Founded in 1971, the Libertarian party it was created to elect libertarians to public office, including the presidency of the United States.
Founded in 2001, the Free State Project it is an effort to turn New Hampshire – the “Live Free or Die” state – into a libertarian paradise of minimal government, with the ultimate goal of electing a libertarian to the office of governor.
What is the most realistic way to create a freer society? That was the question debated by Jeremy kauffman, a board member of the Free State Project, and Angela McArdle, candidate for president of the National Libertarian Party and current president of the Los Angeles County LP.
Kauffman defended the resolution, “The Free State Project is a more realistic path to freedom than the Libertarian Party,” and McArdle took the negative.
The debate was moderated by Soho forum director Gene Epstein and was performed in front of a live audience at the Free State Project’s annual Porcupine Freedom Festival (Porcfest). It was an Oxford-style debate, so the audience voted on the proposal before and after the proceedings, and the winner was the person who moved the most people to their side.
Narrated by Nick Gillespie.
Photo: Brett Raney