Lemonade Liberation Day!

This Saturday, August 20th, I will be broadcasting LIVE from Washington DC; where brave liberty activists will join me to “illegally” sell lemonade on the Capitol lawn.

You can watch my live feed of the event from noon to 3pm: Meg McLain’s LIVE Coverage

Or you can follow Eddie Free’s live video broadcast:  Eddie Free’s LIVE Coverage

We stand together to protect the freedom of all peaceful people, who face threats of violence for the simple act of selling lemonade.  There have been hundreds of accounts from across the nation of police shutting down children’s lemonade stands due to lack of government permits.

These permits are “required” by local governments, using excuses of ‘health and safety’; and can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars.  But, should the permitted vendor cause health or safety issues, the government that issued the permit is not liable for permitting a dangerous business.  Bureaucrats face no consequences.  So what is the purpose of these expensive permits?  To gain more money for local governments; to force compliance and subservience to government “authorities”; and for larger businesses to cut out their competition… even if that competition is a couple of kids with a lemonade stand.

So join us in Washington DC at noon, or watch LIVE and join in an online conversation about the event!

SELLING LEMONADE IS NOT A CRIME!

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82 Comments

  1. Bullshit. More of that, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade", no doubt…….You ever tried lemon-lemonade, w/NO*SUGAR…???….Maybe life should give us all some *SUGAR*, now & then…***YOU**ROCK***, Smegums!@grin@…

    ~tKoK.

  2. OH MY GOD!!!

    The dancing terrorist is now selling lemonade!

    Good on ya. 🙂

  3. I agree, 'selling lemonade is not a crime.'

    It's also not something worthy of the label 'brave', nor is it something I feel people who are trying to instill greater liberty in this world should be terribly concerned with–unless, of course, those people aren't willing to fight the battles of *real* oppressive laws and circumstances which *actually* effect people in their daily lives.

  4. It’s also not something worthy of the label ‘brave’, nor is it something I feel people who are trying to instill greater liberty in this world should be terribly concerned with–unless, of course, those people aren’t willing to fight the battles of *real* oppressive laws and circumstances which *actually* effect people in their daily lives.

    Those children all around the country having their first taste of the jackboot when it makes them shut down their lemonade stand isn't something that "actually" effects people in their daily lives?

    And risking your freedom for something you believe in isn't brave? Oh, wait……. it isn't something YOU believe in. That would make it brave.

    “Oh, you’re definitely that… and a clever apologist for it too.”

    How so?

    You want an example of your apologist bullshit for the state? There it is, rearing its ugly head for all to see! You cleverly marginalized the fact that children are having their lemonade stands taken down by threat of violence…. by saying it isn't actual oppression.

    You're sick.

  5. "Risking your freedom for something you believe in isn’t brave? Oh, wait……. it isn’t something YOU believe in. That would make it brave."

    It has nothing to do with whether or not I believe in it (by the way, did you notice I JUST said I agree it's not a crime, so I obviously believe in the sentiment behind this protest). Rather, it has to do with what it is these activists are actually risking, and what they are actually facing.

    "Those children all around the country having their first taste of the jackboot when it makes them shut down their lemonade stand isnt something that “actually” effects people in their daily lives?"

    I'd like to see the documentation that says children are *daily* effected by police shutting down their lemonade stands.

    I thought you didn't want to 'get tangled in my web' anymore, Brad…why do you insist on engaging me in conversation then?

  6. I JUST said I agree it’s not a crime

    But it IS a crime. That is why it is BRAVE to sell it.

    I’d like to see the documentation that says children are *daily* effected by police shutting down their lemonade stands.

    Oh, you're right. Since it isn't happening every single day people shouldn't push back.

    You're sick.

    I thought you didn’t want to ‘get tangled in my web’ anymore, Brad…why do you insist on engaging me in conversation then?

    You're right, I really don't. I just can't help but feed you. You're the best troll around.

  7. "You want an example of your apologist bullshit for the state? There it is, rearing its ugly head for all to see! You cleverly marginalized the fact that children are having their lemonade stands taken down by threat of violence…. by saying it isn’t actual oppression."

    Did you miss the part where I agreed that 'selling lemonade is not a crime'?

  8. Did you miss the part where I agreed that ‘selling lemonade is not a crime’?

    But it IS a crime……….. and THAT is what makes it ACTUAL oppression.

