Today I am on my way to the 10th annual Porcupine Freedom Festival in New Hampshire, called PorcFest for short. This will be the first time I am attending the signature event of the Free State Project which seeks to move 20,000 libertarian freedom lovers to New Hampshire in order to influence the politics of the State, and provide a bastion of freedom.
The Free State Project is an agreement among 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire, where they will work together to create a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property. PorcFest is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase New Hampshire’s offerings and for you to reunite with old friends and make plenty of new ones.
So why is it called the Porcupine festival? Because the porcupine is the perfect animal to represent the core philosophy of the libertarian minded people who attend. While the porcupine has no real ability to attack (does not initiate force), it is extremely effective at protecting itself once victimized. Likewise these participants believe in the principle of the non-initiation of force, while also believing in the moral imperative to defend oneself against aggressors in the event of an attack. (For the record I could not find any official references to why the porcupine is used as their symbol, but I remember reading or hearing about why it is used, for the above reasons.)
Early next week I should have a post up about my experience at the festival, the speakers, the attendees, and hopefully some great video footage. In addition to discussing politics and partying with like minded individualists, I will be building a black powder rifle, learning how to brew beer, picking up vegetable gardening tips, and listening to former Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson. But it is not just the typical “conservative crowd” that this festival appeals to, there will also be yoga classes, and truly showing that the spirit of freedom is non-discriminatory, Buzz’s Big Gay Dance Party allows gay and straight liberty loving attendees to meet up and party together. I have a feeling my attendance is going to be the start of a yearly tradition.