We used to hear a lot about libertarianism here, and one of the projects of the late 2000's was the "Free Town Project", which landed in Grafton NH. This is a thread to discuss topics related to this, centered on a recent book on the topic but open to all related points. It's *not* intended to be a debate on the merits of libertarianism, but rather a discussion of the real world effects, both good and bad, of the political social experiment in Grafton NH.
And of course, of the bears who brought their own form of libertarian principles to the party.
About 15 years ago, the idea of a libertarian trial community was mooted, and Grafton NH was selected. Hundreds of people moved there in a few years, took over the town, ripped up every rule, regulation and local ordinance they could, mostly defunded town services, and set out to watch Utopia arrive. It... Didn't work like that.
I always wondered what happened with this. At one point, a Libertarian Party member had a credible run at the Governor's chair, and others were elected to the State House. But things went quiet a few years ago, at least from my perspective, and with all the Trumpism frankly I think libertarianism has fallen out of the public eye. Interesting to see the results.
Anyone have any first-hand experience with this?