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2018 Candidate Spotlight: Ian Freeman, Libertarian Candidate for NH Senate District 10

Free Keene - Sat, 2018-08-11 18:35 +0000

Thanks to Darryl W Perry for putting together his ongoing Candidate Spotlight series. This five minute speech will be airing on Cheshire TV, the local cable access channel until the 2018 election. Here’s an HD version with the correct campaign website ( on-screen. I misrecalled the URL when we were recording.

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Senate District 10 Libertarian Candidate Endorsed By NH Liberty Alliance!

Free Keene - Fri, 2018-08-10 01:42 +0000

Ian Freeman, NHLA Endorsed Candidate for NH Senate District 10 in 2018.

According to a letter I received this week by the Chairman of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance Keith Ammon, I have received their endorsement for the NH Senate District 10 race in which I am the Libertarian candidate against a Democrat incumbent and Republican opponent here in the Monadnock region.

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance has become a respected force in the NH state house over the last decade plus, where they are constantly informing all 400 state reps and 24 senators of the pro-liberty positions on various legislation. They also rate every legislator in New Hampshire each year based on how pro-liberty their voting records are. Here are the recently-announced 2018 rankings of the current state legislature.

As a mere candidate, they can only rate me on my answers to their candidate survey and not surprisingly, I received their endorsement along with a very generous check, which I politely refused, as I’m running a near-zero-budget message campaign and am not accepting contributions.

This year, Ammon’s letter informed me that the NHLA is tightening up their endorsement requirements and only endorsing incumbents who receive a B+ or better in their yearly liberty ratings over the last two years and only endorsing candidates who score at least 85% on the survey. That’s great news! I’m glad to see the NH Liberty Alliance demanding more adherence to principles by their endorsed candidates. I’m proud to be one of them. Here’s their list of endorsed candidates statewide so far for this year’s election.

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Libertarian Candidate for NH Senate Responses to Surveys from Cannabis & Anti-Abortion Groups

Free Keene - Sun, 2018-08-05 20:11 +0000

It’s a flower. No regulation, please.

As part of my near-zero budget campaign for NH Senate district 10, I’ve been posting my responses to various candidate surveys and questionnaires. Here are the latest ones I received this week.

First up, the Marijuana Policy Project’s survey, where I had to answer no to one of their questions about supporting regulation and taxation of cannabis. That’s because I’m against government control of cannabis in any way. I understand MPP is trying to lobby politicians and that’s why they propose such schemes to them. As a principled libertarian, while I’d vote for a tax-and-regulate bill if it were the only way to end prohibition, I don’t support taxes or regulations. I only support freedom, which means ending drug prohibition across the board and letting people grow, sell, possess, smoke, and distribute cannabis without annoying and restrictive government licenses.

Next, it’s the NH Right to Life survey. Abortion is an issue that libertarians have strong disagreements with each other over. While all real libertarians are against aggressive force against other humans, none of them agree at which point a fetus becomes a human. I choose the side that as long as the fetus is dependent on the mother’s connection to survive, it is a part of her and she can decide what to do with it, which will likely not make me popular with the anti-abortion group. That said, I do respect their right to protest and express their opinion. The correct libertarian position on abortion is that the government should neither prohibit or pay for them.

You can see my responses thus far to other interest groups here on my candidate page at

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Sex, Drugs, and Freedom – Libertarian Party of NH Special Convention recap

Free Keene - Tue, 2018-07-31 00:42 +0000

The following press release was received from the Secretary of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire

For Immediate Release

July 29, 2018

(Concord, NH)- Yesterday, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire (LPNH) wrapped up the business from their State Convention in late April at a second special convention at the Grappone Conference Center. Among the items on the agenda were revisions to the Party’s bylaws and several platform plank proposals, including one regarding sex work decriminalization, continuing their fight against the state run liquor store monopoly, as well as the first Libertarian Gubernatorial Debate in the state’s history. At the special convention there were 32 credentialed delegates from across New Hampshire. The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire also has the highest number of dues-paying Libertarians per capita in the United States.

