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Adam Kokesh Begins Presidential Campaign, Gets Arrested

Mark West | United States

Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh has long since announced his candidacy for the Libertarian Party nomination for President in 2020. But last week, in New Orleans, police arrested him on the campaign, again. His crime is still unclear; the arrest occurred as he was cleaning filthy concrete on a public street by water stenciling “FREEDOM” into the dirty road. Officers from the New Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department then confronted Kokesh. After he refused to show his ID, they arrested him.

The New Orleans “Book Bomb”

After spending more than 48 hours in the clink, police released Kokesh and dropped all charges. Kokesh was in New Orleans for a “Book Bomb”, for which he planned to place more than 200,000 copies of his book, “Freedom!”, in residential mailboxes.

He also took part in a New Orleans Freedom Townhall, which Loyola University’s Young Americans for Liberty hosted. The townhall also featured former law enforcement officer Robert Evans and Loyola University Economics Professor Walter Block.

Kokesh is campaigning on a promise to initiate the “peaceful, responsible dissolution of the entire federal government,” which he says he says he can enact through an Executive Order once he is president. He sees the collapse of the United States Federal Government as “inevitable” and is concerned that if he doesn’t win, this collapse may not occur peacefully or orderly manner.

Adam Kokesh 2020: His View

In an upcoming book, “American Freedom”, Kokesh plans to outline his federal government dissolution plan. He plans to release this book before the 2020 campaign season. Kokesh is a Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Fallujah, Iraq. For his actions, many of which he regrets, he received a Navy Commendation Medal for Combat Action Ribbon. He is also an author and former television and radio host.

Adam Kokesh is well-known in libertarian circles for his acts of civil disobedience. One of his first claims to fame came in 2011 when police arrested him for leading a flash mob of dancers in the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. Not long before, courts ruled that dancing in the monument was to be illegal. He has since been arrested several times while engaging in acts of civil disobedience.

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#FinallyFreeAmerica – Interview with Adam Kokesh

By John Keller | United States

Adam Kokesh is a libertarian political activist, known for his show Adam vs. The Man. He announced his desire to run for President of the United States in 2020 on July 18th, 2013 and officially filed the paperwork on January 16th, 2018. Adam Kokesh is working to #FinallyFreeAmerica.

Keller: You are a veteran of the war in Iraq and a former marine. What was the moment that you decided you were changing from a marine into a political activist?

Kokesh: Some things are just decided for you! When I got out of the Marines, I moved to DC to study at GWU. While I was there, I came across the website for Iraq Veterans Against the War and I realized that I had to have my name on that list and joined right away. I really fell over backwards into full-time activism because I of the welcoming nature of the organization and the movement behind it. When I realized that the story of my experience in Iraq could be used to save lives, I had no choice.

Keller: You wrote a book titled ‘FREEDOM!’. To you what is the message of freedom all about? Why is Libertarianism better than conservatism or liberalism?

Kokesh: Freedom is what you have when no one is forcing their will on you. That is to say that freedom is a state of harmonious coexistence. Freedom is peace. Freedom is love and respect and appreciation for people. A Libertarian is someone who opposes the initiation of force. Why would you settle for anything less? Conservativism and liberalism are just different flavors of statism. Statism is the incorrect belief that it is ok, positive, or ethical for people to force themselves on others. It’s really that simple!

Keller: Trump has taken credit for the booming ‘success’ of the stock market. Is he right to take this credit?

Kokesh: That’s hard to call and I don’t really care. The stock market is a highly manipulated racket. I’m sure some things he does manipulates it up, some things down. Either way, buy Bitcoin. Invest in innovation. Buy real property that can’t be manipulated by government like the stock market.

Keller: There has been a growing movement, often credited in its growing traction to Ron Paul, to ‘End the Fed’. What does this slogan mean to you?

Kokesh: Ron Paul definitely deserves credit for bringing the crimes of the Federal Reserve System to the attention of the American people and his supporters deserve credit for sloganizing his message into, “End the Fed” at his rallies that I attended going back to his 2008 campaign. The slogan has come to mean something much bigger now. To me, it means end the federal government entirely!

Keller: The #LetRonSpeak Scandal quickly went viral. What was your stance on this issue?

Kokesh: The people with the Libertarian Party who decided to decline to give Dr Paul an opportunity to speak at the 2018 convention, National Chair Nick Sarwark and Convention Chair Daniel Hayes, definitely do not represent the base of the party and I hope they are never in positions to make such an embarrassing mistake ever again.

