correction - Free State Project (fwd)
- Below is the message Amanda Phillips sent to the Washington Post
correcting their grossly biased statement about the Free State Project.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 17:52:36 -0400
From: "Phillips, Amanda" <APhillips@...>
To: "Organizers (organizers@...)"@unspecified-domain,
"FSP Jon Maltz (jmaltz@...)" <jmaltz@...>
Subject: [FSP-Organizers] FW: correction - Free State Project
Thanks to both Alan & Steve - I consolidated & sent the following to the
Post this afternoon.
Your story, "Gun Cache Seized In Home, Police Say"
indicates that the man found to have explosives and to be operating a
methamphetamine lab also had literature from the Free State Project
(www.freestateproject.org). I'd like to correct a serious error in your
article: The Free State Project is not an "anti-government group" and it is
not our intention to "oust" the government of New Hampshire.
The Free State Project is simply an effort to migrate 20,000 liberty-minded
individuals to New Hampshire to work within the political system to increase
freedom in that already relatively free state. By being good, law abiding
citizens and a credit to our communities, many Free State Project
"Porcupines" believe they can vote for, and run as, candidates for political
office. As libertarians, we have a tradition of non-aggression (the
Non-Aggression Principle), and we have absolutely no intention of committing
violence against our neighbors and friends. Speakers at FSP events have
included former state legislator Don Gorman, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX),
former NH Governor Craig Benson, and endorsers include the economist Walter
Williams and others. Your statement that we aim to "oust" the government of
New Hampshire is completely false.
We reject the insinuation that correspondence "between" Fox and the FSP
implies any sort of formal connection; he was probably in possession of one
of our direct-mail advertisements. Doubtlessly he also had copies of a Bible
and, since he lived in Maryland, the Washington Post. Shall we mention this
"literature" and thereby tarnish the Bible or the Post? Does the Washington
Post really believe that the FSP, a 6600 person, law-abiding, demonstrably
peaceful organization, is really implicated in the illegal activities of a
Free State Project