The LPNH added several new planks to its Party Platform, including one calling for the decriminalization of sex work; becoming the first political Party in the state to take a position on this issue. Representative Brandon Phinney (L-Rochester) said decriminalizing prostitution gives sex workers access to reproductive services, and the ability to report sexual assaults without fear of legal repercussions. Phinney went on to say, “This would mitigate the effects of human trafficking. If sex work is decriminalized for adults, then you essentially reduce the incentive for human trafficking. It’s not the role of the state to dictate what a person does with their own body.”

The Party also amended their platform regarding drug decriminalization and the state lottery and state liquor store monopoly. Representative Caleb Q. Dyer (L-Pelham) said, “Every example we have of places where controlled drugs have been decriminalized, we have evidence to show that usage rates go down.” He sited Portugal and Oregon as examples. Dyer also said “It’s fundamentally immoral to lock someone up for a victimless crime.” The LPNH policy plank also calls for pardoning those currently in prison for victimless crimes and having their records expunged.

The Party also took on the state liquor store monopoly, opposing the state monopoly on the sale of beer, wine and spirits. Rep. Dyer said, “The state liquor store is the golden goose, a significant revenue source for the state, which makes it practically untouchable in the eyes of the political establishment. We don’t need to make the state liquor stores go away, we just want to see private sellers able to enter the market, to end the monopoly and allow for competition.”

A highlight of the LPNH business meeting was a Libertarian Gubernatorial debate between candidates Jilletta Jarvis and Aaron Day. It is the first ever contested gubernatorial race in state history. “This is the Year” has become a mantra of NH Libertarians. Chip Spangler, Chair of the LPNH, says there is a growing interest in Libertarian ideas, combined with a growing disenchantment in Republican and Democrat voters. “Our ideas of personal freedom and liberty are resonating with more and more people. It’s an exciting time to be a Libertarian.”

The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire is the state affiliate of the Libertarian Party of the United States. Our mission is to be a Party which advocates for the principles of self-ownership and individual rights and liberty. For more information about the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire and its platform, please visit

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Please attend a crucial hearing Aug. 2

By Chris Dornin, Legislative Policy Committee Chair

The State House Professional Conduct Committee will hear our complaint Aug. 2 against Rep. John Sytek. As a legislative committee vice chairman he helped kill our bills in 2017 and 2018 to make the Department of Corrections get its policies approved by lawmakers as administrative rules. We asked him to recuse himself on both pieces of legislation, HB 192 followed by SB 373, because he is married to the head of the Parole Board. He refused to do so. Our complaint will help decide if that was a proper decision.

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Candidates Debate in NH’s First-Ever Contested Libertarian Gubernatorial Primary

Free Keene - Mon, 2018-07-30 19:50 +0000

This weekend the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire held a second convention which was mostly for boring party “business” where people debated various changes to bylaws and such. However, besides an excellent lunch speech by talk show host Dan Fishman, the real highlight of the convention was the gubernatorial debate between Aaron Day and Jilletta Jarvis.

2018 is a historic year for the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. Not only do we have full ballot access on par with the Republicans and Democrats, but we for the first time ever actually have TWO libertarians running in a contested primary for governor!

Here’s the full debate between the two candidates vying for the libertarian nomination this September at the primary:

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Keene Dentist, Vape Shop, Indian Restaurant, & Hair Salon Now Accepting Bitcoin & DASH!

Free Keene - Fri, 2018-07-27 15:18 +0000

Dr. Drower Dentistry Now Accepts Cryptocurrency

Longtime readers here know that Keene and Portsmouth New Hampshire are two hotspots in the world of cryptocurrency. The Western and Easternmost cities in New Hampshire are living proof that cryptocurrency like Bitcoin or DASH can be used successfully at retail, with multiple downtown local mom-n-pop businesses accepting crypto at point-of-sale. Though real life crypto usage is not all about delicious handmade pizza, BBQ, Indian food, burgers, or alcoholic beverages that you can buy with crypto in downtown Keene, it’s also about products AND services.

