When Surviving turns into Homesteading

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.

How we bring back the podcast …

patreon profileIn the past, I’ve had a radio show and a TV show, but I think we’re all happier here on the internet, and the financial support of people who care about the message of freedom has always been essential to keeping my media production independent. Please pledge to support our video production and I will get back to regular production, first covering the homesteading project, and eventually resuming regular daily commentary and activism productions. The more support we have here, the better the production will be! I have consistently delivered competitive and compelling media on little to no budget since going independent, and I only plan to increase the quality with your help! Remember, it’s all about freeing minds, and empowering people to live more free. At some point, you benefited from someone making your awakening possible with their generosity. Now is your chance to pay it forward. Please support our Patreon campaign and check out my brief message below.

The official pre-announcement …

is live at adamkokesh.com.

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I plan to run for President of the United States in 2020 to peacefully dissolve the entire federal government in 4 years.

We are working quietly behind the scenes to make this successful and plan to formally launch in September 2017. The most important thing you can do to help now is wake up as many people as you can to the nature of government. Give people hope that we can move past the violent statist paradigm with localization. One of the most efficient ways to do this is with our book, FREEDOM! You can get it for free in every digital format including audiobook on our website, where you can also order paper copies, read our blog, sign up for our email list, and find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and our YouTube channel.

The time in between …

camping bannerDespite the fact that we’re supposed to be catching up on administrative tasks right now and enjoying some time to relax in between the end of the tour and the beginning of buying land and building our home (and restarting a daily podcast and merch operation and …) the hits just keep on coming! We are happy to announce that our downloads of FREEDOM! are well over a million now and the third printing of FREEDOM! is on its way from China. If you’d like free books, sign up for our email list for the announcement when they arrive. Thanks to a generous donor, we’ll be able to send you books for just the cost of shipping, but only for a few days!

While we were in Seattle visiting my family for Thanksgiving, we had an unplanned run in with some #BlackLivesMatter protesters who made racist insults at my mother. Fortunately, we got it on camera and the video was shared by Drudge, which was good for a lot of views. Please watch to the end, as the message is as important as the spontaneous theatrics.

I’ve also had a few more adventures in legal-land, so please check out some of our other recent YouTube videos for more on those shenanigans. All I need now is a government-licensed shrink to tell a judge that I’m not crazy for not loving the government for its wars and police state and “justice” system and massive rip-offs. You see, in the eyes of the statists, if you don’t like their “official” violence, you must be crazy. Fortunately, many of you called in to the judge and the DC probation department to lobby for my freedom and I had so much fun defending myself in court, I might just try to do it again. Just kidding. We’ve got bigger problems now.

The tour is nearly over and what a long strange trip it’s been! We’ve had our home confiscated, two blowouts, two court appearances, 4 citations, 5 probation officers, a dozen vehicle breakdowns, and a whole lotta love! So to wrap things up this next week, we’ll have an event in San Francisco this Sunday the 20th, Fresno on the 21st, LA on the 23rd, and San Diego (Moonlight Beach, Encinitas) on the 24th. And yes, I’ll be bringing my new government jewelry. (GPS ankle bracelet monitor)
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After the tour, Macey will be going home to Wisconsin to visit friends while I take the Earthship Academy in October. In November, we hope to buy a piece of land near Flagstaff to homestead and establish the Freedom Homestead Academy where we plan to host workshops on living by the values of freedom. If you’re interested in helping out with volunteer time, construction materials, expertise, or you just want a building with your name on it, drop us a line at adam@thefreedomline.com. We might be inviting people to join us as soon as December, and when we’re done, we’ll have a big wedding party!
As always, we need your help keeping the lights on for FREEDOM! and now we are ready to get settled into a new phase of activism. We have distributed nearly 15,000 copies of the book, but even more impressively, we’ve gotten over 400,000 downloads of all the various digital versions. Now we have thousands of activists all over the country waiting for more paper copies of the book to use to spread the message. As we’ve been running out of books and have just enough for the end of the tour, it’s been tough to tell the most enthusiastic young activists I know, “You’ll just have to wait until we raise the money and make arrangements for the next printing.” Well, now we’ve made the arrangements and it’s time to raise the money! It turns out, that we will be able to get the next 10,000 copies of FREEDOM! printed FOR UNDER $5,000!
We also plan to bring back the daily podcast and the more monthly contributors we have, the more quality content we’ll be able to deliver. Of course, we’re also going to need the next 10,000 books a lot quicker than this one and want to keep getting them out there!
Thanks again to everyone who made the tour possible and who have made our activism possible! Thank you for your ongoing support. Together, we will wake up humanity one mind at a time.

Liberated,

Adam
PS If you can’t contribute cash, I know you can contribute a phone call to the cause. This was a fun one:

 

Would-be bully gets #KOKESHED (nonviolent communication in action)

Ever been threatened to a fight by someone who outweighs you by about sixty pounds of muscle? It doesn’t happen to me often, but last Friday, it happened in Linden, NJ with a former cop and soldier who didn’t like me “disrespecting the military.” My greatest hits always surprise me (I didn’t think the Jefferson Dance Party video would do very well) but this one seems to be going at least a little viral. People want to cheer for brains defeating brawn. Let’s just hope that this holds true on a bigger scale because we have much more work to do! Speaking of which, we’ve got less than two months left on The American Campfire Freedom Tour. This weekend is a big one with stops in Philly, DC (area), and Baltimore. Please check out our schedule for details and share this video:

For those of you who want to learn more about the technique I used in this video, please check out the book Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg. It’s just 200 pages and will improve all of your relationships, especially those with angry people!

