Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Corruption, Economic Freedom, Introduction, National, New Hampshire, Police, Update, Victimless Crimes
Heroic liberty activist Rich Paul is facing 81 years in prison for selling cannabis and is taking it to trial by jury. You’ve seen his videos and may generally know his story, but Rich decided to write it down in his words, via his Facebook page. Here’s his story of his arrest, Part 1:
My name is Rich Paul. Last year, on May 31st, I was arrested by the Keene Police department. I was transported to the police station, where I expected to be booked for some crime. But I was not booked. Instead, I was taken to Special Agent Philip Christiana, who attempted to blackmail me. I was threatened with 81 years in prison, for delivery of marijuana and delivery of a substance purported to be LSD. I had, indeed, delivered marijuana as alleged, but had not purported anything to be LSD. The told me I had only one chance to save myself from them … that was to go on selling marijuana, but at the same time to spy on my friends at the Keene Activist Center, a political association of which I am a member.
I invoked my right to council, but Christiana said that if I did not relent, that the offer would be withdrawn, and that I would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that no plea bargains would be offered to me at any time. I wanted to hear what he had to say, so I did relent and waived my right to council. I said that I would not make any kind of deal with him without being represented by council, to protect my interests. I also told him that we would not be negotiating with him, because he did not have the authority to give me immunity, and because law enforcement officers are permitted to lie to suspects, and that I could not trust him for that reason. He responded with a lie … Read more
Filed under: Bitcoin, Economic Freedom, Free Concord, International, Introduction, Issues, Living Free, Nashua, National, New Hampshire, News, Personal Freedom, Video
This video set from the New Hampshire Liberty Forum details what may become the most significant technological and economic innovation for advancing human liberty. Bitcoin, a crypto-currency that has multiplied in value over the last year, seems to be replacing silver and other precious metals as the best investment and inflation hedge. With a fixed rate of production, there is no counterfeiting concern, from either third parties or the issuing authority. The digital platform allows for any quantity of payment to be distributed to anywhere that can connect to the internet, almost instantly. Bitcoin eclipses modern financial institutions in terms of transaction processing abilities, and the decentralized design of the program provides multiple layers of security to meet the user’s custom needs. Hosting the panel on the revolutionary alternative to fiat currency are Erik Vorhees, Roger Ver, and Charlie Shrem. Since being uploaded three days ago to the Fr33manTVraw channel, the first of eight videos from the presentation has over 1500 views.
Filed under: Corruption, Democrats, Free Minds Radio, Free Minds TV, Introduction, Issues, Personal Freedom, Police, Politics
You may have heard that I am running for State Rep in Keene this year against Chuck Weed and Delmar Burridge. Chuck Weed is good on ending cannabis prohibition and is also the incumbent – to his credit as well, he will be debating me in the upcoming candidates’ forum on 10/16 at 2pm in the Keene library.
Delmar Burridge, however, is not going to appear at the candidates’ forum. Perhaps because he thinks he has the election in the bag, or maybe because he doesn’t really want voters to hear his sick, twisted views. Allow me to refresh you on what Burridge has to say. I would like to take you back to 2008 when Free Keene blogger and then host of Free Minds TV Toby Iselin had an email exchange with Burridge regarding cannabis decriminalization. After Toby asks Delmar to do the right thing and move the legislation forward, Delmar responds with an insulting screed that actually advocates Toby snitch on his cannabis-using friends, saying,
“You are very passionate in your beliefs and would make a great snitch. It is thrilling to dime on your so called friends.”
-Delmar Burridge to constituent
The rest of his outrageous email to Toby is worth reading. This sociopath ex-law enforcement officer is my competition in the upcoming Keene state house race. If you want to vote for oppression of freedom, Burridge is your man. If you want to vote for liberty, I’m the clear choice, having been endorsed by the NH Liberty Alliance.
The following are my answers to the Keene Sentinel‘s candidate questionnaire:
Name: Ian Freeman
Party Affiliations: NH Liberty Party, Libertarian Party
How long have you lived in the area: Since 2006
Education: Associates in Radio/TV Broadcasting
Occupation: Talk radio personality on Free Talk Live, Program Director of LRN.FM
Organizations to which you belong / have belonged: NH Liberty Alliance, NH Liberty Party, Libertarian Party, Free State Project, FreeKeene.com
Public/governtment Service: Longtime peace and pro-accountability activist.
1. Why are you running for the NH House?
The NH Liberty Alliance consistently ranks Keene’s “representatives” very poor (C-F) on their yearly report. I would provide a principled voice for liberty in the state house.
2. What are the three top issues facing state government and how would you deal with them? Please be specific:
The question has it backwards – the issues are those that have been created by the state government that are actively harming the people of NH. Here are three:
-Victimless crimes: Read more
Filed under: Economic Freedom, Free Press, Free State Project, Introduction, Issues, Living Free, New Hampshire, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Video, Your Evolution
This is my first episode of my new show Sedition Is Sexy where I introduce myself! Look for an episode at the least each week! I look forward to your comments and observations!
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Copblock, Free Talk Live, Introduction, Living Free, National, New Hampshire, Noncooperation, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Response, Victimless Crimes, Video, Your Evolution
You know the song – Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”. Here it is again, set to scenes from New Hampshire, the destination of the Free State Project. If you love liberty and are wondering what comes after Ron Paul, please consider moving to New Hampshire and getting active. If you like this video, please share!
I recommend watching it in HD and full screen:
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Copblock, Free State Project, Free Talk Live, Introduction, Living Free, Noncooperation, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Police, Politics, Rant, Video, Your Evolution
The raw video of the Civil Disobedience Panel – a session held at the 2012 Liberty Forum, in which Jason Talley, Ian Freeman and I converse with those present about ideas, strategy and impact.
Free Keene welcomes longtime local and entrepreneur Lorri Rodier as our newest blogger. Here’s her bio as it appears on our Bloggers page:
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.
One of the best news agencies in the world (since they aren’t necessarily biased in favor of the American state), Al-Jazeera, has reported on the Free State Project:
Loudon, New Hampshire – On Tuesday, Republicans in the state of New Hampshire vote for their presidential nominee in the first primary in the nation.
With all eyes on the horse race between the six major Republican candidates, some interesting political trends within the state of New Hampshire itself have gone unexamined. The state – with an official motto of “Live Free or Die” – has a political culture steeped in a small-government mindset. And partly for that reason, almost 1,000 political migrants have moved to New Hampshire over the past several years as part of the Free State Project. Read more
Filed under: Introduction, Issues, National, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Photos, Social
Today was a major activism day in Keene as over 100 gathered at Railroad Square and after a meeting walked down to Central Square. During the walk, traffic was blocked for a few minutes (a tactic with which I don’t agree).
The occupation began at 12:15pm and was still active late this afternoon. A hardcore contingent of activists seems committed to camping out on the ground that is supposedly “public”. Will the aggressors called “the city of Keene” make a move against the peaceful demonstrators on the first night? Only time will tell.