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Saturday • November 27 • 2021

Vol.XIII • No.XLVII

Manchester, N.H.

NHExit launches podcast, interview series

Foundation for N.H. Independence - Thu, 2021-01-07 00:14 +0000

NHExit, a grassroots group supporting independence for New Hampshire, has launched a podcast and interview series, now into its sixth episode.

Listen to the latest episode over at podcast.nhexit.org, on YouTube, or subscribe to their feed via RSS with your favorite podcast app.

The NHExit Podcast is hosted by Russell Kanning, former publisher of the New Hampshire Free Press and a longtime advocate for the Granite State’s freedom from D.C.

(Note: NHExit is a separate, unaffiliated organization from the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence.)

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Human Action Foundation Expands Supporters Program

Freecoast - Thu, 2020-09-24 15:39 +0000

The Human Action Foundation announced a new suite of donor programs today.

The HAF Supporters program now offers three levels: Bronze, at $30+ a month; Silver, at $60+ a month; and Gold, at $120+ a month. The goal is to include a wider span of donors in the community with specific programs to recognize their ongoing contributions.

The Foundation also revamped its Sponsors program, switching from set packages to custom offerings for each business.

The Benefactors Club continues to recognize the Foundation’s top donors every year.

For details on the Foundation and its new donor programs, visit:

https://humanaction.foundation/

 

Editor’s Note: The Freecoast is published for our community as a volunteer effort. If you appreciate our work, please pay it forward by making a contribution to our favorite charity, the Human Action Foundation.

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Events – The Freecoast Liberty Calendar

Freecoast - Sun, 2020-08-16 08:00 +0000

Latest Update: July 5, 2021

Here is the upcoming events calendar for the Freecoast Liberty Fellowship. Newcomers are always welcome! Events are the best way to get to know the local liberty community.

Questions? Contact us!

Featured Events Stay tuned for upcoming Featured Events!

 

Recurring Events Monthly
Second Saturdays 2-5pm • Freecoast Market Day • The Praxeum

Every second Saturday, the Freecoast gathers for a day of fun and free trade at the Praxeum.

 

Past Events

September 12, 2020 • Freecoast Day!
August 15, 2020 • Freecoast Holiday: Obon Festival
August 12, 2020 • Seacoast New Movers Picnic
August 8, 2020 • Homeschool Community Market Day
July 31, 2020 • Homeschool Curriculum Flip-Through
July 11, 2020 • Freecoast Market and Independence Day Celebration
July 01, 2020 • Seacoast New Movers Picnic
June 13, 2020 • Freecoast Blood Drive
May 9, 2020 • Freecoast Blood Drive
March 28, 2020 • Freecoast Blood Drive
February 8, 2020 • Freecoast Market Day
January 15, 2020 • New Movers Potluck
January 11, 2020 • Freecoast Market Day
December 14, 2019 • Free State Project Calling Party
December 14, 2019 • Freecoast Market Day
December 1, 2019 • Feast of The Freecoast
November 16, 2019 • NHLA Training, Review NH Bills
September 22, 2019 • Friends of The Freecoast Bonfire
September 3-8, 2019 • The Sixth Annual Freecoast Festival
August 21, 2019 • New Movers’ Potluck
January 5, 2019 • Blood Drive
November 25, 2018 • Feast of the Freecoast
September 7-9th, 2018 • Freecoast Festival ’18
July 15, 2018 • Freecoast Powwow
May 5, 2018 • Spring Potluck
April 15, 2018 • April Powwow & Sunschool: Colonization, Empowerment, & Semiotics
April 8, 2018 • Portsmouth Seasteading Monthly Meetup
April 6, 2018 • Secure Your Cryptocurrency With Multisignature Wallets
March 18, 2018 • Freecoast Powwow
February 18, 2018 • Freecoast Powwow
February 16, 2018 • Praxeum Benefactors Soireé
January 21, 2018 • Freecoast Powwow
December 17, 2017 • Freecoast Powwow
November 24, 2017 • Feast of the Freecoast
November 18, 2017 • Freecoast Powwow
November 1, 2017 • Praxeum Benefactors Soireé

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The Freecoast Celebrates Obon!

