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  • Dan Clore
    News & Views for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo [Similar to the Free State Project.--DC] Sierra Times Nov 8, 2004 Montana: A Place
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 9, 2004
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      News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

      [Similar to the Free State Project.--DC]

      Sierra Times
      Nov 8, 2004
      Montana: A Place Libertarians Can Call Home
      Dr. Ben F. Irvin and Robert Hawes

      Like many libertarians across this country, you were likely
      disappointed with the returns for Michael Badnarik and your
      state and local LP candidates on November 2nd; and you may
      be wondering if libertarian ideals will ever find true
      expression in the process. Indeed, it appears that if
      libertarians ever want to see their ideals in operation,
      they're going to have to make it happen by combining their
      efforts in liberty-friendly places where their message may
      be better received, and where their numbers can make a real
      difference. And of all the liberty-friendly places left in
      America, Montana truly is the "last best place".

      Montana is a state blessed with riches, both in its land and
      its legacy. Some of the most individualistic, self-reliant
      people in the world live under the Big Sky; and they have
      largely preserved those elements in their way of life. Here
      are some reasons why libertarians who are thinking a change
      of address might be in order for them should consider a move
      to Montana:

      1. Montana's constitution guarantees that its people have
      the right to govern themselves as a "free, sovereign, and
      independent state"; a fact which may be important to the
      future of liberty should the rest of the country continue to
      slide deeper into statism. It should be noted that the
      Montana Constitution was approved by a vote of all the
      people in 1972, and thus reflects current thinking. Indeed,
      most of the contributors are still alive.

      2. Montana provides access to its political system by
      providing both the citizen initiative and the recall. It
      also has the right of referendum. Montanans can even use the
      initiative process to amend their constitution or call a
      constitutional convention. A candidate for Montana House or
      Senate need be only 18 years old and have resided in Montana
      for one year. The legislature meets for 90 days every two
      years, meaning that state legislators aren't spending the
      majority of their time in the capital and away from their
      constituents. Also, Montana has several counties with under
      1,000 people, for those who might be interested in easy
      access to county governments. There are already libertarians
      elected to the Montana legislature, although they currently
      serve as Republicans. In Flathead County this year, the GOP
      establishment was actually planning to vote Democrat because
      libertarians and constitutionalists h! ave made in-roads
      into the county GOP.

      3. Montana has banned future federal land purchases,
      indicating a desire to keep Washington out of its affairs.

      4. Montana has few land-use planning ordinances, zoning
      laws, and building codes.

      5. Montana has an enormous and politically active gun
      culture. Open carry is legal in most places. You can carry a
      concealed firearm without a permit in the vast majority of
      the state. On November 2nd, Montanans voted to make the
      right to hunt part of their state constitution. Montana
      celebrates "Keep and Bear Arms Week" annually (by 77%). It
      is also legal to carry a loaded, concealed firearm in your
      vehicle in Montana, whether you have a concealed carry
      permit or not. A concealed weapon (without a permit) may be
      carried on state lands, or while fishing, hunting, or bird
      watching. State lands include the banks of all rivers and
      streams to the high water mark.

      6. Montana has no state sales tax.

      7. Montana has low property taxes and an overall low cost of
      living.

      8. Montana does not require vehicle safety or emissions
      inspections. It also has reciprocity with other states with
      driver licenses and teacher certificates.

      9. Montana has no obscenity laws, no open container laws,
      does not require motorcycle helmets for adults, does not
      require a social security number to obtain a driver's
      license, and respects homeschooling in that it does not
      require state testing and imposes no parental education
      level requirements. Also, as of November 2nd, Montana voters
      approved the possession and use of marijuana for medical
      purposes. All sodomy laws ever passed by the state
      government were declared unconstitutional by the Montana
      Supreme Court in 1999.

      10. Montana is far from the country's major statist
      enclaves, such as New York and Washington, both in physical
      distance and mentality. It borders British Columbia,
      Alberta, and Saskatchewan (for hasty retreats or to recruit
      liberty lovers). Some Albertan libertarians have already
      moved to Montana. The state is also insulated to the south
      and west by Wyoming and Idaho.