    Are you really this stupid?

  9. "But it IS a crime. That is why it is BRAVE to sell it."

    This is a non sequitur. People do things that are against the law all the time without even knowing it…that hardly makes them brave.

    "Oh, you’re right. Since it isn’t happening every single day people shouldn’t push back.

    You’re sick."

    I didn't say that. You are, again, making up things I never said.

    All I said is that there ARE things that actually effect people in their daily lives–you then insisted that having lemonade stands shut down fits this category. I merely questioned that insistence.

    You’re right, I really don’t. I just can’t help but feed you."

    Fine by me.

  10. "But it IS a crime……….. and THAT is what makes it ACTUAL oppression.

    Are you really this stupid?"

    So is Meg 'really this stupid' too, since SHE was the one who originally said that selling lemonade is not a crime?

  11. Why is the crazy hag polluting this nice little site with her endless bullshit comments?

  12. "Why is the crazy hag polluting this nice little site with her endless bullshit comments?"

    I could produce a similar sentiment by replacing 'crazy hag' with 'group of Free Keeners' and 'site' with 'town of Keene'

  13. what a stupid bitch.

  14. Just trying to give you all a taste of your own medicine. Annoying, huh? Do you kind of wish I would just get on with my life and stop overreacting to, and constantly bringing up such insignificant matters? I can empathize.

  15. "what a stupid bitch."

    Thank god we have people like you, with such cunning intellect, to keeps us 'stupid bitches' balanced out with clever retorts such as this.

  16. holy_canole on Fri, 19th Aug 2011 4:14 pm

    "So is Meg ‘really this stupid’ too, since SHE was the one who originally said that selling lemonade is not a crime?"

    I guess "tongue-in-cheek" isn't part of your vocabulary, yet.

    Although you often deserve the most sardonic of replies, you do deserve better than name-calling.

  17. "I guess “tongue-in-cheek” isn’t part of your vocabulary, yet."

    I'm quite familiar with the phrase, thank you. That doesn't make Brad's apparent assertion about my stupidity less deserving of attention.

    If he's going to question my intelligence on the matter (no matter how sardonically), he better keep it consistent. If he thinks I am incompetent for saying 'selling lemonade isn't a crime' then he must think the same of Meg, no?

    I would have thought he, of all people, would understand the implicit meaning of saying 'selling lemonade is not a crime' (ie, that it SHOULDN'T be a crime) and my guess is, if Meg was the only one who wrote it, he never would have questioned it. But since I repeated it, he felt the need to scrutinize.

    "Although you often deserve the most sardonic of replies, you do deserve better than name-calling."

    I have no problem with people calling me names. It's perfectly easy for me to ignore them, and it only reflects the ugliness of their character, not mine. But thanks.

  18. See what happens when children sell lemonade. The man oppresses tham – http://tinyurl.com/43k9c3a. It is not a crime!

  19. LemonadeMan,

    That man in the article was brave, because he was doing something that is illegal. As Brad says, it is brave to do something that is a crime.

  20. I have no problem with this so long as children are purposefully positioned so that they are used as pawns to garner attention :I did a lemon aid stand as a child,as many here I'm sure have, and I'd venture to guess we were not bothered by the police because there were not ADULTS with another motive going on.

    If these lemon aid stands are for the adults an the children are pawns in a game ..I think its fucking crappy to put the kids through that purposefully

  21. Um, thank-you, "LemonadeMan", for the link…..maybe thank-you…maybe not….that scrolling slide show of "recent arrests"……sad, sad, sad, ………..Hey, how about you post some links to kids getting their lemonade stand shut down for not having a permit…No, I don't think that it happens "every day", but it is common enough that you should have little trouble finding several examples, (including the kids who were facing a $2000. fine…~tKoK.

  22. See ya out there, Meg! Looking forward to selling some damn lemonade! To hell with prohibition and tyrannical laws!!

  23. holy_canole on Fri, 19th Aug 2011 3:41 pm

    I agree, ‘selling lemonade is not a crime.’

    It’s also not something worthy of the label ‘brave’, nor is it something I feel people who are trying to instill greater liberty in this world should be terribly concerned with–unless, of course, those people aren’t willing to fight the battles of *real* oppressive laws and circumstances which *actually* effect people in their daily lives.

