FSP News - February 2011
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Hats off to Pete Eyre, Ademo Freeman, and New Hampshire ActivistsBy
On January 24th, well known freedom activist Pete Eyre of Liberty on
Tour <http://www.libertyontour.com/> and Copblock.org
<http://www.copblock.org/> was arrested for wearing a hat. Yes, really.
Pete was in court on an unusually cold morning in Keene, NH to support
his friends two other activists were facing some spurious
"trespassing" charges which stemmed from walking around the
Cheshire County Jail with signs to support yet another unjustly jailed
activist. Pete was sitting quietly in the courtroom before the judge had
even entered. A bailiff approached Pete and told him to remove the hat
he was wearing. Pete began to ask questions, but he didn't have time
to say much before three men tackled and handcuffed him. Pete did not
resist, but was subjected to some very heavy handed treatment
nonetheless all for sitting quietly and peacefully in court while
wearing a hat.
Pete was jailed for four days when he initially did not identify himself
after the arrest. Here's a video
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8KK1wk7_QY> of what happened.
This news release
493008.html> has more details, but it sums up the situation pretty
well: "When a gesture of respect becomes mandatory, it becomes an
act of submission."
Unfortunately, Pete's business partner Ademo Freeman (Adam Mueller)
was jailed for 60 days <http://www.copblock.org/1748/freeademo/> for
speaking out in court during Pete's arraignment. Ademo is currently
still in jail in Keene, NH. You can write to him via Mail To Jail
<http://mail-to-jail.com/> , or visit Copblock.org/freeAdemo to get
involved in helping him out.
The response to these two men's arrests from the liberty community
has been incredibly supportive. Multiple activists obtained video of
both Pete's arrest and Ademo's arrests. The videos were posted
online immediately. FreePete.org <http://freepete.org/> was launched
almost instantly after Pete's arrest, FSP friendly attorneys quickly
stepped up to help on the legal front, and activists waged a PR campaign
in support of the two men (including an AP press release and a ). So
many people called the Cheshire County Jail and courthouse on the day of
Pete's arrest that their phone lines were shut down!
If you're excited by the response of New Hampshire liberty activists
to these unjust arrests, you may want to consider moving up your plans
to get to New Hampshire! If you're inspired to stand up to
tyrannical judges, come to New Hampshire, STAT! If you can't move
right away, how about a visit to the 2011 Porcupine Freedom Festival
<http://registration.porcfest.org/> ? But here's a fair warning:
you'll be so impressed by the community here that you won't want
On the Doffing of HatsBy Mike Ruff
I know that folks have come to believe that the removal of hats in a
courtroom is merely a gesture of respect. And chances are, that's all
most folks mean when they do it. This is, however, not the origin of the
practice, nor is it the reason it is practiced and enforced in courts
The origin is as an act of submission. The act of removing one's hat is
an attempt to make oneself seem smaller than the person to whom one is
rendering the gesture. There are a number of other gestures based on the
same intent, for example, bowing. The military salute is derived from
the act of touching the cap, which was itself derived from the act of
tipping the cap, which was derived from removal of the hat to
These gestures of submission were often seen in societies in which there
were strong and well-defined class divisions. Although the more dramatic
of these gestures has largely disappeared from these societies, an
astute observer can still see the signs of these divisions today
in the tone of voice, forms of address, and more subtle body language.
Despite America having been (supposedly) established as a "classless"
society, and despite the US Constitution forbidding titles of nobility
(Article 1, section 9), the government has, especially in court, granted
the form without the name. Judges require that, in addition to the
powers granted them by the government, the general populace must grant
them the gestures of submission formerly rendered to Feudal Lords; i.e.
standing when they enter the room, removal of hats, addressing them as
"Your Honor," etc. They wear robes which owe their origin to the robes
worn by Feudal Lords, and sit in a raised position and have barriers to
prevent the "regular folks" from approaching beyond the accepted
distance. And, should a member of the general populace refuse to grant
them these gestures of submission, the judge will order his enforcers to
clap the individual in irons and imprison them for "Contempt of Court"
(the latter day term for "lese majeste").
Does anyone really believe that this farce is necessary to maintain
order and decorum in a courtroom? Does anyone really believe that this
sort of thing furthers the causes of Truth and Justice? Does anyone
truly believe that this sort of thing is proper in a society that is
supposed to be based on Equality Before the Law?
Personally, I have always found people who demand these gestures of
submission, and depend on them to prop up their authority, to be sad
little people who do little to deserve respect, let alone submission.
Salutes in the military are generally reserved for officers who are
"REMFs" (Rear-Echelon Mother...). Real officers, those who've led men in
combat, know that a salute is really a "sniper check" that is, it
lets a distant sniper know who the officer is, which makes it more
likely he'll be killed. REAL officers earn the respect of their men, and
gain not submission, but recognition of authority and skill.
I've been a mediator for over 8 years. I have engaged in the resolution
of more disputes than I can remember. And never have I had to resort to
any such cheap tricks or tactics to shore up my authority or keep order.
In fact, such tricks would prove counter-productive to the process, and
would serve only to undermine my position. And I would put my record up
against that of any judge, to compare the level of satisfaction, truth,
and justice achieved by our actions.
Now, I've been in court a number of times over the years. I have
rendered the same respect I do anyone. And I know that to many, the
removal of a hat in court seems like a petty issue to start a fight
over. Many folks will say: "Hey, it's just a hat! Just take the damned
thing off and get through the proceedings as easily as possible!"