Keene’s newest vape shop, Lineage Vapors recently opened in the Center at Keene on Gilbo Ave and is accepting both Bitcoin (BTC) and DASH. While Corner News has been selling vaporizers and accessories for years (and accepting crypto for longer than anyone in Keene), Lineage Vapors is a full-on vape-only shop and worth checking out. That makes Lineage Vapors the third business in the Center at Keene that accepts crypto. Little Zoe’s Pizza was first and was recently joined by Curry Indian Restaurant who serves excellent Indian and Pakistani cuisine seven-days-a-week for both Bitcoin (BTC) and DASH. Not only is the food great, it’s also nice to know that cryptocurrency helps local merchants by keeping more money in their pockets and therefore in the local economy but can also easily be sent internationally if needed, for next to no cost. This can surely help families like the Alis who run Curry Indian send money to relatives worldwide, bypassing the expensive, slow, old money methods of remittances like Western Union and the big banks.

Keene Defeats Major Cities in Per-Capita Businesses Accepting Crypto

In addition to food, convenience items and vaping, and even auto repair (all available for crypto in Keene), you can add dentistry to the list with Dr. Drower Dentistry receiving coverage in the Keene Sentinel for accepting cryptocurrency. In his press release announcing the welcoming of cryptocurrency-paying patients, Dr. Sean P. Drower said, “For digital coin to become useful in everyday life people need to be able to use it as currency, for something besides speculative investing.” Kudos to Dr. Drower for helping lead the way into the future of money.

Dr. Drower Dentistry, Curry Indian, and Lineage Vapors are all part of the DASH-Back program active now in Keene, where customers get an instant rebate in DASH whenever they spend DASH in Keene and at other New Hampshire merchants. DASH-Back is really cool and only happening in New Hampshire, thanks to Portsmouth-founded, the merchant point-of-sale crypto processor.

Also joining DASH-Back in Keene is longtime crypto-friendly Main St. hair salon, Moda Suo. Proprietor Nicholas Sansone was one of the original Bitcoin-accepting downtown businesses, however their original merchant provider, Coinbase, just wasn’t built for retail. So this week Moda Suo upgraded to the Anypay Point-of-Sale system, enabling DASH-Back for any customers who pay with DASH.

The Keene Crypto Network Meetup Group at Hot Hogs

One of the really cool things about living in a place with a high concentration of crypto-accepting merchants is there’s a business-to-business crypto economy already developing. Business owners who are accepting crypto are finding ways to spend it with other crypto-accepting Monadnock businesses. For instance, one local business owner is currently ordering a shed from Route 101 Local Goods with her crypto she’s been saving up. Multiple local businesses have purchased advertising in the Monadnock Portal Map with cryptocurrency. Even radio ads are now available for crypto in Keene thanks to the sales manager at classic rocker 101.9 The Peak and sports radio 93.5 WEEY.

Plus, the local cryptocurrency Meetup group recently surpassed over 100 members and the group regularly attracts crypto-newbies to its real-life meetups held every eight days.

It’s really an exciting time of expansion for cryptocurrency in one of the top global hotspots, Keene, NH. According to, Keene already handily beats major cities like San Francisco and New York when ranked per capita for crypto-accepting merchants. It’s only going to get better as more liberty-friendly cryptocurrency advocates move to New Hampshire as part of the NH freedom migration and add their economic strength to the area! Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest news on the developing crypto scene across New Hampshire.

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Mark your Calendar: CCJR Cookout - Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.

Once again we are planning our annual BBQ and you and your family are invited. We will be sending out specific and full details via our email newsletter. Please make sure we have a current email address for you and your family.

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Immigration Checkpoint Know-Your-Rights Presentation by ACLU-NH

Free Keene - Sat, 2018-07-21 16:02 +0000

Gilles Bissonnette, the head attorney for the New Hampshire ACLU gave an excellent presentation to a packed room in Concord, NH this week. He talked about what CPB (Customs and Border Patrol) internal checkpoints are legally allowed to do, how far out of bounds they’ve been going, and what you can do when you’re there to non-cooperate. He fielded many questions from an engaged and interested audience. Here’s full video of the presentation:

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NH Libertarian Senate Candidate Answers Questionnaires from Union & Families Groups

Free Keene - Fri, 2018-07-20 22:23 +0000

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

As a Libertarian candidate for NH Senate district 10, I’ve been posting my answers to the various questionnaires I’ve received from interest groups. Here are the latest two. One from the New Hampshire AFL-CIO and one from the Campaign for Family Friendly Economy.