    ……>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>………………………………………………………..So, let's follow can-holy's logic, if possible…Re-read her post above *CAREFULLY*…..

    So, can-holy, if people who are not willing to fight (OOOH! She said "fight"…That's an advocation of violence…)the battles of *real* oppressive laws and circumstances which *actually* effect(sic) people in their daily lives, *THEN*, they *SHOULD*BE* terribly concerned with illegal lemonade stands, right?

    3+2=5, 2+3=5, 5-3=-2, 5-2=3, right???…Hey, that's what you said!….(huh???)…

    Watch, she will COMPLETELY*IGNORE me…I have that power over "holy_canole"…~tKoK.

  24. See, "holy_canole", everybody doesn't think like you do. Everybody doesn't think exactly like anybody else…We are all different, unique persons. But, the law tries to be a "one size fits all", and "all fit some size" kind of thing. What has died, what we have lost, is *COMMON*SENSE*…You probably have enough sense to eat when you're hungry, but, you are so *GROSSLY**OVER-EDUCATED**, and so *FULL*OF*YOURSELF*, that you really can't think clearly. When you are full of yourself, you are empty of others. But, when you are empty of yourself, then, you can be full of others. I'd say either extreme isn't too healthy for most people, but most people can find a good balance – just enough full of ones' self to have a self, but empty enough to be filled with others. You don't understand that, do you???…Explain it, then, girlie…~tKoK.

  25. watch. i bet she ignores that comment, too….can-holy, you're losing badly here, girlie…~tKoK.

  26. Well, good luck with that.

    Perhaps "anti-government activism" would be much better spent in DC than in NH, because agents of the federal government are much bigger fish to fry than state ones? Seeing as how I believe the FSP to be much more of a fad than a movement (unlike classical anarchism which has a 160+ year movement behind it) I could make a guess that after the fad is over all of these liberty activists will move to DC. Just a thought.

  27. @julia,

    The FSP is a real action with real successes ..And with a real thrust and momentum behind it : What do YOU have thats better that you can speak down to it?

    Answer :nothing but high falooting bloviating

  28. @david-keene:

    I work with fellow anarchists in city-based solidarity groups in case you want to know.

    Any empirical evidence to show that the FSP has been a "real success"? What have they accomplished *so far* aside from getting 40-50 or so of their members elected into political office? I've lived in NH for most of my life and I don't see how NH has become any "freer" now than it was six or seven years ago.

  29. @Julia,

    I don't see why you have to pit whatever your doing against the fsp and say "we are better than them :they are a 'fad"" …I see nothing productive in that ..except to build one self up. Particularly when many in the fsp are trying to head toward the same goals that a anarchist is; brothers in arms so to speak.

    And you want to tear them down…Hmm…

  30. The FSP is NOT anti-state to my knowledge; they're just against the government (there's a difference between "government" and "state" and you don't need a centralized government to have a state) and/or the state in its current form. Check out the FAQ on infoshop.org to understand what I mean.

    And you never responded to my question: how have the free staters made NH more "free" so far? There's over 900 of them living within these borders (my collectives got shit done with less than 20 people).

  31. brad – i never concern myself with canole's comments; because all she can do is come here an spread her negativity. she has yet to accomplish anything of her own, so she tries to insult people who ARE doing things in attempts to bring about positive change.

    i'll listen to canole when she does something of worth.

  32. King,

    As I said earlier, I ignore you mainly because you are rude and hardly ever have anything decipherable to say. Your last few posts are no different, so I see no reason why I should be expected to take them seriously.

    If you have any relevant questions to ask me, and can do so in a respectful, comprehensible manner, then go ahead. Until then, don't get all hotheaded thinking I'm ignoring your posts because you have some sort of infallible 'power' of logic over me.

  33. "brad – i never concern myself with canole’s comments; because all she can do is come here an spread her negativity. she has yet to accomplish anything of her own, so she tries to insult people who ARE doing things in attempts to bring about positive change.

    i’ll listen to canole when she does something of worth."

    lol.

    First of all, the fact that you can call MY comments here insulting in comparison to some of the hatred spewed by your fellow 'liberty lovers' is hilarious.

