Various liberty-minded Keene personalities post here. (As well as some from across NH, as Free Keene has become a source for Shire-wide news and opinion.) Starting with NH natives and ending with the most recent movers, these are Free Keene’s bloggers. (Full names and forum “handles” included.) Click their names to see their blog posts:
|Kate Ager (“kager”) – Kate Ager was born and raised in Keene, New Hampshire and has questioned ‘authority’ since a young age. Surrounded by people who do not think she is a bad person solely for failing to follow orders or obey certain laws, Kate no longer feels out of place. She is a voluntaryist who is trying to further expand her ideas and learn how to effectively communicate them. Kate believes that it is not what you do in life, but how you do it and it is not what you see, but the way you see it.|
|Wendy French – Not so long ago, in a galaxy we call the Shire, there was born a lady Jedi, Wendy, a rebelette with many causes. Wendy has been a lover of liberty since she was a twinkle, and has grown to be an opti-mystic who follows the footsteps of the greats who have morphed entire empires through the righteousness of their mighty stands. Wendy’s activism and focus have evolved from giving energy to national crusades to giving energy to local crusades, and she practices being the change right here at home, because there’s no place like our Shire on Earth. If you wish to reach Wendy about how she can positively change your life too, through Reiki, Massage, or by loving people and cooking them tasty food, then please DO, because THERE IS NO TRY, DO OR DO NOT!|
|Garret Ean (“giggan”) – Garret has been involved in political action since high school, but it wasn’t until college that he came to consider himself a liberty activist. In college, he ran for state representative twice, while pursuing a criminology degree. In late 2010, he started FreeConcord.org to cover news of interest to liberty activists in the greater Concord area. You may catch him in front of the state house with chalk and camera in hand, making futile attempts to objectively cover liberty-flavored events as he participates in them. The underlying theme of his activism is propagating the revolutionary notion that human beings own themselves.|
|Eric Freerock (“ericfreerock”) – Eric is a Keene native concerned with the massive increases in the Keene property tax that has made Keene an undesirable place to try and own a house. Eric also hosts the Cop Block Radio Show on FPRNradio.com and is concerned with the ever- growing police state in which we find ourselves.|
|Graham Colson (“GrahamColson”) – Graham grew up in nearby Swanzey. When he was 16 and still in forced public education, he heard about the exciting things happening in Keene and knew he had to be a part of that in some capacity or another. When Graham turned 18 he moved here and he says his life changed forever, “These last few years have undoubtedly been the most single most interesting period of my life, and I’m looking forward to whatever the future in the Shire holds.” Graham considers himself an Anarcho Capitalist, and seeks to be a part of bringing about the end of the cancer calling itself the state through nonviolent means. He shares an inspirational quote from Gandhi: “When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.”|
|Seth Cohn (“SethCohn”) – Seth Cohn moved in 2004 and immediately found himself involved in politics. In a love/hate relationship with Keene style activism over the years, he’s mellowed now that he’s spent 2 years as a NH State Rep (Republican) and participated in the sausage making of government from the inside. His new goal is finding common ground among diverse views like Occupy and TeaParty and then taking that ground for Liberty. Some days he’s a Voluntaryist, others Minarchist, depends on which side of bed he gets out of in the morning.|
|Ian Freeman (“FTL_Ian”) – Ian is the program director of LRN.FM and hosts “Free Talk Live“. As a minister in the Shire Free Church, it’s his mission in life to effectively communicate and propagate the ideas of peace, love, and liberty, and to have fun doing it. Ian founded the Free Keene blog in late 2006 after moving to the Shire as part of the Free State Project. Here’s a more detailed bio.|
|David Krouse – Passionate about getting government to stop hurting people. Anti-war, because war always results in ‘colateral damage’, another word for murder. Anti-tax, because he doesn’t live for the purpose of funding other peoples choices. Happy to help when asked, or for a worthy cause. Keene is the smallest city David has ever lived in.|
|JJ Epic – JJ is the former editor of the Free Keene Press, the creator and former producer of Free Keene TV and former Free Talk Live co-host. After discovering his talent and love for video he started a video production company called Starfall Media. He moved to Keene in December of 2007 and moved to Manchester in 2012 where he produces Neocash Radio, A weekly podcast that discusses the future of money today.|
|Rich Paul – Rich Paul is an early mover for the Free State Project and computer programmer by trade who is currently in jail for selling cannabis. He heroically stood up for his belief that the drug war needs to end, put his entire life on the line, and faced 100 years in prison. He was sentenced to one in jail aka the Keene Spiritual Retreat. Watch the blog for his posts from jail and tune into Free Talk Live to hear his calls from jail. You can write to him here at Mail-to-Jail.|
|Dale Everett (“dalebert”) – Dale is an early mover originally from Georgia. Right after finishing his bachelors in Computer Science at Georgia Tech, he worked as a software engineer for eight years in California and completed his Masters at USC. He now does free lance programming and graphic design. Dale is also the author and artist for a liberty-themed comic strip called Anarchy In Your Head.|
|William Kostric – Growing weary of petty tyrants in Maricopa County, AZ, William determined to free range outside the confines of the United States. One night while researching the Iraq war, he happened upon the Free State Project forums and found that there were many like-minded individuals spread out across the continent. The idea of gathering in a localized area where a greater impact could be made struck a chord and he signed the statement of intent and made the move in 2008.