But it's not just a hat. It's a principle. Or rather, it is the visible
sign of a principle: On the one hand, the individual says "I am an
individual, free and equal before the law." On the other, the judge says
(by his actions): "You are below me, and will submit to me. Submission
is more important than the Law, Truth, or Justice. There is no Equality
you are subservient to me, and you will demonstrate to all that
you know your place, or you will be forced into captivity until such
time as you submit or until I demonstrate my `mercy' and allow
you your freedom."
I know it seems like a silly hill to choose upon which to die, but this
has become a religious belief to me. I am the moral equal of any man,
and I will not submit arbitrarily to anyone. And no government has the
authority to change that. They may well have the ability to enforce
their will on me through the use of superior numbers and armed
force; but never will they have the moral authority to do so.
Mike Ruff and Stephanie Murphy are both FSP First 1000 early movers.
Ruff is an agorist and professional mediator and moved to New Hampshire
in 2006. Murphy is an author, liberty activist, and medical student who
moved to New Hampshire in 2006. Lights of Liberty
Attention liberty advocates! Just one week remains to nominate people
(including yourself) for The Advocates' <http://www.theadvocates.org/>
annual Lights of Liberty Award <http://libertarianawards.com/> ! You
qualify if in 2010 you did ANY COMBINATION of three of these activities:
* Had a letter mentioning the word "libertarian" printed in a
newspaper or magazine * Participated for two hours or more in one
day at an Operation Politically Homeless (OPH) booth * Delivered a
speech using the word "libertarian" to a non-libertarian audience
The deadline for entry for 2010 awards is Tuesday, February 22, 2011, so
please enter today. Be sure to mention that you are a Participant or
Friend of the Free State Project. If you don't qualify for 2010, get
started for 2011! More information here
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New FSP News feature
This month's FSP News introduces two new sections. The Website of
the Month is a website or blog about liberty activism in NH, NH in
general or a website that at least has an unpaid FSP ad on it. The
Facebook Page of the Month is a Facebook page or group that is about
liberty activism in NH or NH in general. If you would like to suggest a
Website of the Month
<http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=22934.0> or a
Facebook Page of the Month
<http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=22935.0> , please
post your suggestion to the relate thread on the FSP Forum. As with
everything in the FSP News, the sites selected for either monthly
section are not necessarily endorsed or even supported by either the FSP
or FSP participants.
Website of the Month: Free Keene
Free Keene <http://freekeene.com/> is a compressive blog that includes
a forum, calendar of events, 101 Reasons to Move to Keene, audio files
and much more. If you have ever thought about visiting Keene, this is
the blog for you.
Facebook Page of the Month: Free State Project
What better way to start off this feature than with the FSP facebook
page <http://www.facebook.com/FreeStateProject.org> ? The page is active
with all type of information you are missing out on if you haven't
liked it on FB yet. So go ahead and log onto FB right now, if you
aren't already logged in, and like the FSP.
Why are we so drawn to "the new"? Take me, for example, a new product
shows up in the FSP Store <http://freestateproject.org//store> and I go
bonkers. Look! FSP Logo Cling Decals, they're awesome! Check out the way
they stick, totally cool! Besides the fact that they are totally awesome
and cool, should I care more about them because they're new? Am I some
human magpie, only attracted to the newest coruscating baubles? Why do I
get excited about something that's "New and Improved", especially when
it can't be one if it's another? What of our old friends, like that
wristwatch that belonged to our grandfather or our favorite pair of
tattered sneakers or other item of clothing? There is a grain of truth
in the 'guy joke' that says we like to hang on to them as long as there
are at least two underwear molecules holding them together. So let's try
not to be so distracted by the au courant. Sure, the flashy, shimmering
copper rounds <http://freestateproject.org//store#copperround> and new
stock of FSP Logo Cling Decals
<http://freestateproject.org//store#fspclingdecal> are great, but what
about the trusted standards? How many of us have worn out, bent and
twisted Pocket Constitutions
<http://freestateproject.org//store#constitution> ? Maybe we should
honor that venerable document and replace the tear-stained copy that's
been wrung in our hands for years. For those that think even the
Constitution isn't the way to go, how about a "Live Free or Spaz
sticker? Even the magnets <http://freestateproject.org//store#magnets>
hold a host of ideas. The outdated "What Color..." can still spark a
lively conversation when noticed on the company refrigerator. And the
"Don't Tread on Me" is a classic known the world over. So take a look at
the old and the new at the Free State Project Store
<http://freestateproject.org//store> , whether you buy to help support
the cause financially or buy to advertise and spread the news of Freedom
in Our Lifetime to the oppressed, regulated, and looted whether next
door or around the globe, I'm sure you'll find something worthwhile.
<http://freestateproject.org/> The Free State Project is an effort to
recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are
looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from all walks of
life, of all ages, creeds, and colors who agree to the political
philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists
at most to protect people's rights, and should neither provide for
people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else.
freestateproject.org <http://freestateproject.org/> In New Hampshire
Free State Blogs
<http://freestateblogs.net/> What's happening in New Hampshire with
the Free State Project? Free State Blogs <http://freestateblogs.net/>
attempts to answer that question.
Videographer Dave Ridley from NHFree.com
<http://www.newhampshireunderground.com/wiki/tiki-index.php> is one of
our Porcs on the scene in New Hampshire. See some of what's happening in
the Free State on the RidleyReport <http://youtube.com/RidleyReport> .
Check the NH Calendars
The NH Underground Calendar
liberty-oriented New Hampshire events. The NH Liberty Calendar
<http://www.nhlibertycalendar.org/> also tracks NH events. Check the
calendars before a visit or a move - you are welcome to attend NH
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