuff! The outbreak of fear and trembling over the surging Free State Project freedom-fighters also helps expose the bigotry and narrow-mindedness of Statists, including even elected representatives.

Best of all, New Hampshire bigotry alerts have gone national, being picked up and prompting a discussion at no less than Instapundit, as follows:

IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, fear and loathing of the Free State Movement. Plus, a push for “unwelcoming” legislation.

UPDATE: Reader Kristo Miettinen emails:

Your recent link to “Fear and loathing of the Free State movement” brings to the fore a belief that I have held for some time, namely that annoying nanny-state legislation is not intended to promote safety, or health, or any other such objective sort of well-being, rather it is intended to select desirable neighbors (and for Dem politicians, to select a reliable blue electorate).

Thus gun restrictions drive gun owners (and those who sympathize) to move from blue states to red; restrictions on soda serving sizes drive fast-food consumers out of cities whose power class would prefer to associate with more refined palates, etc.

My personal anti-favorite (neologism needed – brother can you spare a term?) is New York’s selective retirement tax exemption, where pensions are tax-free if they were earned working for government (state, local, or federal) but taxed if they were earned in the private sector. Retired schoolteachers are welcome to stay and vote in their sunset years, but retired engineers are welcome to pack up and leave as soon as their economically productive years are at a close.

It is no accident that as blue states lose population to general internal migration, they also get bluer. It is deliberate demographic tinkering, designed to select for the right sort (i.e. the left sort) of people.

Interesting thesis. By this token, people in red states who don’t want to be flooded by blue-voting refugees from places like Illinois or California should be adopting laws — open carry of firearms, say — that will tend to scare those people away.

Posted at 6:53 am by Glenn Reynolds   


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  • Keith Smith

    I am not worried. The gays are no longer persecuted in San Fran. Blacks are now allowed to ride anywhere on a bus they want in the South. Cynthia may try to arrest us, she may create extra taxes for us, she might try to regulate our businesses closed but we shall overcome. Cynthia is the type of liberal Phil Ochs sang about in his song, Love Me, I’m a Liberal.

  • nhsteve

    Other examples of this in New Hampshire include conservation committees that lock up land with zoning boards who enforce policies that keep the cost of homes and taxes out of reach of people they’d rather not have living in their town.

    Abutters (your neighbors) who act to make your life miserable by challenging any work you do on your land or what land is yours…

    Liberal communities are created by these folks , even in small rural towns, with deliberate actions that run in direct contradiction to the image portrayed for cameras and microphones; while thy are wailing for the peoples right to a home, and how we should all be sacrificing to make sure everyone has their ‘fair share’ of this or that, they are doing everything in their power to ensure that the piece of pie they are exchanging for perceived good will (and Democrat votes) is served as far from where they live as possible.

    Cities are urban prisons for other people. The left is happy to run them, but they don’t really want to live there, and if they do it is in lavish, well guarded diggs, walled off from the zombie horde of everyday society trapped on their “utopian” planatation.

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