Regarding the AFL-CIO’s survey, (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) a pro-union group, I am pro-union, but I’m against coercion. Unions have for too long looked to government to force their way on individuals who do not wish to participate. Neither unions nor businesses should be using government coercion to get their way. I support market-based mechanisms for workers to ensure better conditions, like unionizing and collective bargaining, boycott, protest, and word-of-mouth. I am opposed to the use of the state to target opponents, however, and union groups like the AFL-CIO have embraced state coercion, so while they have good intentions, their means are corrupt. Coercion has unintended consequences.

The Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy questionnaire appears to want to use government coercion to force businesses to give certain benefits to workers. Individuals should be free to organize for better employment terms, but not use the aggressive coercion of the state, so I couldn’t agree with much of what they were asking. Using violent monopolies to get your way is morally bankrupt and will only make our society worse off. If you want change, find a way to get it by persuasion or peaceful market pressure. Don’t use the violence of “the state”.

Here’s my campaign website where you can learn more about my near-zero budget campaign.

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Announcing the Charity “Help ICE Kick the Bucket Challenge” Benefiting Pro-Immigration Organizations

Free Keene - Thu, 2018-07-19 04:34 +0000

Redneck Muslim Imam Will Coley and his co-host Aria DiMezzo of daily libertarian talk show “The Call to Freedom” announce the new “Help ICE Kick the Bucket Challenge” to benefit pro-immigration organizations like the ACLU, CATO, the Libertarian Party, Detention Watch Network, Immigrant Defense Project, National Immigration Law Center, United We Dream, and the Refugee Right Coalition. Here’s a combo of two videos originally streamed earlier today in front of the LRN.FM studio in Keene:

Want more video of Will and Aria? Watch Call to Freedom every day from 4-7pm on LRN.FM’s Twitch Channel!

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State Prosecutes, Convicts NH Cop Blocker for Harboring “Illegal”

Free Keene - Sun, 2018-07-15 15:51 +0000

Think you have a right to privacy? Think again. These bureaucrats think they own your dog and will prosecute you over a $4 dog license in New Hampshire to prove it. Cop Blockers Michael and Angie Gordon of Alstead took a ticket for an “illegal” unlicensed dog to Keene District Court. They lost, but made the bureaucrats work to get their coerced money. Kudos to them for standing up against the oppressive police state where not even dogs are safe from state regulation. Here’s the full video:

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Video: Conan on Trial for Uninspected Vehicle

Free Keene - Sat, 2018-07-14 20:44 +0000

Vehicle inspection is nothing more than a racket for auto shops being operated by the people calling themselves the “State of New Hampshire”. As Free Keene blogger Conan Salada points out during his testimony at trial this week, the auto repair shop he went to gave him quotes for what Conan determined were unnecessary repairs in order to pass the vehicle inspection. This happens to people all the time and allows unscrupulous auto repair shops to take advantage of ignorant drivers.

But wait, don’t we need mandatory yearly inspections to keep cars as safe as possible on the roads? Actually, no. Not all really cold states have mandatory vehicle inspections and there’s no evidence those states’ roads are any more dangerous. Turns out, the market handles safety just fine.

Meanwhile, the crime gang known as the State of New Hampshire continues to prosecute and convict people for taking care of their cars how they want. Here’s the full trial video from this week in Keene District Court. Conan is ultimately found guilty and sentenced to a little community service:

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NH Libertarian Senate Candidate Answers Questionnaire on Gun Freedoms

Free Keene - Fri, 2018-07-13 17:15 +0000

When I ran for governor in 2016, the NHFC gave me an A.

As the Libertarian candidate for NH Senate district 10, I’ve begun posting my answers to the various questionnaires I receive from interest groups. Here’s the four-page questionnaire I received from the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition.

