If you're even half way awake and paying attention, you know the U.S. Federal Government with its endless wars, incarceration for victimless "crimes", taxation, and use of monopolized violence does not care first and foremost about the wellbeing of its citizens. We see the corruption everywhere. As I've mentioned many times on this blog, the State can be accurately described as a human farming protection racket. I won't even get into the 260 million person body count we can attribute to democide in general.
Most people realize this reality and say, "Yeah, it's bad, but what are we going to do about it? We can't really change anything."
Tonight I got to hang out with Adam Kokesh who has been working for over 10 years to change some things. He's an author, activist, and more, currently on a Taxation is Theft tour, going city to city to share his message, give away his book for free, and set some plans for 2020. Tonight, he stopped in Nashville.
(My "no rulers" T-shirt was a hit)
When he tells people he'd like to "create a peaceful, productive, and harmonious society by dissolving government all together" most people agree it sounds like a good start. When they ask him what he plans to do about it, he replies with:
"I'm getting ready to run for President in 2020 on the platform of the peaceful, orderly, responsible dissolution of the entire United States Federal Government."
Adam Kokesh is running for president in 2020.
If you're not already familiar with @adamkokesh from Steemit and DTube, give this 3 and a half minute video a watch:
Hanging out with him and his team tonight, I got an even better understanding of what he's all about and the practicality of his plan. It's not as crazy as it first sounds. :)
If you or people you know have said "I think government should do X!" then he'll ask, "Are you okay with government doing X in a local context only and not forced on anyone else?" If so, then you're already libertarian and in alignment with his approach. The plan is to localize, liquidate, and liberate every service the federal government currently provides. This includes creating endowments for things like VA hospitals, where ownership shares would be given to each veteran and the hospitals would be managed locally and effectively to meet real needs.
Adam's first act as NotPresident would be an executive order which includes his own resignation into a role similar to a bankruptcy agent to set up appointees to oversee the process of dismantling the bureaucracy. Everything will be spelled out in detail prior to him officially running for president so everyone will know exactly what they would be voting for.
There are still details to work out and common concerns exist such as the need for national defense. As the founders of this country articulated, a standing army actually makes us less safe because, historically, it will eventually be used against its own citizens (or to harm others).
He covered a lot in his presentation tonight, and I won't get into all the details, but I will say he sold me on the plan. I think it's a practical step forward to increase freedom and improve wellbeing in America.
Here are a couple more pictures of the event tonight:
I've Been an Adam Kokesh fan for a while.
My second Steemit post ever on July 8th, 2016, was NVC: Violence Is a Tragic Expression of an Unmet Need. It includes a dramatic video of Adam using NVC to defuse a potentially violent bar situation that is incredible to watch. Check it out, if you get the chance.
I've listened to his book Freedom which you can get online for free at thefreedomline.com or just listen via YouTube below. It's only 3 hours long, and I highly recommend it:
I promoted his book last year on July 29th, 2016 in my Myth of Authority post.
Tonight I got a hard copy and a sticker.
Adam was convincing, and I now think we can do more than just debate philosophy when it comes to promoting the non-aggression principle and peaceful coexistence. I donated 0.02 BTC (~$113) tonight to his cause. Maybe you're ready to support him also (if not, please read his book, watch his videos online, and get to know him on Steemit @adamkokesh). If you are ready to support him, you can donate bitcoin to
14Uk1GHuqXxraUiC9GmiHuPMrDaCrHJuTA or at http://thefreedom.fund/
If you don't have the funds to support him right now and/or you want to give him ongoing regular support, here's a super easy way you can start doing that right now through Steemit.
Create an account on https://steemvoter.com/ and set a rule to vote up
adamkokesh 100 percent. That way when he posts messages promoting freedom here on the blockchain, your Steem Power will allocate some funds from the reward pool to support his important work. Easy, right?
If you're not already following him, please go give him a follow now @adamkokesh.
We can make a world we all want to live in and there are practical steps towards that future. I'm very thankful for people like Adam putting in the hard work to travel the country and promote freedom for us all.
These are things we all crave.
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Luke Stokes is a father, husband, business owner, programmer, and voluntaryist who wants to help create a world we all want to live in. Visit UnderstandingBlockchainFreedom.com