How do you get a politician to answer your questions? You invite them to your party… which is what I did! Watch the video to see history in the making!
The first 7 episodes of NBC Boston’s docuseries on the Free State movement is out! Check out these short, 13 minute episodes, and then feel free to drop me questions below!
A few things you should be wondering about while watching:
Who funds Granite State Progress? (Soros/and…?)
When did Zandra Rice Hawkins moved to New Hampshire to spread socialist programs? (After me)
How come NH public schools cost double ($18,000+) what private schools do ($9,000)?
What is more democratic than putting hard questions to voters?
Isn’t it GREAT that Free Staters are inspiring so many people to get involved as is required for good local government?
Lifetime achievement unlocked.
Although totally NOT how I imagined it going down.
Every writer who completed their MFAs with me at City College probably also fantasized about being in The New Yorker. THE NEW YORKER!!!
Which, this week, I am, but not as a fiction writer, but for my political and socioeconomic views. I know it sounds like hubris, but I am in New Hampshire for a reason: To save one spot on Earth for individual liberty, property rights, and the freedom to be yourself. Live free or die! Those are the stakes.
So, sometimes when you are trying to get radical ideas across, you end up sounding… well, a bit bonkers, like this. But still, look Pa & Ma, The New Yorker called me “cheerful and energetic”!
On the plus side, the Free State Project gets ink and this means new people will learn about how great NH is and join us!
I’ll make an episode about the interview and subsequent fact-check call, but briefly, here’s some nuances:
Anti-vax/mandate was lost on them.
The discussion about self-ownership, which justifies my position on abortion. I think it’s wrong. I wouldn’t do it. But I don’t own you, so other than sharing my opinion with you–free speech–you need to be free to do what you want because reasonable people disagree on when life starts.
The discussion about independence being a strategic hedge against federal overreach. A discussion about why I oppose almost all federal laws, when state laws make do just fine, i.e. federalism and states’ rights.
Definitely read the whole article! Notice at the end the real reason for it all… Democrats pivot on messaging and literally steal Trump’s platform. Go look. For reals. It’s pretty remarkable.
I shared the image above on Instagram and got dinged by a “partly false information” warning.
Do yourself a favor and read this fact check from the AP, written by an Ali Swenson. Even though the each image cites a source, this “fact checker” is of the OPINION these numbers from the FBI and CDC are not “reliable.”
So that means, currently on social media:
* If you don’t cite a source, you get dinged.
* If you DO cite a source, even if it is the government’s own numbers, if Big Bro no likey, that’s a no-go, too.
In the past few weeks, several memes I’ve shared–ARTFUL TAKES of current events generated fast and dirty–have been censored or labeled as “missing context” or “partly false.” Before we move on from that…. Think about those labels for a sec… technically, everything in life is “missing context” and everything that is “partly false,” is equally “partly true.” Acknowledge the manipulation of their word choices here… In actual fact, their own statements are also, “missing context” and “partly false,” but I’m confident Goebbels would 100% approve of the technique.
For those of you who do not, like me, now routinely get in trouble with the Thought Police online, each ding, depending on the severity and frequency, “levels” you up until you catch a suspension (different time frames for different platforms and violations), or, ultimately, a ban.
Of course, I want to provide accurate information if I am presenting facts as facts, but I also have a wicked sense of humor, and love funny takes for the sake of the lulz. For us to accept some Orwellian Big Bro to now “fact check” cartoons, jokes, take-downs, and memes on social media is extremely troubling, because this means they’re now “fact checking” ART.
By way of example, I shared a snarky pic about Davos on Instagram (see HERE) that depicted a bunch of private jets and the words: “A record 1,500 private jets have arrived at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to discuss what they can do about your carbon footprint.” This is clearly satire. EXCEPT, days after I posted it, the Thought Police slapped a “missing context” warning on the photo, and used this “fact checked” article to claim the graphic is inaccurate because, and I quote: “The second photo was originally captured by Reuters photographer Arnd Wiegmann in January 2016. ‘Passenger jets are parked at the Swiss Airforce base in Duebendorf, Switzerland January 21, 2016,’ reads the photo’s description, which goes on to explain the airport was being used for arrivals and departures of WEF attendees for a Davos meeting that year.”
