01 Jul PorcFest 2014: The Intellectual Woodstock of Liberty by Bill Buppert
I returned from PorcFest on Sunday and had a terrific time visiting with past friends and finding new ones. We had originally winged from Arizona on the previous Monday with minimal interference from Thugs Standing Around and even traveled through TSA pre-screen with out even signing up for it. I always travel with a Glock so I was surprised that it was so easy. On my departure from Manchester, I even saw the overweight TSA agents who hassled Davi and I back in February in an incident the TSA still denies occurred.
We traveled the two-plus hour trip to Lancaster from Manchester with our driver, Riaz, who was a recent émigré from Florida and happy to be in a less policed state. We stayed at the hotel at Rogers Campground the entire week. Lilo and I got to see and mingle with all the modern rock stars of the libertarian universe such as Carla Gericke, the President of the Free State Project and Nick Gillespie of Reason magazine. I got to meet Tony Stiles and appeared on Jeff Berwick’s Anarchast, Ernie Hancock’s show and Free Talk Live. Got to hang with my new best friend, Ben Stone and the crew at Michael Dean’s Freedom Feens. Michael even caught my demo of a modified clutch flag on the stripper pole at Buzz’s Big Gay Dance Party on Friday night at PorcFest. Buzz does an amazing job on this party, where everyone is free to be whatever or whoever they are. A truly free experience. Lilo and I enjoyed talking and dancing with Angela Keaton from Antiwar.com, as well as a lot of other fun individuals romping about.
Got to see Larken Rose again and meet Josie the Outlaw in the flesh.
Jeff Tucker was there in all his sartorial splendor and did a magnificent job in the rendition of Ayn Rand’s play that was featured at PorcFest. Robert Anthony Peters was there, my close friend from Tucson who has toured the liberty festivals with me for years. He is one of the only libertarians on Earth who truly groks the relationship between art and liberty.
I met an amazing assortment of interesting folks and reunited with others I had met on the liberty trail over the years. I could hardly traipse around the grounds without running into someone I knew or striking up a conversation with someone new.
Being an Apple user, I had been using PowerPoint (Office for Mac) to put together my talks for the event and discovered that two of the files were corrupted with no redemption. I managed to simply do the talks extemporaneously but it simply angered me that Bill Gates, a formidable enemy of human liberty and fellator of the state, had attempted sabotage. He failed.
On Wednesday I gave my first speech, Zerogov: Limited Government, Unicorns and Other Mythological Creatures. A tour of my evolution to abolitionism, the Constitution as an engine for big government, why abolitionism and an invitation to join the Brotherhood Without Banners. The speech was heavily attended and I had great questions and responses after the conclusion of the speech.
Abolition and the Stoics A history of the most practical philosophy in the world and its relationship to liberty. During this presentation on Thursday, I had to give it absent the PPT slides but still managed to have a fairly stimulating discussion and great questions. This speech is the germ of a book idea I will be working on in 2015 to connect the ancient Stoics to modern abolitionism. I have to work on it next year because I am finishing my novel this year and completing my Lysander Spooner project this year.
Later, I teamed with my pro-life colleagues to debate the most divisive issue in libertarian circles for the Michael Dean sponsored PorcFest Abortion Clinic. After the debate, Antigone Darling crowned me as the most ardent pro-life expositor she had ever come across, I wear the admonition with pride. After the debate, Michael Dean sponsored a beef fest to get all the Freedom Feens together at Ben Stone’s camp site for a splendid dinner of steak cooked by Lou. The best steak ever.
On Friday, I spoke on Police State USSA A tour of the American Stasi state, the growing murder culture of cops, incentives to police violence and remedies for the existential problem of the police state. The speech went swimmingly and I got some more great comments and audience participation.
I conducted a four-hour seminar on Irregular Warfare: History and Practice on the history and modern implications of asymmetrical warfare, insurgency, counterinsurgency and guerrilla conflict. We filled the tent and about two dozen people actually stayed with me to listen for nearly four hours on a perfectly nice summer day in sunny New Hampshire. All the speeches will be on the net soon, so if you missed them, please look them up and catch up on the newest thoughts on liberty.
I am consistently amazed at just how bright and rocket-scientist smart libertarians, anarchists and abolitionists are. They may, for the most part, be rather modestly financially successful but the brain trust is quite incredible. Whether the solution to roads in a private society, why Rothbard is right or how the abolition of criminal law per David Freidman will make the world a better place.
Lilo and I had a great time getting tippled in the Courtesy Tent where the booze flowed freely for the speakers and sponsors, with great bonfires at night. The new species of anarcho-hippies that danced and played around the tent camps at Agora Row were a hoot to watch and experience. Even older as we are, we are welcomed there with open arms, as is everyone.
If you haven’t been, I highly recommend considering a trip to NH next summer.
This is not a revolution; this is the purposeful evolution of man at the atomistic level. PorcFest, the Free State Project and the abolitionist movement are the seedbeds of the philosophical terraforming of planet Earth.
I want to go again.