This one was easy. Libertarians are always in favor of individual rights, in this case the right of self-defense and the defense of others. Given that libertarians are against aggressive force, they support the use of defensive force as a way to stop aggressors. No one should have to ask permission to defend themselves or own whatever they feel is necessary to defend themselves. That includes felons who should have their gun rights restored.

You can see my answers to the questionnaire from the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition here.

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Another Anarchist Website

Free Keene - Mon, 2018-07-09 23:18 +0000

A month ago I started my website Unlike Free Keene, this site will not be limited to issues and events pertaining to New Hampshire. We will discuss current events, common philosophical questions, and film shows hopefully once a week. The goal is to spread the message by taking the NAP to its logical conclusions.

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Keene Selected As Test Market for “DASH-Back” – Instant Cryptocurrency Rebates at Local Merchants

Free Keene - Sun, 2018-07-08 18:15 +0000

Anypay founder Steven Zeiler (left) talks with Darryl W Perry at the grand opening of Portsmouth’s Free State Bitcoin Shoppe in September

Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based cryptocurrency merchant payment processor Anypay has officially announced their exciting new DASH-Back program and Keene was chosen as one of the test markets! What is DASH-Back? Imagine instant rebates on every purchase you make at award-winning local merchants. No filling out forms, giving up your personal information, or waiting weeks for the rebate. It’s instant.

Now stop imagining, because this is real and it’s really happening in downtown Keene and the Monadnock region (and now all of New Hampshire).

A local group of cryptocurrency users has launched a new blog at whose first post explains how this works and where the extra DASH comes from.

I’ve tested DASH-Back in and around Keene and it’s working at what I would call ridiculous levels. It’s not hard to get 20% or more back on a purchase at merchants like Corner News, Local Burger, Hot Hogs BBQ, Little Zoe’s Pizza, Curry Indian Restaurant, Thirsty Owl, Lineage Vapors, and Route 101 Local Goods. (Plus in Alstead there’s Kirby’s Q and Hillsboro’s Taco Beyondo.) Even service providers like Wilder Automotive and Dr. Drower Dentistry are accepting DASH via Anypay’s system, which means DASH-Back is active at all those local businesses! Here’s a handy map of area businesses that accept DASH as well as area DASH Vending Machines.

Thanks to Anypay for the awesome incentive to spend cryptocurrency at local merchants across New Hampshire.

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NH Libertarian Senate Candidate’s Response to NEA Questionnaire on Education

Free Keene - Mon, 2018-07-02 21:28 +0000

National Education Association – New Hampshire

Hello, I’m Ian Freeman. As you may know by now, I filed last month to run as a Libertarian for NH Senate district 10 (the Keene area). As with my previous campaigns, I’m not accepting campaign contributions though I will certainly accept media requests and fill out candidate questionnaires sent by various interest groups from across NH and beyond.

Additionally, I’ll be posting those filled-out questionnaires online for everyone to see. Starting with the first one I’ve received and just mailed back today, to the National Education Association of New Hampshire (NEA-NH). Click for PDF.

I’ll also use these posts as an opportunity to state my position in much-easier-to-read text on the various issues raised by the interest groups. So, here’s a summary of what I said to them regarding education:

The problems with public education today aren’t the people running the system. They are good people who genuinely want to help educate the youth and are doing their best under the circumstances. The problem with the system is that it is “public”, meaning government-run and funded through coercive taxation.

Government schools, whether they be standard or charter are never going to rise to the level of quality they could reach if they were self-owning competitors in a free market in education. Instead, because of the one-system-fits-all structure of the government schools, everyone is brought down to the lowest common denominator and there are constant public fights between interest groups and political parties over how the money is to be spent. The NEA questionnaire brings up multiple issues that people are frequently warring over including pensions, charter schools, and vouchers. None of these things would be an issue in a free market in education. People could just choose to support the school models they like. No need for fighting with your neighbors.

The school people are good, but the system sucks.

I’ve proposed this before locally on a talk show and was told by the host (a former city councilor, Cynthia Georgina) that it would be great, but that it can’t happen.

Well, why not? Just because government schools have existed in our lifetimes and have been funded through taxes doesn’t mean it always has to be that way. Change your beliefs, and you’ll change reality.

