Libertarian Party

Eric Brakey: How Libertarians Can Attain Political Power

The director of The Free State Project and Maine legislator talks about the free state movement’s history, accomplishments, and future.


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Today's guest is Eric Brakey, the new executive director of The Free State Project, a nonprofit that has been working since 2001 to get small-government diehards to move to New Hampshire and make the Granite State a stronghold for libertarian ideas. Prior to becoming head of the Free State Project, Brakey was a Republican state senator in Maine, where he authored successful legislation that expanded gun rights, legalized over-the-counter birth control, and enacted Right To Try legislation. Reason's Nick Gillespie talks to Brakey about the state of the libertarian movement, how Ron Paul and Young Americans for Liberty shaped his worldview, and how he hopes to concentrate what he calls "the libertarian diaspora" in New Hampshire.

Revolt of the Porcupines! The Free State Project wants libertarians to take over New Hampshire. Is this a revolutionary plan or a pipe dream? December 2004
Keeping New Hampshire Awesome: Q&A with the Free State Project President Carla Gericke, November 27, 2011
Is the Libertarian Migration to New Hampshire Having an Impact?
Q&A with Free State Project President Matt Philips, August 22, 2016
Meet Rachel Goldsmith, the Woman Running the Free State Project, September 18, 2018

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