Punishment or Justice?

America would be wise to understand the difference between punishment and justice.” Adam Kokesh, June 12, 2014

In order for justice to be served, there must be a crime. If there is no victim, there is no crime. As stated in a previous post, America – the supposed land of the free – has the highest per capita prison population in the world. Most of these prisoners are incarcerated because of the War on Drugs. Many are now joining them due to the War on Terror, or in the name of “safety”. Today, Americans are being spied on in an effort to control speech. For example, Brandon J. Raub, a Veteran, was arrested solely for his Facebook posts. Dissenting speech or possession of certain items, such as drugs or guns, deem you a criminal in the eyes of the State.

But how do those things alone produce a victim? They don’t. A real crime involves two parties: the offender and the victim. Government is not society; it is a monopoly on force. It is impossible for government to claim property rights on anything. Ayn Rand noted, “‘The common good’ (or ‘the public interest’) is an undefined and undefinable concept: there is no such entity as ‘the tribe’ or ‘the public’; the tribe (or the public or society) is only a number of individual men” and “When ‘the common good’ of a society is regarded as something apart from and superior to the individual good of its members, it means that the good of some men takes precedence over the good of others, with those others consigned to the status of sacrificial animals.”

Who is being served when people are punished by the State for “crimes” without victims? Politicians are, when passing legislation. How the decision makers are chosen in the American criminal justice system is also a political process. Judges and prosecutors often act with their own political ambitions in mind. This results in political demagoguery and the prosecution of perceived political enemies.

The vast majority of criminal cases end with a guilty plea rather than a trial. We have a system of pleas rather than a system of trials. The defendant who goes to trial instead of taking a plea will most likely be harmed by receiving a conviction on more serious charges and the imposition of a more severe sentence. In other words, you are penalized for going to trial. Prosecutors love plea bargains because they are evaluated largely by their conviction rates, and all plea bargains result in convictions. Prosecutors use overcharging to coerce guilty pleas from defendants and deprive them of the procedural safeguards and the full investigation of the trial process.  When overcharging and the trial penalty are combined in the regular practice of plea bargaining, defendants have little choice but to plead guilty, and virtually every act may be disposed of without a trial.

A jury trial provides no guarantee. Jury verdicts are very unpredictable. They are often intolerant and unfair. Counsel is not permitted to present the concept of jury nullification to the jury. In 2011, prosecutors charged Julian P. Heicklen, a retired chemistry professor, with jury tampering because he stood outside the federal courthouse in Manhattan providing information about jury nullification to passers-by. Almost always, the jury will convict a person based on what the government says the law is, and not the law itself.

The Prison Industrial Complex pulled in more than $5 billion in America in 2011. Our epidemic of incarceration costs us taxpayers $63.4 billion a year. There are financial incentives to keep the prisons full, and there are also financial incentives for “humanitarians” with their “healing therapy.”

Locking people in cages and coercing them into plea bargains in order to serve the political elite and the well-connected, especially when the crime has no victim, is not justice, and justice is not the intent of the U.S. system. The American system is designed to make criminals when there are none, and force people to admit to wrongdoing when there is none, while using propaganda such as “public safety” to get away with it, and is centered around punishment rather than justice.

Punishment is an emotional, vindictive, and retaliatory reaction. It doesn’t make the victim whole. Justice is rational, while bringing vindication and closure to the victim. It is determined by the actual victim and not politicians. It does not further victimize the victim by forcing payment for the prison industrial complex through taxation, but instead allows the victim to be compensated through repayment and reparations. Truly dangerous criminals should be forcibly isolated from the rest of us, but when property rights are perverted and moral principles are lost, true justice is rarely served.


-Kim Shady



AVTM/FREEDOM! updates from Adam

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We pre-released my first book a couple weeks ago and the reaction has been phenomenal. I wish I could say this is the book that everyone on earth is going to read that will take us to the tipping point of the paradigm shift, but I CAN SAY with confidence, that this is currently the most effective tool for winning converts to the message of liberty and will be critical to growing the freedom movement into the next demographic. If you haven’t read/heard FREEDOM! yet, do it! It’s available in every format possible including the audiobook for FREE here.

The official release is coming July 4th and we’ll be launching the book with the FREEDOM! (money) BOMB! 24-Hour Live Broadcast starting at 9am on July 3rd at adamvstheman.com/live. It’s going to be interesting. I’ve never tried to go 24 hours! Please mark your calendars so you can call in and help me out!

