The Manchester Free Press

Wednesday • March 3 • 2021

Vol.XIII • No.IX

Manchester, N.H.

YouTube Bans “White Rose Society” Video; Watch it on Odysee / LBRY!

Free Keene - Thu, 2021-02-25 20:10 +0000

Recently, I outlined how we are decentralizing as many things as we can with the goal of removing any reliance on Big Tech. One of the things we’ve been doing in recent years is syncing all our Youtube videos over to LBRY, the blockchain-based, decentralized, uncensorable media protocol.

In 2019 LBRY first protected us from the YouTube censors when they took down “Hippie VS NAZI”, a debate between Rich Paul and Christopher Cantwell.

Now, YouTube has struck again and banned a video some amazing editor made about the return of the White Rose Society. I was honored to discover someone from the new White Rose Society had taken some audio from my radio show, “Free Talk Live“, where we were discussing the new White Rose and their amazing counter-propaganda activism. I uploaded it to the FreeKeene YouTube and it was nearly immediately removed for violating their “medical misinformation policy”, which says, “YouTube doesn’t allow content that explicitly disputes the efficacy of local health authorities’ or World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on social distancing and self isolation that may lead people to act against that guidance.”

Here is the video YouTube didn’t want you to see, thanks to the uncensorable LBRY protocol, which recently launched its own video sharing platform Odysee:

If you’d like to join the White Rose, you’ll need the Telegram app. Then click this link: t.me/jointhewhiterose Check the pinned post for instructions and the latest sticker pack.

Got a YouTube channel and want to protect its content from censorship? Check out LBRY’s YouTube Partner Program here.

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Multiple Downtown Keene Businesses Begin Accepting Crypto in the Last Year!

Free Keene - Sun, 2021-02-21 19:59 +0000

Pho Keene Great is now accepting cryptocurrencies!

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been on a major run up in recent months, but a bunch of Keene-area businesses were ahead of the curve. A variety of locally owned establishments jumped onboard with NH-based crypto payments processor Anypay in 2020 including Keene Barber, YOLO, Pho Keene Great, and the brand-new Mighty Moose Mart. Thus far, in 2021 Rogue Taxi and Lucky 7s Bar and Grille have begun accepting cryptocurrency.

Keene has long been a world-leader in local businesses accepting Bitcoin per capita and it continues to live up to its name of Crypto Mecca. This summer, two downtown businesses located right next door to each other, Keene Barber and YOLO – a local frozen yogurt shop – started accepting crypto. That means Keene has three distinct businesses in a row that are taking cryptocurrency from customers, as YOLO is next to Corner News – which first received Bitcoin in 2013.

Keene’s world-famous Pho Keene Great, which at one time made international headlines for the City of Keene’s attack against the name of their pho noodle restaurant, is now accepting multiple cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC), DASH, Bitcoin SV (BSV), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). PKG’s food is fantastic and yet another delicious option of now several food establishments in downtown Keene accepting crypto including indian food, pizza, burgers, and bbq.

Near the end of 2020, Keene added its third crypto-accepting convenience store. Yes, three of the area’s neighborhood stores accept multiple cryptocurrencies. Keene is an amazing place. It started with Corner News all the way back in 2013, then Campus Convenience in 2019 and the all-new Mighty Moose Mart opened its doors accepting crypto in November of 2020. Mighty Moose Mart is offering custom-made sandwiches and other hot, fresh food, as well as beer, wine, tobacco, and the usual convenience store items. They’ll even give you a 5% discount if you pay in cryptocurrency!

The brand-new Mighty Moose Mart at 661 Marlboro St.

Early this year, Rogue Taxi became the first taxi company in the area to accept cryptocurrency and recently Lucky 7s Bar & Grille also began accepting multiple cryptos. Lucky 7s is located inside the Keene Casino and run by the same owner of Thirsty Owl, which had taken crypto for years before closing due to the economic difficulties imposed by the destructive government mandates being forced down peoples’ throats.

Here’s a cool interactive map showing businesses that take cryptocurrency, which cryptos, and how active the business is with crypocurrency sales.

If you own a business and want to accept cryptocurrency at your point-of-sale, first you need a wallet to hold your coins, like Edge Wallet. Then, install the Anypay app and copy your wallet addresses from your wallet to the Anypay settings. Within minutes, you’ll be all set to accept multiple cryptocurrencies of your choice, like BTC, DASH, BCH, BSV, LTC, and now DOGE!

To learn more about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, check out our resources here and visit the Bitcoin Embassy at 661 Marlboro St in Keene right next door to Mighty Moose Mart and sign up for Bitcoin 101.

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Porcupine Day 2021 Speeches Include Founders of LBRY & Reopen NH, FSP Executive Director, and Porcfest Organizer

Free Keene - Wed, 2021-02-17 03:57 +0000

Porcupine Day is the day the Free State Project reached its goal of 20,000 signers of their pledge to migrate to New Hampshire as a liberty activist.

The original Porcupine Day was in February 2016, which marked the beginning of the FSP’s five-year-long moving window. February 2021 marks the close of that window. However, the Free State Project will not be shutting down and is instead going to continue recruiting more liberty-minded people to make the move to the Shire.

I attended the event and recorded the various speakers. Four full speeches appear below.

