Couple Travels across US on Journey for "Freetopia"
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Couple travels across U.S. on journey for ‘freetopia'
By Hillary Gavan
Daily News staff writer
Published: Thursday, October 9, 2008 12:04 PM CDT
“Wherever freedom is, there is my home.”
Those words uttered by Benjamin Franklin have motivated Will and Brooke
Buchanan to literally walk across the United States and start a new life
with the Free State Project in New Hampshire.
On Wednesday morning, Will Buchanan was strolling along Highway 81 at
Paddock Road west of Beloit as his wife drove alongside in an RV. By the
afternoon, the couple had strolled through Rockton's downtown and by the
end of this weekend they plan to be walking toward Chicago.
They are hoping those in the Stateline Area will give them a wave, nod
or just chat with them about their unique message. With each law that's
passed, they believe the government is tightening its grip and treating
people more like children.
Buchanan said if Americans could keep more of their paychecks and
government red tape was cut, people would be able to pay for health
care, choose charities important to them and take back control of their
lives from the government.
Will Buchanan, originally a computer programmer from Indiana, started
his journey in Oregon. His goal is simple -- freetopia, a word they
created which combines utopia and freedom.
[This is another example of what I have termed a "freeologism":
The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-oriented
people to New Hampshire. The Buchanans say they are fed up with the
two-party political system of Democrat and Republican, which both seem
to spend money either waging wars abroad or restricting laws and
squandering money at home.
The Buchanans' dream is for the United States to return to its
revolutionary roots of a country with little government interference. In
a nutshell, the Buchanans believe that government's maximum role is to
protect life, liberty and property.
Armed with books of Benjamin Franklin quotations, Buchanans are against
government spending taxpayer money on projects that citizens might not
They disagree with laws dictating whether people eat trans fats, wear
seat belts, smoke, bear arms or make love. They are committed to their
cause and have the blisters on their feet to prove it.
They want police and fire departments as well as municipal government
jobs to be trimmed down and handed over to the private sector.
Brooke Buchanan, a special education teacher, said children will benefit
from cooperative schools and parent choice more than being told by the
government where to attend school.
Welfare programs would be eliminated in favor of private charities. The
Buchanans said if people are manufacturing products or working in
charities, they will contribute more to the economy than just working
“Almost 70 percent of welfare basically goes back to funding the program
itself and paying the salaries of bureaucrats. Private charities are the
exact opposite,” Will Buchanan said.
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Skipper: Professor, will you tell these people who is
in charge on this island?
Professor: Why, no one.
Skipper: No one?
Thurston Howell III: No one? Good heavens, this is anarchy!
-- _Gilligan's Island_, episode #6, "President Gilligan"