The Portsmouth Herald had a big feature yesterday on a local group of activists calling themselves the Seacoast Common Sense Community Builders. The group is planning to host a lecture series in Portsmouth this spring with the goal of fostering “a non-ideological approach to build better communities.”
The three leaders of the group pictured in the article are closely associated with the Free State Project, whose stated mission is to take over the state government, slash state and local budgets, and eliminate federal “interference.” Here’s a little background.
Scott McPherson was one of the Free State Project’s “First 1000” signers who pledged to be a “trailblazer for Liberty in Our Lifetime.” He honored his pledge by moving to New Hampshire in 2006. Examples of his non-ideological writings include, “Public-Access TV: Fascism in Action,” “The Twin Threats of Socialism and Gun Control” and “Police State Mission-Creep.”
Todd Puterbaugh was also one of the Free State Project’s “First 1000.” He moved from Ohio to New Hampshire in 2006. “My wife and I both felt that the loss of liberty was occurring at an accelerated pace,” he explained, “and we didn’t want to sit by and let that happen.” Puterbaugh is the FSP Welcome Wagon coordinator and co-founder of NH Seacoast Liberty.
Kevin Kervick moved to New Hampshire in 2009. He says he is not a Free Stater himself, but he praises the FSP for having a “positive impact on the economic development of the state, a trend that should continue as more of them come to the Granite State.” Here’s his non-ideological description of the group’s common sense approach: ”The common sense approach seeks to deconstruct top down structures while the statist ideology seeks to strengthen them.”