Check out the Center for Nonviolent Communication for more info.

Announcing the Freedom Homestead Academy

As part of our mission to spread the message of FREEDOM! and empower people to live more free through education, The FREEDOM! Fund is in the process of establishing the Freedom Homestead Academy near Flagstaff, Arizona where we’ll be able to experiment with alternative building techniques, develop and distribute new open-source technologies for homesteading, and produce videos and other educational materials on all subjects relating to free living. If you are interested in helping us by donating, (materials, equipment, time, etc) consulting, teaching, working, learning, or just camping out and helping in your own way, please send us an email at adam@thefreedomline.com. We hope to be set up to host a one month Freedom Homestead Workshop in July of 2016. If you are interested in attending the workshop or any other public events we will be hosting, please be sure to sign up to our email list.

Classes we intend to offer:
Aquaponics, Gardening, Greenhouses, Chickens, Other food animals, Slaughter/butcher, Cooking, Composting, Self-defense, Community Safety, Survival, Home security, Fitness, Yoga, Meditation, First aid, Making toiletries, Welding, Woodworking, Off-grid power, Furniture making, How to navigate the legal system, Bitcoin & alternative currencies, Personal finance, Non-Violent Communication, Buying land, Pottery, Making clothes, 3D printing, Candle-making, Knife-making, Knitting, Home birth, Raising free-range children, Unschooling, Handling/riding horses, Glassblowing, Marketing/barter, Auto maintenance/selection for homesteaders, Brewing beer, wine, etc. Construction: Earthship, underground, cordwood, ceramic, earthbag, geodesic, compressed earth, cob, stone, straw bale.

12 easy things you can do for FREEDOM! right now

1. Share the link to http://thefreedomline.com/freedom on Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else you have a presence with a good tagline, such as: Don’t be afraid to download this book. If you’re reading this, you’re already on the list. If you come up with other effective ways to entice readers, let us know in the forums or by emailing me at adam at this website.

2. Email/message all of your contacts and ask them to read the book. Tell them why you think it’s important.

3. Read it to someone one section at a time, one section per day.

4. Write a review (with 5 stars of course) on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KR9V03K

and on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/freedom!/id886938945

5. Text message this link to all your phone contacts. If you don’t have a bulk text application on your phone, get one! I use “Mass Text.” Tell them they can start listening to the audiobook on their phones RIGHT NOW! http://thefreedomline.com/freedom

6. Publish your favorite short section as a blog post/facebook note/meme/whatever.

7. Ask everyone in your family to read it. Ask everyone at your school to read it. Ask everyone at your work to read it.

8. Print your own copy. Leave it somewhere. http://www.adamvstheman.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/FREEDOM-8.5X11-easy-print.pdf

9. Get some stickers. Put them in interesting place. http://thefreedomline.com/shop/

10. Read it out loud (with a bullhorn?) somewhere public, like a subway, or on an airplane. (get video)

11. Change your voicemail message to say something about the book. “Please leave your message at the tone, then go read FREEDOM! which can be downloaded for free as an audiobook at thefreedomline.com.”

12. Add the link and/or the logo to all of your online profiles and email signatures.

US Department of Justice Bans Freedom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2015

US Department of Justice Bans Freedom

Contact: Adam Kokesh
adam@thefreedomline.com
505-603-6283

Last Independence Day, activist Adam Kokesh released his manifesto, FREEDOM! which explains how we can create a more harmonious and productive society by eliminating government. Recently, someone ordered a copy of the book for an inmate in an American prison from Kokesh’s website. The book was rejected, and on April 14, The FREEDOM! Line (Kokesh’s publisher) received a letter stating, “The above-referenced publication which you recently mailed has been determined unacceptable for the reason(s) indicated below: This publication contains information which poses a threat to security, good order, or discipline of the institution. (Entire publication)” (See below for a photograph of the entire letter.)

Kokesh plans to appeal this decision as soon as possible as per the instructions in the letter, but because it seems this letter was intentionally delayed, (it is dated March 25, and only 20 days are allowed for the appeal) his appeal may not be recognized. As he said about the letter recently, “I plan to appeal, but I’m not sure I disagree with their assessment. This book is not just a threat to the institution where it was sent, but to the entire institution of government. The truth is a threat to every institution founded on lies. As has been well established by legal precedent, this kind of censorship is illegal, but not surprising. However, I am flattered by the government’s endorsement of my book. The great irony is that the foundation of FREEDOM! is nonviolence. The horrific absurdity is that the Obama administration wants you to think a hundred page book about philosophy is a threat when it has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent children with drone strikes.”

Kokesh is an Iraq war vet who worked on a US Marine Civil Affairs Team in Fallujah in 2004. He is on probation for a YouTube video he posted of himself loading a shotgun two blocks from the White House. As a convicted felon on probation, any violation of the law could result in two years in jail. He still produces YouTube videos daily and is currently traveling the country by RV to on The American Campfire FREEDOM! Tour to promote the book. The book is completely open source and can be downloaded for free in every digital format including audiobook at thefreedomline.com

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