First up, Jeremy Kauffman, the founder of LBRY and current member of the Free State Project’s board of directors made a couple of proposals to those watching.

1. That “Free Stater” should be redefined to mean any libertarians in New Hampshire
2. The FSP should return to being a member-voted board of directors.

Reopen NH founder Andrew Manuse discussed organizing Reopen NH and encouraged more libertarians to follow the tremendously successful example he’s set. Reopen NH – now Rebuild NH – was originally built by a petition and has morphed into an organization that endorses candidates and has organized multiple successful rallies in favor of freedom:

Free State Project Executive Director Vince Perfetto showed the record-setting progress that the FSP made in 2020 and set some more lofty goals for 2021. It’s more important than ever to encourage liberty-loving activists to migrate to New Hampshire:

Carla Gericke, the former president of the Free State Project and current president of the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence, wrapped up the event and talked about the upcoming Porcupine Freedom Festival and welcoming new movers to a migration that is no longer in the theoretical stage – we’re doing things and making an impact here:

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VIDEO: Keene Parking Bureaucrat Admits She Prefers to Avoid Court With Activists

Free Keene - Fri, 2021-02-12 20:36 +0000

The Shire Free Church recently received notice from a debt collector claiming we owed the “City of Keene” $60 for an unpaid parking ticket. I knew this could not be the case since I challenge every ticket on behalf of the Church and demand a trial and every time – these days – they drop the charge rather than go to court over a $10 ticket.

So, I headed down to city hall this week to find out why a collections notice had been sent. I was pleased to hear the bureaucrat report that she “likes it that way” when we aren’t in court with them.

It’s a validation of the activist approach of challenging all tickets. Be such a burden to the system that they have to drop your charges. If only more people would do this, then more charges would be dropped! If you’re in New Hampshire and you receive a ticket for anything at all, try demanding your trial and see what happens!

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Bitcoin Payment Button – Get Paid Instantly & Give Customers a Professional Checkout Experience with Zero Technical Skills

Free Keene - Fri, 2021-02-12 01:57 +0000

Save time, look cool, make money.

Anypay now offers the simplest way to get paid. The Anypay Button.

It used to be a horrible experience getting paid with bitcoin and other digital assets. You had to get a QR code, and paste a long code on your website, that would invariably be scoured by bots and recorded by 3rd parties for malicious reasons, then plaster them onto your website, and then somehow monitor them for payments. And even after all that, you still don’t know who sent you the payment, or if it was the right amount. What a sad mess.

Forget all that! Now you can have a slick button that you copy/paste onto your website and boom: You accept Bitcoin. A lightning fast and highly professional experience awaits you.


Add an attractive bitcoin payment button to your web store, to your blog page, to anywhere you want! No technical skills required. Just create a free Anypay account, enter the addresses where you want payments to go, and then create as many “Anypay Buttons” as you want. Stick with one currency or make it multi-coin. Redirect users to a success page, or don’t. Require their email address before payment, or let them pay you anonymously.

All payments go directly from the customer to you — Anypay never steps between you and your money. Not even for a second. You get an email every time you get paid, and you can track all your payments with a simple dashboard. Export your history to a CSV file to make your accountant smile instead of frown.

You won’t believe how easy it is.

Get the payment experience you and your users deserve. It takes only a few minutes to set up a free Anypay account.

Categories: Articles, New Hampshire

VIDEO: Footloose Arrested at Shire Choir Caroling at NH Governor’s House

Free Keene - Tue, 2021-02-02 19:45 +0000

Shire Choir at Sununu’s House

In December, the town gang in Newfields, NH passed an unconstitutional ordinance against “picketing” and then ticketed multiple people for a peaceful protest outside New Hampshire tyrant-king Chris Sununu’s house. They also arrested YouTuber Savage Truth 603 at the same time for “disorderly conduct”.

Subsequent gatherings at Sununu’s during January were left alone by police, but then on Sunday the 31st peaceful protestors were once again targeted by a phalanx of state police and local cops.

When we arrived around 2pm, there were already a bunch of police cruisers and probably at least a dozen visible masked cops around Sununu’s house. After some speaking and sign-holding, we began to sing COVID Carols. During the second song, several more state police cruisers arrived with a bunch of yellow-jacketed goons complete with zip ties.

They started walking towards us in a line as we continued our songs – the lyrics to which you can download at covid.freekeene.com. The armed thugs then stopped advancing and went back, perhaps aware that arresting people for singing might not look good on video.

After we finished, Nobody and I started to pack up to leave as Frank “Footloose” Sparks from Absolute Defiance approached the police again, demanding he be given a ticket for “picketing”. The police chief from Newfields indicated that he did indeed have a ticket for Footloose, but no one else. The armed man then threatened Footloose with kidnapping if he raised his voice – something Footloose is known to do as a normal state of talking. Then, they arrested him for asking a masked plainclothes state police agent to identify himself. The charge? Cops’ favorite catch-all for peaceful activists they don’t like: “Disorderly Conduct”. Here’s video of the event, which includes the arrest scene:

Footloose was taken to Newmarket PD and released on personal recognizance. His arraignment on the “disorderly” charge is Feb 25th, 8am at Exeter District Court in Brentwood, NH. Sununu continues to hide and run his gang in secret.

Stay tuned to FreeKeene.com for the latest.

