Kokesh Campaigns, Gets Arrested In Nawlins

 

Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh, candidate for the Libertarian Party nomination for President in 2020, managed to get himself arrested, again, while campaigning last week. His crime is still unclear considering the arrest occurred as he was cleaning filthy concrete on a public street by water stenciling “FREEDOM!” into the dirty road. Kokesh was confronted by officers from the New Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department and refused to show his ID which led to his arrest.

After spending more than 48 hours in the clink, Kokesh was released and all charges against him were dropped. Kokesh was in New Orleans for a “Book Bomb” in which he planned to place more than two-hundred thousand copies of his book, “Freedom”, in residential mailboxes. He also took part in a New Orleans Freedom Townhall, which was hosted by Loyola University Young Americans for Liberty, that included 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 can be enacted through an Executive Order once he is sworn in as 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 in an orderly manner.

Kokesh pledges to lay out his federal government dissolution plan in an upcoming book, “American Freedom”, which he plans to have released before the 2020 campaign season. Kokesh is a Marine Corps combat veteran having served in the Fallujah, Iraq where he received a Navy Commendation Medal for Combat Action Ribbon. He is also an author, and former television and radio host whom has become well-known in libertarian circles for his activism that includes acts of civil disobedience to highlight the ridiculous nature of many laws and statutes that are being enforced in our nation.

34 thoughts on “Kokesh Campaigns, Gets Arrested In Nawlins

  1. Anthony Dlugos

    self-aggrandizing idiot.

    I see dimwitted libertarians on Facebook trying to drum up donations for this guy.

  2. William T. Forrest

    His crime is still unclear

    In the video of the arrest the cop says the place where Kokesh’s car was stopped was reserved for emergency stops only. I don’t know if this is true or not but that was the reason/excuse given. Subsequently the cop said Kokesh was impeding an investigation – as far as I could tell by not giving the cop his ID or answering some questions.

  3. Tony From Long Island

    Why does anyone think that running under the idea to ““peaceful, responsible dissolution of the entire federal government” is anything other than a complete waste of time?

    This is not going to happen. It will never happen. Why not try to steer policy in a more libertarian direction? Does anyone think that proposing the ““peaceful, responsible dissolution of the entire federal government” will grow the LP one iota? No! It just perpetuated the notion that Libertarians are kooks who shouldn’t be taken seriously.

  4. Tony From Long Island

    Paulie,I don’t know if I mentioned it already, but this is my new permanent IP address. I just posted a reply here, but I don’t see it yet. Maybe I’ll re-post it.

    – Tony

  5. paulie

    I see your reply. Since the site migration it seems that comments show up hours later in some of my browsers. I don’t know how many other people are having such issues. I do see people are commenting but that doesn’t tell me how many other people are not seeing comments show up right away.

  6. Krzysztof Lesiak

    The way the Kokesh campaign misuses its campaign funds, treats LP activists and seems to have a keen interest in 45’s “grab them by the pussy” philosophy should automatically disqualify this celebretarian from the LP’s nomination.

    Adam Kokesh: Anarcho-Stalinist (video by Larken Rose)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op0kcVQpwT8

    Steemit Threats EXPOSED?! Ben Farmer, Russian Troll Farm Activist?!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYOYvqZ9t5A

    Update on Ben Farmer/Kokesh 2020 Threat Allegations
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_bdRCJF8Po

    I’m supporting Arvin Vohra. Tom Woods would be great too, but he won’t run, unfortunately. Amash/Massie ticket would be cool, but again, Weld has the nomination locked up if we’re to refer to the recent LP history of nominating Republican officeholders, so I guess everyone else is in reality running for VP.

  7. Krzysztof Lesiak

    The way the Kokesh campaign misuses its campaign funds, treats LP activists and seems to have a keen interest in 45’s “grab them by the pussy” philosophy should automatically disqualify this celebretarian from the LP’s nomination.

    Adam Kokesh: Anarcho-Stalinist (video by Larken Rose)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op0kcVQpwT8

    Steemit Threats EXPOSED?! Ben Farmer, Russian Troll Farm Activist?!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYOYvqZ9t5A

    Update on Ben Farmer/Kokesh 2020 Threat Allegations
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_bdRCJF8Po

    I’m supporting Arvin Vohra. Tom Woods would be great too, but he won’t run, unfortunately. Amash/Massie ticket would be cool, but again, Weld has the nomination locked up if we’re to refer to the recent LP history of nominating Republican officeholders, so I guess everyone else is in reality running for VP.

  8. Tony From Long Island

    When Weld gets the nomination, he will have to say he is from Massachusetts if the LP wants Larry Sharpe on the ticket. The POTUS and VPOTUS can’t be from the same state.