Keller: Arvin Vohra has been stirring up quite a storm online with comments about rape and school shootings and many speculate his actions are harming the Libertarian Party. Where do you stand on this controversy? Should Vice Chairman Vohra step down?

Kokesh: It’s not so much the controversy about “inflammatory” that concerns me so much as his statements advocating for violations of the nonaggression principle. Those clearly go against what the party stands for. He should and will be replaced at the upcoming national convention.

Keller: Recently you were arrested in Texas, mere hours after official filing candidacy for President of the United States. What was this experience like? What charges did the police have against you?

Kokesh: I’ve been arrested over three dozen times relating to my activism, mostly in civil disobedience. This one was unplanned. I can’t say it was scary, but it was disturbing because, as you can see from the video, the officer who pulled me over was determined to arrest me even though I had not committed a crime. He broke multiple laws and violated police procedure in order to come up with an excuse to arrest me after unlawfully ordering me to stop recording. When he entered my vehicle, the first thing he did was turn off the other camera I had rolling. I was jailed for ten days and have still yet to be presented with any official papers regarding my charges or the police report despite my repeated requests. Welcome to the United Police States of America! Fortunately, with self-driving vehicles on the horizon, most of the excuses that police use to harass people will go away.

Keller: Your campaign is on the philosophy of voluntaryism, with a peaceful and prosperous people without the threat of government. When this idea is depicted it is often, almost exclusively, depicted as chaotic anarchism. What makes your vision different from the media portrayed voluntaryism?

Kokesh: I have no idea what you are talking about. I have NEVER heard anyone say that a voluntary society would be chaotic. It is contrary to the very definition. A voluntary society is one in which all human interactions are free of force, fraud, and coercion. As for my campaign, it is based on the practical policy of localization, the idea that political power should be localized as opposed to centralized. Voluntaryism is the philosophy that leads me to that practical policy.

Keller: Within the Libertarian Party there is a philosophical divide between minarchists and voluntaryists. As a voluntaryist, what do you have to say to the question of minarchism? In essence, how is anarchy preferable to minarchism?

Kokesh: There is no such divide. When you join the party, you take a pledge that says, “” That is voluntaryism in pledge form. The people who take that pledge and mean it sometimes identify as minarchists, but they always want whatever the government does to be voluntary. So I’m a minarchist myself in that sense because I’m a voluntaryist. You can have as much government as you want, as long as it’s voluntary! The divide in the party is between people who believe in the Party’s Statement of Principles and take their pledge seriously, and infiltrators like Bob Barr, Gary Johnson, and Bill Weld, who pretend to not understand the pledge they took in order to misrepresent the party. Sadly, many Libertarians are fooled into supporting them, with the obvious disastrous results and negative consequences we saw in the last three election cycles, but the effectiveness of their infiltration would not have been possible without the support of hundreds who infiltrated the delegations of the last three nominating conventions. A big part of my campaign is to encourage people who believe in the principles of the party to be delegates so that isn’t possible again. Frankly, it’s embarrassing that they were able to take so many vacant delegate slots. If I have anything to say about it, they will all be filled with real Libertarians, not infiltrators. So far, our success this year is undeniable. We are halfway through state convention season, and only about a dozen (out of over 1,000) delegate slots are empty.

Keller: You campaign on the peaceful dissolution of the national government. What will that look like in office, how will you accomplish such a goal? What role will Congress play?

Kokesh: On day one, I will sign my one and only executive order declaring the federal government bankrupt and of no authority. I will resign to become “Custodian of the Federal Government” to oversee the process as a bankruptcy agent. The executive order will be as detailed as possible in laying that process out in a clear, legally binding way. Congress will have no authority, but may have some minor role to play in the apportionment of certain agencies and resources. Every federal agency will be either liquidated, localized to the state level, or spun off as a private institution.

Keller: You campaign on dissolving the national government, but often states can be more tyrannical than the national government. As president, what actions would you take against such injustices, if any?

Kokesh: I would have no such authority and will make no promises that I cannot keep. However, the premise of your question needs to be put into perspective. Yes, States can occasionally be more tyrannical than the federal government, but if you added up all the injustices committed by state governments and compared them to the injustices of the federal government, it would be like comparing a schoolyard bully to the mafia! And to be fair, you would first have to subtract all the State injustices made possible by the federal government. More importantly, when people see the benefits of localization, (which they will immediately, because on day one, federal laws will not be enforced) there will be a race among the States to dissolve down to the County level. Then a global race to localize. Eventually, government will be so local that it will be … voluntary.

