Lifetime achievement unlocked! Felt like I was in an Aaron Sorkin series last night when Louis and I went in person to the NBC studio to be interviewed as part of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of New Hampshire series. The two journalists who interviewed me are Alison King and Sue O’Connell. I wish we had more time to to explore some of the issues, but all things considered, I think it went as well as it could. I will be breaking down some of the issues on The Carla Gericke Show in the coming weeks.
The first 7 episodes of NBC Boston’s docuseries on the Free State movement is out! Check out these short, 13 minute episodes, and then feel free to drop me questions below!
A few things you should be wondering about while watching:
Who funds Granite State Progress? (Soros/and…?)
When did Zandra Rice Hawkins moved to New Hampshire to spread socialist programs? (After me)
How come NH public schools cost double ($18,000+) what private schools do ($9,000)?
What is more democratic than putting hard questions to voters?
Isn’t it GREAT that Free Staters are inspiring so many people to get involved as is required for good local government?
Lifetime achievement unlocked.
Although totally NOT how I imagined it going down.
Every writer who completed their MFAs with me at City College probably also fantasized about being in The New Yorker. THE NEW YORKER!!!
Which, this week, I am, but not as a fiction writer, but for my political and socioeconomic views. I know it sounds like hubris, but I am in New Hampshire for a reason: To save one spot on Earth for individual liberty, property rights, and the freedom to be yourself. Live free or die! Those are the stakes.
So, sometimes when you are trying to get radical ideas across, you end up sounding… well, a bit bonkers, like this. But still, look Pa & Ma, The New Yorker called me “cheerful and energetic”!
On the plus side, the Free State Project gets ink and this means new people will learn about how great NH is and join us!
I’ll make an episode about the interview and subsequent fact-check call, but briefly, here’s some nuances:
Anti-vax/mandate was lost on them.
The discussion about self-ownership, which justifies my position on abortion. I think it’s wrong. I wouldn’t do it. But I don’t own you, so other than sharing my opinion with you–free speech–you need to be free to do what you want because reasonable people disagree on when life starts.
The discussion about independence being a strategic hedge against federal overreach. A discussion about why I oppose almost all federal laws, when state laws make do just fine, i.e. federalism and states’ rights.
Definitely read the whole article! Notice at the end the real reason for it all… Democrats pivot on messaging and literally steal Trump’s platform. Go look. For reals. It’s pretty remarkable.
Everyone wants to blame Free Staters for whatever is unpopular at any given moment. Guess that’s how you know you’ve… arrived? (I’ve been actively hated on for more than a decade, for loving freedom and wanting to share this gift with you.)
READ the whole article, but the image above with my quote, and the following, are my favorites.
ICYMI, the governor’s ski pals who are The Management Team, were writing the governor political contribution checks from the ski resort, which is supposedly owned by the citizens of Belknap. You know, kind of a “hand in the cookie jar” moment, but let’s blame “Free Staters” instead. Nothing to see here but boogeymen!
From the article:
Sununu’s intervention was seen by many as a rebuke of the Free State Project, a 20-year-old political experiment that promotes a mass migration of 20,000 libertarians to New Hampshire. Fewer than 6,500 have arrived so far, but they have made inroads everywhere from school boards to the legislature. What that means for Sununu, the Republican Party and the state overall is uncertain. But so-called Free Staters are clearly shaking things up…
“I don’t have any problem with Free Staters,” he said. “These are not Free Staters.”
Sununu also rejected the notion that the rise of the Free State movement poses a long-term problem for his political career or his party, saying voters will reject the most extreme candidates.
“Voters are very smart,” he said… Continue reading…
Man, today was crazy! This Laconia Sun article came out, and other than them spelling my name wrong… twice!… it’s not too biased: Who are the free staters? I also did an interview with Tom Woods that will drop tomorrow. We’re planning to make it a quarterly thing: Dispatches from The Woods, maybe?!? And also, it is the 12th year anniversary of my arrest for filming cops in public. I prevailed, four years later.
“Sometimes, people have a hard time trying to peg the protest politics of Carla Gericke.
As a Republican candidate for the New Hampshire Senate and a ‘hardcore libertarian,’ she has been an outspoken activist against the stay-at-home orders handed down by Gov. Chris Sununu during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s a position many people may equate with Trump-style conservatism.
At the same time, however, Ms. Gericke has also been a longtime activist against what she sees as the troubling militarization of American police forces, and she’s been mostly supportive of Black Lives Matter efforts to defund the police.
‘I am all for taking part of the budget and moving it away from escalating policing, and maybe move it more toward mental health, community development, and that kind of stuff,’ says Ms. Gericke, who has run against the powerful Democratic incumbent in her district for the past three election cycles. ‘That wouldn’t really reduce a line item in terms of the budget and wouldn’t really be shrinking the government, so for me, that isn’t the ideal solution. But I’m willing to say I think that would be a step towards a healthier, more peaceful society.’
She’s gotten hate mail for her efforts from both sides of the political spectrum. But like most libertarians, Ms. Gericke’s principled opposition to what she sees as ever-expanding and far-reaching state powers – especially the lethal power given to police along with their ‘qualified immunities’ from legal accountability – has been a core plank of her political philosophy from the start.
The Republican candidate joined other community activists on the left in 2013 to help lead efforts to keep the city of Concord from purchasing a new Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck, or BEARCAT, which city officials said was necessary because of “frequent demonstrations by officially organized groups which have the potential of becoming volatile.”
It is the kind of language she finds chilling. ‘Concord at the time had had like, two murders in a decade,’ she says. ‘But of course they ended up getting their BEARCAT anyway.’…
“It feels like progress”
As a libertarian activist and president emeritus of the Free State Project in New Hampshire, Ms. Gericke, too, has long fought for transparency and accountability in municipal police forces.
‘I do think there is definitely a lot of overlap with these more liberal groups,’ says Ms. Gericke, who grew up under the apartheid regime in South Africa and thus remains suspicious of government power. ‘And one of the problems all of us see, in part, is this notion of ‘law and order.’ … It is the fearmongering from the war on drugs. And it is, I believe, partly the institutionalized racism inherent in the prison system – the whole school-to-prison pipeline we can so easily see.’
More recently, Ms. Gericke joined with the ACLU and New Hampshire news organizations to demand the public release of the names of police officers who have been accused of misconduct, known as the ‘Laurie List.’ New Hampshire law exempts this list from the state’s existing freedom-of-information laws.
Last year a state judge ordered the release of the list, which includes the names of some 260 cops, but Republican Governor Sununu and law enforcement officials appealed the ruling at the time. In the past month, however, each appears to be rethinking this opposition, and the governor announced the formation of a commission to recommend reforms ‘to enhance transparency, accountability, and community relations in law enforcement.’
As Ms. Gericke woos voters in her district – her campaign slogan is ‘Protecting the smallest minority, the individual … YOU!’ – she has been heartened to see police accountability finally become a national issue supported by an array of political perspectives.
‘As a libertarian and as someone who’s worked against the expanding police state for such a long time, it’s sort of a ‘let’s see if it happens’ kind of thing,” she says. ‘But at least it feels like progress.’”