Adam Kokesh to Run for President in 2020

Liberty activist Adam Kokesh says he will run for President in 2020 on a platform of abolishing the US government. He does not say what party’s nomination he will seek. Kokesh is currently in jail on drug and weapons charges.

The former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq plans to someday bring his anti-government views before voters. “ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT? Yes sir, in 2020 on the platform of: orderly dissolution of the United States government. WHY IS THAT A GOOD IDEA? Why is having a federal government a good idea at this point?”

Adam Kokesh believes the U.S. military is more harmful than helpful to American security, and the government — as a whole — has burdened its citizenry with debt.

30 thoughts on “Adam Kokesh to Run for President in 2020

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  3. Erik Viker

    He seems to love attention even more than he claims to love liberty.

    Fanboy indignation in three…two…one…

  4. Andy

    “George Phillies // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

    He’s a Republican. That’s how he ran for Congress.”

    LOL! This is a ridiculous statement for anyone who knows anything about Adam Kokesh, as he is an anarcho-capitalist libertarian.

  5. Oranje Mike

    #5, this article was filed under “Libertarian Party”. Mr. Kokesh has no affiliation with the LP. He ran for office as a Republican. Mr. Phillies’ statement is fact. Kokesh’s personal philosophies don’t change this one bit.

  6. Mark Axinn

    But if he does run in 2020, it will likely not be as a Republican (there’s no chance that statist party would have Kokesh as their candidate), so the story is appropriate for this forum

    Plus many IPR readers are fans of Adam’s. I first met him when he was part of the Iraq Veterans against the War.

  7. Mark Axinn

    But George is also correct: If Adam wants to run as a Republican and present anarchical ideals like freedom and individuality to that statist, collectivist party, more power to him.

    Dr. Paul always said the message is more important than the messenger. It’s also more important than what the messenger calls himself.

  8. Steven Wilson

    I might be wrong, but I had heard he surrendered his citizenship to the US in a show of protest. I can’t confirm that he did, but without citizenship, how can he run for President?

    A stateless person can’t run for office.

  9. Darryl W. Perry

    @11 – he may have claimed to have surrendered his citizenship, though the feds won’t recognize that claim unless he follows procedures laid out by the State Department.
    “A person wishing to renounce his or her U.S. citizenship must voluntarily and with intent to relinquish U.S. citizenship:

    1) appear in person before a U.S. consular or diplomatic officer,
    2) in a foreign country (normally at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate); and
    3) sign an oath of renunciation.

    Renunciations that do not meet the conditions described above have no legal effect.”

  10. Andy

    “Thomas L. Knapp // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm


    ‘Adam Kokesh … is an anarcho-capitalist libertarian.’

    That’s according to Andy.”

    No, it is according to Adam himself. He has called himself an anarcho-capitalist.

    “According to Kokesh himself, his goal is to ‘honor his oath to the Constitution and the principles of liberty behind it.'”

    He could be going back and forth between the two, or he could be what I’d call a whichever-we-can-get-archist, as in he believes in anarcho-capitalism / voluntaryism at heart, but he also thinks that it is a tough sell to a lot of people – including some who’d otherwise vote for a libertarian candidate – so he puts that out there as a compromise, as in, if we can’t get to a voluntary society, let’s at least bind government down from mischief from the chains of the Constitution.

    “Also according to Kokesh he was, at least as of 2010, a Republican. When you run in a party’s primary for political office, you are declaring your affiliation with that party.”

    Adam Kokesh was inspired to get into politics by the Ron Paul campaign of 2007-2008, and he decided to try the route that Dr. Paul took to getting elected to Congress by running in the Republican primaries in New Mexico. He lost. I don’t think that Adam has been involved with the Republican Party since, and his views are certainly far from those held by the mainstream of the Republican Party.

    Just because he ran in the Republican primaries one time, it does not brand him as a Republican for life.

    Also according to Kokesh he was, at least as of 2010, a Republican.

  11. Andy

    I’d love to see Adam Kokesh run for the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nomination in 2020. I don’t know what would happen, but it would sure make for an interesting race.

  12. Krzysztof Lesiak


    Agreed. I’d much rather have him as opposed to Gary Johnson. Adam’s very intelligent and articulates libertarianism very well, in a way even statists can understand and potentially be influenced by.

  13. Tom Blanton

    I like the kid’s platform. It’s simple and to the point. It’s really the only platform I could get behind.

    I’m sure the GOP or the LP will have none of this, so Kokesh will have to run as an independent. But, with any luck, the Imperial Empire will have collapsed by 2020 and abolishing the federal government will be a moot issue.

  14. Jill Pyeatt

    Hmmm, I’m afraid to say it, but I suspect Adam will be doing some prison time as per his recent arrest. Have we ever had a President in office who has been convicted of any serious crimes (whether Libertarians think they should be crimes or not)? That could definitely make things harder for Mr. Kokesh.