How do we get from here – where education is provided by the slow, expensive monopoly on violence known as the State of New Hampshire – to the free market in education where a thousand ideas can bloom without any coercion?

In order to create as much of a win-win transition to the market as possible, I propose each government school be turned into a self-owning, market-based school with shares of ownership distributed to all current and retired school staff. This would set the schools free to determine their own future. They figure out funding, retirement, rules, curriculum, etc. If they fail, they can sell off their assets, like anyone else who fails in the market. If they succeed, they’ll do that by satisfying their customers. Anyone who doesn’t like their educational model would just choose to send their child elsewhere.

We can all just get along… without the coercive state turning us against our neighbors.

Ended would be all controversy over how to spend the “public” money, because there wouldn’t be any to fight over. Presumably the best way to implement this would be to set the schools free as self-owning entities as I described and give them some final deadline for when their last taxpayer funding would come in – give them a buffer and then take off the training wheels, so-to-speak. Then abolish the NH Department of Education and terminate all existing ties to the federal education bureaucracy and its bribe money.

But what about the poor? Don’t we need the government schools stealing money to help educate the least wealthy? The answer is never to threaten our neighbors, and that’s what taxes are. In New Hampshire, if you’re a homeowner and you decide you object to the system and don’t pay property tax, the government will steal your home from you – or what you thought was your home. The poor can be educated through charity. Charity is always more efficient than government. Whether it’s scholarships offered by the schools themselves or other local charitable groups or churches, the community can handle it. They’re already paying through the nose now – here in Keene schools are the majority chunk of the property tax bill. Charity in the free market will help the poor better than a coercive government program.

Stay tuned here to the Free Keene blog as I address more issues as the questionnaires come in over the next few months. For more about my near-zero budget campaign (spent a total of $0.50 so far to send this response to the NEA-NH) and the main issues I’m promoting, please visit my campaign page here at

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City of Dover Attempts to Adopt 433

Free Keene - Mon, 2018-07-02 20:47 +0000

There are reports that the city of Dover, NH have passed a law that threatens anyone under 21 who possesses tobacco products. There are approximately 433 people in Dover who are under 21 and not already victimized by regular laws that oppress adults under the age of 18. The ordinance takes effect on July 4th. 

I don’t think that there is any dispute that people who smoke are engaging in self-destructive, stupid behavior. Preventing people from engaging in self-destructive and stupid behavior is the purview of parenting, not of strangers with police cars and bearcats. And of course, the State takes the rejection of peaceful parenting to the extreme. Violently robbing people is not a particularly effective way to convince them to make beneficial behavioral changes; it just adds a violent robbery to an already bad situation. It is an ad hominem, but violently attacking people for engaging in unhealthy behaviors will just make them more likely to defend their unhealthy behaviors. When the State aggresses against people for doing something that they ought not do but has no victims, the conversation shifts from whether or not they should engage in that behavior to whether or not they should be violently attacked for engaging in that behavior. If the goal actually was to prevent smoking among young people, the State would not cause those who seek to do so to first confront a person who is upset about being victimized, or even just threatened, by the State. It wastes time and it confuses the issues. It shouldn’t; people should be more logical than that. But it does, and the State can not be unaware that it does.

All victimless crimes have the effect of shifting focus away from the merits of the criminalized behavior. Understandably so, because someone being robbed, kidnaped, battered, and possibly killed is a more pressing issue than smoking, excessive drug use, public nudity, promiscuity, etc. To the surprise of no one, State agent or otherwise, it is more difficult to convince someone who is a victim of State violence to change the behavior that was used as an excuse for their victimization. It appears to be a justification of the aggression, even though it isn’t. Criminalization also has the effect of obfuscating the negative effects of harmful behavior. Does an individual have problems in life because they engage in a harmful behavior or because State agents keep aggressing against them? Both, but it is difficult to assign particular ill effects to each cause, and even more difficult to present a convincing case while the State is still there aggressing against them. Criminalization perpetuates harmful behaviors and partially isolates them from critique.