    As for your apparent impression of me not doing anything of worth–care to join me in Uganda and Rwanda, Meg, where I will be learning about, and from people who know the *real* meaning of oppression, tyranny, violence, and aggression (and seem to act much more maturely in the face of it, compared to the antics of Free Keene, I might add)? I leave in just over 2 weeks, I'm sure you could still find a ticket.

    I didn't see you at my South Sudan awareness event a few weeks ago at Railroad Square, either. In fact, the only self-proclaimed libertarians I spoke with there was a man who told me that the only way to gain true freedom in this country is by killing everyone East of Israel…he then proceeded to get in a profane shouting-match with a woman screaming about Ron Paul and gun rights. Right in front of the information booth I had set up about what people can do to help the people of South Sudan. Truly, a miraculous display of peaceful cooperation by some of Keene's liberty constituency.

    Meanwhile, there was a wonderful turn out of average Keene citizens, and we managed to raise awareness, as well as several hundred dollars in donations for a great cause–all in about 6 hours.

    You're obviously free to ignore me all you want, just don't go about painting false pictures of my character by saying I never 'do anything of worth.'

  34. 🙂 @ meg.

    I take it as a significant compliment when someone like her impales my character.

  35. Canoli just likes to troll. Nothing is up to her standards and she has an excuse for everything the state does to the free keeners. With all of her "I don't believe in violence but he got what he deserved(ie violence and force)" contradictions, surely she must have better things to do than post here, being as she has the better ideas on how to fix the problems being pointed out here. She has bigger things to do than all this piddly lemonade disobedience.

    Hey Canoli, get out there and do it your way! Show all of us simpletons how to do it right.

    BTW…The only way to do good is to do it in another country.

  36. I'm still waiting for an answer to my question: WTF has the FSP succeeded in doing that has made NH more "free" than it was a few years ago?

  37. @julia,

    There is stuff thathas been done by the legislators…like they took away a registration fee…there is other stuff too…nh or at least keene …is less constricted on camera use ……there is other stuff too…i dont get why your against it..

    I await you disparaging remarks regarding the bit of examples off the top of my head

  38. Open carrying of firearms is much more of an accepted practice. Legislation has been passed increasing knife freedom. Police are ignoring open violation of victimless drug laws. The state budget was cut by a huge percentage.

    But your collective did more before breakfast, I'm just sure of it.

  39. awareness of jury nullification

  40. Less occupational licensing

  41. "It’s also not something worthy of the label ‘brave’, nor is it something I feel people who are trying to instill greater liberty in this world should be terribly concerned with–unless, of course, those people aren’t willing to fight the battles of *real* oppressive laws and circumstances which *actually* effect people in their daily lives."

    So people who are concerned about obtaining greater liberty shouldn't be terribly concerned that there are groups of goons with guns going around telling children that they can't take part in the hallowed introduction to entrepreneurship OR ELSE (they will be robbed, caged if they resist the robbery, killed if they resist the caging)?

    The exact same group of goons with guns are why I won't open up any food service establishment. That effects me in my daily life. Every single day I choose to live in poverty rather than starting a successful business so that I can avoid those goons with guns and their stupid arbitrary and capricious laws. Every single day that affects me – and it even effects many others who don't know it, such as the unemployed I'm not hiring, and the employed whose bosses are the typical insane restaurant owners who I am not hiring, and those who knowing no better have to be content with inferior food and terrible service.

  42. "WTF has the FSP succeeded in doing that has made NH more “free” than it was a few years ago?"

    Brad had an excellent response – the knife laws are the best example in my opinion. Used to be that if you had the "wrong kind" of knife (one that was less suitable for killing) goons with guns would rob you, cage you, or kill you if you resisted.

    Now we might have the best knife law in the nation: none!

    That's quite a change when the state stops crushing innocent people and denying them their rights for no good reason.

  43. Okay, so they got rid of the knife laws and informed some people on jury nullification. Good for them. But I still don't see NH transitioning into a "freer" society just because one can carry knives around all day long.

    I wonder how many free staters would participate in something like Food Not Bombs, or some kind of social anarchist event which is both anti-state and anti-capitalist. Why not participate in a true anti-authoritarian action and help Keene's homeless by squatting unused buildings to give them homes? Or is that an act of "aggression" against the absentee landlord's property "rights"?

  44. Any of you guys (and I say guys because that's what your organization is mainly comprised of: nerdy white guys) been to DC before? Do you realize that this turd of an idea is just one more to the greater pile of political bullshit that goes on down there.