William’s current projects include Free State Now who’s goal is to complete the 20k signers before the end of 2014, The Quill – a libertarian community center in the Manchester area and working with Occupy New Hampshire to build a broad-based coalition of activists who are motivated to take local action towards measurable goals.
|Sean Murphy (“Trifith”) – A long time constitutionalist, Sean came to the ideas of a voluntary society through the works of Ayn Rand and Stephan Molyneux. Moving from North Carolina to Keene, NH in December of 2009, Sean has been active in the local liberty movement, and can often be found doing outreach in the community, Robin Hooding in downtown Keene, and laughing at the state wherever he can. These days Sean finds the idea of a coercive state to be a childish anachronism of humanity’s youth, worthy of laughter, not fear.|
|Jason Talley (“talleytv“) – Jason Talley the editor of the Spirit of Arcadia, a journal of independence and peace in the Atlantic Northeast. Curating and commenting on news from this region, Talley will provide an independent and sometimes contrarian voice on the FreeKeene.com website. Jason has been actively advancing the ideas of liberty for over a decade. After years working with various think tanks in Washington, DC he left to “search for freedom in America” as part of the Motorhome Diaries crew. After seeing much of the so-called “United States” he opted to coexist in the Atlantic Northeast, currently in New Hampshire as a participant in the Free State Project. In the future he hopes to tour the region to advance independence and peace with his multimedia journalism.|
|Ademo V. Freeman (“Ademo”) – Ademo was born and raised in Wisconsin. He moved to New Hampshire to join other activists who advocate for a voluntary society. Ademo has been apart of projects like Motorhome Diaries, which traveled to 41 states and published almost 200 videos while “searching for freedom in America”, Cop Block.org, a police accountability site, and Liberty On Tour, which focuses on several aspects of the liberty movement. Ademo is excited to join Free Keene and when not doing activism, enjoys a good game of poker, a beer, and socializing with friends.|
|Pete Eyre (“PeteEyre”) – Pete Eyre self-describes as a voluntaryist and hails from the Midwest. He went to school for law enforcement but ultimately concluded that he could have a bigger impact through other avenues. After four plus years working in the libertarian think tank world in DC he hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later Liberty On Tour. In addition to Free Keene, he’s now active with Cop Block.|
|Derrick J. Freeman – Derrick J is a handsome young peace activist dedicated to living free by helping others to live free. He left his gayborhood in Philadelphia in 2011 after Molyneaux, Rand, and Mises flipped on his AnCap lightswitch. He loves to meet new people and report on stories of agorism in action or participation in civil disobedience. The activism that Derrick J enjoys most are public 420 celebrations, “Robin-Hooding,” and traveling without proof of government permission. His work centers around exercising self-ownership and is highlighted here at FreeKeene.com as well as PeaceNewsNow.com.|
|Jason Repsher (“Rapsher”) – Rapsher moved to Keene NH for the Free State Project in March 2011 from Reno, NV. He believes the ideas of liberty were always apparent in him. Being a non-conformist, along with an inability to pay attention in school, he had little to unlearn. In 2008 Rapsher’s views expanded from libertarian into voluntarism. With his cynical sense of humor and an intense internal optimism, Rapsher is genuinely confident that liberty will happen in his lifetime. His personal philosophy is that altruism is synonymous with human incentive, which will evolve into a purer form when human interactions can exist on a voluntary basis. Rapsher partakes in activism, outreach, working on Free Keene TV, Robin Hooding, and more to come.|
|Jay Freeville (“Jay”) – Jay finally moved to The Shire from Florida in 2011. He has been involved in the Free State Project movement since 2003,
and through the years has slowly progressed from being a minarchist to being a voluntaryist (if you really want to pigeonhole him). He spends his days making a living with online merchandise sales, causing trouble with his opinions, and running the Mail-to-Jail.com website.