We are very excited to (finally) announce the launch of our online store! Thanks to Nathan and Justin of Where2Print.com for putting this together, we now have a completely independent operation that is going to handle book printing and all of YOUR needs for freedom gear. For now, you can help launch the book and the store by getting a FREEDOM! Package for $17.76. Check it out!

As you probably noticed, we’ve changed the AVTM production formula. Sorry it took so long to respond to the demands of the fans, but yes, we are shifting focus to field videos and away from studio and daily news production videos. We’ve still got some big projects in the works, but for now, this is the best way to serve you, the viewer. We’ll still be doing the live show as a mostly call in show Monday nights from 6-9pmPT at adamvstheman.com/live. Tonight, we’ve got an amazing show about how the rebellious spirit of music has been suppressed over the last several decades featuring Jeffrey Phillips of Hollywood Undead, Ryan Rockwell of Mixtapes, and Adam Armstrong of Rebel Inc. So with more quality content, but less content overall, we need your help sharing videos! Everything we put out should be something you can share. If not, email me and let me know! adam@adamvstheman.com.

Thank you especially to everyone who’s read the book and shared it! Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of the conversation around the book in the forums! Thank you to everyone who has donated and especially our monthly donors for making AVTM and FREEDOM! possible!



Oliver North confronted by Antonello & Kokesh

by Kim Shady

Former U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Oliver North, most known for his role during the Iran-Contra scandal in the late 1980’s, is confronted by Adam Kokesh and Anthony Antonello about U.S. foreign intervention. Adam points out that intervention is only possible through the funding received by taxation, and therefore makes U.S. taxpayers less free. He also points out that the U.S. government is creating enemies and makes all U.S. citizens less safe. North laughs and says the American people need to completely replace the Congress if they are unhappy (VOTE HARDER!). North then states that the role of the government is to keep us safe. Anthony pushes the issue that they are supposed to be protecting individual rights. North disappears into the elevator rambling about oaths to the Constitution, as though he had previously misspoke, and as though our foreign intervention has anything to do with the Constitution. Adam sums it up best at the end of the video when he says, “Oliver North: If you don’t like it, you can beg or vote for your freedoms, and hope that the government will stop stealing from you to pay for all of its crazy interventionist ideas.”

Lt. Colonel Oliver North, (who was once involved in trading over 1,500 missiles to Iran in exchange for American hostages during the Iran-Iraq War, while diverting $18 million of $30 million of the funds from the arm sales to the Contras, a group of rebels in Nicaragua) recently warned the only way to handle the current crisis in Iraq is with boots on the ground. He said that Obama would need a Status of Forces Agreement, but public opinion would not support it.

In 2003, Americans were told the U.S. would be seen as liberators from an oppressive dictator who used violence against his people. Today, there is more violence in Iraq, and their new government is set up under Sharia Law. To further intervene, the U.S. will be forced to choose between the current oppressive government that is a close ally with Iran, or siding with Al Qaeda, who wasn’t even present in Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion. And the American taxpayer will get to pay for it.

It is time for another option: Nonintervention! It is time America stops intervening militarily, covertly, and financially in the affairs of foreign nations. None of this makes any sense, and all the while we are going broke and growing the police state around us.

“We” Are Not The Government

by Kim Shady

“The government’s us. These officials are elected by you.” – President Obama in a speech about gun control

Democracy is a form of government that is said to have the power reside with the people. It comes from the Greek words “demos” (people) and “kratos” (power). It is a political system in which the majority rules. A couple of obvious problems here: 1.) The majority isn’t everyone, and may only be 51%. 2.) What is popular is not always what is right.

America was founded as a Republic. (“A republic, if you can keep it.” – Benjamin Franklin). A Republic is a country governed by elected representatives and an elected leader, with supposed checks and balances and constitutional limits. This system of government still doesn’t keep popular opinion at bay. The government ignores the Constitution, and the People ignore it due to popular opinion or popular politicians.

Not only have the lines been blurred between a Democracy and a Republic in America, this government has already taken it to an even more oppressive level. Today, this country is run by oligarchs. An Oligarchy is a system of government in which all of the power is given to a dominant class; government by the few. Researchers in a joint study by Princeton and Northwestern universities concluded that “the U.S. government now represents the rich and powerful, not the average citizen” and “U.S. policies are formed more by special interest groups than by politicians properly representing the will of the general people, including the lower-income class.”

