Powerful and uplifting words from a magic performer near the Santa Monica pier. It was hard for me not tear up around the six minute mark. Hope this inspires you as much as it did myself and cameraman Aaron.
What do we do about people in our movement who do nothing productive, but always seem to be in the middle of things spreading drama? Do we worry about whether or not they’re plants? Does it matter if we just need to ignore them anyway?! I get into this and much more in my latest interview with Jeff Berwick, The Dollar Vigilante, on his show Anarchast. We also got into everything we’re looking forward to with this upcoming Anarchapulco conference. If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, I got you a deal: promo code “freedom” gets you 10% off! I’ll be hosting my “Homesteading Workshop” for as cheap as Jeff would let me get away with, so please join me for that, too!
I just got back from Mexico a couple weeks ago and had the most amazing experience with ayahuasca. I cannot recommend it enough. I’ve posted two videos about this, the ten minute summary below, and the complete 3 hour experience linked in its description. I hope you’ll check out this ancient therapy that is rapidly gaining in popularity. Barry Cooper of Never Get Busted fame hosted me with his new business, Trip to Wellness. Not only was he an incredible guide, but the “Barry Cooper Scientific School of Ayahuasca” has the potential to bring this mainstream and make it much more accessible and affordable. As he says, “The chemical composition of ayahuasca is the same in your living room as in the jungles of Peru. You don’t need a shaman when you can self-shaman.” Please check out this video, and if you decide to book a trip with Barry, tell him Adam sent you for a 10% discount.
I’m excited to announce our upcoming national tour, FOR THE LOVE OF FREEDOM! This August, September, and October, my fiancee Macey and I will hit the road for 60 events covering all of the lower 48 states with free copies of FREEDOM! at every stop. When I was in solitary confinement in Washington, DC for civil disobedience, I started writing FREEDOM! because I wanted the ultimate tool to share the message as easily, efficiently, and joyously as possible.
Now in its fourth printing and with around two million downloads, it’s great to see I’m not the only one so inspired by this message! Because so many of you have generously supported this publication so far, we’re confident that your continued support will allow us to keep providing FREEDOM! for free. Aside from our off-the-record meet and greets before each event, all tour events are free and open to the public. To help make this happen, please buy a ticket to one of our meet and greets, and donate here.
As some of you know, we have been quietly building support for Kokesh 2020 behind the scenes. If that support continues to build, next summer I will announce that I am running for President on the platform of peacefully abolishing the entire federal government in an orderly manner and returning all of its land and stolen property directly to the people.
This campaign is not just about voting. It’s about acknowledging the destructive nature of government, and showing how easily we move past it. It’s about tax resistance and civil disobedience. It’s about thinking free and living free, without asking permission! While four years may not be enough time to build the necessary consensus, as long as the support grows, I will run until we win, or government collapses because we the people have withdrawn our consent.
This tour is taking our campaign into exploratory mode. How much support is there for this idea? Can we restore what it means to be American and once again lead humanity toward freedom? To show your support for abolishing the federal government, please support this campaign by joining the organization in our forums, support this tour by sharing our events, and support this cause by reading FREEDOM!, spreading the message, and living free!
As for 2016, I recently attended the Libertarian Party National Convention. Against Trump and Clinton, I’m happy to endorse my former Governor of New Mexico and long-time friend, Gary Johnson. If he wins, it would be a huge step in the right direction toward freedom. I encourage you to support him in your own way while sharing what you find beautiful and empowering about the message of freedom.
Humanity is on the verge of a great tipping point. As we free one mind at a time it draws ever closer. The violence and coercion of governments will soon be displaced by peace and cooperation. We work diligently toward that day because we have faith in the value – and values – of freedom. Please join me in this work by supporting this tour and this campaign with your time, your generous donations, and your commitment to the cause of freedom. We’ll see you on the road!
♥August 1st – August 8th 2016♥
The fifth annual Jackalope Freedom Festival, is just around the corner and Macey and I are very excited to be going for the first time. This year’s non-event is titled Jackfest V “The Jackalope Love and Agorism Festival” Non-Event #DecentralizeLife. The theme has been different every year, but the underlying idea of leave me aloneism and the non-aggression principle, is what continues to make this gathering of humans successful year after year.
Jackfest V, is free to Camp, Vend, and Attend. Its motto is, “Where spontaneous order happens naturally, without any force, coercion, or aggression.” The main camping area is in Baca Meadows every year. As the festival continues to grow, there are many unoccupied areas of the forest, individuals or groups of people could set up. A view of the google map on the website will give you an idea of the size of the forest, and its limitless opportunity.
From the Website:
The camping festival is held on National Forest Land.Entrance to Black Canyon Lake is at the corner of Rim Road (260) and Forest Road 300 Sitgreaves National Forest, Forest Lakes Estates, AZ 85931.
The Jackalope is going Camping: Aug 1st – Aug 8th 2016. There are no immediate bathrooms or showers in the area (Sponsor A Port a Potty). There is no water or electricity access. Bring your generators and RV’s if you need electricity! Humans are encouraged to bring things others traveling from far away might need access too. Any extra generators/toilet and shower equipment/cooking equipment etc. The elevation is 7,600 ft there, it averages at 82 degrees!
All artists, activists, people who are self sustainable and any other freedom loving person following the (NAP) non aggression principle is welcome. The Jackalope Freedom Festival is where liberty loving individuals come to be left alone to connect with each other. The Jackalope would also like to encourage any cob home specialists, natural builders, land patent specialists and agorists to come. The Jackalopes love Live music playing at all times, so bring it on musicians! See you all there!
I hope you are as encouraged by this conversation as I am.