    Here's hoping the crazy bag lady with the nonsensical placard doesn't violate the non-aggression principal on you!

    BTW, kudos on the stunning political victory of reducing occupational licensing. Now every shitbird can't plaster his shitty pickup with a magnetic decal and call himself a "sub-contractor". Over even better, now we can have untrained people operating heavy machinery without any liability to the owner, right? LIBERTAD!

  45. "But I still don’t see NH transitioning into a “freer” society just because one can carry knives around all day long."

    It's a small step, but an important one. Perhaps next we will get rid of these silly permits for guns (you have to ask for one, but they have to give to you.) Then perhaps we will get medical marijuana permitted. Then perhaps hemp. Then maybe just maybe in time we might let grown men and women consume marijuana for recreational purposes (gasp…but it's only 30,000 times safer than alcohol! but still…it might happen).

    "I wonder how many free staters would participate in something like Food Not Bombs, or some kind of social anarchist event which is both anti-state and anti-capitalist."

    Some might take part in "Food Not Bombs", but very few to none would take part in an anti-capitalist event. I wouldn't be surprised if was none. I hope it is none. I personally like the incredibly high standard of living that I have because of capitalism.

    "Why not participate in a true anti-authoritarian action and help Keene’s homeless by squatting unused buildings to give them homes? Or is that an act of “aggression” against the absentee landlord’s property “rights”?"

    I don't take part in public activism. Others might. I don't see why the homeless need help squatting. I personally don't object to squatting if the squatters maintain or improve a neglected property. Others would object.

    Also – since we live in a heavily wooded state with a good deal of granite – why can't the homeless build homes out of the abundant natural resources that surround us? I'm about to build my first "house" out of logs and salvaged materials on a budget of 0 dollars – since this is a readily available option why not do that first?

  46. "Do you realize that this turd of an idea is just one more to the greater pile of political bullshit that goes on down there."

    I do. That's why I don't protest. However, protesting does serve a valid purpose, which is to awaken the masses. The yield is too low for me to have any interest but to each their own.

    "Now every shitbird can’t plaster his shitty pickup with a magnetic decal and call himself a “sub-contractor”. Over even better, now we can have untrained people operating heavy machinery without any liability to the owner, right? LIBERTAD!"

    Any shitbird can get licensed for anything. I don't see how licensing or not changes liability.

  47. Why not participate in a true anti-authoritarian action and help Keene’s homeless by squatting unused buildings to give them homes? Or is that an act of “aggression” against the absentee landlord’s property “rights”?

    I'm sorry, we're not commie's here. Those people are back at your "anarchist" "collective."

  48. Holy – come on now….meg does alot of things against oppression here in Keene – she makes "liberty flair" – and one time danced in front of a cop in Washington DC -. And who can forget the evil tyrannical TSA Agent handing her paper towels to blow her nose in after announcing to the entire nation she was all but water boarded – LOL

    Brad – I really don't want to get into it with you, and I say this with all due respect – but I have to say, that for you to call someone "sick" is a bit of a stretch, considering you just admitted somewhere in the last thread on schooling that you did your share of stick time against people when you were a cop – and that was not all too long ago. I'm not really sure why you would have ever had to do that, as I recall your town was really quite small – but anyways – you of all people should respect the fact that Holy, despite your differing opinions, is even interested enough to engage in question/answer. JMO. I am of the opinion that she raises interesting points – and I don't think her points would be any different than half the people who live in Keene – and that isn't something that should be denigrated or ignored.

  49. " ….why can’t the homeless build homes out of the abundant natural resources that surround us?"

    Because not everyone has the same access to information and resources as you.

  50. I’m not really sure why you would have ever had to do that, as I recall your town was really quite small – but anyways – you of all people should respect the fact that Holy, despite your differing opinions, is even interested enough to engage in question/answer.

    I had to do that because oftentimes people don't want to comply with political dictates. It doesn't matter how big of a jurisdiction you work in… people do what the police say or the stick/taser/pepper spray come out. I wrote a blog about it here called "On Violence" if you're interested.

    If I thought Canole was here because she truly was interested in learning more about the philosophy of liberty and voluntarism, I'd be far nicer. I am far from being alone in my opinion that she's only here to cause strife.

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