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NH’s Boogaloo Boys are Libertarians – Not White Supremacists or Right Wingers

Free Keene - Mon, 2021-01-18 10:30 +0000

Libertarian NH Boogaloo Boys Demonstrate Outside NH State House

American mainstream news media has been reporting this weekend on the massive buildups of armed government goons at state houses across the United States. Expecting massive armed demonstrations of Boogaloo supporters, some of the state gangs locked down their capitol areas completely while others, like New Hampshire, took it easy and only had state troopers parked around and walking the state house property in pairs. By comparison, the New York Times said Massachusetts’ capitol had hundreds of officers wearing helmets and carrying batons.

However, around the country, barely anyone showed up. Some liberty activists said they wouldn’t attend because they believed the events were federal honeypots designed to gather information about freedom-lovers. Others foolishly believed that exercising their right to bear arms would mean their rights would be more likely taken from them. Luckily, in New Hampshire, five Boogaloo Boys showed up with rifles front slung. They were well-spoken and self-described as Libertarian, with one even talking about the Non Aggression Principle to the large number of reporters that were present.

One Boogalooer even educated the media people on gun safety and basics, with the photographers crazily shooting pictures when the Boogaloo Boy showed a magazine loaded with bullets. The news media was informed on the history of the Boogaloo – the name is based on the Eighties breakdancing movie “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo”, with the members describing their group as a real-life meme. They also explained the origin of their Hawaiian shirt dress code, which came about after social media sites started to crack down on any groups referencing Boogaloo. The social media crackdown on the term forced them to use code words that were similar, like “Big Igloo” or “Big Luau”, which naturally led to the shirts.

The Boys acknowledged there are also female Boogalooers and said they do not tolerate any white supremacists in the Boogaloo. Their signage and message was pro-peace. Despite describing themselves and their movement as mostly Libertarians, the New York Times reporter Ruth Graham still mislabeled them “far right” in her story. Concord Patch reporter Tony Schinella filed a more detailed report including video.

Vincent from Shire Free Media also filed this package showing excerpts of what was a lengthy discussion between the media and the Boogaloo Boys:

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VIDEO: NH Rifleman Knows His Rights, Refuses to Talk to Concord Police

Free Keene - Sun, 2021-01-17 22:20 +0000

Back in mid-December I’d attended the final “stop the steal” rally in Concord to do some secssion outreach. The series of rallies by this time had basically died off, so Concord police decided to show up for the first time ever and targeted the lone man with a rifle. According to the muffled cop, someone – probably from Massachusetts – had called in a report of the man, who was entirely within his rights to bear arms in New Hampshire and the two masked agents of the state responded.

After asking if he could get down from the bench on which he was standing, the man refused their invitation to talk and after confirming he was not being arrested, turned around and wisely ignored the uniformed gang members. Meanwhile I began peppering the lead agent with questions and then Nobody started in as well. Within a minute, they take off. That’s what you call a Cop Block!

Here is the video:

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We competed with Big Tech before it was cool. Now we’re launching a social network.

Free Keene - Sat, 2021-01-16 22:27 +0000

With Forums, Chat, and Social Media, Shire Society Shields Users from Big Tech

More than a decade ago, Facebook was still growing into the social media behemoth they are today. If you were around back then, you remember when it was actually useful for reaching friends across the world and keeping-in-touch.

There was a time, for instance, when you could create an event on Facebook and click an “invite all” box to invite all your friends to the event. Super handy! Every friend received an invite in their inbox and could make the choice to attend or not. The previous activist method of organizing – forums – did not have this calendar event feature, and understandably the activists migrated to Facebook as it seemed more useful for making things happen.

Then Facebook removed the “invite all” option from their events almost a decade ago.

That was the first clue that things were not going in a good direction. At the time, you could still download a third-party browser plugin that brought the invite-all option back, but eventually Facebook changed their code so the plugin no longer worked. That was the end of easily being able to organize events on Facebook.

You’re leaving now, right?

Later, Facebook made it so you had to pay them if you wanted all your followers to see your posts. In more recent years we’ve seen anti-state events being taken down entirely and in recent days blanket bans applied to people with certain political views.

With record numbers of people leaving megacorporate state-worshiping sites like Facebook and Twitter for less-big-but-still-centralized communications platforms like Signal and Telegram, it’s finally cool to get off “Big Tech”.

Naturally, your friendly freedom-loving activists here at Free Keene have been encouraging this for more than a decade. It started when we launched the Shire Forum over a decade back. Originally the Free Keene Forum, it transitioned to become the Shire Society Forums after the Shire Society was formed in 2010. As one of the forum’s founders, I never cared for Facebook’s groups and wanted to keep forums alive as they were independents, self-hosted and open source.

Eventually the Shire Society Forums expanded to include other things like cryptocurrency discussion and non-Shire NH activism and media threads, so it was renamed simply “Shire Forum“. For the last few years it’s been running some super-modern forum software called Discourse. If you are a liberty-minded person considering a move to New Hampshire or already living here and you haven’t been on forums in many years – or ever – give the Shire Forum a try.

