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Eleven questions with Adam Kokesh

Adam Kokesh is an American activist and talk radio host as well as a U S Marine veteran who was involved in the Iraq War.  He hosts a talk radio show called “Adam vs the Man” which is thought provoking, insightful and sometimes very funny.  You can listen to the show here.  Adam was kind enough to answer the eleven questions.

http://www.youtube.com/user/adamkokesh

1. Who was the greatest political leader in the Western world?

There is no such thing as a great political leader.

2. If you could change, introduce or abolish one law, what would it be?

All human interactions shall be free of coercion.

3. What advice would you give to a sixteen year-old today?

Tell your parents to get/keep you out of government schools.

4. Who do you most admire?

Stefan Molyneux

5. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of your country?

I’m pessimistic about the future of countries, and optimistic about the future of humanity.

6. If you think voting for establishment parties changes little or nothing, what is the one thing we can do as individuals to cause real change?

Practice agorism, spread liberty, assert self-ownership.

7. When will we finally say good-bye to the state?

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 30-50 years.

8. Should free people have the right to keep and bear arms openly or covertly without government permission, sanction or registration?

Absolutely.

9. What annoys you most about current politics?

The current politics part.

10. Gold standard or fiat currency and interest rate control?

Doesn’t matter as long as people get to choose their medium of exchange without coercion.

11. Do we have an obligation to help the poor?

Who is “we” and who is “the poor?” We have opportunities to enrich the lives of others, but not an obligation.

8 Comments

  1. Paul Marks says:

    Another straight forward anarchist.

    Although whether he is a good guy anarchist (an anarchocapitalist) or a bad guy (an anarchocommunalist or a “mutualist”), one would have to ask him questions like…..

    “Do you have anything against large scale private ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange?”

    “Do you have anything against one person employing thousands of other people?”

    “Do you think there is someone unjust about great inequality?”

    And so on.

  2. Single Acts of Tyranny says:

    Check his show, certainly one of the good guys.

  3. NickM says:

    If you like anarcho-captilist which for this classical liberal sticks in the craw somewhat. And let’s be honest they are piss-poor questions eliciting piss-poor answers. Take just #11. Define “poor” and define “help”. Is that question about state welfare or about individual kindness. And no “enrichment” doesn’t cover that at all. “enrichment” is provided to me by buskers. When I have been injured or am sick or on my financial uppers that is a different case. Do we have an obligation to help the poor? I would argue that we do morally but not legally. Key difference. Last year me and my wife helped-out a homeless chap. All he needed was a fare to get to a job picking veg in Lincolnshire. I’d previously met the guy and he wasn’t a moocher and he didn’t want it for drugs or some such. Yes, I felt morally obliged because I am not a git and he had a reasonable need. He’d come to the Quakers because the CofE vicar had told him to fuck off. It would seem the Rev was absent the day they did the Parable of the Good Samaritan. She’s a right cow BTW – in general – I think she is an atheist*. Do we have a legal obligation? No because that defeats the point of charity if you have to do it.

    So yes, we do have a moral obligation to be good to our fellows but to legislate for it would be utterly counter-productive. I have been helped out in tight spots by complete strangers and I have done the same for complete strangers. I think it is what is technically called, “not being a wanker”. Recently I have done a bit of gritting partially because I don’t want some of the elderly around here to crack a hip. A few days ago my wife got the motor stuck and the landlord of the pub helped get it back home. Life would not be worth living without the kindness of strangers. And I find a certain strand of libertarianism which is which is “I’m alright Jack – now fuck off!” to at the very least give the wrong impression. Because I’m not like that. I never have been. Back in the ’80s I organised a fund-raiser for Ethiopia. I set-up a Santa’s grotto – I really did. I had to borrow a pair of my Mum’s tights because I wound-up as head elf. We raised a couple of hundred whilst managing to convince all my classmates I was a very close friend of Dorothy. A tactical error for a kid of ten who is just beginning to find girls almost as attractive as his ZX Spectrum.