Freecoast - Thu, 2020-08-13 11:11 +0000

Every month, the Freecoast community gathers as a whole to reconnect, break bread, and celebrate a holiday together. This month we’re celebrating Obon, the Japanese Buddhist festival honoring those who came before us.

Whether biological, intellectual, or spiritual, many of us have ancestors worthy of remembrance and respect, those who symbolize our deepest values and made possible the life we live today. Obon is a time set aside for their memory, a time to thank them and reflect on their impact on us. With the help of community members who have attended the festival in Japanese communities, we will be using some traditional elements, such as hanging lanterns, to bring the meaning of the day alive.

As with all Freecoast holidays, we’re also planning to use this time to enjoy each other’s company, have great conversation, and watch our children play together. Come for the symbol or come for the people, whatever the reason we’d love to see you this weekend! We’ll be meeting on Saturday starting at 6 PM at the Praxeum, bring your own picnic foods. More details available on Facebook.

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Open For Business!

Freecoast - Thu, 2020-07-30 01:15 +0000

Hello friends! We are excited to announce that The Praxeum has re-opened to the Freecoast community! These times are trying and strange for all of us, thank you for being understanding as we have navigated these unfamiliar waters to try to figure out the best way to be available, while keeping in mind everyone’s safety.

The following guidelines are currently recommended for The Praxeum:

**Masks are encouraged, not required** We ask you to please respect that there are varying degrees of comfort level for everyone that will be attending events.

We are so happy to be back and cannot wait to see you all at The Praxeum soon.

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A Declaration of Cattiness

Freecoast - Mon, 2020-07-13 18:40 +0000

This weekend, at the Freecoast’s Independence day cookout, we had a declaration competition. This was my entry:

When, in the course of communal events, it becomes necessary for one person to dissolve the bonds of courtesy which have kept the group civil with one another, and to assume among the peoples of the Coast, the gossipy and cliquey attitude to which the laws of human nature incline them, a decent respect to the opinions of their fellows requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to nosy conversation.

We hold these truths to be quite relevant, that most men are created communal, that they are endowed by their nature with certain social values, that among these are information, strategy, and the pursuit of judgment. That to secure these needs, private conversations are instituted among friends, deriving their just powers from the truth and relevance of the details. That whenever any form of social norm becomes destructive to those ends, it is right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new norms, laying their foundation on such principles and organizing their expectations in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their community’s virtue and harmony. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that norms long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when long trains of communal blunders and blowups, deriving invariably from the same misguided application of the virtues of niceness and minding ones own business, plague them, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such norms, and to provide new guards for their future prosperity.

Such has been the patient sufferance of this community and its siblings and predecessors; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former norms of civility. The history of modern nerdy communities is a history of repeated missed opportunities and ruined scenes, all having in direct cause a desire to avoid drama. To prove this let facts be submitted to a candid community.

We have allowed bad actors to flourish in our midst, ranging from harshing the vibe to the vilest of physical abuses.

We have lost our influence on the values and purpose of our groups, allowing many to dissolve into boring mediocrity.

We have missed opportunities to learn more about our fellows and thereby to encourage and take advantage of their virtues while avoiding and diminishing their vices.

We have let issues fester under the surface until they erupt in community-rending conflict.

We have failed to strategically coordinate efforts toward positive community and individual ends.

We have foregone chances to mutually calibrate judgments, nudge evaluations, and intimately bond with close friends and allies.

We have forced our most socially skilled peers, those responsible for a vibrant community, to choose between overt defiance of our norms, disingenuously performing their function privately and likely feeling shame, or depriving us of their benefits altogether.