Join at Matrix.LRN.FM

Keene-area liberty activists have also been on the Telegram platform for chatting for most of the last decade. It’s long been the top-of-class of all centralized chat platforms on the planet. Slick, easy-to-use and great for group chats. However, while the source code for their clients is open-source, it’s not decentralized and so several years back we evaluated the Matrix – a decentralized, federated chat server system – and put its main client, then called “Riot” through the paces. It was good, but not great, and not easy-to-use like Telegram was. After about a year of trying it out, most of us gave up.

However, in 2020 we launched our own Matrix server after the centrally-hosted Discord corporation unceremoniously booted the LRN.FM chat server from its centrally managed platform. We knew it was coming and I’d heard that Matrix had a new client out called “Element” and that it was way better than its original “Riot”, so we launched our own Matrix server at Matrix.LRN.FM. It has been great, and the increase in freedom is palpable. No corporate masters are holding an axe over our heads.

Matrix is open source, self-hosted, and federated, which means that all of the Matrix servers on the planet are by default connected together, so users from one Matrix server can reach the rest of the planet’s Matrix users on other servers. Unless, a server admin disfederates, or blocks another server for whatever reason. Matrix is way more decentralized than Big Tech monsters like Discord. Technically, Matrix is polycentric – with many centers. If you don’t like one Matrix server, you can join another, or start your own. Element is indeed way better than Riot. If you want to try freer chat, join the LRN.FM Matrix server where you can join existing rooms or create and moderate your own, private or public. All freedom lovers are welcome, not just NH people.

Join the “FTL Social” Mastodon

The decentralizing liberty activist communications story doesn’t end there, however. Just this week we also launched our own federated, self-hosted social media platform called “FTL Social“. It’s running the open source Mastodon software which is also federated and polycentric, like Matrix. It’s open to voluntarists, liberty-loving anarchists, and libertarians from around the world who are looking for a place where their posts won’t be subject to the whims of statist Big Tech admins and their snitch users. Please join at social.freetalklive.com and check it out. It’s a killer replacement for Twitter and works great.

Don’t forget one of the most important decentralized change we’ve seen in our lifetimes – cryptocurrency! If you want to contribute to these projects I’ve listed here, please use the cryptocurrency addresses you can see in the right column here at Free Keene. Longtime readers here already know that crypto is the killer decentralized solution for money and can’t be shut down by greedy, evil politicians.

Last, but not least is LBRY. It’s the decentralized blockchain-based media protocol that has been hosting Free Keene’s videos since 2018. They recently launched a cool new video site called Odysee that has seen a big jump in activity in the last week. LBRY is based in Manchester and run by liberty activists.

I hope this article gave you some ideas about better options to protect your communications from the tech giants who hate freedom. See you in the decentralized, open source, polycentric fediverse!

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Remembering Carl Watner

Free Keene - Sat, 2021-01-09 21:45 +0000

Carl Watner, longtime proponent of voluntaryism, has passed away. He was 72 years young. He will be missed. And his efforts will live on through those of us seeking complete liberty.

Who was Carl Watner?

According to OpenlyVoluntary.com, Watner was:

an American author and historian of libertarian studies, and a voluntaryist. He has written articles for Reason magazine, the Libertarian Forum, Mises Institute and the Journal of Libertarian Studies. Although use of the label “voluntaryist” waned after the death of Auberon Herbert in 1906, its use was renewed in 1982, when George H. Smith, Wendy McElroy, and Carl Watner began publishing The Voluntaryist magazine.

That newsletter, The Voluntaryist, was published continuously since October 1982. For almost four decades Watner, a family man who ran a business in South Carolina, made time to share ideas he believed would foster human flourishing. He also wrote and edited a bevy of books, and is credited with tracking-down and making again accessible the seminal essay by Lysander Spooner, Vices Are Not Crimes.

Watner excelled at communicating a clear, consistent, strike-the-root message. Indeed, in no uncertain terms, Wendy McElroy wrote on her blog that Watner “was the primary hand in founding the modern Voluntaryist movement in the early 1980s.” She continues:

He worked tirelessly and without complaint, day in and day out for decades, expressing his principles through his prolific writing, his character, and his actions. I will never meet his like again. I was lucky to have known him at all. Carl died at home on Tuesday after a long and brave fight against cancer. He was surrounded by a loving family, including his remarkable wife Julie, and he was in no pain. I asked. Carl will be cremated and laid to rest in a Baltimore cemetery that his family owned for many years and where he will be joining three generations of the Watner family.

More Love for Carl Watner

Dave Scotese, editor at voluntaryist.com wrote that Watner:

…died peacefully…after facing down cancer. One could say the cancer won, but this man represented the spirit of voluntaryism and that spirit has become more powerful than I had imagined. I believe that increase will only be accelerated as we realize that it’s all on us now. Thank you, Carl, for adding so much meaning to my life!

And Skyler J. Collins of everything-voluntary.com shared that:

Carl convinced me to call myself a voluntaryist and inspired me to create this website and everything else I’ve done under the voluntaryist label.

I first learned of Watner and his efforts when I was working in the D.C. libertarian think tank world. A friend passed along I Must Speak Out, a collection of essays taken from the first 100 newsletters of The Voluntaryist. That book was soon dog-eared, with writing in the margins and small tape flags protruding from many pages. [Thanks to the work of Dave Scotese, Shepard The Voluntaryist, and others, I Must Speak Out Vol. II, which includes essays from 2000-2020, has just become available.]. The year was 2005. The same summer I was fortunate to attend a presentation by Jason Sorens and make it to my first PorcFest.

