by Lucas Jewell
A wise man once said “It’s dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” and no American knows this more than Adam Kokesh. Throughout history those who have spoken out against the powers at be have been put in great danger, placing more importance on spreading their version of the truth than their own personal wellbeing. Few people have the courage and strength in their soul to stand up, to be David when evil is Goliath, but we call those who do revolutionaries. Adam Kokesh is the most revolutionary activist in the United States today.
First, Adam Kokesh was deployed to Iraq to fight in the war only to come home and become a pioneer in the anti-war movement. Adam deployed to Iraq in 2004 as a reservist in The United State Marine Corps. After teaching himself Arabic with just books and cassette tapes, The Marine Corps thought it would be wise to transfer him to The 3rd Civil Affairs Group. As a part of The 3rd Civil Affairs Group, Kokesh worked as an intermediary between the Iraqi civilians and The United States Military. Having served in the first battle of Fallujah, also known as Operation Vigilant Resolve, Adam came home and had to deal with the morality of what he had done and an ever-present case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Adam saw the evils and injustices of war and vowed to make a change by participating in anti-war activism. In 2007 Kokesh became active with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), and pushed his activism to the limit many times resulting in multiple arrests. Adam along with a dozen other members of IVAW even staged a mock military patrol in Washington D.C. to raise awareness of the United States military occupation abroad. Adam Kokesh has been deployed to fight in a war but after experiences and education he decided to fight for peace which is a truly revolutionary act.
Also, Adam Kokesh has been very active in media on multiple platforms, becoming a self described “Libertarian Propagandist”. In 2011 he worked as a talk radio host in his home state of New Mexico, before being canceled just shortly after being hired. Luckily it wasn’t all bad news for Adam as a major international news station offered him his own show on their channel “RT” with full creative control. Eventually political disputes lead to Kokesh’s RT show being canceled and in response he took it to the streets. Adam logged hard hours covering the Occupy D.C. protests for his YouTube channel, which built him a considerable online following. Capitalizing on the moment Kokesh started an online podcast (internet talk radio show) titled “Adam Vs The Man.”, where he gave his opinion on current issues and how they fit into his libertarian philosophy. His YouTube channel is still active and Adam has recently released a book for free online entitled “FREEDOM!”. Media is used to change the minds of the masses and Adam Kokesh has certainly used this avenue to spread his revolutionary message.
Last of all, Adam Kokesh has coordinated and promoted many events facilitating civil disobedience. One of Adam’s first well publicized coordinated civil disobedience action was in protest of an rule prohibiting dancing near The Thomas Jefferson
Memorial in Washington DC. Jefferson was an avid dancer and the only way Adam could avenge this slap in the face to history was to dance, dance like freedom depended on it. The Jefferson Dance Party was crashed by U.S. Parks Police Officers which lead to Kokesh along with five others being arrested. Adam went on to become a key promoter of a monthly protest called “Smoke Down Prohibition”, in which people would express their disagreement with marijuana laws by smoking marijuana right next to The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. These protests helped to raise awareness in Philadelphia about the marijuana legalization issue and Philadelphia has since become the largest city in the U.S. to decriminalize marijuana. Kokesh attempted to organize an armed march on The Capital but because of a lack of support, more arrests, and mounting court dates he decided to call off the march. On the morning of July 4th 2013, Adam was filmed loading a shotgun and calling for a “Final American Revolution” in Washington D.C.’s Freedom Plaza (located between The White House and The Capital Building). The Department of Homeland Security responded to Kokesh’s video with a raid that used more men and equipment than that which was required to kill international terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Being civilly disobedient to unjust authority as Adam Kokesh has, is the mark revolutionary.
Overall, Adam Kokesh has and will continue to change the world in a very powerful way. The definition of revolutionary is “a person who works for or engages in political revolution.” and I believe Adam Kokesh’s multi-leveled approach consistent with that definition. Revolution requires the action of revolutionaries when the time is right. I will leave you with a quote from a man who knows a thing or two about revolutions and being a revolutionary, “The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” – Che Guevara