  9. paulie

    That’s overstated. The actual constitutional rule is that the College of Electors members representing NY state can’t vote for two people from the same state as themselves. Those candidates can still appear on the ballot in any state and electors from any other state could vote for them. But, in the unlikely event that the LP nominates Weld and Sharpe and they win a plurality of the vote in NY, one of them will need to claim a state of residence other than NY before the college of electors meets in iirc December. That would be easy enough for Weld to do; he most likely owns property in Mass and could easily register there.

    The last time I can think of that this came up as a real world problem was when Bush and Cheney, at that time both Texas residents, won the electoral vote of Texas. Cheney used a property he still owned in Wyoming to claim residency there and Texas votes were cast for them both.

  10. paulie

    Unless something changes my mind drastically I currently do not plan to support either one for the nomination. Weld is way too establishment, and Kokesh is too loose cannon and too cozy with the far right.

  11. Thomas Knapp

    I’m supporting neither Kokesh nor Weld. But if I had to choose between the two, Kokesh has already proven himself by far the more effective campaigner. And presumably, unlike Weld, if he got the nomination he wouldn’t then turn around and run 180 degrees against the party that nominated him. So there’s that, anyway.

  12. Jared

    paulie: “Since the site migration it seems that comments show up hours later in some of my browsers. I don’t know how many other people are having such issues. I do see people are commenting but that doesn’t tell me how many other people are not seeing comments show up right away.”

    It has definitely been an issue for me. The number of comments noted on the main page tends to catch up more quickly than the number listed and comments shown on the respective post, and the Firefox mobile browser seems to be lagging behind the Chrome desktop browser, but on both browsers comments are delayed several hours at least.

  13. Anthony Dlugos

    “Why does anyone think that running under the idea to ““peaceful, responsible dissolution of the entire federal government” is anything other than a complete waste of time?”

    At some point, maybe at the founding of the party, maybe later, adherence to dogma superseded a realistic appraisal of what’s possible in the electoral arena.

    Indeed, for some, ignoring voter frame of reference is the sine quo non of the LP: we’re here to shock them. If the body politic expresses trepidation at, say, partial privatization of social security, the lesson we are to take from that is to argue for a complete elimination of the program.

    Hence, you get a Kokesh,

  14. Thomas Knapp

    For the record, I do not consider “the peaceful, responsible dissolution of the entire federal government” a platform worth devoting an electoral political campaign to.

    I do know of Libertarians who have run on eliminating THEIR PARTICULAR job*, some with more success (Allen Weiss for a utilities district seat — he won and managed to get the district dissolved), some with less (Phil Horras for lieutenant governor of Missouri circa 2000 — don’t remember his vote totals, but they weren’t out of whack with the usual party performance and he got some cool media).

    But, generally speaking, running for public office within the existing larger framework has to accommodate the nearly universally held presupposition of the legitimacy/value of that framework in at least some form. Dissolution of the framework itself is something that has to be demanded from the bottom up. If it can successfully be done, whoever’s in office will end up bowing to the inevitable. If it can’t be successfully done, nobody running on it is going to get enough mind share to MAKE it popular (and, incidentally, have a chance of winning the election). Popularization of the idea has to come from outside the establishment, not from someone asking to be made part of the establishment.

    But that’s just, like, my opinion, man.

  15. Thomas Knapp

    And even “the peaceful, responsible dissolution of the entire federal government” isn’t far out enough to not be easily preferable to “nominate a mobbed-up scam artist who wants to deprive people on secret government enemies lists of their gun and due process rights.”

  16. paulie

    Meanwhile, McAfee is on a boat, reportedly headed for Venezuela and fleeing IRS prosecution. He says he will continue his presidential campaign from exile.

  17. Anthony Dlugos

    Interesting isn’t the way I would put it, but to each his own.

    Let’s review the “where are they now?” for each of the candidates who received a vote at the 2016 Libertarian convention:

    Gary Johnson still in the party, ran again on the LP ticket in 2018 for the New Mexico Senate seat, working to open up the televised presidential debates.

    Austin Petersen back in the GOP.

    John McAfee on the run from authorities, having sex with whales.

    Darryl Perry a little help here?

    Dr. Feldman R.I.P

    Derrick Grayson back in the GOP

    Michael Shannon a little help here

    Kevin McCormick apparently still in the party

    Rhett Smith a little help here?

  18. Thomas Knapp

    “John McAfee on the run from authorities”

    Yes, he is.

    The more interesting question is whether or not those authorities are really after him.

    Darryl Perry, if I’m up on the latest news, remains as a host on, but has resigned from management of to do some other things, one of the most widely syndicated talk radio shows in the world. It’s a reasonable bet that every day of the week, more people hear his name and hear him talk than have even a fleeting thought about Gary Johnson pass through their heads.

    In fact, the only place in America where he’s not better-known and probably more well-liked than Gary Johnson seems to be the Libertarian Party.