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Though Physically Caged, Ademo Freeman Remains Mentally Free

Free Keene - Tue, 2018-06-26 22:25 +0000

As many readers of are aware, Ademo Freeman’s physical body is now caged. His crime? Well, there is none, as ‘crime’ implies a violation of the law. Ademo did not do that — he did not cause harm to another person. He is, however, guilty of violating legalese — the arbitrary, convoluted dictates penned by some busy bodies and enforced by an unthinking chain of their colleagues.

As Ian Freeman wrote here on over 16 months ago:

Cop Block founder and Free Keene blogger Ademo Freeman has been arrested while driving in Lebanon, Ohio by Ohio State Police. Despite Ademo not consenting to a search, trooper Jeffrey Martin claimed that because he allegedly smelled the odor of cannabis, that he had probable cause to search.

After that road pirate interaction, in which over 20 pounds of cannabis were discovered in the vehicle Ademo was driving, he was threatened with the prospect of spending decades caged. After weighing his options, on April 10th of this year, Ademo took a plea deal. The ‘distribution’ charge hanging over his head was tossed and he pled guilty to possessing cannabis. He’s due to be free(r) on November 27th of this year.

During Ademo’s less-than 10 minute legal land appearance in April even Robert S. Fischer — the person donning a black robe that some refer to as ‘your honor’ — agreed with Ademo’s statement that he didn’t deserve to be in a cage. Sadly, Fischer acted otherwise and directed his colleagues to transport Ademo to exactly such a place. Yet the fact that enforcers of this legalese are speaking against it so matter-of-factly speaks volumes. Due to decades of pushback this senseless war on drugs / war on people / war on an individuals’ right to alter their conscience seems to be reaching its terminus.*

In a 2014 interview with Wired Edward Snowden said that we can end mass surveillance today — not through politics, but through use of encryption. It’s why I use the email service Tutanota and the smarthphone app Signal and find value in the site Yet, sending some love to Ademo, who I’ve shared many adventures with since we first met almost a decade ago, was worthy of a plain text exception.

So a couple weeks back I sent Ademo a letter. Knowing full well that his captors may help themselves to the prose, I was sure to include some content that I hoped would resonate with them. Not by being accusatory or demeaning but, akin to the tact taken at, by plainly recognizing and unpacking the structure and incentives of the system to which they currently lend their allegiance. To hopefully, in some small way, act as a bellows to the flame of their conscience and motivate internal reflection.

Last week I got a response from Ademo. He too took the opportunity to present his captors with a perspective to consider — a quote attributed to Gandhi on the envelope:

Despite his physical confinement, Ademo sounds like he’s a good place. He has been reading, working out, and not too surprising due to his outgoing personality, befriending others. Indeed, he’s been using the opportunity to grow, to better himself both physically and mentally. Indeed, a better response could not have been received.

If you have the time and interest to exchange some thoughts with Ademo there are two ways to go about it:

  1. Via email. Visit, create a profile, fund your account, and locate Ademo via his ID: A743397. Note that his birth name is Adam Mueller.
  2. Via snail mail. Send your letter to:

Adam Mueller #743397
Noble Correctional Institution
15708 McConnelsville Road
Caldwell, OH 43724

Ademo may be moved to a halfway house in the future. When that happens this post will be updated with his new address. UPDATE: Ademo is slated to be moved to a halfway house on July 10, 2018. Please do not send him mail to the address above. When his new mailing address is known it will be updated here.

It has been heartening to hear others, including Ian Freeman and Joshua Scott Hotchkin, have already written to Ademo. Thanks in advance to those of you who make the effort!



*The harm caused by people obeying draconian prohibitionist policies has not just harmed millions within the political boundaries of the U.S. but has had negative unintended consequences elsewhere. Consider just two examples: the 17+ year occupation of folks wearing U.S. flag-laden outfits in Afghanistan who seek to control opium production and distribution and the fact that in less than 10 years over 100,000 in Mexico have lost their lives as lucrative supply routes are fought over. Ted Galen Carpenter’s Bad Neighbor Policy goes more in-depth on this topic concerning Central and South America. For a broader look at the far-reaching, meddling impact of these DC-based criminals see William Blum’s Killing Hope.

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