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I admire David Krouse. Violent people attacked a peaceful person in his presence. As the thugs attempted to flee with their victim, David took a stand in front of the car. It’s Tiananmen Square, albeit on a smaller scale. David committed an act of civil disobedience. He resisted state thugs peacefully. David, and everyone else who peacefully resists unjust laws and immoral acts of state thugs, is a hero. I applaud him. Imagine if everyone present that day had formed a line behind David. Those cops might never have gotten out of there!
Are people who willingly go to jail for a worthy cause dumb? Are they just seeking attention? Is it better to resist quietly, from the comfort of your home and office? Are other forms of consciousness-raising just as important and just as effective? I don’t know. Each person has to make their own decisions about what forms of resistance are right for them. But don’t you dare put down David and his kind. It takes a lot of thinking and the courage of your convictions to do what David did. The same goes for other civil disobedients. These are rare qualities indeed. No matter your personal choices, we need to cherish these qualities wherever they may be found. Our very future depends on leaders like David.
Agorism, the idea that we should trade outside the purview of the state in order to bring about a better world, is risky business. But these gentlemen are heroes. These water vendors – and I have seen businesspeople like them all over the world – exemplify the best aspects of humanity. Although they are down on their luck, they refuse to steal or take charity. Instead, they provide something people need at the right place, the right time and the right price.
Which makes it all the more frustrating to hear that police regularly attack them. What happened to American capitalism? The free market? Free association? Free trade? The Las Vegas metropolitan police department couldn’t care less it seems.
These gentlemen are not alone. In Los Angeles, street vendors who prepare the much sought after bacon-wrapped hot dogs are under attack. In Phoenix, similar vendors managed to get special permission from their local state in order to continue.
Similar cases abound. Kudos to Liberty on Tour for bringing these fearless providers to our attention. I like these vendors. I like what they do. They should be allowed to continue until such time as the sidewalks become private property. Given how much they use them, perhaps they should be given an easement!
There’s a meme making the rounds that agorism, the idea that one best reforms society by building a new one in the shell of the old, is better or safer than civil disobedience, the idea that we should disobey unjust state decrees. Yet agorism is a form of civil disobedience. And this video clearly shows the risks inherent in practicing agorism. Mike Barskey, the gentleman at the grill, is selling products to people who want them (the transaction is voluntary) without going through the state. He deals with other individuals directly. They can choose to do business with him or not. But he won’t allow the state to come between him and his customers. The state wants him to get their approval before he can voluntarily trade with others. Mike rejects this. This is the essence of agorism. Agorists do business voluntarily and without reference to the state. We neither force ourselves upon others nor accept that others force themselves upon us.
Agorism is smart because it has the potential to advance human welfare and equality in ways that are currently made difficult or outright prohibited by the state. Instead of incurring the $10,585 per year average regulatory cost per employee of small businesses in the US, Mike outright ignores those arbitrary decrees and purchases only those services he needs. While the state offers special treatment to larger corporations, agorists like Mike can level the playing field by ignoring as many of the state’s arbitrary decrees as they like – as long as their customers continue to be happy with their choices, of course. The real regulation for agoristic enterprises is the market; i.e., the customers’ decision to buy or not. When state restrictions are limited, this inherent regulation gets its teeth back. People can form new, competing businesses at minimal cost if a current provider is not working out.
By favoring the large corporations over the independent producers, the state promotes inequality. It makes it difficult for the small guy to keep his business alive. It promotes wage slavery, by placing an excessive burden on small producers, and simultaneously lightening the burden for the large producers. The history of this practice can be traced back to, among other distinguished historical events, the Whiskey Rebellion. Poor westerners were effectively taxed at a higher rate than wealthy easterners due to the 1791 excise tax on whiskey. This led to one of many dark corners in the history of the American state.
Many modern-day rebellions have already started. Start yours today by practicing agorism. Find out how from this simple guide.
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Liberty on Tour has gone to work! Here they are, Pete Eyre and Adam Mueller, in New York City performing a liberty op in support of Julian Heicklen’s campaign to inform potential jurors of their ability to judge the law as well as the facts. If they can film at this federal courthouse in Manhattan (aka “The Belly of the Beast”), you can definitely do it elsewhere. Follow their lead!
