And apparently the extremist wing of the Free State Project adherents don’t get the joke. Chris Cantwell, the most recent immigrant to Ian Freeman’s Keene commune (a duplex in the city of Keene) posted last night on his personal blog about his appearance on the show. Not surprisingly he seems completely unaware that the entire Colbert show consists of satire. Amazing really considering how they like to think of themselves as masters of the art of propaganda. One would think that a master of propaganda and messaging and self described masters of the stealth attack using media would know when the jaundiced eye turns on them.
The intro does a wonderful job of making the obvious tie-in between the far right extremist establishment Republicans and the basis of the libertarian ideology; they both make hyperbolic statements about “tyranny”. Although the origins of the tyranny assumption may vary slightly; its not lost on most who bother to notice that the evangelical far right and the Tea Party crowd especially felt tyranny sneaking up when a black man took a position of leadership over the country. The Free Keeners, the more radical end of the Free State Project adherents and capitalist libertarians in general tend more to see all civil infrastructure, including that in place to protect human rights and safety to be tyranny against capital.
Slight difference only in that the libertarian anarch0-capitalists deserve credit for being honest; they just hate government because they are selfish, greedy psychopaths. Having a humane and peaceful society requires some sacrifice on everyone’s part, but elitist capitalists tend to have a problem with this and why not? If they don’t need government services they figure, why should they pay taxes for others to have them (you and me that is)? When we work for two cents an hour, they win. What happens to you is your own business.
Tea Partiers on the other hand, like to cloak their greed and selfishness in language that pulls on old class divisions, racism and other hatreds. In the end though, they all push the same agenda; pulling our civilization back a few hundred years so the people get the chance to start the struggle for justice all over again, but this time in a far more controlled and closely watched global environment.
The fact is that those who follow the libertarian agenda of global capitalists but aren’t global capitalists really need to have something to hold onto. Afterall, you have to have something loose in your head to believe that removing all protections for workers, protections against discrimination, protections against industrial pollution, protections for consumers and so much more would mean that “liberty” would blossom for us all. Most of us can understand that the number who’d enjoy such liberty in such anarchy would be small and probably wouldn’t be us common folks.
So when the far-right libertarians such as the Free State Project followers rear up their ugly heads and commit their antics to the public eye, the temptation to mock their foolishness cannot be overlooked. Here for your entertainment we have the Colbert report giving a pretty good picture of the bravery and hard work of the “Free Keeners”, none of whom work but support themselves on pixie dust and the generosity of a local trust funder whilst harassing city employees just trying to do their job.
Before you, our intrepid readers venture onto watching this highly entertaining well executed segment, we’d like to draw attention to some note worthy quotes. Most notable was Chris Cantwell stating what’s obvious to everyone; that open carry is a form of intimidation and a direct effort to suppress speech. At about 4:12 Cantwell states, “I find that when I carry a gun people are very unlikely to hit me.” They are also very unlikely to speak up and call you a jerk or even say that your ideas are wrong. Ironic for people who profess to be all about free speech isn’t it?
This really is a rare confession of the bullying mindset that proffers among the gun-nut crowd. They do see themselves as armed vigilantes for what they see as right. In fact Stephen Clark of Portsmouth Patch also highlighted the gun factor among the Free Staters and their antipathy for anything agreed upon by the collective people, including elections and their right to use “force” to turn the tide their way. Please help yourself here: Opinion: William Kostric and Me
Also, before we move onto the video, note one other quote from Garett Ean right after Cantwell, who says, “You cannot be free from an idea so there cannot be freedom from Free Keene for people who just live here.”
In other words, all the tax paying, community participating people in Keene who live, work and raise their families there, you “just live here” according to Garett. Possibly Garett could tell us all exactly what he’s doing in Keene if not in fact just living there in the purest sense of the phrase because as far as anyone has ever been able to tell and actually in accordance with the Free Keene and Free State Project ideology and practice, most of the Free Keeners don’t work and if they do, they do not pay taxes. So much for the evils of the “nanny state”; it seems that Keene has become the unfortunate nanny for this bizarre cult of Koch Brothers style libetarianism.
The Free State Project – as an “ideology” is pure bullshit. members “join” then move to NH to carry guns in public, avoid taxes, and harass citizens. Ask any Keene citizen about the Pumpkin Festival – and the liberties and freedoms of the Free Keene crowd and the toll it took on the community. I feel bad for Keene, and I wouldn’t live there for all the beef in South America. Libertarians, the extreme Tea Party and the Free State Project have marred the good quality of life in NH. It makes me embarrassed to be from NH.