Jackalope Freedom Festival 2014: A look back

“Let us first be as simple and well as Nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our brows, and take up a little life into our pores. Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor, but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau

This year at Jackalope Freedom Festival we were the recipients of several wonderful downpours and much philosophical and physical libation. Many of the individuals attending brought their wonderful mini-me’s and several others were expecting to add to the mixture by next year.

My daughter attended with me this year as did my brother from another mother. Both had a wonderful time and made many new friends while exploring the beauty surrounding us. Mountains, trees and rain tends promote a closeness that is rarely found in urban surroundings. From the moment we arrived till the last second of being, all of us were quite happy. My daughter made it a point to let me know that she could live up there with her new found friends and be very happy doing so.

Several new faces to Jackalope made their appearances as well. Among those attending were Drew Sample of The Sample Hour, Michael Shanklin creator of Voluntary Virtues Network and VVN on You Tube,  Robert Kruger from Voluntary Virtues Network, Ernest Hancock creator of Freedoms Phoenix and of course our own Alma without whose hard work the idea of Jackalope would still be an just an idea. A wonderful round table discussion was hosted Saturday night by Robert Kruger and we should be able to view it soon on You Tube via the Voluntary Virtues Network.

Many agorists and freedom lovers had fresh vegetables, hand raised meats, raw milk and other delectables.A pig was brought, slaughtered and roasted over an open fire. No one got sick and everyone enjoyed a fresh, hand raised and cooked pig. My daughter had many questions regarding the openly displayed educational opportunity and once these were answered was quite enthralled with the idea that she could eat the pig just a few hours after it had been eating her left overs.

We were even graced with the presence of many of our freedom loving brothers and sisters from California, Libertopia volunteers and organizers. Myself and a few others put together a nice little bar and poker game which I am sure will draw many more next year though this year unfortunately ended with a net monetary loss. This aside the gains made with new friendships and wonderful interactions with others made up for this in very satisfactorily.

Overall a wonderful time was had and amazingly there were no murders, rapes or violent crimes. In fact there was no theft and amazingly, even the children sought to interact on a voluntary basis with each other. This festival is a wonderful example of voluntary interaction between individuals whose only goal is to live free of external threats from those who would enslave us for our monetary and physical possessions. Many if not most of the attendees were openly armed and amazingly safe, unlike other events where individuals acted in stupid ways with their tools, our attendees understood the need for safety. (Thank you all for this)

I personally am planning on going up Thursday next year and making it another full day of interaction. I hope to be joined with even more individuals who desire only to be and act freely with one another. If you are able to join us next year I am sure you will see that not only is voluntary interaction possible, this particular event personifies the very idea of true freedom.

I am able to tell those who ask what examples exist of voluntary living on a community scale, come to Jackalope and see for yourself. So thank you to all who attended and contributed and hope to see you all next year.


Free the mind and the body will follow.


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, jessetalksback.com and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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2 Responses to Jackalope Freedom Festival 2014: A look back

  1. cavpatriot says:

    Brother it was awesome! 🙂


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