|Emberlea McCulligh (“Emberlea”) – Emberlea relocated to NH from Tampa, Florida in late February 2012. She is a voluntaryist and an agorist who enjoys participating in protests. She advocates for the peaceful evolution of society, unschooling, and for jury nullification. Emberlea is the coordinator for the Voluntaryist Volunteers national group. She owns her own agorist business, supports civil disobedience activists, and is a single parent of a teenage son. She is a vegan and has three lovely dogs! She believes that a voluntary society is within our reach!|
|Darryl W. Perry (“southernpatriot”)- Darryl W. Perry is an activist, author, poet & statesman. Darryl is a regular contributor to The Bulverde Standard, The Canyon Lake Week and The Comal Beacon and writes a monthly article for The Sovereign. He hosts the weekly news podcasts Freedom Minute and Police Accountability Report and co-hosts the weekly radio show Voluntary Values on the Liberty Radio Network.
Darryl is a co-founder and co-chair of the NH Liberty Party.
Darryl is the Owner/Managing Editor of Free Press Publications.
Darryl moved to Keene in Spring of 2012.
|Conan Salada (“conan”)- Conan moved to Keene with his daughter in tow in the spring of 2012 and quickly found himself immersed up to his eyeballs in activist opportunity. Since then he has been testing the waters in search of the activism type which best suits his play style. The search continues. Crafty and elusive, Conan is rarely seen during the day as he prefers the cool hours of night to earn his keep. His odd schedule sometimes conflicts with all the adventure that goes on during the day. Nevertheless, he has found the time to take on the role of co-producer and editor for the community based television news show: ShireTV. He is also a co-founder and chair member of the New Hampshire Liberty Party. A talented artisan and jack-of-all-trades, Conan’s gallery of sculpture and other media can be viewed at Red Pill Creations.|
|James Cleaveland (“lightspeedliberty”)- After being frustrated by the lack of progress of elsewhere and learning of the Free State Project in 2010 through Dave Ridley of the Ridleyreport and attending Porcfest 2011 and 2012, James Cleaveland moved to Keene in June 2012. Since arriving, he has been involved in many forms of activism in the Keene area from hosting ShireTV, chalking, Keene Copblock, jury outreach, trying to film in courthouses, and most recently, Robin Hooding. James believes that through dedication and hard work a more peaceful society can be achieved.|
Inactive bloggers (for at least a year) as of 8/9/12:
|Heika Courser (“hcourser”) – Heika is a Keene native and friend to many FSP members. She is a big supporter of the phrase, “No victim, no crime.” Although she is not in support of many things the government does, she has recently become very interested in local politics, such as city council and other city committees. Heika also proudly partakes in many acts of civil disobedience as well as supports her liberty-oriented friends with vigils, protests, attending court hearings and trials, and more.|
|Chris Muskus (“COG_K” ) – Chris moved to Keene with his wife in the summer of 2000 from the Springfield, MA area. Although not a Free State Project Member, Chris got excited when he heard that New Hampshire was the chosen state of the FSP and then again when he heard that Free Talk Live moved into town. Chris tends to be a little quiet and on the shy side… until you get to know him!|
|Lorri Rodier (“Lorri R”) – Lorri lives in the Keene area, and has almost her whole life. She’s the mother of three children, and runs a small business. She loves NH, raising her family here, and recommends it to others looking for a good place to live. The only thing that would make NH even better, in her opinion, is if we could truly be the “Free State”. She hopes to help make this happen.|
|Yadra H. Voat – Yadra moved to Keene in March 2009, in-time for the New Hampshire Liberty Forum. He prefers to work as an “I hope I’m right” kind of voluntarist in the same way that Mark Edge is an “I hope I’m wrong” kind of minarchist. When inquired of regarding his unusual name, Yadra likes to ask people “how often is Mark Twain remembered as Samuel Clemens?” He has observed that all moral actions among beings of equal moral nature are voluntary but not all voluntary actions are moral. Most people and Yadra already agree on most subjects, they just don’t realize it yet.|