  19. robert capozzi

    tk,

    The Unabomber and even Son of Sam could be better known than McAfee. They are all in the notorious bucket. Who’s MOST notorious seems like an odd standard to me.

  20. Thomas Knapp

    Well, like right-wing writer Stacy McCain says, paraphrased, “being notorious isn’t as cool as being famous, but it’s cooler than being anonymous.”

  21. Thomas Knapp

    Kokesh made the New Orleans Advocate (circulation ~100k) and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (circulation ~175k) with his “have books delivered to 204,000 homes in New Orleans and get arrested for cleaning the sidewalk” activity.

    Based on the book thing alone, he’s clearly already raised and spent well in excess of $100k.

    Any other candidate doing anything substantial?

  22. George Phillies

    Valerie for Victory
    Valerie Sarwark for President in 2020

    A real Libertarian.
    In her right mind.
    Four cute children for family photographs.

    More important — came to us from the Democratic party.

    (As a minor aside, Weld is registered to vote here in Massachusetts.)

  23. Chuck Moulton

    I like Kokesh personally, but his campaign is quite baffling. He seems to think getting repeatly arrested makes him more appealing as a candidate rather than less. I disagree. The “book bombing” of New Orleans made sense in advance of a LP national convention there, but no sense more than 6 months after a LP national convention there. Strategically his campaign is borderline ridiculous even if I agreed 100% with his platform and issue messaging.

    As for Darryl Perry, he remains very active in the LP. He serves on the national judicial committee and on the LNC’s blockchain subcommittee.

  24. paulie

    I’ve been given to understand Kokesh makes a lot of money on steemit. It’s both a social media platform and an associated cryptocurrency (steem) so every time he makes a post which people like/share/whatever he makes some money, and I’ve been told he makes a huge number of posts, with even the trivial ones making him the equivalent of several hundred dollars a pop. Getting arrested is a way for him to earn a living. Having the New Orleans book bomb would have been obviously optimal before the convention, but it’s still an interesting idea and we’ll see if it pays any dividends.

    New Orleans may or may not have been the best place to do it well after the convention, but they wanted to do it somewhere and to my somewhat surprise they eventually did long after I thought it was one of those plans which would never hatch. Is there a better city of equal size to have done it in? I’m pretty sure Austin is significantly bigger. Maybe if New Orleans produces any kind of good response they will do other cities. Yes, Kokesh is seeking a presidential nomination, but that’s not his sole or primary goal.

    Darryl Perry is in fact still very active in the LP as several people said. He just got threatened by fash and moved from Keene to some other town in NH. He’s also in a serious relationship, possibly engaged. I kind of doubt Free Talk Live is as big as TLK makes out above. My sense is that their listenership and distribution have declined. Darryl is not on every day any more either, he has cut back to being on only some days and that was when he was still living at the house where the studio is located. I visited up there after the Connecticut petition ended last summer.

    I’ve heard zero about Valerie Sarwark having any interest in running for anything. If she does, that would be awesome. However I think she is the primary caregiver for her four young children and Nick is the one running around doing speeches and media interviews and whatnot. I’m not sure how old her kids will have to be before she would want to do that kind of stuff, if she will. If she becomes interested in running I think she will make a great candidate.

    McAfee is running his race from a boat. He also plans to have masked stand-ins campaigning “as” him in various locations in the US. Early reports that he is headed to Venezuela may or may not be a smokescreen. Venezuela has erupted in massive instability since he set sail, which is probably a pure coincidence 🙂

  25. Thomas Knapp

    “I kind of doubt Free Talk Live is as big as TLK makes out above. My sense is that their listenership and distribution have declined.”

    On the contrary — they’re undergoing a dramatic increase in number of stations carrying their show at the moment, in large part due to station defections from another popular but very different talk show host (Michael Savage) who cut his once-three-hours-live, then two-hours-live, show to one hour live, one hour canned, one hour “best of old stuff.” IIRC, they’ve gone from about 160 stations to more than 200 in the last few weeks.

  26. paulie

    Maybe physical stations are being added but they’ve lost mindshare on podcasts, social media sharing, app downloads or whatever. I just don’t see them mentioned/talked about nearly as much anymore. When I sat in on a taping last summer phones were not really ringing off the hooks or anything close. In any case Darryl was down to doing the show less often and I don’t know if he is doing it at all anymore now that he is out. The number of stations is also less important than the size of the stations, promotion slots, live or taped airing etc. (and if taped, time slot). I did not get the impression that it was a high budget operation or pulling in much financially unless they hide it very well. Darryl’s source of income as far as I gathered from talking to him had shifted more to issue lobbying which was perhaps why he had cut back significantly on airtime, blogging/writing and the like. He was also heavily involved in running and fitness, and as far as I know still is.

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