Liberty On Tour is a dynamic project of two friends, Pete Eyre and Adam Mueller, who are touring 13 cities in 13 weeks in their RV dubbed MARV while advancing a message of voluntaryism. Along the way theyâ€™ll interact with a wide variety of individuals at meetups and other events, cover timely stories and relevant historical incidents and cover/engage in local activism. They hope to be an educational resource and bridge between those new to the ideas of liberty and those already involved. Check their itinerary because they’ll be in your town real soon!
Are you familiar with London’s Love Police [YouTube video]? Well here is Philadelphia’s Love Police. I think they did a great job and I look forward to more in the future!
The next Philly-area meetup is this coming Friday, August 13 from 7:00pm to 10:30pm at Pizzacato (In Back Room, Reserved) 248 Market Street (3rd and Market Subway Stop) Philadelphia, PA. Liberty on Tour will be in town for this. See you there!
You’re going to like this guy. After 30 years of unmolested enjoyment of a swimming hole, cops crack down with trespassing charges for dozens of peaceful swimmers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Despite the state’s failure to prove their charges, the gentleman in the film was found guilty. He appealed and finally was vindicated. Check out this gritty, entertaining look at the injustice system. When you’re done, check out his website, DaddyJustice.com, for some even scarier stories.
This week Julian Heicklen is expanding his jury rights pamphleteering tour to New Jersey, multiple locations in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Today Jim Babb and I joined him at the federal district courthouse in Trenton, New Jersey. We were only minimally hassled and managed to hand out 200 pamphlets before we retired to lunch. Tomorrow we’ll be in Reading and Allentown, PA. Today’s video is also available on Vimeo.
Here is the rest of Julian’s schedule. Please join him!
- Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 8:00 amâ€“9:30 am : Reading, PA, 400 Washington Street
- Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 11:45 amâ€“1:15 pm: Allentown, PA, 504 West Hamilton Street
- Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 8:00 amâ€“9:30 am: Johnstown, PA, 319 Washington Street
- Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 11:45 amâ€“1:15 pm: Pittsburgh, PA, 700 Grant Street
- Thursday, May 13, 2010, 11:45 amâ€“1:15 pm: Harrisburg, PA, 100 Walnut Street
- Friday, May 14, 2010, 8:00 amâ€“9:30 am: Philadelphia, PA, 601 Market Street
- Friday, May 14, 2010, 11:45 amâ€“1:15 pm: Wilmington, DE, 844 North King Street
For more information on the topic of fully informed juries, check out fija.org.
Our pamphleteering got off to a quiet start yesterday. Not one of the 17 state officers that poked and prodded us three weeks ago was visible. Apparently a memo came down ordering them to tolerate our peaceful public education effort. Our numbers increased to nine and veteran activists Julian Heicklen and Jim Babb brought more pamphlets. We even managed to set up a second location in the federal building courtyard around the corner and have some great conversations with passersby.
Three Furious Security Guards
And that’s when three furious security guards demanded we move across the street and threatened to permanently steal my camera. Our refusals to run away just irritated them more and they actually attempted to steal my camera twice. Over the radio came an order for them to stay out of the courtyard, so back to work we went!
Stay Apprised of Future Events
If you’re in the Philadelphia area, please join the Valley Forge Revolutionaries meetup so you can be informed of future Jury Rights Outreach meetups.
Julian Heicklen’s Schedule
Julian is planning to repeat the event at the following locations as follows. Please join him with your video and still cameras!
- Monday, May 3, 2010, 11:45 amâ€“1:15 pm: Manhattan, NY, 500 Pearl St
- Monday, May 10, 2010, 11:45 amâ€“1:15 pm: Trenton, NJ, 402 E State St
- Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 8:00 amâ€“9:30 am: Allentown, PA, 504 W Hamilton St
- Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 11:45 amâ€“1:15 pm : Reading, PA, 400 Washington St
- Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 8:00 amâ€“9:30 am: Johnstown, PA, 319 Washington St
- Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 11:45 amâ€“1:15 pm: Pittsburgh, PA, 700 Grant St
- Thursday, May 13, 2010, 11:45 amâ€“1:15 pm: Harrisburg, PA, 100 Walnut St
- Friday, May 14, 2010, 8:00 amâ€“9:30 am: Philadelphia, PA, 601 Market St
- Friday, May 14, 2010, 11:45 amâ€“1:15 pm: Wilmington, DE, 844 N King St
For more information on jury rights and jury nullification, check out fija.org.
Here’s the video on Vimeo.