Bernie Sanders has come to represent the new socialist movement in America. This gives us an incredible opportunity to address his supporters in a rational, courteous, and dignified way. Fortunately for us right now, we have Roger Ver on the side of freedom and he has laid out an incredible challenge here. Please share this video and share FREEDOM! with every Bernie Sanders supporter you know! Stay tuned for another awesome video release tomorrow of my interview with the head of LA for Bernie. Subscribe here if you haven’t yet!
By Michael Kastelnik
Michael is an army veteran who is much better now. He has a great work ethic and a broad skill set, and we are grateful to have him helping out at Freedom Ranch. For more about the project, click here.
I’ve been staying on the property for several days now. For someone who likes seeing all the beautiful areas of this country, I’m glad I’ve come to this place. Having grown accustomed to all the amenities and conveniences of city life, it does take some flexibility to adjust to living here during the construction phase; it’s a kind of extended camping trip. I’m currently in a tent that is, oddly enough, twice the size of my old apartment.
You clearly see the necessities of life pretty quickly when you’re standing on open soil and the nearest supply store is the better part of an hour away. It is a nice reality check. It’s also a great learning experience. Just the mechanics of the outdoor shower—the heating up of clean water with a propane burner, the hand pump utilized to generate water pressure, the conservation of water to last through the last rinse off, the refilling for the next person—are in themselves lessons on how stuff works for our benefit. Just using this little technology is as trippy for me as walking around the property. It’s easy to imagine ambulating on a Martian surface as was portrayed in a recent film. But also like the film’s protagonist achieves, Adam is attempting to eventually convert human waste into nutritious food right here with his sapioponic garden. I’m curious to see how it tastes.
The thing that really makes it worthwhile is the people. We are all doing something new and interesting, and engaging in conversation about it is half the fun. Sharing meals together is a naturally intimate event, and there has been plenty sharing so far. This is our temporary home as well as workplace, so it is easy to quickly see each other as we are. And there’s something almost addictive about sitting around a blazing fire under a clear Southwestern starry sky while talking about life and casually discussing religion and politics (the two topics that we tell ourselves are off-limits in polite company.) There’s plenty of work to be done, but it’s a welcomed challenge.
When does just surviving off the grid turn into Homesteading? I guess everyone may have a different view of this.
As our family transitions off the grid once again, starting on RAW land with no Utilities or Internet, we enter the isolation zone. Although we are not the only family going through it alone this time. Adam Kokesh and Macey Tomlin are doing it with us, or rather we have joined their efforts to establish FREEDOM RANCH and the Freedom Homestead Academy.
As our work intensifies, I find it hard to give us a title. I have been working on organizing the shipping container delivery, internet, volunteers, ordering merchandise, and transitioning our family from Oracle, Arizona to Juniperwood (near Ash Fork) with our 16-month-old son Neo, and our cat Rocket.
On our way through the valley we had to make many stops. One was to see our friend Greg, who very graciously had let us borrow his 1000 watt solar panels since we went off the grid last July. Brian stopped at his house to drop off the solar panels, and Rocket escaped. We decided to leave him, and pick him up the next day. We stayed in front of his family’s house the first night, boondocking on a public street. Brian’s mom made us dinner, and Neo got some time with his grandparents. The next morning we picked up Rocket and it was on to the next stop.
Ananda and Xander welcome us to their “1 Full House Homestead” every time we pass through. It is always an important stop for us, due to the fact that they are growing their own food. This allows our family to help them in exchange for organic home grown food. There is nothing healthier then the food you grow for yourself and your family (as long as you are not poisoning it). Here is the video of their chickens that we will be butchering in March, when we come back to the valley to help them. I am also hoping to pick up a Cluck N’ Feeder for our chickens in Ash Fork.
On the way up the hill into Prescott, the transmission in the Jeep died. We knew it was only a matter of time, but things like this always seem to happen on big trips. So we had to go to Concho to get my Jeep that we left there. Patrick had graciously allowed us to store some of our things there while we on the solar job in Oracle. I only wish we could have stayed longer, as Patrick is the kind of family people hope to have in life. We will never be able to thank him enough for the support he offered us.
As I sit here now at 5:45 in the morning….Brian just left to head back to Oracle in my Jeep. I really just hope that I can spend the next two days settling in. There is so much work to be done. As a mom, activist, and the Project Coordinator of the first Sapioponic House EVER created, I can’t help but be thankful that we are not alone. It is important that we share our thoughts during these getting off the grid times, so that when time comes for you to do it, you can learn from our good times and bad. You will be able to see what we choose to do during times of dispute, and how we find resolution.
Brian has a few days left in Oracle. The batteries have arrived, and we can leave our client with a fully functional off-grid solar system. It is refreshing to have almost finished the biggest job our family has worked on as agorists. Once Brian is done, he will be headed back to Ash Fork with our new solar panels. I’ll give you the details at a later time, but this might be the most exciting news. Our family will have reached a whole new level of freedom, and so will have Adam and Macey. The freedom solar brings to individuals and families brings us one step closer to self-sufficiency.
Homesteading is not about disconnecting so much as it is about displacing coercive relationships with voluntary ones, and the better voluntary relationships you have with your family, friends, neighbors, and community, the better the experience will be. I brought some plants up here with me, I still have to bring them inside every night, but as soon as the frost is over, they will be going in the ground.
For me, I felt like I arrived at “the homestead” the moment I got here. Being out in the desert with the trees, far away from the constant noise and the city lights, I feel serene. I feel at home. I feel closest to the earth and in harmony with nature. I know that may sound like some tree hugging stuff, but when it comes down to it, I guess that’s exactly what it is. I love the trees, I love the desert, I love the freedom.