Keller: Recently, you announced and have been working to implement “Operation Big Easy Book Bomb”. What is this operation and why was it enacted?

Kokesh: We are putting a copy of my book, FREEDOM! in every residential mailbox in New Orleans. 205,000 copies. We want to deliver the message of FREEDOM! directly to the people. Once we show that it can be done there, we will do it in every city in America.

Keller: As of late, the Democratic Party faces a small identity crisis and the Republican Party is losing faith in Donald Trump. What makes you the best candidate for 2020 and what should attract disillusioned voters?

Kokesh: I’m not the best candidate for President. In fact, asking who is the best candidate for President is like asking who would you most want to kick your ass? If your answer is, “NOBODY!” vote for me, because I will resign. I don’t need to attract disillusioned voters. The government is doing a fine job driving them away. We just have to show them that there is an alternative to government: freedom.

Keller: If people are interested in getting involved with joining your campaign, what steps can they take to do so?

Kokesh: Check out KokeshForPresident.com, click on volunteer, and fill out the form. But more importantly, don’t wait for direction and don’t ask permission to spread the message of freedom! Have fun waking people up and do something that you enjoy. Talk to your friends and family about why you care about freedom.

Keller: Do you have an final remarks to the readers, to supporters, and potential voters?

Kokesh: I’m the last President you’ll never need and I approve this message.

I would like to thank Adam Kokesh for his time. Be sure to visit KokeshForPresident.com and be sure to read his book “FREEDOM!”, which you can find here and follow his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all updates.

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Adam Kokesh On Potential Running Mates, Abolishing The Federal Government, And “Resigning On Day One”

By Jason Patterson | United States

After many failed presidential campaigns that have lead to broken promises and fake principles, we may have finally found an honest candidate, and he isn’t even running for president.

I interviewed Libertarian presidential candidate, Adam Kokesh. I started out by asking him, “What are your expectations for your campaign and do you plan on actually contesting the election.” He replied with an optimistic response, “Well I plan to win. The people I talk who have never really supported a candidate, never really voted, hear my message and say ‘well I’d vote for that.'”

Kokesh has run his campaign off the platform of plans for the peaceful abolition of the entire Federal Government. “I do plan to dissolve the federal government, and transition into a privately ran country. My campaign isn’t about myself or electing me as president, it’s electing no one,” said Kokesh.

I moved on to ask him about Donald Trump and his liberal policies on guns, he responded by saying that Donald Trump is the greatest trick liberals ever played on conservatives and libertarians. Donald Trump is not only for gun restrictions, but he has increased government significantly. More bombs are being dropped on foreign countries, more troops are being deployed to Afghanistan and more U.S. soldiers are dying.

Then we went on to discuss if Trump was truly draining the swamp. Adam said:

“Absolutely not, you look at his cabinet you look at his administration, he has actually done the opposite. The only reason why he says he can’t be bought out is because he has already bought into these big bankers. Trump is a great manipulator which is why he can really convince his supporters he’s ‘anti-establishment.’ Also, a good amount of Trump’s money he earned was not earned fairly. To add to that someone who worked very close with him claimed Trump actually owns a couple billion less then what he claims to have.”

We later discussed Rand and Ron Paul.

“What you have to understand is Rand and Ron are to completely different things. While I would still say Rand is on the better side of things when it comes to politicians he lacks a true heart of libertarianism that his father and I hold. In an interview I did with Dr.Paul in 2001, Ron even admitted that his son lacks a true heart of libertarianism and a lack of volunteerism we both hold.”

Lastly, I went on to discuss potential running mates. While Kokesh stated that he couldn’t give out to much information, he said “Well my campaign team has told me to hold off as long as I can, but one person who I could see being a great running mate and help me dissolve the federal government is Cynthia McKinney. ” He went on to say that she is “extremely principled and if she keeps doing what she is doing, she would make a great running mate.”

Adam has an aim for the abolition of government and establishment of a peaceful libertarian social order. Visit him at https://kokeshforpresident.com/

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I’m Supporting Kokesh In 2020, And So Should You

By Austin Anderholt | United States

In the 2016 election, the libertarian party would have transformed from an irrelevant third party, into a huge, powerhouse party that would’ve even had a candidate participate in the presidential debates. So what went wrong? Our presidential candidate market had run dry.

