Marco Battaglia: You have called for a “New American Revolution” and for the “orderly dissolution” of the Federal Government. How did you come to feel that this is necessary?
Adam Kokesh: It is not a matter of feeling. It is a matter of knowing. I don’t believe in believing. I practice knowledge, awareness, and critical thinking. I have actually come to think of it more as an evolution than a revolution. This is a shift from statism to volunteerism. I believe that his is shift to a free society. The revolutionary aspect is the specific initiation of taking governments apart from the top down. I think that the orderly dissolution of the Federal Government is a good first step. What led me to feel that this is necessary was the unsustainability of our current system. The Federal Reserve note is going to collapse when enough people realize it for the scam that it is.
MB: You are a veteran. Can you briefly describe your service?
AK: I joined the Marine Corps Reserve in the delayed entry program when I was 17. I wanted to have my life on the line for something that I believed in. I called myself a Libertarian but yet out of ignorance I wound up in Fallujah in 2004 doing 7 months as a Sergeant on a civil affairs team. I was part of the effort to rebuild Iraq.
MB: You have been identified as anarchist, an agorist, and a volunteerist, to name a few is there one of these or any other movement that you prefer to be identified with?
AK: I think Libertarian is the great catch all term for people that have a passion for freedom. Sure, it can and has been misunderstood and distorted at times, but I do think that all of those other terms fit under the banner of Libertarian. I do not mind Libertarian being applied to myself and for me it is the most practical.
MB: Are you fluent in any other language besides English?
AK: I speak four languages besides English, none of them close to fluent. I could get to practical speaking level pretty quickly in Spanish. My Arabic, German, and French are rusty but functionally conversational. I taught myself Arabic before I deployed to Iraq and got to the point functionally where I could run a check point without a translator. I could explain the procedures politely in Arabic. I took my job very seriously.
MB: How has being multilingual had an effect on the way that you look at the world?
AK: I think that taking on another or multiple languages outside of ones native tongue has a lot of value. For me there were two things that were much more fundamental to my understanding of the world. I gained the first in social studies class as a kid studying world religion, just this idea that everywhere on this rock there were people trying to understand the human experience. The second was my background in psychology. My undergraduate degree is in psych.
When I was in Fallujah what stood out to me was a deeper understanding of how the human brain works inside of all humans. How can you expect people to save for their kid’s college education when they are unable to be confident that their kids are going to survive this week?
MB: Do you have any advice for anyone that feels like they are suffering from PTSD?
AK: First I would say that you have to understand that PTSD is not really a disorder. It is a sane reaction to an insane situation. It is a sign of mental health. The fact that you are experiencing stress after an extreme situation is a sign that you can work through such situations. I would look out for the dangers of pharmaceuticals and the limitations of getting therapy in a government structured setting. I think that everyone needs to create their own outlets. For me this included group therapy, talking to other veterans independently, and art. I found solace in painting, music, and writing. I think that you need to take those thoughts that bother you and work to the point where you can comfortably put them front and center so that you can control them. I know that a lot of people that I have talked to have found success with eye movement therapy. I believe in trying out cannabis to see if it works for you. For some it helps with stress and anxiety. I encourage looking into MDMA in a controlled setting.
MB: Are there any current parties in our republic or politicians that you support or can identify with at all?
AK: I have had mixed feelings about the Libertarian Party. It started as a beautiful thing. I think that the biggest divergence that I resent was Rothbard vs Koch. I resent the watering down of the message. I think that the philosophical understanding is very important. I feel very positive about the Libertarian Party in Texas. As far as the nationally, Gary Johnson, I love to death. His resume as a candidate is impeccable. A two term Governor who, during his tenure, he vetoed more bills than the other 49 governors combined? He represents integrity in my mind. I see the party in a beautiful resurgence and I am really excited to be a part of it. At the present I am looking forward to supporting Gary Johnson in 2016. I think that he will have the ability to create a very effective gateway for a lot more people to join the movement. I can stand behind him with enthusiasm and endorse him wholeheartedly. I think that Libertarians are going to win more and more races in the next couple of elections.
MB: Your philosophical treatise, which you call “Freedom”, is now available for free. Can you describe your inspiration?
AK: Freedom is free in every digital format possible. It is completely open source. It has been beautiful to see how people have understood this. I wrote it to be the most effective way to get people to think for themselves. The book has made it possible for me to do the American Campfire Tour that I am on right now. The book is a tool to share the message of individual freedom.
MB: The Federal Government is no more. What is the future?
AK: 3D printing ships to explore the cosmos? I don’t know but I can tell you that I look forward to collectively evolving to this point.
MB: What can people do to support you?
AK: People can choose to pay money for the book. People can keep watching and sharing my videos. People know how to spend their money better than I do.The most important thing that people can do to support me, to support the evolution to a voluntary society as quickly and as peacefully as possible, is to live their lives according to the values of liberty, freedom, and justice for all. This does not entail spending more currency or bartering more than you already do; it just means supporting others that believe in these values.
Adam Kokesh is on a nationwide tour in support of his treatise, “Freedom”. You can catch up with Adam, as well as, purchase or download the book for free at www.thefreedomline.com.
Photo of Adam Speaking in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Tuesday August 25th