March 24, 2020
You may or may not have heard of the Free Staters, a small group of nut-job “Libertarians” who moved to New Hampshire in order to establish a “Free State” (one in which there is virtually no government regulation of anything).
The head of this loosely-defined coalition recently responded to Governor Chris Sununu’s executive order prohibiting groups of more than 50 from gathering. He is encouraging his fellow Free Staters to defy the order.
Calling it “outrageous,” Ian Freeman wrote on the Free Keene website that the order is “a violation of the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
In the spirit of elevating his ideology over the health of his fellow citizens, Freeman has said that many of the group’s activities, including social meet-ups, will continue in spite of the order. Freeman calls the global pandemic a “Coronavirus scare,” and opines that too many libertarians are being bamboozled by, you know, people with medical degrees and expertise in epidemiology and virology and stuff.
“Apparently if an authoritarian puts on a lab coat then many libertarians will fall under their spell,” he wrote, adding that “Government gangsters say it and the media propagates it.”
Freeman has invited people to bring their own food and drinks to the social gatherings (“Attend at your own risk,” he adds) and is offering a “special prize” to the 51st person in attendance.
And since they are Libertarians, I assume that they will be paying for their medical expenses out of their own pockets.