During the American civil war, John Stark, known as the hero of Vermont, won a decisive victory at Bennington. Years later, when he was quite ill, in an effort to stir up anti British sentiment in the lead up to the War of 1812, Stark uttered these words: "Live free or die, death is not the worst of evils." This was later shortened to Live Free or Die, which appears on the license plates of New Hampshire. It has become the catchphrase of the Libertarian movement which seems to have garnered new life in the present US environment. Libertarianism generally means a great distrust of any authority: the government, scientist, the intellectual elite, the media, and anyone who comes from urban environments.