      11. Montana has something for almost everyone: mountains and
      prairie, endless outdoor recreational possibilities, vast
      empty rural areas and urban centers of varied and
      appreciable size (Billings is a city of 100,000, Missoula
      has 80,000, Great Falls has 56,000, Helena has 34,000, Butte
      has 26,000, Kalispell has 37,000, and Bozeman has 35,000).

      12. On the issue of civil liberties and terrorism, Montana's
      legislature passed Joint Resolution 12, which provided that
      "individual citizens . . . acting together with law
      enforcement agencies and emergency personnel and in support
      of our military forces, are the sole effective means of
      thwarting terrorism . . ." and "that freedom of individuals
      will not be preserved by the transfer of power from
      individuals to government in the name of fighting terrorism
      . . ." Also, the city of Missoula has passed a resolution
      refusing cooperation with violations of civil liberties in
      the name of the PATRIOT ACT. Many other communities,
      including rural Beaverhead County, have also passed similar
      resolutions.

      There you have it. Twelve very good reasons why you as a
      libertarian might feel more at home in Montana than where
      you currently live. If you're interested and would like to
      know more, feel free to write to us personally, or visit
      with other Montana (and western) enthusiasts at the Free
      West Alliance: http://freewest.org , and on the WAL mailing
      list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/W-A-L/ . A number of
      libertarians have recently let us know that they're moving
      to Montana or are in the process of doing so now; and
      libertarians already in Montana are in the process of
      organizing their efforts for greater success.

      We invite you to join us in fighting for freedom together
      under the Big Sky.

      Dr. Ben F. Irvin and Robert Hawes

      --
      Dan Clore

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    • harshunclear@aol.com
      Yes. May all the Libertarian Capitalists migrate to Montana, where they can smoke marijuana & Ayn Rand all day. [Non-text portions of this message have been
      Message 2 of 4 , Nov 10, 2004
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        Yes. May all the "Libertarian" Capitalists migrate to Montana, where they
        can smoke marijuana & Ayn Rand all day.


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      • Dan Clore
        ... I know what you mean. Some of the anarcho -capitalists on Usenet manage to be even worse than the Randroids. But not all of them are like that, and I
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          harshunclear@... wrote:

          > Yes. May all the "Libertarian" Capitalists migrate to Montana, where they
          > can smoke marijuana & Ayn Rand all day.

          I know what you mean. Some of the "anarcho"-capitalists on
          Usenet manage to be even worse than the Randroids. But not
          all of them are like that, and I still find it interesting
          to track some of their efforts.

          --
          Dan Clore

          My collected fiction, _The Unspeakable and Others_:
          http://www.wildsidepress.com/index2.htm
          http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1587154838/thedanclorenecro
          Lord We├┐rdgliffe & Necronomicon Page:
          http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/9879/
          News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

          "It's a political statement -- or, rather, an
          *anti*-political statement. The symbol for *anarchy*!"
          -- Batman, explaining the circle-A graffiti, in
          _Detective Comics_ #608
        • harshunclear@aol.com
          In a message dated 11/10/04 2:45:59 PM Eastern Standard Time, ... Well, I suppose it s interesting to see what they re up to- But I don t think I ll ever
          Message 4 of 4 , Nov 10, 2004
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            In a message dated 11/10/04 2:45:59 PM Eastern Standard Time,
            clore@... writes:


            > I know what you mean. Some of the "anarcho"-capitalists on
            > Usenet manage to be even worse than the Randroids. But not
            > all of them are like that, and I still find it interesting
            > to track some of their efforts.

            Well, I suppose it's interesting to see what they're up to- But I don't think
            I'll ever understand where they're coming from. "Anarchist" capitalism!
            This condition could only develop under late-capitalism. The way I see it, it's
            primarily a backlash against socialism for quasi-liberal rich kids. As far as
            the Libertarian Party goes, I'd be interested to see what sort of similar
            parties exist in other countries- Especially countries on a lower standard of
            living!


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