That combination —  Watner’s prose, and my interactions with people in the ‘shire who had literally voted with their feet to achieve ‘liberty in our lifetime’, had a tremendous impact on me. Both on my perception and how I conduct myself. It’s not too surprising then that the Wikipedia page on voluntaryism, after noting Watner’s contributions, mentions the FSP, and the fact that many involved find resonance with the ideas he advocated.

The Free State Project is a notable movement to convince libertarians to move to New Hampshire to build a truly free state, and has many voluntaryist adherents.

In years past I invited Watner to attend PorcFest — perhaps as a speaker if he was interested — and said that I’d figure out a way to get his trip covered. But he passed. He was content to just do his thing behind the scenes.

Through the years I interacted sporadically with Watner — an exchange of emails every few months or a phone call from time to time. It was one of our phone calls that I will perhaps remember most.

It was a late afternoon in June, 2013. The heat of the day was dissipating. I was walking in a parking lot, outside a business in Westmoreland. I had just finished explaining to Watner my dilemma — should I participate in a lawsuit against those in Greenfield, MA who had violated my rights or should I move on?

On one hand, I figured I wouldn’t have to do much more work and could net a little coin, which would certainly be helpful. And it may garner headlines to underscore to others just who was in the wrong, perhaps indirectly lessening the clout granted to the those involved.

On the other hand, I recognized that my continued involvement in legaland (as coined by Mark Stevens), and my proactive involvement at that, would bestow authority to an institution that I recognized as perversely incentivized, unaccountable and destructive. Further, were I to participate in the lawsuit and it was “successful”, it would not be the aggressors who would be told to make me whole, but rather, through coercion, it  would be the good people of Greenfield on the hook.

After patiently listening to my situation, Watner did not tell me what he thought I should do. Rather, he asked me to consider how each option would sit with me. What choice would empower what I thought important? In a sense, he was an angel on my shoulder, putting a megaphone to my conscience. This made the choice easy.

An Interview with Carl Watner

Two years ago I emailed Watner and inquired if he’d be game for a little Q&A, that I would then post, mostly likely here to FreeKeene.com. He agreed. I sent Watner a list of questions that I’d drafted and that I’d received from others via some subreddits (r/voluntaryism, r/anarchy, r/agorism, r/Llbertarian, r/anarcho_capitalism) and Twitter. Though he was gracious with his time and responded to the questions, I never made the time to publish his responses, until now.

Note that many of the questions I posed had already been addressed by Watner elsewhere, so he provided the relevant link. I encourage you to click-through for a more qualitative read.

What thinker, writings, or experiences have you derived value from in forming your own belief system?

See http://voluntaryist.com/how-i-became-a-voluntaryist/something-to-do-with-the-search-for-truth-how-i-became-a-libertarian-by-carl-watner/#.W29PZ_ZFzct

The Voluntaryist newsletter has been published continuously since October 1982, initially as a collaboration between you, George H. Smith and Wendy McElroy. Can you provide the backstory of how that came together?

Wendy just recently wrote some Personal Reminiscences which have just been posted on the website. It discusses the backstory of how The Voluntaryist came to be published. http://voluntaryist.com/how-i-became-a-voluntaryist/voluntaryism-personal-reminiscences/#.W2o34_ZFzcs

Your website voluntaryist.com includes this quote attributed to Gandhi: “If one takes care of the means, the end will take care of itself.” Can you unpack that statement?

See http://voluntaryist.com/backissues/124.pdf especially see the text on pages 3 and 4 of that newsletter.

You are credited with resurrecting Lysander Spooner’s “Vices Are Not Crimes” — how did that come about?

If you have a copy of this, I explained in my Introduction that this piece was mentioned by Benj Tucker in the obituary about Spooner that he wrote in his journal LIBERTY. “Vices …” was part of a book by Dio Lewis on prohibition (as I recall). I tracked the book down and found the chapter by Spooner.

History tends to identify just one or two people as spokespersons for a particular genre in a time period. For example, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are the most well-known transcendentalists though there were dozens, if not hundreds of others, who contributed to that discourse. Who are some lesser-known figures that added to the body of voluntaryist work?

See “Thinkers and Groups of Individuals Who Have Contributed Significant Ideas or Major Written Materials To The Radical Libertarian Tradition” in issue 25 at http://voluntaryist.com/backissues/025.pdf  I would especially note Gustav de Molinari, Charles Lane, and Benjamin Tucker.

Some other questions were posed to Watner, who replied with the following, as a sort of catch-all:

I just happened to be looking at some old issues of The Voluntaryist, and came across a book review of To Choose Freedom by Vladimir Bukovsy. If you are not familiar with my review you might want to read it because it indirectly addresses some of the other questions. That book review is here.

What’s Next?

Has Watner had an impact in your own life? Please do share via a comment to this post or by passing along some of his wisdom to someone near. And perhaps, by being a bit more mindful of your actions and whether they’re helping you to become the best version of yourself. After all, as the tagline on The Voluntaryist proclaimed, ‘If one takes care of the means, the end will take care of itself.’