I, therefore, a representative of myself, appealing to my reputation and reasoning for the rectitude of my intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of myself, solemnly publish and declare, that this community and others like it of right ought to be a more dramatic and catty people; that they are absolved from all obligation to be in all things public, reserved, and cordial; and that as dramatic and catty people, they have full power to dish, matchmake, vent, praise, and to do all other acts and things which catty people may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the correctness of my judgment and experience, I pledge to you all my honest useful assessment, my listening ear, and my understanding that you’ll totally bitch about me to your friends after this speech.

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Community Causes: Cointr.ee

Freecoast - Mon, 2020-06-29 17:29 +0000

At this time, we appreciate more than ever the work of local entrepreneurs in charity and business. This is the second in a series of posts highlighting causes supported by the Freecoast community. 

Freecoasters are passionate about supporting those within our community and beyond. Combined with this is the ambition of achieving decentralized monetary freedom. With these goals in mind, several are working on practical ways to utilize cryptocurrencies for daily transactions. Cointr.ee is one such project where we can do just that.

Cointr.ee is a platform for people who earn their money through community support. It helps creators earn money by making it as easy as possible for people to support their work.

Cointr.ee simplifies donations by allowing you to list all of your crypto donation addresses in one place, sharing them with a single link. Add all of your websites and social media platforms on your page so people can follow and support you wherever you are. This video shared by Cointr.ee creator gives a great overview of the practical use of Cointr.ee.

As businesses are opening back up, many creators still face massive restrictions. We can use cryptocurrencies to extend our reach to the Seacoast and beyond in order to offer support. Check out Cointr.ee to get started!

 

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Community Causes: The Human Action Foundation

Freecoast - Tue, 2020-04-28 19:59 +0000

At this time, we appreciate more than ever the work of local entrepreneurs in charity and business. This is the first in a series of posts highlighting causes supported by the Freecoast community. For the full series, click here.

The obvious starting point for our series on Freecoast community causes is the Human Action Foundation (HAF). This charity was founded by Freecoasters and seeks to provide support for alternative approaches to work, school, and community.

Many people are finding that traditional institutions are no longer relevant to their interests. But when they opt for an individual approach, they lose the support provided by these institutions.

HAF provides programs to address this deficit. From its inaugural liberty community center on the Seacoast of New Hampshire, HAF supports a range of events for entrepreneurs, artists, homeschoolers, and anyone else on a path of self-improvement.

The Foundation’s impact is felt in the local community and through a network of freethinkers extending far beyond the Seacoast. For liberty anywhere bolsters liberty everywhere.

In this pandemic, HAF remains active providing support to community members who have experienced layoffs, as well as those adapting to remote work or homeschooling for the first time.

Charities not directly involved in medical care are experiencing strain. In consideration of public health, HAF has suspended events at its liberty community center since March 16th. The Foundation quickly pivoted to providing an online meeting venue; nonetheless, many programs have had to be delayed or cancelled. While HAF has seen remarkable loyalty from its donors despite their personal hardships, we encourage any readers of sufficient means to consider including HAF in your charitable giving.

Whether supporting freelancers especially hard-hit by the lockdown, or sharing knowledge on remote work and school with the wider community, the Human Action Foundation has a vital role to play in helping people cope with this crisis.

To learn more about the Foundation, visit:
https://humanaction.foundation/

 

Sincerely,

Mike Vine
President
Human Action Foundation

 

Author: Mike Vine
Published on: April 28th, 2020

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We Need a Price Signal

Freecoast - Tue, 2020-04-07 13:47 +0000

Few if any libertarians are acknowledging the hard problem of the COVID-19 pandemic. Forget the question of how and whether quarantines would be enforced in a free society. We have potential millions dead from disease on one side and an economic depression on the other. Exactly how is a free market actor supposed to decide the appropriate level of risk to take when making each decision?

Many private organizations are currently implementing their best “common sense” approach to being good members of society. Google can work from home, that’s easy. The local cafe may risk operating, but perhaps they Lysol the door handles every half hour. But in the end it’s a shot in the dark. They have no idea how many people will live or die as a result of their decisions.

