Free State Project board resignation and review

Entering NH on October 25, 2004

Entering NH on October 25, 2004

Yesterday, I attended my last meeting of the Free State Project board, after which my resignation became effective. This seems like a fitting time to review my time of service to the Free State Project.

I began contributing to the Free State Project well before I joined the board. For example, prior to the state vote, I co-authored the Idaho ballot paper. Fun trivia: the other co-author became the FSP’s first post-state-vote president (interim). Two of the five post-state-vote FSP presidents have been western state advocates, an irony not lost on me given New Hampshire’s selection as the destination for pro-liberty activists. Further fun trivia: both of us lived in Fresno, California when we wrote the Idaho ballot paper (2003).

In early-2004, I was elected to my first term on the FSP’s board. At the time, board terms were time-limited and I served the remainder of another member’s term after her early resignation. I attended the first Porcupine Freedom Festival in 2004 where I met a large number of FSP participants for the first time. While there, it became obvious that PorcFest ought to become an annual tradition. The organizers of the 2004 event were not interested in running another one, so I volunteered to do so. By the end of the year, I was not only eyeball deep in PorcFest organizing, I had also taken on leading the fundraising efforts for the organization and had moved to New Hampshire.

In early-2005, I was, again, elected to the board, and remained on the board since that time. Next month would have been 10 years of continuous service (the cumulative total is over that now). Despite the hard work, I enjoyed being the 2005 PorcFest ‘Czar’. Shortly thereafter, I became the Vice President of Operations for the FSP in an effort to split up the overall organizational leadership work.

By the end of 2005, we had decided to try a shorter, more aggressive sub-project and initiated the First-1000 pledge. I don’t recall who first had that idea, but I put considerable effort into it all along the way. I early-2006, I started my first term as President of the FSP and oversaw the successful completion of the First 1000 project. I also launched the New Hampshire Liberty Forum, laying out the vision and recruiting the lead organizer for the first event in early-2007. That first event was a hit and we have repeated it since.

I stepped down as president for a year or so, and resumed the position a second time in late-2008, which I maintained until 2011. My personal performance during that second stint as president was more mixed than the first, but I persevered, learned and adapted to the best of my ability. The signup rate did increase during that time, and the events grew considerably.

Since stepping down in 2011, I remained in the media rep rotation (though less frequently than before) and have continued to try to advocate wise strategy at the board level. My final project has been to clean up and update some of the organizational policies, which was completed yesterday.

There is always more to do, but the time has come for me to focus on other things. Stepping down from the FSP board is the last step in freeing up my disposable time after more than a decade of devoting most of that time to the FSP.

I am confident the FSP will ultimately reach the 20,000 signer goal, and that the movement will continue. I’m encouraged by many things, but maybe most importantly by the increased rate at which people are actually moving. For the last two years, the mover rate has averaged almost two dozen a month, an increase of more than 100% over the prior four years.

I won’t be on the FSP board anymore, but I’ll continue to focus attention on freedom and encourage others to do likewise. The FSP’s Statement Of Intent captures the concept of freedom nicely: we work towards the creation of a society in which the maxim role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property. More than a decade after first hearing that statement of intent, I still believe such a society would be a wonderful improvement over what we currently endure.

It has been an honor to contribute to such an important and noble movement. I look forward to seeing the continued success of the project and it’s hopeful long-term effect: liberty in our lifetime.

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3 Responses to Free State Project board resignation and review

  1. John of NY says:

    Do you want to hear a story? What a nice day today is. Light snow, damp and slushy conditions, yet the heaters in the house warm and pleasant where one is sitting – and so happy to think that there are only a few minor things that need doing today.

    Where would you like to be? Or when.. when would you like to Be? Listening, perhaps, to Yeshua and looking at him with your own eyes? He is called Jesus nowdays, his contemporaries called him Yeshua and in Islam he is called Isa.

    Jesus said [Gospel of Thomas 81] , “Let one who has become wealthy reign, and let one who has power renounce .”

    So now there is a story about a migration well underway of the unenslaved traveling to New Hampshire – and staying there. Patriots, free thinkers, and responsibly independent people have been a hallmark of New Hampshire for a long long time already.

    So anyways, The Gospel of Thomas is understood [by scholars] to be source material for Matthew, Mark and Luke – while some think that John was written as a counterbalance to Thomas. A growing consensus acknowledges The Gospel of Thomas as the first, the earliest of the known written Gospels.

    The Gospel of Thomas is more than compelling, especially if collated with the implications of relativity, quantum mechanics, string theory, m theory [the multiverse] with various many worlds interpretations and also with universal field theory – And amazingly in conjunction with the brain discoveries in biology and DNA discoveries regarding DNA switches which are turned on or off by our brain.

    The truthful proclamations of Jesus explaining the Way to become whole, the way to oneness, is the guiding light of our existence – and the choice for life, rather than for division, is offered to all from the bubbling spring of life which Jesus tends.

    In everything we do choose, either for wholeness or else conflict. Coercion and aggression are the diseases of our world and are built on anger and on ego. The truthtellers moving to New Hampshire are amongst the more tuned in people and the roll then, is to teach it. Teach it in empathy and tolerance – love and forgiveness are the foundation of truth. Expectation [belief] does the rest.

    Science is uncovering layer by layer in the recent 100 years what was taught by Jesus to his disciples 2 millennia ago [in what we term ‘the past’]. The scientists began as humanists out to manage the building blocks of reality, and do endeavor to comprehend the mysteries… those same mysteries that Jesus explained to those devoted ‘insiders’ following him around and that they came to see the truth also – and without yet the notion of science – in all that Jesus told.

    The first part of truth is peace and freedom, the next part is that peace and freedom arise from the empathy – the light – that is within you and brought forward. The undivided.

    This is the story of how science and religion have come full circle, and how individuals and then even societies may come to wholeness.

    New Hampshire first, and then the rest. In Jesus’ name we pray.

  2. Chip Marce says:

    Wow. Thank you Varrin for your long service to the FSP. I’m also confident that The Move will be triggered, maybe this next year. Once that happens, things start to get VERY interesting for the liberty friendly.

    I look at NH as having the potential to be a sort of Jerusalem for the liberty friendly. Perhaps we’ll someday routinely offer the blessing/wish: NEXT YEAR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE!

  3. Melissa says:

    Idaho? Why Idaho? Better skiing? :-p