More content from Watner, which he wrote, edited, or contributed to:

  • A Voluntary Political Government: Letters from Charles Lane (2011) download .pdf
  • Dissenting Electorate: Those Who Refuse to Vote and the Legitimacy of Their Opposition (2001)
  • Homeschooling: A Hope for America (2010) download .pdf
  • I Must Speak Out: The Best of the Voluntaryist 1982-1999 (1999) download .pdf
  • I Must Speak Out: The Best of the Voluntaryist 2000-2020 (2021) download .pdf
  • Liberty and the Great Libertarians (1995) download .pdf
  • National Identification Systems: Essays in Opposition (2003)
  • Neither Bullets Nor Ballets (2017) download .pdf
  • Render Not: The Case Against Taxation (2012) download .pdf
  • Robert LeFevre: Truth is Not a Half-way Place (2017) download .pdf
  • voluntaryist.com – the website that houses Watner’s work
  • a video interview with Watner conducted in 2014
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NH State Prison COVID UPDATE

As of December 28th out of the 835 DOC staff members, 117 have had COVID since March. Forty of those are still active. Of the 2,130 inmate population there have been some 332 COVID positive cases since March. Of those 116 still active. Only 1,065 inmates have been tested and of those 332 were positive. That is a 31% positivity rate.  The DOC reports that inmates are only tested if the show symptoms or have had close proximity to someone who did test positive.
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Underground New Year’s Eve Party “QUARANKEENE Space Disco” Raises Over $1,100 for Charity

Free Keene - Fri, 2021-01-01 02:30 +0000

Tonight, New Year’s Eve, while government goons are threatening people and telling them to stay home, over one hundred revelers are together in a secret venue in the Keene area for “QUARANKEENE Space Disco”! Organizers of the party say it will feature now-prohibited activities like karaoke and dancing. Featuring multiple live DJs, delicious food, good times, and all donations at the door will be given to the NH Liberty Defense Fund. The Liberty Defense Fund is of course accepting cryptocurrency as well as Goldbacks. Here’s the official event flyer:

QUARANKEENE Space Disco 2020

Event co-organizer “Soundwave” said, “2020 has been a soul-crushing year for people across the planet. With lame-ass stay-at-home ‘dance parties’, drive-in concerts with zero crowd energy, and inhumane mask mandates, people have been unable to sing, dance, and connect with other humans. We’re not afraid of a virus that doesn’t show symptoms in the supermajority of the people it infects and kills a small fraction of the elderly, obese people who do actually show symptoms. This whole COVID thing has been a massive excuse to expand government control over people’s lives and transfer more wealth to the elite, while destroying small businesses. We decided the best thing we could do to fight this insanity is to throw a killer party.”

Indeed, tonight’s venue is a previously successful Keene-area restaurant that was closed permanently early on in 2020. The courageous venue owner, Malaise Lindenfeld, is also one of the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit against the statewide mask mandate as well as the City of Keene’s mandate. Lindenfeld said, “Our most basic freedoms have been coopted by politicians who forget that they serve at our pleasure and not the other way around. If each of us were to take a stand and say “I will not comply”, it will go a long way towards the fight against tyranny.”

QUARANKEENE is the latest in a series of Space Disco parties that began in August 2019, co-founded by DJ Capital Interest. The goal is to eventually throw an epic party in space, but until then build excitement by throwing space-themed parties here on Earth. DJ Capital Interest explained, “The Space Disco is literally going to outer space. Our life mission is to open the solar system’s first discotheque outside of Earth’s atmosphere by joining forces with the world’s leading space and party companies.” Regarding tonight’s party, DJ Capital Interest said, “Space Disco Summer 2020 was by far the best dance club in the country and Space Disco NYE 2020/21 is shaping up to be the best Winter dance club, thanks to so many independent thinkers concentrated in New Hampshire.”

UPDATE: The party raised over $1100 in cash plus a bunch of Goldbacks, a few ounces of silver, and multiple different cryptocurrencies for the Liberty Defense Fund! It was a smashing success.

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VIDEO: Dozens of Cops Ticket Candlelight Vigil, Arrest One in Front of NH Governor’s House

Free Keene - Thu, 2020-12-31 15:25 +0000

Last week, the town selectmen of Newfields, NH illegally passed an unconstitutional ban on “picketing” outside residences. Monday evening, approximately two dozen state troopers were sent to crack down on a peaceful candlelight vigil outside “HIS EXCELLENCY” King Chris Sununu’s house. Here’s the insane footage, edited from multiple sources thanks to Vincent of Shire Free Media:

The video is a revealing look at how blatantly police will violate any kind of supposedly constitutional protections. There’s no penalty for them or the town selectmen for the illegal ordinance and enforcement. No one gets fired if they lose in court or have to pay any sort of price for their violations.

Also, observe how the cops are constantly telling the activists what to do: Don’t stand there, you have to move. You can’t move there. You with the cane, you’re getting a ticket for not moving fast enough. Stop moving. Keep your voice down.

Their show of force is ridiculous, with a dozen agents on the scene when the vigil arrives. The troopers don’t even let them light their candles. Then after giving a bunch of arbitrary orders, another dozen cruisers roll in with agents toting batons in a ready-to-engage stance. They surround YouTuber Savage Truth 603 to arrest him for “disorderly conduct” and “criminal trespass” and curiously order the other guy with a camera to back away. The remaining activists are left on the path.