As Obama once declared, “The devil’s in the details.” Just recently regarding the Bergdahl swap, he said, “It was unanimous among MY principles in MY government.” Just as those before him, he makes many decisions via Executive Order, bypassing Congress. The evidence of the American Oligarchy can also been seen by noticing that there are different rules for the government than the citizens. If you behaved like your government, you’d be arrested. The government can steal, kidnap, and murder and call it taxation, arrest, and war. You cannot steal from your neighbor to feed the poor. You cannot kidnap people for not obeying your commands. You cannot kill anyone when it’s not self defense. Nor should you be able to.

These things happen in all forms of government, however, the police state in America has also become a very serious issue. The banks and tyrants are in control. You can be forced to purchase products from the large corporations. You are robbed through monetary policy. You can be indefinitely detained, targeted for killing, arrested for filming cops, tracked, and spied on. The government expects transparency from you, but secrecy for them.

People are angry with the government. “Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not, but another 17% are not sure.” Why? If “we” are the government, we would not be jailing ourselves for crimes without victims. America has the largest prison population in the world, and the highest incarceration rate in US history is happening right now. Furthermore, “we” did not declare war with other nations. “We” did not starve their children through sanctions. “We” don’t have conflicts with the people living in other countries.

Government is not an instrument for social service. It is a monopoly on the use of force and violence in a conquered geographical territory. It uses propaganda, such as the term “democracy”, to make you believe you have some sort of say in matters, but the speech of the political class is solely used for self preservation of power. They will allow debate within certain parameters, but the debate must remain inside their power box. They do this to maintain your compliance. It is the job of the political overlords to convince us that “we” should give up freedom for security. They use bogeymen, as though all can be wiped out with legislation and dictates, while pointing their fingers at so-called domestic terrorists for calling them out on it. Now they want to increase their monopoly on violence by restricting gun ownership even further than they have in the past. If the U.S. is already an Oligarchy, what will happen if they succeed? They won’t be giving up their guns, only the rest of us will be asked to, because “we” are NOT the government.

FREEDOM! the book pre-release

Today we are releasing all digital English editions of Adam’s new book: FREEDOM! You can download them here. Please sign up for our email list with the form on the left and come back on July 4th for the official release, featuring the print edition, foreign language editions, FREEDOM! shirts, a 24-hour marathon live broadcast, and more!

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I’ve been getting text messages from concerned friends and fans for the last several hours about the official ADAM VS THE MAN Facebook page being down. I logged in, and it turns out that the meme below is the reason. This is a young girl who was badly burned in one of Obama’s drone strikes. As obscene as this photo is, it’s still only a small symbol of the pain experienced by millions in the Middle East suffering due to Obama’s war policies and the families of the hundreds of children who have been confirmed killed by Obama’s drone strikes.


Why does Facebook have an interest in covering up Obama’s war crimes? Well, if you know anything about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg, you know he’d rather cozy up to the murderer-in-chief than call him out or tell the truth about his crimes. In fact, he won’t even let us portray the grizzly reality that is being kept from the American people. Here he is shmoozing with Obama at the Facebook Town Hall, but he’s also met with him in private. Facebook has cooperated extensively with the NSA and other government spy agencies.

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after a town-hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto

Here’s what we were greeted with when logging in today:

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The Facebook “Community Guidelines” are deliberately vague in order to “allow” this kind of blatant censorship. Of course Facebook is a “privately owned” (although publicly traded) company, and has the right to set the rules for participation on its platform. However, as a huge recipient of corporate welfare and such a broad platform for important information to be shared that can shed light on the crimes of governments all over the world, seeing this kind of support for a war criminal is still disheartening. Beheadings are regularly allowed on Facebook, along with war crimes committed by Obama’s foreign enemies, but despite the censorship, we can all see the emperor is more naked than the girl in the meme.

We hope to have our page fully functional again, but Facebook does not even allow us to contest the removal of our page or the picture in question. While they point out that “pictures of personal importance such as breastfeeding or Michelangelo’s David” are acceptable, pictures depicting government crimes can get you kicked off. All the page admins and I are also blocked from posting ANYWHERE on Facebook so we can’t even post there to let people know about this. Facebook says this might only last 24 hours and we should review the rest of the content on the page. Petty as this may be, it is important to understand that the conversation is being distorted by the platform, and the incredible potential of the internet is not being realized. Please share this post.

