Anarchapulco Displaces Porcfest as the Must-Attend Annual Liberty Event

Ron Paul Speaks at Anarchapulco 2018 to a Full House - Photo by Luke Rudkowski

Ron Paul Speaks at Anarchapulco 2018 to a Full House – Photo by Luke Rudkowski

For many years, the Porcupine Freedom Festival was the must-go libertarian/voluntarist/anarchist yearly gathering. Many would travel from around the United States and globe to attend. Maybe they enjoyed the various speakers and panels, relaxed camping atmosphere and beauty of the location at Roger’s Campground, or the various activities like Buzz’ Big Gay Dance Party. Or maybe it was just the fun of being with other liberty-minded people for a week in the woods during the Summer of northern New Hampshire. Whatever it was that attracted people, Porcfest was the key such gathering for many years.

Unfortunately, due to certain prudish elements Porcfest made a critical error and jumped the shark in 2016. After many longtime attendees dropped out in protest, the event has re-branded itself as a family gathering. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it has limited the event’s turnout for the last couple of years. According to attendees of the last two years, Porcfest is just not what it used to be.

According to our discussions with organizers over the many years my radio show, Free Talk Live, broadcast from Porcfest, the top turnout they had was about 1,700 – that number reached after about a decade of events.

Now in just its fourth year, Anarchapulco has already hit 1,700 ticketed attendees! For those unfamiliar, Anarchapulco is a hotel convention in Acapulco, Mexico that is attracting a very diverse, international audience. Attendance more than tripled between 2017 and 2018’s events. This year, for the first time, it was SOLD OUT!

Adam Kokesh joins from the Free Talk Live broadcast table at Anarchapulco 2018.

Adam Kokesh joins from the Free Talk Live broadcast table at Anarchapulco 2018.

The speakers couldn’t get any bigger. Ron Paul spoke to a standing-room-only crowd, former US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney came out on-stage as an anarchist with Libertarian Party 2020 presidential candidate Adam Kokesh, and dozens more spoke on everything from cryptocurrency to economics to esoteric conspiracy kookery. The attendees were in good spirits and ranged from crypto-suits to crypto-hippies! Seriously, everyone was into cryptocurrency. At least that’s how it seemed from the conversations in the hallways.

Most of the event’s sponsors were cryptocurrency-related including prime event sponsor Bitcoin.com, DASH, PIVX, and others. In fact, as they did the previous year, the final day of Anarchapulco was completely dedicated to crypto-related speakers. They called that Cryptopulco.

Like last year, music was an important part of the convention with nighttime performances from Wu-Tang, Jordan Page, Backwordz, and others. Art was also once again present with artists creating beautiful works right in the main hall at the front of the stage. The location was spectacular. It was held this year at the Princess resort right on the beach in Acapulco.

No attendee I spoke with had anything bad to say about the event – it was all rave reviews. Everyone I spoke with is planning to return with friends in 2019 and tickets are already available at Anarchapulco.com for 2019. They’re moving to the venue’s largest event room and can next year hold approximately 4,000 attendees. Expect 2019 to sell-out as well, so get your tickets soon. We hope to see you there.

If you want a taste of what it was like to be there, we did several days of broadcasting Free Talk Live from the event and featured a bunch of the speakers and sponsors of the event on-air. Here they are in chronological order:

Thursday, February 15th, 2018:

Friday, February 16th, 2018:

Saturday, February 17th, 2018:

Sunday, February 18th, 2018:

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 (bonus interviews episode):

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17 Comments

  1. Of course Ian would support this festival. He was kicked out of porcfest for his pro support of adults having sexual relationships with minors and the FBI’s investigation of you for watching child porn. It doesn’t matter where you are Ian, the stigma of those events follow you. You were also pushy trying to run things when that wasn’t your place.

  2. Ian’s position on age of consent laws are on the record, Jacks. It’s a shame you still refuse to be honest about what he actually said. That says a lot about you, doesn’t it?

    And as for the FBI’s investigation, don’t you think your faith in them is a tad misguided? After all Jacks, it’s been two years and charges have yet to be brought. I think it;s safe to say there was no child porn on any of those seized computers, don’t you think?

    Oh, and Jacks? Considering just how many of the FBI’s best agents have exhibited untrustworthy behaviors in the last few years, I have to question what would motivate you into bringing them up in the first place. It would take a special kind of gullibility to believe anything these guys say at this point. You’re not really that naive, now are you Jacks?

  3. I’d like to think the shift is partly because the Keeners have gone so PC, kvelling madly over that mosque etc.

  4. You know whether or not Ian supports Porcfest is besides the point, its declining.

  5. Maybe it’s because Mexico has way more freedom than Police State New Hampshire. Ask Gavin Seim about it. Hopefully, I can make it to Anarchapulco 2019. There is zero hope for Police State America. Time to start looking for freedom elsewhere.

  6. no videos? I guess the answer is to bail the USA. I heard the reason the creator is down there is because he can’t come back to the USA or something… Maybe splitting the USA IS the answer, or is it just a vacation.

  7. Jumped the shark Ian? What a narcissist.

  8. Say OS, do you think our dear friend Ernesto reported that same observation when he filed that criminal complaint on your behalf,? I certainly hope he did, dear. The devil is in the details, don’t you think?

  9. “No attendee I spoke with had anything bad to say about the event – it was all rave reviews.”

    I thought the event was overall pretty good: I had a great time meeting some new friends and discussing economics/anarchy. Also, the food was great, it was nice swimming in the ocean, and the party (before Cryptopulco) was nice.

    However, I thought the conference had one major problem:

    – There was too much bullshit in the air.

    That is, there were too many unsubstantiated statments from the speakers. I didn’t watch the entire talk about Psychopathology, but according to the speaker someone had invented a cure for cancer – but couldn’t somehow try that treatment in any of the world’s 150+ jurisdictions. Conspiracies was a recurring theme for maybe 10% of all the speakers. Mark Passio, for instance, said that he had found out the plans of every secret society in the world. How he knows there aren’t any other secret society than the ones he has discovered wasn’t mentioned. And then Sasha Daygame said that there was some actual science behind sungazing/breatharianism and that there existed proof of immortal beings wandering the earth. That’s dangerous superstition, as a few people have died due to believing they don’t have to eat (http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/swiss-women-dies-giving-water-food-thought-live-sunlight-article-1.1067359).

    (I am of course open to the possibility that I might be mistaken. But that is true about everything – such as there is no god or that more than 7 billion humans live on the planet. But some beliefs are properly called bullshit because the facts supporting that hypothesis weigh too much.)

  10. on your behalf,?

  11. My goodness OS my love, such keen eyesight you have! And such bravery you’ve exhibited in pointing it out to me! And here I thought you’d be content in just waiting for our dear friend Ernesto to do your dirty work for you – you know, as you tend to do?

    Say OS, you don’t think that maybe you’ve built up enough courage to give this criminal complaint thing with Ian another try, now do you? If you know something, pudding pop, then you definitely should alert the police. Then you can be a hero just like Ernesto is. Wouldn’t that be exciting?

  12. You know Jacks, it doesn’t look like all of these alarming rumors you’ve put your faith into about cryptocurrencies are being taken very seriously at all. For instance, did you know that Overstock has bet millions of dollars of their own money into the development of a cryptocurrency that could even be better than Bitcoin? Isn’t that exciting news, Jacks?

  13. Yea- I’m planning to go next year. I don’t really care about the lies the FBI tells or provides ammunition for. Let the creepy people come. Better to have freedom than slavery the current state we are in.

  14. Say Jacks, remember when the Winklevoss twins sued Mark Zuckerberg? Did you know that they bought $11M worth of bitcoins with the settlement and are now almost billionaires? Seems a lot of people want bitcoins now that they’re worth something. Well, everyone except you, that is. Too bad you’ve never been adventurous enough to reap the benefits of buying low and selling high, eh Jacks?

  15. I don’t know, maybe it was the talk of actually having a for-profit handjob tent on Agora Alley that jumped the shark. If by “attendance being down” you mean “sketchy drifters are no longer feeling welcome at Porcfest”.

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