Adam Kokesh is running for President of the United States in 2020 on a platform of an orderly, peaceful, and responsible dissolution of the U.S. Federal Government.
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Adam and I discuss today’s technological information revolution and cultural emergence to continuously make the institutions of government less & less relevant in our lives. What do self-driving cars & augmented reality contact lens have in common? Less centralized interaction and more transparency and trust in a future world. In 2007, Kokesh joined Iraq Veterans Against the War and helped bring the organization to national prominence as its most visible leader. He first came to national attention for holding up a score card during Alberto Gonzales’ testimony to Congress regarding the dismissal of U.S. Attorneys keeping track of how many times he said, “I don’t recall.” His photograph appeared in many national newspapers and resulted in dozens of TV interviews.
He was later to become the story himself when prosecuted unlawfully by the Marine Corps (while he was in the inactive reserves) for staging a street theater protest that included a mock combat patrol, “to bring a small piece of the reality of war home to Washington, DC.” Adam was an active supporter of Ron Paul and would eventually come to found and lead Veterans for Ron Paul, organizing a stunning march on the White House for vets to turn their back on Obama and raise awareness about military suicide. He was invited to speak at the 2008 Revolution March in DC organized by grassroots Ron Paul supporters and his speech that day is what put him on the map as a promising representative of the freedom movement.
While in jail in Washington, DC in 2013, he began writing FREEDOM!, now considered a “bible for voluntaryism.” The book is in its fourth printing and has been downloaded over 2 million times. With the platform he has built for himself, he was able to successfully self-publish and make it available for free in every digital format possible including audiobook. In a jailhouse interview with Fox 5 DC during that time, Kokesh announced his plans to run for President of the United States in 2020 on a platform of an orderly, peaceful, and responsible dissolution of the U.S. Federal Government. FREEDOM! was officially endorsed by the US Department of Justice when they banned it from federal prison facilities, declaring “the entire publication” to be, “a threat to the good order and discipline of the institution.”