- Just got back from FreedomFest and am making here a very quick & dirty
For a breakout talk, I seemed to get very good turnout; I would say
perhaps 45 people (out of about 200 at the conference - I competed with 4
other breakouts). I met a number of Porcupines, including Seth A.,
Michael Edelstein, and a number of people from the LV area and the SF area
as well. I also reaffirmed connections with the Therouxs (Independent
Institute), David Boaz, Alan Bock, several people at Cato, met Ron Paul,
Louis James, and Patri Friedman - floated the idea of a collaborative NH
thinktank to David Theroux and a couple other people, & that met with some
initial interest. We had dinner with Free Staters and a couple of
prospectives; 14 were there. No one that I saw signed up on the spot, but
Seth said a few did before I came, and several said that they almost
certainly would. I'm still meeting people who've never heard of us!
Overall, a success. When it comes to influencing libertarian opinion
makers, our job is to renew our demonstration that we have staying power.
We did that first by reaching 5k; now that we're past the vote, we need to
have another recruiting blitz (and fundraising success wouldn't hurt
either) to show that this is still happening, and that minor internal &
external divisions are leaving no lasting damage. The people I talked to
think that we are pursuing exactly the right strategies for the
organization, but before they go out on a limb for us, they want to see
that the movement (which is separate from the organization - one could
disagree with or have no role in the organization yet sign the Statement
of Intent and move to NH, for example) is attracting consistent,
widespread support and could accomplish a great deal very soon.
Jason P Sorens - jason.sorensATyale.edu - <http://pantheon.yale.edu/~jps35>
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