They even ticketed a credentialed reporter from NH Journal, Chris Maidment for “picketing”. NH Journal’s editor says they’re going to court. As should all of the people who were issued tickets – which is everyone who was there, including a man walking with a cane. Even if they lose in court, hopefully the candlelight vigilists will not pay the $100 fines, as doing so only encourages the gang.

Also, hopefully they will get out of the habit of thanking the police for abusing them. It’s hard to watch, but that’s how people are trained. No amount of respecting the police for “just doing their job” is going to help protect anyone’s rights. No thank you, cops. I don’t want your “service”. Leave us alone. You’re hurting peaceful people and trashing human rights. It’s shameful. Don’t thank them when they hand you a ticket.

Later this week, Sununu canceled his public coronation out of fear for what he falsely labeled as “aggressive” protestors.

Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest on this outrageous situation. Also, you can join the Absolute Defiance channel on Telegram for updates from this activist group.

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Christopher Sununu Runs Away Like A Bitch

Free Keene - Wed, 2020-12-30 19:54 +0000

Official Governor of New Hampshire, Acting Governor of Massachusetts, Christopher Sununu announced today that he is canceling  his inauguration ceremony because of “armed protestors.”

If the presence of guns scare you, I seriously suggest that you get out of New Hampshire. In fact Massachusetts is a much better fit for Sununu based on his behavior over the past 10 months. Of course he seems to prefer to reap the benefits of a pro gun low tax state, while acting like a far left dictator. There have been protests every week for the past several weeks in the median in front of his house. There have been no physical altercations and no weapons have been brandished. Sununu brought up a trespass, and I don’t know whether or not he was informed of the details by the cops, but it was the absurd type of trespass that appears in extreme libertarian thought experiment hypos. That’s right, a person carelessly stepped one step onto the lockdown governor’s lawn, the horror.

While it is somewhat odd that the person who created the lockdown, still enforces operational- or non operational- restrictions on businesses, and encourages everyone to stay home is having an event in the first place, canceling it because a hand full of people don’t like you strikes me as a bitch move. Yes, people were armed. It’s New Hampshire; everyone is armed. It’s like pointing out that people were wearing shoes.

Sununu and others have taken issue with the fact that protests occurred in front of his house instead of at the closed Statehouse. Saying we shouldn’t attack him and his family. First of all, no one is attacking his children. They are too young to have culpability and they haven’t done anything. People are verbally attacking Sununu because he is a person who is doing things that are gratuitously harmful. He doesn’t have a private soul and a government official soul. He, the only him, put people out of work, shut down businesses, instituted unworkable restrictions for some on reopening, and issued 77 “Emergency Orders.” Sununu, the person, because there is no other Sununu, did not give a single care who’s family was effected or scared when he put them out of work or made it illegal for developing children to socialize. He just went ahead with the lockdown. Now people are angry at Sununu, the person, because there is no other Sununu. Many of them still have extra time on their hands from being underemployed. Having to see angry people is a very mild consequence for the action of instituting a lockdown.

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Merry Christmas! Download your “COVID Carols” Songsheet!

Free Keene - Fri, 2020-12-25 11:05 +0000

Captain Kickass’ “COVID Carols” – Click for Printable PDF.

Back in 2011, during Derrick J’s Victimless Crime Spree, a talented parody writer living in Keene at the time, Richard Onley, created some amazing “Chronic Carols“. They were funny and poignant parodies of classic Christmas carols, like “Drug War Cops are Raiding the School” – set to the tune of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town. We had lots of fun forming the Shire Choir and held a series of performances both inside and outside state liquor stores.

The point of the Chronic Carols was to protest the insane war on drugs and do it in a creative and fun way, as singing is much more likely to bring people together or get people to listen to new ideas than say, chanting. Chanting can come across as mindless and angry whereas singing is harmonious. Singing is a virtually unassailable activity as a protest and the American civil rights movement had a lot of success with song, as did the “Singing Revolution” in Estonia.

Fast forward to the present situation where the war on drugs has lightened up a little – at least on cannabis – but now the war is coming against people who just want to breath free, associate with others, hug, or smile at another person. The madness of prohibition has changed into an insane medical authoritarian state. If there was ever a time for the Shire Choir to come back, it’s now.

Actually, the Shire Choir has already come back this year. It was when we visited the NH Attorney General’s house on Thanksgiving and performed the original Chronic Carols, since the war on drugs the AG is behind is still harming innocent, peaceful drug users and dealers. It was fun, but it was clear we needed some current material that could be sung in more places.

Thankfully, Captain Kickass – a longtime professional parody writer who happens to live in Keene – stepped up and cranked out four “COVID Carols” in just a matter of days. The tunes parodied include “Do you hear what I hear?”, which has become “Do you fear what I fear?”, “Merry Little Christmas” is now “Sterile Little Christmas”, “Joy to the World” as “Close down the World”, and “Little Drummer Boy” replaced by “Little Lockdown Boy”. Johnson Rice provided some talented graphic design to put the Captain’s creative lyrics to classic Christmas carols onto a dual-sided color songsheet that you can easily print out and share. Though we have the Shire Choir here in New Hampshire, these songs are intended for the entire world. You can form your own choir and sing anywhere this COVID madness and tyranny has struck.