It’s as if this scenario was designed to destroy all of the abstractions we use to make sense of rights and economics. Decisions to meet people today in large groups render potentially massive consequences for completely unrelated people. Under these conditions, how do you construct a framework of liability? Without liability, how do you put a price on risk? Without a price on risk, how you decide whether to reopen your business?

I don’t have any serious answers, but I think it’s something we as libertarians should be thinking about. If we distrust the government’s guidance on this issue, as growing numbers of non-libertarians are, we should be ready with an idea of our own. And this wouldn’t even be “a libertarian alternative” to some standard government solution to this problem. The government barely has a solution. They segregate businesses into “essential” or “non-essential” and make sweeping policies for either one. There’s no room for nuance because they can’t trust us to be reasonable. And again, to be fair, we have no guidance for what reasonable behavior is. We need a price signal.

The half-baked solution I could come up with is to hold people and businesses liable for who they infect, even if by accident, all the way down the tree. That is to say, if I infect 3 people, they each infect 3 people, and so on, I’m liable in some way for the health outcomes of all of them. My liability would be shared, in some way, by other people in the tree, since they also hold some responsibility. This is the only way that comes to mind for everybody to account for the consequences of their actions. And it’s an absurd idea that’s impossible to implement.

Putting aside practicality, it also seems very harsh to hold everybody liable in this way. However, people could get liability insurance, just like they do for driving. Insurance companies would charge a premium based on each person’s behavior. Once you have an insurance policy covering your infection liability, you could open your business, which would increase your premium. You could outfit your business with extra precautions, which would then lower your premium a little. And so on. The insurance company, as usual, does the hard work of determining the risk profile of each scenario. From there you can decide whether the revenue you would get is worth the premium and the investment in safety precautions.

Perhaps you could take my half-baked idea and come up with some clever way to make it practical. Or maybe you have a new idea altogether. Let’s start the discussion.

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All Yacht And Bothered: Why Billionaires Care About Us

Freecoast - Thu, 2020-04-02 01:07 +0000

Amazon is hiring 100,000 people in response to coronavirus demand. I thought I’d misread the figure at first. Surely they meant 10,000? But no, the Seattle ecommerce giant is, in fact, hiring a mid-size city’s worth of people to make sure it can keep up with demand. And not just them – Walmart, CVS, Instacart, and others are all hiring tens to hundreds of thousands of people.

To which I say, “why bother?” Seems like an odd question, because we just assume that companies are relentlessly pushing to expand and improve. But anyone who has run even a small business will know how much of a pain onboarding a single employee can be – much less doing that 100,000 times in a month or two. There’s sifting through applications, doing interviews, training, instilling company culture, then dealing with any complaint or problem a human can dream up because that’s what people do!

And the guys and gals who run these businesses don’t need the headache. Jeff Bezos? The Waltons? They have so much money, it would be a job just to try and spend it all. Ask Bill Gates, who literally does that for a living now.

This seems especially the case because by all reasonable accounts, this economic flux is temporary. These companies may well have to lay off a substantial portion of the new hires in a few months.

So why do they bother?

There are many good answers, brand loyalty among them. But it got me thinking something I hadn’t considered before: thank goodness for the extravagant lifestyles of the rich! That’s what keeps them pursuing these heroic feats in the marketplace – the need to feed their personal consumption habits. If they were all buddhist monks, they truly wouldn’t need to keep chasing profit – and I have to believe they wouldn’t be hiring by the battalion.

Now some might object that at the multi-billionaire level, even extravagance doesn’t make a dent in their net worth. But to that I say that we must consider under “consumption” the many intangible purchases of simply having a lot of money. The fame, the ultra-elite networking opportunities, the ability to play the role of philanthropist, the sense of being the best at what you do.

It starts to sound like an Austrian School-style axiom – we are motivated to produce by what we wish to consume.

So here’s my message to the billionaires: enjoy your superyachts so I can enjoy my next-day delivery!

 

Author: Mike Vine

Published: April 1, 2020

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