As you probably know, Keenevention was retired, after a great three years of events, back in 2016. Activism since then in Keene has shifted to being heavily cryptocurrency related – if you’ve been following the Free Keene blog, you’ve been staying in the loop with the very exciting developments here. For those still wanting a great excuse to visit New Hampshire, there’s great news! Many Keene-area activists and others from across New Hampshire will be attending the now-in-its-second-year decentralized camping festival, Forkfest. It’s happening June 14th through 18th at Roger’s Campground in the beautiful White Mountains of Northern NH.
Rave at Forkfest 2017 (we called it Somaliafest or Shirefest then)
Forkfest didn’t get much coverage last year, but this year the NH-based live shows on LRN.FM have been promoting it regularly and it looks like attendance will be up from last year’s couple dozen people.
Of course, we won’t how many people are going until the event happens, because it’s decentralized – that means no one is in charge. There are no organizers. There are no tickets. There’s no official schedule of events. Each attendee decides what to do. You could just hang out and camp with other libertarians, voluntarists, and liberty-loving anarchists or put on some kind of event for the other attendees. Perhaps a musical performance, speech, exhibit, sports event, or whatever. Already, attendees are self-organizing on the unofficial forums and chatrooms, which you’ll find linked from the unofficial website at Forkfest.party.
2015’s Keenevention included a new attraction – two of Keene’s liberty-oriented talk shows produced their programs live from the event hall! In case you missed them, here are Darryl W Perry’s “Peace, Love, Liberty Radio” and Conan Salada’s “Black Sheep Rising“. (It turned out this was the final episode of BSR.)
Anyone who has ever been under active threat by the tyrannical system knows the burden it creates. Even though no charges have been leveled at anyone thus far, the FBI stole thousands of dollars in computers that were critical to the ongoing 24/7 radio network I program, LRN.FM. Now the waiting begins as they use forensic tools to comb through dozens of electronic devices including computers, SD cards, flash drives, and phones. Will they come back with false child porn charges or something else entirely? It took them most of a year to finally come back and arrest the owners of Phat Stuff head shop on Main Street after stealing their store’s inventory, their truck, and cleaning out their bank account.
All that time you wonder what is going to happen next? What else are these aggressive men and women calling themselves “the state” going to do to you and your family? Meanwhile, everything you might have wanted to do or create turns into a question mark. Why start a new project or business when the government gang might just swoop in after you’ve just gotten started and throw you into a cage?
That’s where I am with Keenevention 2016. I really have enjoyed creating these intimate conventions three years in a row, but they cost thousands to put on and that money could be used instead to rebuild my more important mission of broadcasting the ideas of liberty and peace seven-days-a-week.
In short, due to the hanging threat by the criminal gang known as “the state”, I feel it’s irresponsible to push forward with this year’s event. If you have purchased a ticket, I’ll be contacting you for a refund. Perhaps Keenevention will return in the future, but for now this website and its dozens of videos will stand as a living record of the amazing speakers and panel discussions we’ve had over the years.
If you were an attendee, I’m grateful. Thank you for being a part of the fun.
Free State Project early mover Mike Sylvia has been mainstay for liberty in the state house since 2012, and naturally was given an A+ rating by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance for his pro-freedom voting record. At Keenevention 2015, Mike headed up this year’s Legislative Panel at Keenevention! Panelists included JR Hoell, an A rated rep from Dunbarton & Bow, Dan Itse, the A+ rated Legislator of the Year from Fremont, Jim Spillane, the A+ rated rep from Deerfield, and Jim McConnell, the A+ rated rep from Swanzey. Here’s the full video: