Full Video of the Suppressed “Liberty in Action Awards” Leaks Out

Ian Freeman Accepts FSP Award for "Spreading the Message"

I accept the FSP Award for “Spreading the Message”

In 2016 at the Free State Project‘s yearly “Liberty Forum” convention, there was an excellent awards ceremony called the “Liberty in Action Awards” put on by Andre Rosa and a large cast of volunteer performers. Lots of production value and practice was required to make the entertaining and very funny stage presentation. The awards were given out in several categories where the nominees and winners were selected by popular vote of FSP participants. It was a fantastic show and really well done.

The performers put a lot of work into this, so why did it take until now (over two years since it happened) for video of the awards to be released?

Despite paying a professional videographer to record the whole ceremony with multiple cameras, the official video was never released by the Free State Project. The official videographer, Free Keene blogger JJ Schlessinger, reported he completed the video shortly after the event and delivered it to the FSP per their contract with him. No one outside JJ and the FSP board of directors has ever seen it. Thankfully, there was an independent videographer present who was not hired to be there by the FSP! Paul Gibbons of Red Pill Recording has now released his video of the event from start-to-finish:

One could speculate that part of the reason they chose to shove the video down the “memory hole” was because the FSP board, just a few weeks after the ceremony decided to ban me and my show from future Liberty Forum and Porcfest events. You see, I was one of the winners of the awards (click here to see that part).

Perhaps they felt it would be difficult to explain why they were kicking to the curb the very individual who moments before had been voted by their participants as one of their most valued communicators of the idea of the FSP.

Mark Edge, my fellow award winner, had this to say regarding the craven decision by the FSP board, “If this was a planned erasing of history, then it is the very sort of behavior that we all moved here to eliminate… The FSP Board is an unaccountable, unelected entity… As a government sanctioned bureaucracy, [501c3] they have now become nearly eternal. Best to just ignore them.”

So, thanks to Red Pill Recording, Free Keene is pulling this great event out of the memory hole where the FSP board of 2016 hoped to keep it.

Here is the full list of award-winners from the first and only Free State Project “Liberty in Action Awards”. Congratulations to them all:

Community Building Award: Amanda Bouldin
Significant Contributions: Chris Lopez
Out of the System Activism: Christopher David
In System Activism: Amanda Bouldin
Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Kevin Bloom and Kirk McNeil
Spreading the Message: Ian Freeman and Mark Edge
Lifetime Achievement: Mark Warden

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  1. Congratulations !

    What is humorous about the haters and the malicious attacks on your reputation via libel and slander and the government’s numerous attempts to undermine you and this movement is little to nothing has been accomplished by them. I think it’s too late. Even the numerous attempts to demoralize the movement have failed. While things have changed we have a lot of positives and growth to be thankful for. For instance- what you might have called a transient population in days past has taken root. We have more people buying homes and really settling down. We’ve overcome the hump to see a real community form all around New Hampshire and in a lot of respects the haters have given up. Now they’re just a facebook group that hates on people. Something easily ignored.

  2. I wonder which they would now consider the bigger mistake… giving you any kind of award, or the two they decided to award Amanda Bouldin? heheh

  3. dont vote for Carla Gericke ..

  4. Wow Ian, let it go. You throw your paranoid rants around about the fsp and for what reason? You were kicked out of the fsp for obviously good reasons. How long are you going to kick a dead dog to go for a walk. You were not a victim. You always act like one and it is embarrassing to watch.

  5. Now, now Jacks. You don’t really think you’re qualified to be condemning Ian for having an exaggerated sense of self-importance, now do you? After all pookums, you look a bit like a lunatic to the rest of us as well – especially when one considers that you’re the same weirdo who’s been trolling Free Keene, Dave Ridley, and Cop Block for the better part of a decade now. That sort of thing isn’t considered normal behavior by most people, sweet pea. But don’t you be self-conscious about any of that. We all know you lack the impulse-control to stop yourself.

  6. Jacks, Jacks, Jacks, nothing you post here is going to persuade us to stay away from crypto now that our dear friends the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, and George Soros have entered the markets. If I were you, dearie, I’d start making arrangements to buy up some crypto while they’re still cheap. You don’t want to be the guy who lost out on being a millionaire because of his foolish pride, now do you sweet cheeks?



  7. Jason Sorens might have founded the Free State Project, but Ian is what made the Free State Project. Ian doesn’t need the Free State Project. The Free State Project needs Ian. There is no one else that has been more effective at attracting genuine liberty-loving people to the state than Ian. Certain people within the FSP with the numbers to know have told me its so disproportionately Ian that Ian is a threat to the existence of the project. The only reason the FSP is able to abandon him is they’ve reached there goal of 20,000 signers. Ian is still today the leading figure in the movement and is still the primary influencer in getting people here. In a sense its probably good Ian was kicked out because while things are quite decentralized we’re too heavily dependent on Ian. Fortunately I think we have a handful of other very important significant impact persons besides Ian. However if you were to succeed at taking the top 1000 doers out this movement would be dead. Kill off even the top 20 and it’s going to be one heck of a challenge for anybody to bring it back from the dead. Of the top 20 doers Ian has a dangerously disproportionate impact on attracting new movers.

  8. if it’s true tha it was just released,i dont know why, because i remember JJ raisng a stink… and lots of other people… plus Garrett’s was bad audio.. as lotsa ppl said back then so..

  9. the intro dance thing was just fabulous, i hate to say it but it has no where to go but down from here

  10. I never knew Andre Rosa was such a huge talent .. boy he really made this! Only thing about this post is I would have picked a better picture fore the face of the video cover ..I just think a better one could have been picked

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