Shire Sharing is my favorite charity. It’s voluntary — People like you and me — NOT gun-funded government bureaucrats. The idea is simple: Raise money, buy bags of groceries, and deliver them to families who are less fortunate. Last year, they fed over 3,000 people! They even personalized each bag by household — because some have children, some are elderly and can’t cook anymore, and some have dietary needs like diabetes or vegetarianism. YOU can help Shire Sharing feed an entire family this Thanksgiving for just 35 bucks. They take bitcoin! (And of course credit cards too.) They have an all-volunteer staff, so 100% of your donation actually buys food. Compare that to 30% with government. Shire Sharing is Voluntaryism in action. Put your money where your heart is, and be the change you want to see. Learn more and donate today at ShireSharing.org
Today Ian Freeman and I went to Monadnock Regional High School in Swanzey, New Hampshire to hand out “Philosophy of Liberty” flyers to the students as they left for the busses. You may remember that this used to be a regular event for Keene activists back in 2011 and 2012. We successfully handed out dozens of flyers to students, and some even stopped us to ask a few more questions about the material and ideas. It was a successful outreach event, and I intend to continue sharing these pamphlets with curious minds. Here’s the video from today:
The flyers, which you can see above, are based on the video below:
Who says court has to be boring? In Keene, 5 activists turned out to support me for a simple parking ticket arraignment. We laughed and joked as one wore a winter hat despite the court rules of decorum prohibiting headwear. We watched as the obedient slaves took their whippings and pled guilty to a bunch of vicimless crimes. Then it was my turn.
I decided ahead of time that I was going to try an experiment: I would remain silent. Would the judge get mad? Would he compel me to speak by threatening arrest? It turns out, he ended up acting as my defense attorney! Watch this 2-minute clip:
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Rafael Hernandez is one of two guys who attacked me on July 31, 2014 outside the Cheshire County Courthouse. I was recording from the sidewalk when the group of thuggish friends surrounded me, and threw my camera and cell phone on the ground. He pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge of Criminal Mischief and sentenced this Thursday, January 29, 2015.
The court’s orders were: 1) He must pay me restitution for my broken camera battery ($28.94), 2) he must not have contact with me for one year, and 3) he will have a sentence of 60 days in jail suspended for one year on the condition of good behavior.
Should civil disobedience disqualify a person from putting a gun in his pocket?
Because of my Victimless Crime Spree, the Keene Police are now denying me a Concealed Carry License. I am appealing, and a hearing will be set sometime in the next two weeks. I’ve hired rockstar attorney Evan Nappen to help me. You can help cover the cost of his services by donating here: http://GoFundMe.com/GunRights or by sending bitcoin here: 17CMtf86297jB7sdDDqUH51Xy7xkkwcT4a
This week, Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly of Fox News talked about CopBlock.org, a police accountability website. In their segment, they mocked founder Ademo Freeman for being a “two-time victim of the War on Drugs.” What’s funny about that? Aren’t we all victims of the War on Drugs? Share your thoughts below.
This Friday was an eventful night. First, a man was arrested for honking his horn in support of activists. Then, my friends and I are threatened with arrest while trying to bail him out. He’s now sitting in jail for the weekend, and his car was impounded. The tow truck man accepted an offer by an activist to pay to tow the guy’s car to his home, but the police threatened to revoke the tow truck man’s contract with the city if he did.
The whole idea about police is that “society” gives up some rights and freedoms to a small group of people in order to gain some safety. The problem is that the people who are willing to give up their freedoms are already well behaved, and the people who behave badly are attracted to power. This arrangement turns a populations of good people into easy prey for tyrants, knowingly or unknowingly. Illustrated here:
Adam Kokesh is now claiming that I am an extortionist and is deleting posts by others that expose the truth. While Kokesh censors you, I will never delete a comment on my facebook page, youtube channel, or website. If you haven’t already done so, read for yourself the email exchange in which Adam offers $450 in bitcoin.
It does not please me to make this video. I am making this video out of a sense of obligation. When I transact with an ebay seller, I leave feedback. This is how I believe free people are able to self-regulate. It is because reputation is so important to this idea of self-regulation among free people, that I feel compelled to make this video today.
I have had a negative, some might even call it fraudulent, transaction with Adam Kokesh, and I feel it would be unjust to those of you who may do business with Adam to keep this information to myself.
After the release of my documentary Victimless Crime Spree in the summer of 2012, I received a call on my cell phone from Adam Kokesh. I remember the call well because I was about to drive to the convenience store for a bite, and instead of driving with the phone, I sat in the driveway, watching the sun set as the conversation progressed.
