FSP President Speaks at Ben Swann's Truth In Media Event
On Friday, July 26, 2013, Ben Swann launched his Truth In Media campaign, choosing New Hampshire as his first stop. FSP President, Carla Gericke, was invited to speak. Copied below is her speech.
"WAR IS PEACE," "FREEDOM IS SLAVERY," "IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH."
Most of you will recognize these slogans from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. You have also probably heard the joke that 1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual, but with its dystopian themes of perpetual war, nationalism, surveillance, and censorship being implemented day by day, play by play in our own backyards, you have to wonder whether the government got the memo.
There’s no doubt we now live in Orwellian times--with Newspeak, Doublespeak, Doublethink, Thoughtcrimes, Big Brother, you know the drill--which only underscores the importance of independent investigative reporting being done by people like Ben Swann and our very own Free Staters who work in independent media, of whom there are many. If you’re not familiar with it, you should check out the Liberty Radio Network at LRN.FM, which hosts the nationally syndicated talk radio show Free Talk Live and more than 30 other pro-liberty shows and podcasts like Sex, Lies and Anarchy (“Where Liberty Gets Personal”), Flaming Freedom, and School Sucks--because we all know it does.
So, what’s this Free State Project about? The FSP is a movement to attract 20,000 liberty activists to the Live Free or Die state. We have more than 14,500 signers, and anticipate that we’ll Trigger the Move in mid-2015, meaning everyone will start the mass migration to NH for more Liberty in Our Lifetime. In typical liberty-loving, herding cats style, many of us decided not to wait until all the pledges are in, and we have already started our--with all due respect to Bob Marley--“Exodus: Movement of Jah People.” More than 1,200 freedom fighters have already moved to NH. More are on their way. As Ron Paul likes to say: You can’t stop an idea whose time has come.
Why NH? There are literally hundreds of reasons--no sales tax, no state income tax, consistently ranked as one of the most livable and freest states--you can visit our brand spanking new website FreeStateProject.org to see all the reasons, but the main, most compelling one for me is we are building a COMMUNITY of like-minded, liberty loving INDIVIDUALS who believe in freedom, self-expression, individuality, personal responsibility, and peace. People who believe voluntary exchange, free from coercion, is always better than force, which is what the government is. We all know it is not left vs. right, it is, as Ben says on his website, an issue of liberty vs. tyranny.
These days, we truly are slipping into a dystopian nightmare... as more federally funded Bearcats tanks appear in small, peaceful towns, where domestic drones hover overhead, where gas attack drills take place on subways, where in order to fly you have to fully surrender your 4th amendment rights or be gate raped, where the value of your hard earned dollars is being devalued by Keynesians who think to dig a ditch and then fill it again is productive work, or, who, even worse, actually seem to believe “War is Peace.”
Back to 1984, take Newspeak as an example. “Newspeak” means “to remove all shades of meaning from language,” you know, like how they have redefined words like “Liberal,” “anarchist,” “capitalism,”and “natural rights." Even the word “whistleblower” has been perverted to such an extent that it is barely recognizable anymore.
Here are a few interesting factoids about “whistleblower.” I assumed the term came from back in the day when English Bobbies would blow a whistle to alert people that a crime had been committed, but Wikipedia says it’s from a referee’s whistle when a foul takes place. Wiki also says the term was coined by Ralph Nader, but other sources says it was used back in the 1930s as “blowing the whistle,” and Raymond Chandler, one of my favorite authors, used it in a story in the Fifties. The first time”whistleblower” itself was used was in a newspaper article about a prostitution ring raid.
Regardless of whether it’s the Bobby’s whistle or the Referee’s, I’m confident most people in this room think folks like Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden are heroes, exposing the nature of the state for what it is: evil. That, in the truest sense of “blowing the whistle,” they have alerted us to the dangers presented by our own government, where each and every one of us is now surveilled. And the greatest danger of this surveillance is not in the present, there’s too much data and too much noise right now, but in the future, when they want to build a case about you retrospectively. You know that saying about “it’s not paranoia if they’re really after you”?
The first whistleblower I ever became aware of was Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers back in the Seventies. He has come out in support of Bradley Manning (“I am Bradley Manning”) and Edward Snowden. He had this to say about Snowden:
“Many people compare Edward Snowden to me unfavorably for leaving the country and seeking asylum, rather than facing trial as I did. I don’t agree. The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago.”
Even the America I immigrated to in the mid-Nineties was a different America. Not to be naive--there were already indications of what was to come--but the Memory Holes were less blatant, less brazen.
As you know, a Memory Hole is any “mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a web site or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.”
Want a concrete example of that? How about the fact that Obama’s change.gov website from back in the day used to say the following:
“Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.”
Um, Bradley Manning, anyone? And, now, if you want to reach that information... you get a 404 error message! Down the memory hole! Free State Project participants want to reverse this trend, do the opposite of the disappearing act. We want to build an open, transparent marketplace for pro-liberty ideas.
FSP participants work on three fronts:
Using the System: run for office, boards and committees. Successes: jury nullification, MMJ signed into law this week. In order to promote more freedom in NH, those who are in office should consider adopting pro-freedom legislation from around the world--decriminalization of all drugs in Portugal (drug use plummeted), autobahns from Germany (accident rates are no higher than places that have speed limits), gambling from Macau and Monte Carlo (the grand resorts up North could be booming Bond-like destinations).
Civil disobedience to shine the light on the brutality of the state.
Free markets/the agora: attracting business to NH to create more jobs, building businesses here... We can build a “Yankee Hong Kong,” with “sideways skyscrapers” (mill buildings) instead of highrises. If we build it, they will come.
The Free State Project does 2 annual educational outreach events:
PorcFest--the Porcupine Freedom Festival--which just passed and had more than 1,700 attendees and more than 200 session, with everything from cookouts and Kid’s Olympics to a “Build Your Own Black Powder Rifle” class, and which will take place again at the end of June 2014 in Lancaster, up North.
Our second event is Liberty Forum, which will take place February 20-23, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua. We just closed on the hotel contract, so save the date. I’m working on getting an exciting lineup of speakers... who knows, maybe a few whistleblowers could Skype in? And maybe Ben will come back?
In the meanwhile, as I look to the future, I have a dream. I dream this geographic patch of land we call NH can one day become a safe haven for heroes like Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden. A place where the brave can seek refuge from the arms of the state. My dream is that we can turn back the dystopian police state, that we can peacefully destroy Big Brother, that we can reclaim freedom for ourselves and for future generations. I want to build a new and better future, one based in truth, morality, and freedom. I want a life where 1984 is NOT an instruction manual, where "War is NOT peace," "Freedom is NOT slavery," "Ignorance is NOT strength." Where 2 + 2 will NEVER be five. As long as we stand together, Liberty will ALWAYS rise.