  15. William Saturn

    Eugene V. Debs ran for president from a prison cell in 1920 after being convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917. Maybe this campaign will be an historical reenactment.

  16. RedPhillips Post author

    I debated what to file this under but chose Libertarian Party because it seems like the most likely party for him to run in, and because the story seemed most likely to be of interest to L(l)ibertarians.

  17. RedPhillips Post author

    I hope he does run. For people who view third parties like a major party in miniature, then I guess someone like Kokesh might be an embarrassment. But for people like me who view them primarily as rhetorical vehicles to make a point, then someone like Kokesh could be useful. Being an ex-con who could grandstand on his unjust conviction would give him a platform and standing to make his case.

  18. Jake_Witmer

    I like most of what Adam Kokesh says. I also like the fact that he’s not a gutless, ineffectual coward. He’d almost certainly have my vote if he ran, unless the LP was smart enough to run Clay Conrad and Paul Butler, or some such “team” who would focus on reaching the general public with a jury rights or “jury independence” message.

    That would be optimal, (of course, that would entail: no longer hiring out the signature gathering to the lowest-common-denominator; no longer shoveling money on easy-to-prevent mistakes caused by hiring the lowest-common-denominator; hiring actual activists who will hand out pamphlets with libertarian ideas in them; hiring activists who can spell the word libertarian and not tell people they are signing a petition to “raise the minimum wage” or “keep the jobs in America,” etc.)

    So yeah, I hope Kokesh runs, and I hope he keeps all the money donated to him far, far, far from the controlling hands of the Bill-Redpath-or-his-replacement-dominated LNC.

    The more candidates the merrier. Maybe eventually someone who knows how to run a campaign will run. Kokesh might have learned enough to be that guy, by that point.

    As for him running as a “Ron Paul Republican” in 2010, it was the only thing that made sense at the time, in that political context. Since then, he’s become more and more of a voluntaryist, but hopefully not one who’s a kool-aid drinking Konkinist. Konkin believed that voting is inherently immoral (it’s not, and not even Spooner believed it to be –Konkin and Watner are relatively alone in that regard).

    To clarify: Sure, voting for the immoral is immoral, but voting itself is not.

    I hope Adam continues to shed light on that fact.

  19. From Der Sidelines

    I’d like to run in 2024 on a platform of abolishing the Law of Thermodynamics. Why? I’d need to do that because it has to be a cold day in Hell for me or any third party candidate in the modern era to be elected President…

  20. From Der Sidelines

    Then again, since according to thermodynamics, heat is work and vice versa, the current real unemployment rate equates to massive global cooling…

    Cue Phillies in 3..2..1…

  21. Andy

    “Jill Pyeatt // Jul 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Hmmm, I’m afraid to say it, but I suspect Adam will be doing some prison time as per his recent arrest. Have we ever had a President in office who has been convicted of any serious crimes (whether Libertarians think they should be crimes or not)? That could definitely make things harder for Mr. Kokesh.”

    Assuming that having a felony on his record (assuming he gets one) does not legally prevent him from running for President, I think that this could actually help an Adam Kokesh for President campaign rather than hinder it. Why? Because if he has a felony on his record it will mean that he was railroaded by the criminal (so called) justice system in this country. This is something that would make for an interesting human interest story and it could bring him in a lot of supporters. The people who’d be turned off by the fact that Adam Kokesh had a felony or felonies on his record due to being railroaded for victimless crimes are people who would not be likely to vote Libertarian or for a minor party or independent candidate anyway.

  22. Andy

    “Jake_Witmer // Jul 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I like most of what Adam Kokesh says. I also like the fact that he’s not a gutless, ineffectual coward.”


  23. Miguel Irizarry

    Adam Kokesh has been the keynote speaker for many Libertarian Party Dinner’s

  24. Robert Capozzi

    21 jw: Sure, voting for the immoral is immoral, but voting itself is not.

    me: I have no idea what “the immoral” is. Can you clarify?

    Does that mean that “one disagrees with” a position a candidate holds? If that’s the case, then voting would indeed be contra-indicated, since disagreeing with others is the human condition on at least one issue. Or, do you need to disagree on some number north of one to cross your “immoral” test? If so, what’s the number?

    TK’s “ineffectual” is indisputable, since one vote virtually never counts. Stipulating that, why vote? Why protest? Why EVER share an opinion?

    Aside from the brain dead and those otherwise in a vegetable state, this too is a part of the human condition. HOW one shares one’s opinion varies.

  25. paulie

    He appears to me to be exactly the sort of candidate who we should be encouraging to run as a Republican.

    Why do you say so? Personally I would prefer to see him in the LP.

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