Don’t get me wrong, out of the candidates that were running for the libertarian ticket, Gary Johnson got more votes than anyone else could have. Did he say stupid things? Sure. Did he make mistakes? Of course. However, most of these mishaps resulted in either more publicity for the party or made no large effect in favor of Johnson in the polls. So why did Johnson do the best?

Gary Johnson had two things that any other candidate lacked:

First, he had popularity. Johnson was a real politician who had won actual positions. Did any other candidate for president hold an actual large political office? No. Johnson was the only person who actually could be recognized by current American voters.

Second, Johnson had a simple “political charm” that other candidates lacked. Sure, other candidates were quite appealing as actual people. For example, Austin Petersen was very personally active on social media during the election and made himself seem very human by posting things that the everyday person would post, such as memes and selfies. Maybe this will pay off for him in Missouri. However, Johnson brought so many voters over from the mainstream that just couldn’t have been accomplished by another candidate who lacked his recognizability.

So what does this have to do with Adam Kokesh? Kokesh is and will be the only, candidate to have both of these vital qualities for a libertarian presidential candidate, and he doesn’t make the stupid outbursts that Johnson does.

For example, popularity? Although he is Kokesh swims in popularity. While he has never run for a political office, he’s a huge, well known libertarian activist. Let’s be honest: 2016 was the year of political outsiders, and Kokesh was the perfect 2016 politician that wasn’t. His balance of “well known” but “not some old politician” make him a valuable player in the 2020 libertarian primaries. I personally would go so far as to say that he is the pioneer of libertarian and voluntarist concepts in the 21st century. His book has reached and influence an incredibly vast audience. His youtube videos and podcasts are revered by the libertarian community. They’ve reached millions of views, and more importantly, brought everyday Americans down to voluntarism.

Charm? Kokesh has the best of both worlds. He has Petersen’s “every-day meme and selfie poster” quality that makes him an actual human, but he also has Johnson’s “Strong level of political understanding”. This “best of both worlds” is best illustrated in his “Adam Versus The Man” podcast. When asked questions by supporters, does he dodge the question or give vague answers like most politicians do? Does he make incoherent arguments like a random, unprofessional pseudo-intellectual? No. Kokesh has the intelligent professionalism of a politician and the genuine care of a well-intentioned human being. I can almost guarantee that anyone else’s running in 2020 will lack one of these crucial qualities.

Kokesh has also gone the extra mile in his political activism, which further shows his passion for liberty. While Johnson and Petersen were making speeches, what was Kokesh doing? He was out there on the streets! He was filming videos of himself talking to everyday Americans! He was confronting authority with his many videos of cop encounters! Not only did he hold oh so many libertarian rallies (with topics ranging from war to marijuana legalization), he has been arrested twice during his campaign. What did he do during these arrests? Did he say “Maybe I’m in over my head. Maybe I should just give up.” No! Adam Kokesh kept fighting! In fact, one of his recent podcast episodes was recorded from his cell! That’s what I call dedication to liberty!

In the first edition of this article, I made an incorrect inference.: I assumed that Kokesh had little to no social media team. I stand corrected, but this only further proves the point I am about to make: Although this may not pertain to Adam Kokesh himself, his campaign team has done an excellent job at not only humanizing him (to the point where it seems like he is the sole creator on his social media accounts) but showcasing his work in a professional way. This is something that (much like the candidates themselves), both the Johnson and Petersen team failed to do.

In conclusion, Adam Kokesh is three things: First of all, he’s a human. He resonates with crowds. He doesn’t bow down to political norms. He doesn’t dodge questions. He doesn’t act like a higher being that knows the answers to all of your problems. Second, Adam Kokesh is a professional. He knows what he’s talking about. He doesn’t give incoherent answers. He differentiates himself from irrelevant, libertarian nobodies in his strong activist campaigns, speeches, and media. But most importantly, Adam a Kokesh is a fighter. If he has to hold a controversial gun rally to protect your right to bear arms, he’ll do it. If he has to take time out of his day to protect rights and stand up to law enforcement, he’ll do it. If he has to go to prison to stand up to big government, he’ll do it.

This is an opinion piece. The views reflected in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of 71 Republic.

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