Carla Gericke is an author, activist, and attorney who, together with thousands of libertarian pioneers, is building a consent-based society in the Free State of New Hampshire. Carla is the author of “The Ecstatic Pessimist: Stories of Hope (Mostly)” and blogs regularly at her site, The Art of Independence. She hosts The Carla Gericke Show and co-hosts Manch Talk, two weekly cable access news shows, and a new podcast FSP PorcChat on Mondays, and is a frequent guest on libertarian podcasts. She has appeared on WMUR, CNN, and Fox News, been featured in GQ and Playboy, been quoted in The Economist, and has discussed libertarianism on the BBC. Carla serves on several educational nonprofit boards, including the Free State Project, Right-to-Know NH, and the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence. She has organized the Porcupine Freedom Festival four times, including hosting PorcFest during 2020. Carla has run as the Republican/Libertarian candidate for NH Senate three times against an entrenched Establishment incumbent, garnering 45% of the vote in 2020. In 2014, Carla won a landmark 1st Amendment, First Circuit court case affirming the right to film police encounters. She was named one of NH Magazine’s “Remarkable Women” the same year. Carla lives with her husband of 27 years and their rescued dog in a 1950s atomic ranch in West Manchester. Her life motto is: Live free and thrive!