– Adam Kokesh

AVTM 4.0 Crowdfunder Campaign

The crowdfunder campaign raised enough money for a successful relaunch of AVTM.



We have all enjoyed and benefited from ADAM VS THE MAN in one form or another. It has consistently been firing us up and waking us up about how we can achieve the freedom we deserve. Even the mainstream media likes to boost their ratings by snagging our footage. There have been a lot of lessons learned since AVTM launched in 2010, and Adam now has experience with being arrested over 30 times for non-violent civil disobedience, producing a world-class podcast from his basement, scaring a presidential candidate into a panicked back-door escape using nothing but the Constitution, punking the TSA so hard they know him by name, dancing his way into the hearts of millions, trolling the Occupy Movement, protesting anti-free speech laws in Middleboro, helping thousands of veterans deal with PTSD, helping countless active duty troops sow dissent among the ranks and get out as Conscientious Objectors, leading thousands of veterans and active duty troops to march on the White House where Secret Service agents knows him by name, cementing his title as “The Gutsiest Gun Rights Activist in America!”, being framed by the feds, showcasing YOUR civil disobedience, and most importantly, BLOWING MORE MINDS BY 8AM THAN MOST ACTIVISTS DO IN A LIFETIME! Now, it’s time to step it up! So, here’s the deal. While Adam was in jail, his operation was sabotaged, his legal defense fund was stolen along with most of his personal possessions and studio equipment. We need $100,000 to launch a bigger, better, stronger AVTM 4.0 with the production support Adam deserves. We have to replace lost, confiscated and destroyed equipment, we need to hire the right, professional staff with the proper skills and experience to get the job done, we need a proper place to do this, and we want to do it as soon as possible! With your help, Adam plans to launch AVTM 4.0 with a 2 hour daily live show featuring your calls via Skype and more of the field videos you know and love him for. This campaign is not to fund AVTM for a specific time period, but to launch a sustainable business. Please listen to the video message from Adam below and check out our awesome kickbacks to show our appreciation. Every donation counts, but if you can’t donate, (donate here!) please share this page!

STICKER ACTIVIST – $10 or more – Signed sticker & thank you letter – because every bit counts.

ASPIRING AGORIST – $25 or more – AVTM Voluntaryism coin plus everything in the STICKER ACTIVIST package.

BEDROOM WALL HERO – $50 or more – Signed AVTM poster plus everything in the ASPIRING AGORIST package.

FOLDED PAPER FREEDOM FIGHTER – $75 or more – How about some Origami by Adam from the kit he had in jail? It’s Adams new hobby and we’ll send you a handmade thank you plus everything in the BEDROOM WALL HERO package.

TSHIRT WARRIOR – $100 or more – You will receive a sweet conversation-provoking tshirt & Adam will make you a personalized voicemail greeting for incoming calls! Plus everything in the FOLDED PAPER FREEDOM FIGHTER package.

TRUTH EVANGELIST – $200 or more – Signed first edition of FREEDOM! the book Adam started writing while enjoying his government-induced taxpayer-funded spiritual retreat. (Will ship separately mid-June.) Plus everything in the TSHIRT WARRIOR package.

DOMESTIC TERRORIST – $500 or more – We’’ll send you an AVTM hoodie and you will get access to the preferred call in line for the show! You’ll be first in line for debates or questions during the show! Plus everything in the TRUTH EVANGELIST package.

SHOW STOPPER – $1000 or more – This gets you sponsorship of one episode of AVTM with 3 separate 1 minute plugs with your logo on screen plus everything in the DOMESTIC TERRORIST package.

PARTNER IN PROPAGANDA – $2500 or more – This is big and Adam will show his appreciation by making you a 1 minute video and putting it on his channel, plus everything in the SHOW STOPPER package.

THE TORA BORA CLUB – $5000 or more – At this point, you’ll be welcomed as our guest for a tour of our not-so-secret hideaway where AVTM is made! You will sit in on a live episode, receive a 1 week sponsorship, plus everything in the PARTNER IN PROPAGANDA package. (AVTM Live! will air M-F from 12-2pmPST and you will be invited to show up 1hr before the show starts for a 15m tour, get to watch Adam finalize his prep, and watch the whole show as it happens.)

