Putting Heinlein to the test

A while ago, a bunch of libertarians decided to see if they could actually make their philosophy work on the state level. They decided to get a bunch of themselves together, collectively move to a state, and start trying to convert it to run on libertarian issues. The state they chose, I am proud to say, was my own little New Hampshire. (The fact that the state is moving further and further away from libertarian principles and closer to Democratic status is something I weep over regularly.)

But as anyone with passing familiarity with scientific principles knows, there’s more than that to proving a hypothesis. It’s often a good idea to test the opposite possibility, and see if that works too.

That seems to be the idea behind the Free Lunch Project. The organizers are calling on those who believe in Big Government, The Nanny State, Public Entitlements, cradle-to-grave care, and all those other aspects of freedom and choice and liberty impose on the average person every day.

They want everyone who believes in such things to move to one state and actually put their theories and beliefs into practice, as a laboratory for social progress.

They’re having their final vote right now, and it’s between Massachusetts and California. I am personally endorsing Massachusetts, for the following reasons:

  1. It’s a smaller state, both geographically and population-wise, so it’ll be easier to influence.
  2. It’s been losing population since the last census, so a sudden influx of 20,000 newcomers could have a tremendous affect in elections.
  3. With Democrats now having an absolute lock on both Houses of the legislature, the governorship, all ten House seats, and both Senate seats, it’s well on its way already. The “Massachusetts Republican” is just shy of making the endangered-species list.
  4. It’s right next door to me, so I can nuke up some popcorn and enjoy the show.
  5. It has New England winters, so their theories will be put to a much harsher environmental test than California will (excluding earthquakes, brush fires, mudslides, and other far less predictable natural hazards).

So head on over to their web site and cast your vote for the Bay State to become the Basket Case State. Trust me, it’ll be a very short trip for them.

I’ve often quoted Robert Heinlein’s TANSTAAFL principle — “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.” Let’s find out of Bob was really on to something.

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