So, just ICYMI, these “fact checkers” are “fact checking” a tongue-in-cheek, satiric internet meme because the photo depicted IS REAL AND OF THE PLACE IT CLAIMS TO BE, ONLY FROM A DIFFERENT YEAR. Personally, I was surprised it was even from the same country or airport, not something you would expect or require from fast-paced humorous internet artwork/meme.
Memes by their very nature are often about suggestion, a feeling, creating something newsy from the old, inaccuracies, a vibe, whatever the magic sauce is that makes art art, and humor humor, that’s what a well-crafted meme is. Memes therefore poses an interesting challenge to censors because they break down complex ideas into identifiable tropes or themes, and, because much of it is extremely irreverent, memes tend to go viral when done right… which is exactly why the censors are concerned.
People who know me here in the Free State know that as early as 2010, if I was saying something edgy that might be misconstrued, I would yell: “IT’S FOR THE SCREENPLAY!” The thinking, and joke, at the time was, if the NSA was bugging my phone, the fact that it was “art” would protect my speech.
Art used to be able to do this, be the medium we could express ourselves, make fun of the world, and explore weird and wonderful ideas. No more. ART was the last place where free speech existed, but the Control Freaks are coming for that too.
I won’t let them, and neither should you. Know this: I will fight the destruction of free speech, art, and the right to express myself in any manner I see fit until I draw my dying breath. #FreeSpeechMatters
Oooooof. It is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Now out, a book called, “The Cult of the Constitution: The Deadly Devotion to Guns and Free Speech”.
Written by Mary Anne Franks, a professor at the University of Miami School of Law, who, last fall, penned a proposal for a “redo” of the First and Second Amendments in a Boston Globe op-ed:
“Speech and guns: two of the most contentious issues in America today, with controversies fueled not only by personal passions and identity politics but by competing interpretations of the Constitution. Perhaps more than any other parts of the Constitution, the First and Second Amendments inspire religious-like fervor in many Americans, with accordingly irrational results.As legal texts go, neither of the two amendments is a model of clarity or precision. More important, both are deeply flawed in their respective conceptualizations of some of the most important rights of a democratic society: the freedom of expression and religion and the right of self-defense. These two amendments are highly susceptible to being read in isolation from the Constitution as a whole and from its commitments to equality and the collective good. The First and Second Amendments tend to be interpreted in aggressively individualistic ways that ignore the reality of conflict among competing rights. This in turn allows the most powerful members of society to reap the benefits of these constitutional rights at the expense of vulnerable groups. Both amendments would be improved by explicitly situating individual rights within the framework of “domestic tranquility” and the “general welfare” set out in the Constitution’s preamble…”If you can stand it, read more HERE…
Franks’ suggestions are designed to subvert the individualistic nature of America and its Constitution, and she poorly argues that we should make our natural rights subject to “the common good.” In case you don’t understand why this is a bad idea, let me ask you this: Who decides what the “common good” is? Would the “common good” depend on who is in power at the time? Would it change every 2-4 years? Is there a magical definition? Of course not. Who deserves such power over another human? No one, that’s who.
Freedom means being free from someone else’s notion of what the “common good” is, because it is as unknowable as the billions and billions of humans on Earth. These illogical and irrational “thinkers” are again coming with their mumbo-jumbo nonsense to try to usher in an “equitable” (communist) future.
Fight this assault on our individual rights (our freedom) with every fibre of your uncommon being! Please and thank you.
Remember the people, like me, who were REALLY out there fighting for our rights from the very start!
Lots of Johnny-Come-Latelys fronting that they were on the side of freedom and against the government’s response from the start… but I say: PROVE IT.
I can: CarlaGericke.com
FYI, I received numerous death wishes after this rally, crazy Karens threatened to call CPS on parents who brought their children, I was suspended from FB for a while, etc…
Place your trust in Free Staters like me who are trying to guide you through this changing landscape. We either choose LIVE FREE OR DIE (and by default then we will #LiveFreeAndThrive), or you choose subjugation from a government that said YOU ARE NONESSENTIAL. Never forget that!
Justin loves to talk about decentralization, and the Free State Movement benefits from dozens of different organizations working to expand liberty in NH. Tonight, Kimberly joins the Porcs to talk about her work with the Women’s Defense League in protecting the right to self defense for all Granite Staters!
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