After over an hour of discussion, Adam had described to me his vision of a “Libertarian answer to the Daily Show” starring Adam for his YouTube channel. For my part, he asked if I would be willing to compile a team of writers for this project and commit to at least 4 months of working 4-hour days of 4-day weeks. He explained that in exchange, I would receive half of the revenue generated from these videos in the first month of their airing, plus he would invite me to stay in a room at the AVTM studios. He explained that he anticipated approximately 100,000-200,000 views per episode, which he told me would work out to being paid approximately $250-$400 per week. On top of that, since I explained I am on an “Exile Tour” and focusing on my own projects, I would have weekends off to travel the country. He would even pay my fare to Herndon! (he didn’t).
Boy, this was fantastic! I committed right there at the end of that phone conversation, giving Adam what he called my “Verbal Handshake” on that agreement. Why should I have anything in writing? Adam is a stand-up guy, I thought. He must prefer this as a more efficient way to get things done. To make contracts on the fly and move on to the next productive endeavor. Boy, was I wrong.
I took great effort to comb the internet for writers interested in the “AVTM Newscast” project. I assembled a team of talented writers and worked with them to produce the show. Adam was very demanding of the writers. He promised pay but failed to deliver unless constantly reminded. Even then, he delayed payments. After a few weeks, all but 3 of the original 11 writers had dropped out of the project.
I was now the main writer for the show, often writing between 50-75% of the entire 20-minute episode on a daily basis. This took a considerable amount of my time and energy. I was working from 8:30AM often to 1AM, with breaks in between for meals, never able to leave the house because I was responsible for working on a 24-hour news cycle. “Working this hard and sacrificing food and sleep is worth it,” I told myself. “You’re producing a killer show, and it’s good for liberty.”
When I was on FreeTalkLive, Ian Freeman (the host) would plug my personal website at least twice per show. With Adam Kokesh’s newscast, however, I was not mentioned. I fought for weeks for some recognition, not just for me, but for my writing team who worked so hard to meet Adam’s challenging demands. After I successfully petitioned Adam for a 5-second credit roll at the end of the show, he told the editor behind my back to scrap the credit roll after just 2 episodes of use. I had to petition him again in front of the entire AVTM crew to put it back, and even then, he did so with reluctance.
After that week, the show ended suddenly with no announcement. Adam was changing his format. It was no longer a 20-minute show, it was a 5-minute show. And it wouldn’t be written by me or the writers, it would be written by John Light, Adam’s manager. 3 months into a 4-month commitment, I was suddenly no longer involved.
By this point, all of these promises Adam made to me had been broken except for my being able to live with him in Herndon, VA. Preferring a clean house, this was not a selling point for me.
9 weeks after the airing of the first episode, I demanded pay, however late. Adam said he calculated my share of the revenue from the videos I wrote and produced to be about $75, but he said he would “round up” to $80. That’s $80 for my first month of work.
Around this time, I confronted Adam about not following through with his end of our agreement. I had been faithful to him, I had produced like hell for him, I had withheld sleep and food for the sake of producing great content for his channel, and I was being ignored. This was no way to treat an employee, let alone a friend. This had become an abusive relationship. I decided to leave one month early.
Since leaving AVTM, I have emailed and texted reminders to Adam that I am owed my final paycheck. He asked me for an estimation of its value. I estimated that it should be $1,340. On January 11th, he said he was only able to pay $450 though he said, quote, “I think you’re worth a lot more than that,” and asked if I wanted to be paid in bitcoins. I was unhappy about this, seeing how little Adam apparently viewed my contributions to his channel. I made up my mind to learn from this experience and take what I could get as compensation for my lost labor hours. I told him I would accept the money in bitcoins.
$450 was equal to 35 bitcoins at that time, compensation for work performed during a month when the same amount would have purchased 40 bitcoins. I have been waiting for my bitcoins to arrive for a week, more than 2 weeks since I first brought the issue to light. My emails are ignored. I finished working with Adam over a month ago, and I am being ignored when I ask for the money he owes me. Not getting paid doesn’t just keep me from doing activism, it keeps me from eating!
Is Adam fallen on hard times? Let’s see. Is he refraining from spending money on doing what he wants to do? No. Tomorrow, he’s taking a plane to Las Vegas for the day, to appear as an extra in a movie.
That’s great that he can do all this “activism”, but until he has paid me what he owes he is doing it at my expense. He has taken advantage of me, plain and simple. He got my labor and then stiffed me. His avoidance of this basic obligation tells me that he must not care about the people with whom he works.
Let my experience serve as an admonition for all who wish to do business with Adam Kokesh in the future. He has violated contracts with me multiple times, and he has withheld payment from me. Until a proper remedy for this has been applied, I will not be engaging in transactions with Adam Kokesh. What YOU do is none of my business, but as he recruits for “interns,” you’ve been warned that Adam has not honored his agreements with me.