    So yeah. Help those in need. And that don’t just mean the poor or you are a cad. A couple of years back our next door neighbour tripped over he daughter’s rabbit and bust an arm. My wife drove her to hospital. She isn’t poor but she was in need. Around the same time-frame I was in Istanbul and in a subway and a torrential downpour meant I took aa tumble. A Turkish gent helped me up. As you might imagine falling down steps in a subway during a rain storm I was looking mucky and he was in a smart suit. He also spoke excellent English. Now I clearly wasn’t poor as such because I was clearly a tourist on the other side of the continent. I have done similar for others myself. Helping those in need is a fundamental moral obligation and poverty is a need. You shouldn’t absolutely have to (for that is a fucking over of free-will) but you do have to avoid being a git.

    *Didn’t Christ himself hang-out with prostitutes and beggars and folk that the establishment wouldn’t be seen dead with? She’s like that. She’s got a nice house (at least 500k on the market – buckshee), a nice middle-class parish and two nice cars on her block-paved drive and when I brought a homeless man with only the clothes he stood-up in she metaphorically ran into the kitchen to fetch the shotgun. So yeah, the CofE did fuck all to help this poor man because the CofE in my book largely believes in nothing. My wife and I did help. Oddly enough we have to put more chairs out each Sunday because attendance is on the up. Now I personally disagree with the extreme pacifism of the Quakers and some of their “fairtrade” ecological nuttiness but at least they believe in something. I don’t think the local vicar does. I think she regards a nice middle-class parish in Cheshire as a sinecure. I bet she’s never waded into the stream that bisects CofE from Quaker land to clear bottles and leaves and general crap from the grid so the bugger doesn’t flood the village. That stream is half CofE but they have done fuck all about it. And I’ll tell you something else. They have had a push to raise 200k to fix the church roof. Their slogan is “Restoring our heritage”. So basically the established Church is now “heritage” – or to put it another they have given-up even pretending to be about God and stuff like that. anyhow when I see that advert I call round to suggest I can take some photos. I’m very good and I particularly like religious architecture. I arrange a time and date but when I turn-up the moo ain’t there and the church is locked! So I go to the vicarage and hubby tells me to eff-off in the most timid way imaginable. I think he’s cuckolded – I have met shrimp with more backbone and according to my wife who has high-rez Gaydar – well she noted the vicar wore extremely comfortable shoes if you know what I mean. It must be noted that they have started work on the roof but aren’t up to the 200k needed for the full job. Now if in their promotional stuff they’d had my piccies then… Well bollocks to them!

  4. Paul Marks says:

    I like anarcho capitalists (even though I am not one – two much of a military historian).

    It is anarch communalist (and “mutualists”) that I dislike.

    Well “dislike” is an understatement…..

    Nick – I am a justification by works type (even though I am not RC) so I believe you may find yourself in heaven without even believing in it.

    No one is perfect – but if we do the best we can, God will have mercy on us.

    And if He does not – then He is a bit of a git.

    God seeing one’s thoughts (and so on) there is no point in trying to hide one’s opinions from Him.

  5. NickM says:

    Paul,
    I have thoughts that would get me IP banned from this site and probably land me in Strangeways. Acts are what matters. And on that I’m OK. Actually a good person because I think thngs of unbelievable savagery that I know I would never do. I have been tempted to rape, steal and murder – and in the vilest ways – but I haven’t – but I have been tempted. If I hadn’t been tempted how would I know I was good?

  6. Julie near Chicago says:

    Mr. Kokesh appears to agree with Mr. Molyneux in some respects. But what a difference in tone! These are still quite short answers, but they are to the point, not cryptic (requiring, if you S.M. fans are correct, prior experience with him in order to interpret correctly), and do not give the attitude of “don’t bother me, plebes, I’m busy here.”

    Of course, one might suspect Mr. K. of having done just a little bit of homework–in view, for instance, of his long-form answer to the first question, which is according to the fans here one word conveying the exact same thing. Then again, checking the terrain before entering the plain is an intelligent move. ;)

    Appreciate Nick’s and Paul’s comments also. Thanks, all three of you (and of course Mr. Kokesh).

  7. Julie near Chicago says:

    Um, first sentence second para => “Wha-a-a-?” I mean, per S.M.’s fans, presumably Mr. K’s answer to Q.1 is the translation of Molyneux’ answer “Bigfoot.”

    Sorry. :<(

  8. Paul Marks says:

    Quite so Julie.

    And yes Nick – a person who is not tempted by evil is not a person (they are a marble statue) let alone a good person.

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