We have found ourselves in a world now where the Centers for Disease Control is telling people not to sing and local government gangs are telling business owners they aren’t allowed to host karaoke and then fining them if they do. Seriously, that’s really happening.

Don’t let yourself be silenced by the state or social pressure. Sing loud, proud, and hopefully in unison with others. Download and print your own “COVID Carols” songsheet PDF now! Please do share it anywhere you like. It’s our gift to you that hopefully will brighten your spirits on what is an otherwise depressing year and holiday season. It’s darkest before the light – don’t lose hope and please make it your New Year’s resolution to join the liberty migration to New Hampshire in 2021!

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New Declaration of Independence for NH Read, Signed, & Delivered in Concord by Crowd of Revolutionaries

Free Keene - Fri, 2020-12-25 00:05 +0000

Crowd of Revolutionaries Gathered Monday to Read and Sign the new Declaration of Independence for 2020.

Hey New Hampshire government gang: Merry Christmas… YOU’RE FIRED!

In Concord on Monday December 21st of 2020 at ten a.m., a group of over one hundred people from across New Hampshire gathered at the now-closed state house steps to invoke their Right of Revolution as specified in Article Ten of the Bill of Rights of the NH Constitution. It states:

Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

Dan Richard of the New Hampshire Committee of Safety led the event and read aloud a new Declaration of Independence, which you can download a PDF of here. Richard says this is the first time the Right of Revolution has been invoked and that the document serves as a termination of “the state” and its various office holders.

Dan Richard of the NH Committee of Safety at COSNH.com

The new Declaration cites various tyrannies, including the unconstitutional “emergency powers” statute that led to the over seventy-five emergency orders issued this year by King Sununu that has trashed the New Hampshire economy and freedoms here generally. Plus, the now-hidden nature of the state gang’s activities makes them completely unaccountable, violating Article Eight of the NH Constitution’s Bill of Rights which requires its government to be open and accountable. Further, the new Declaration claims the voting system was illegally and unconstitutionally manipulated out-of-view from the people and calls the entire election fraudulent as a result.

It calls out the state bureaucracy’s endless harassment of the people as well as the “standing armies of enforcement agents” enacting the tyranny, and the now-secret courts. The new Declaration states that effective means for redress of grievances have been abolished and that, “Our form of government, has become a complete system of tyranny. The Same party is the legislator, the accuser, the judge, and the executioner by declaring themselves invested with power to legislate in secret in all cases whatsoever.”

Citing NH’s Article Ten, the new Declaration dissolves all political connections between the state and the citizenry, absolving us of any allegiance to “the state”.

The crowd of revolutionaries then shouted “YOU’RE FIRED!” in unison and signed the new Declaration of Independence for New Hampshire.

Afterwards, a copy was delivered to the Secretary of State’s office and the Attorney General’s office. It was subsequently served on “governor” Chris Sununu hiding in his home on Christmas Eve. Here’s video of Monday’s visit to the state house and AG’s office including nearly all of the reading of the new Declaration of Independence. I missed the first few paragraphs due to a dead camera battery:

Kudos to the heroic folks who came out to end the failed experiment of the New Hampshire government.

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VIDEO: Police Threaten Peaceful Protestors at NH Governor’s House with Arrest for Chanting & Speaking

Free Keene - Thu, 2020-12-24 19:51 +0000

After multiple weeks of peaceful protests outside the home of the NH governor, “HIS EXCELLENCY”, Chris Sununu, the number of state police suddenly more than tripled. Unfortunately, the number of protestors was also down from around one hundred to a couple dozen. Likely due to the numbers, the predatory uniformed agents pounced. Video here:

Though previous protests were louder and larger, it was this one where they openly threatened anyone with arrest. First, they targeted Sununu’s 2020 primary opponent, Nobody, with a threat of a “disorderly conduct” arrest for speaking through a PA system. The cops claimed a neighbor complained about the noise and so they say NH RSA 644:2 III applies.

Since only Nobody was threatened with arrest, other speakers continued to use the PA system. None of the subsequent speakers were threatened. However, after most of the group participated in a relatively quiet chant of “Live Free or Die! We will not comply!”, several of the armed goons came and threatened the entire group with “disorderly conduct” specifically for the chanting, again claiming a neighbor complained.

While the state agents might have a case regarding the amplified sound, they would probably have a tougher time convicting an entire group of peaceful protestors for simply joining their voices together in the one place they can reach the “governor” with his office, the State House, completely closed “due to COVID”.

That said, no one felt like getting arrested this time and putting the police’s case to the test. Rumor now has it the town of Newfields, where Sununu resides, is considering a ban on residential picketing. Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest.

After this protest, we made a second stop to see if the NH Attorney General, Gordon MacDonald, was home and sang some “Chronic Carols“. Video to come!

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VIDEO: Burning COVID Propaganda Signs!

Free Keene - Sun, 2020-12-20 22:23 +0000

An anonymous person brought up some covid propaganda signs taken from Maskachusetts to a fire held recently in the Keene area and finally put them to good use by turning them into heat:

Don’t feel like tearing down government propaganda? Put up some counter-propaganda of your own. Join the White Rose, get a cheap thermal label printer, and print out some of the super-creative, funny, and poignant stickers provided by the White Rose Society here.

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