While driving home from a houseboat trip on Lake Powell, I swung by Freedom Ranch, the homestead project of Adam Kokesh, whom I met at Anarchapulco. My timing was wonderful, as a big work party was kicking off the very day I arrived, to go on all week. I wished I could have stayed for longer, but I had been away from home for over a week with my three girls, solo piloting our expedition. My wife Laura stayed home tend to the gardens and have some alone time. So our stay at Freedom Ranch had to be brief, but we enjoyed our time there very much.
The land was beautiful, with a very nice view of the remote desert land surrounding the ranch. We were greeted by Alma and Brian, who were also living at the ranch, and Macey, Adam's fiance (at the time.) Adam was still working when we arrived, laying out tires that we would be packing full of earth.
A small encampment had been erected, with several trailers and a storage container. A few other people were camping on the land, and more were scheduled to arrive. I was glad to have come at a good time, because I was able to have some really great conversations with other freedom loving folks who had come to volunteer on Adam's project.
Adam has a really cool concept drawn up, which he calls sapioponic houses. This basically means they are grown from humans, much like an aquaponic system grows everything out of water. Their design is much after the fashion of Earthships, and numerous permaculture principles were being drawn made use of. I particularly like the approach of using old garbage like tires and bottles for structural material. Turning waste material into a resource is not only economical, but it contributes to a larger effort to clean up this planet and create more beautiful, less contaminated environments.
We had plenty of time to talk and get to know each other, but we also did lots of work, especially in the morning hours. We were sifting through earth and filling tires, which is not easy work. It speaks to the significance of this kind of project that people would show up from all across the country to help out, just as volunteers.
I was worried that the kids were going to be bored out of their minds, as I wanted to spend as much time helping with the work as I could, but fortunately there were other kids there, and one of them even happened to bring a small ATV along, and he was very generous with letting the other kids have turns. My girls had never driven a quad, and they absolutely loved it.
I enjoyed getting to know Alma and Brian. Alma does some great journalism promoting agorism and undocumented humans - the notion of keeping our children out of the system. She is also an organizer of the Jackalope Freedom Festival in Arizona, which I only just learned about on this visit. After I played a few of my more recent songs (which have strong agorist themes) she asked if I wanted to come play at Jackalope. I very much wished I could, but I doubted it would work. Getting away from my responsibilities at the homestead and in the gardens just for this trip had been difficult enough.
But I highly recommend Jackalope to anyone who wants to get in touch with other freedom minded people. It takes place Aug. 1-8, 2016
I enjoyed getting to know Adam and Macey better as well, and I admire the determination they have to be carving out a homestead in harsh land, and without so much as a mother may I from the government. They are, of course, being harassed by county officials, whose job it is to enforce innumerable county regulations which are of questionable legitimacy. Adam's response to the latest threats was that he would be happy to comply with all regulations as soon as the county could prove its jurisdiction. I haven't gotten the latest update, but as of time of this writing, a hearing was coming up.
We should all challenge the authority and question the basis of any jurisdiction when dealing with cartel governments, and we should stand beside each other when these kinds of things happen. To find out how you can support Adam's continual struggle with the Man, check out this video where he explains his situation.