Filed under: Essay, Issues, Jailed Activist, National, Rant, Response
Tom Knapp at the Center for a Stateless Society has this to say about the Ademo conviction:
“Autoimmune diseases,” per the Wikipedia article on same, “arise from an inappropriate immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words, the immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks its own cells.”
Analogizing from autoimmune disease to political government has its dangers — foremost among them the fact that any such analogy requires us to think of society as a sort of super-organism with its own interests separate from and superseding those of its constituent parts, people — but I don’t think the analogy is a poor one. If there really is such a thing as “the body politic,” the nation-state is to that body as lupus or multiple sclerosis is to an individual human body.
The most advanced stages of the disease are easily identifiable: Mussolini’s “everything in the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state” sums them up rather neatly. Read more
Filed under: Democrats, Essay, Free State Project, New Hampshire, Politics, Porcfest, Republicans, Response
[Thanks to Ian for reposting this, and the offer to blog here at FreeKeene. I'll post here occasionally, with insights I've gained over the years, or perhaps counterpoints. I've evolved in my view on the Keene methods of activism. And perhaps that'll be my next post here... -- Seth]
Found a post over at BlueHampshire, and my reply is below (I copied the rest for context)
There is no right to know
by: Marjorie Porter
Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 20:02:05 PM EDT
Over the last several days, I have been trying, via Twitter, to get @FreeStateNH to tell me which candidates running for the NH House are members of the Free State Project. They have boasted there are 14 FSP members currently serving in the NH House. But they keep telling me FSP is not political. I keep asking how I will know if a candidate is FSP. I have asked and asked. I have said voters have the right to know. Tonight they told me there is no right to know. Read more
At 10:00AM, July 11, 2012, Ademo Freeman and I, as well as about a dozen other individuals, left the Keene Activity Center and headed for Manchester. Ademo was scheduled to have a hearing at the Manchester District Court at 1:15PM.
For those unaware, Ademo recently received a letter stating that he had missed jury selection for an appeal on a resisting arrest charge stemming from the Chalking 8 incident, and that his case had been remanded back to the District Court. Ademo never received the letter notifying him of the date for jury selection. The letter itself had the correct address in the upper left corner, but the envelope displayed an address that according to the return stamp on the envelope, the USPS couldn’t even locate. Read more
Cecilia Freechild has posted an essay entitled “None of Us Are Free” at Ladies in Keene.
If you’ve been reading the blog in the last few months, you may have seen Ademo’s piece/video where he updates us on the situation surrounding his chalking arrest from Manchester last year. In short, the “superior” court there sent a hearing notice to the wrong address – an address that doesn’t even exist, and so Ademo was unaware of his pending court date, and therefore missed it. Ademo has never missed a court date. He would not have missed this one – especially since he’d REQUESTED it! He was trying to get a “de novo” (from the beginning) trial in front of a jury since a robed man had convicted him in a bench trial. He figured he’d have a chance to convince a jury of his innocence.
Well, not only did the court send the hearing notice to the wrong place, but Ademo could prove it and he filed motions in both district and “superior” courts to correct their error and re-set the trial date. The motions were denied.
So, to recap, all the courts need to do to screw you out of a jury trial is send a notice to the wrong address! Apparently their mistake counts against YOU. Read more
Filed under: Essay, Personal Freedom, Porcfest, Update, Your Evolution
A few months ago, Chris Cantwell moved to the Keene area. Chris is a talented comedian, a great activist, and an excellent writer. Over the time he’s been here, I’ve shared some of his articles on this blog. There’s a reason though that I only shared his articles rather than inviting him to blog here – Chris doesn’t believe in peaceful evolution. Chris, as he explains in his piece on why he’s leaving Keene, believes in defensive violence against the state. This belief system immediately put him at odds with those of us in Keene who believe that peace is the way. Read more
PorcFest (short for Porcupine Freedom Festival) is a week-long camping extravaganza put on each year by The Free State Project, an ambitious organization trying to move 20,000 liberty activists to the state of New Hampshire. PorcFest takes place on a large campground with hot showers, bathrooms, roads, meeting halls, and even a manicured grass field. It is camping-lite, but it makes a perfect environment for over a thousand liberty lovers to converge, drink, smoke, talk, laugh, argue, and show off their new semi-auto pistol accessories.
As a long-time member of the Free State Project, I moved to New Hampshire in early 2011 and have now been to three PorcFests. This one was the best, as you can imagine, because this was the first time Bitcoin had any significant presence. And wow, what a presence it had! Read more
It’s like a George Orwell novel come to life.
On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, I attended an Obama 2012 rally at Keene State College where vice president Joe Biden was scheduled to speak. I arrived at the event about two hours before Biden was expected to arrive and the college campus was crawling with secret service agents, campus security, event coordinators, and of course, the KPD. There were metal detectors in the entrance to the student center where the event was being held and everyone, students included, had to be wanded down on their way in. The elite must be protected. Typical.
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Copblock, Data, Essay, Free Press, Hypocrisy, Issues, Laugh at the Aggressors, Living Free, New Hampshire, News, Police, Question
It’s been brought to my attention that the FBI has been snooping around the Keene area for several months. First they called in a fellow Free Keene blogger (who asked not to be identified) and asked him if violence was advocated amongst those who frequent the Keene Activity Center. The Free Keene blogger clearly told them they had the wrong people and that if violence was ever advocated, it would be rejected as a means to the end by any real “Free Stater” (a term I use only as a way to identify a group, it should be understood that ‘free staters’, like everyone else, are individuals responsible for their own actions and thoughts).
Top this off with a few sketchy visits from new movers, who I now believe to be FBI agents or informants, and it’s almost comical – if not so scary – how pathetic the FBI’s attempts are at infiltrating the Keene Activity Center (KAC). One guy, ‘Michael’, came to the KAC for a visit (which is typical of new movers) and after a long conversation – where I asked him directly if he was an agent of the state (he said he was not) – it was decided that “Michael’s” views are not acceptable to those who frequent the KAC and he was asked to leave. He has never attempted a return but it should be noted that this man may still be trying to infiltrate liberty groups.
Fast forward a couple a months and the FBI – Phil Christiana – decides to interview another liberty minded person, Rich Paul. Known for his self ownership activism, relating to the war on drugs – particularly marijuana – Rich was targeted for allegedly making voluntary exchanges of substances the government deems illegal. Funny thing is, Phil and the state agent that was assisting him didn’t even care about the drugs. What did Phil and the FBI want? They wanted Rich to wear a wire into the Keene Activity Center. Read more
Filed under: Essay, Living Free, National, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Your Evolution
A few weeks ago, my shotgun would have subjected me to years in a state prison, I paid an 8.625% sales tax on nearly everything I purchased, and a progressive state income tax made every effort to steal from me the fruits of my labor. Finally, a local municipality driven mad by xenophobic anti-immigration activists declared my apartment illegal and threatened to evict me from my home. Thanks for that, no, really, thank you, because coming to New Hampshire is the single greatest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life.
So I fit what I could in my van and fled the criminal gangs calling themselve The State, operating inside the arbitrary geopolitical boundary commonly known as New York. 5 hours north, I find myself in Marlborough, New Hampshire, just outside of Keene.
The move couldn’t have gone smoother. Read more