It would be interesting to see Ian test the waters here. My understanding is that FTL and Ian aren’t welcomed at the event, but other co-hosts are welcome, so long as they aren’t doing so in a capacity that represents FTL. To that end various co-hosts have continued to attend Liberty Forum and Porkfest.
From what I’ve seen over the years the backlash has largely been from the outrage of members of the Free State Project over the FSP board leadership - in recent years -and the incident is more or less the one that simply broke the camels back. While certainly there is some bad blood here Ian’s been relatively quiet compared to Free State Project members over the incident.
Prior to this point there were numerous small things that had occurred over the years which were irritating participants- but for the good of the movement people have remained quiet. Leading is hard work- and while we might not all agree those who step up to the plate should be given some latitude. It wasn’t until they spat in Ian’s face that people got really upset over the degrading situation. Ian wasn’t just another activist.
Where people have upset about past kicks over people spouting unpopular views some of those views were at least violent-or some would argue so anyway. While the FSP is a private organization it set a bad precedent for a group that is supposed to be advocating freedom. Lead by example they say. That means you don’t have to agree with someone, but you will let that person speak and banning people goes against what a good leadership advocating freedom should be doing.
What I’ve advocated in the past is that the FSP have a statement prepared to respond to negative media publicity when people spouting unpopular views hits the mainstream media that clarifies that the organization itself has a policy against taking a position on political issues and that the only objective of the project is to gather those in support of freedom in one place. Then quote the FSP’s statement of intent:
“The Free State Project is an agreement among 20,000 pro-liberty activists to move to New Hampshire, where they will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property”.