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN – $10,000 or more – This is a call for celebration! Just like ol’ Benny did for France, I’ll come visit your sovereign territory to smoke opium and enjoy your prostitutes! (JK) This donation gets you a visit from Adam himself for your own AVTM house party! (Anywhere in US, international for $1000 extra.) Plus everything in the TORA BORA CLUB package.

All kickback packages will ship at the same time when this campaign is concluded which will be at the end of March at the latest. If you donate $100 or more be sure to include your shirt size in the memo or email it to adam@adamvstheman.com.


What does it mean that this will be the fourth incarnation of AVTM?

AVTM 1.0 – After his unsuccessful run for congress, he just wouldn’t shut up. So someone thought it was a good idea to put a microphone in his face and let him take control … ADAM VS THE MAN was belched into existence on KIVA AM1550 in Albuquerque, NM and lasted 6 months before being picked up as a TV show right before it was going to be canceled anyway. What a relief!

AVTM 2.0 – When Adam was picked up by RT, he made the jump to the small screen and was broadcast internationally on cable TV where he took a bite out of mainstream journalism that left a bad taste in his mouth. While on this platform he also achieved 5 MILLION youtube views in just 4 months. Then he was cancelled for political reasons. Damn you, Putin!

AVTM 3.0 – Adam cut loose from TV and made the big move to becoming an independent media resource. He started this venture as a one man operation, then hiring an assistant, and eventually had his operation taken over by interns. (It was his fault.) There were a lot of learning experiences in this time and we had problems with studio location, hiring staff … problems with hired staff, constant arrests for non-violent civil disobedience, and of course the violent government sanctioned kidnapping of Adam Kokesh on July 9, 2013. Even through all the chaos, we were still able to take the YouTube channel from 8 million to 26 million views in a year and a half with almost 1 million podcast downloads.

AVTM 4.0 – The sky’s the limit. Now we have the experience as well as the viewers to move to the next level. We will continue to play to our strengths in reaching out to young, up and coming activists and military veterans and active duty troops. We will also continue the trend of internationalizing AVTM, which already has fans all over the world. The market has shown there’s a place for the show and our viewers deserve a better one. With your help, Adam will be ready to deliver it. We will also organize an affiliate program that allows people to make money spreading the message from anywhere in the world where they can get behind a computer. Since he is banned in DC, he’ll be relocating to Los Angeles and zigzagging across the country on the IS THE WORLD READY? tour in February. If you live somewhere between DC and LA and would like to book Adam for an event, please email him at adam@adamvstheman.com.


As a supporter of AVTM, you can clearly see how the show has evolved and where it is headed. Now is the time to push even further. The viewers deserve a better experience and we will make it happen if we can reach this goal. If we fall short, we will still continue working toward the vision of what the show should be. It will just be by the same hard road we’ve been rolling along until now. Why aren’t we using kickstarter or indiegogo or some other crowdfunding website to do this? They charge about 5% commission plus up to another 5% in processing fees. Doing it this way allows us to provide better kickbacks. Thanks for your support and we look forward to making more sweet, sweet liberty together with your help! Donate here today!

Adam’s statement at his arraignment

“Due to the oath I swore to the constitution when I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, by virtue of the universal human right to self defense, in accordance with the Supreme Court case, D.C. vs. Heller, which affirmed that the statutes under which I am being charged are unconstitutional and thus null and void, and on behalf of all freedom loving Americans, I plead not guilty.”

A letter to fellow Americans.

My fellow Americans,

My name is Adam Kokesh and I am a political prisoner. You might think only oppressive regimes have political prisoners, but we have no shortage in America. Of course, that begs the question: What is your definition of a repressive regime? A government that fights to maintain the status quo? A government that criminalizes normal behavior? A government that stifles opportunity? A government that provides the primary mechanisms of the poor getting poorer while the rich get richer? A government that sends people to die in unnecessary wars to benefit bankers and profiteers? A government that does not even pretend to follow its own rules? A government that seeks control by prosecuting dissidents for victimless crimes? Welcome to America!

I have been in jail for over three months for loading a shotgun at Freedom Plaza on Independence Day in defiance of DC gun laws to assert my rights allegedly protected by the 2nd amendment. I have yet to be indicted, let alone tried. My home was raided and ransacked for over 5 hours. I was kept in solitary confinement in cells with ants, cockroaches, water leaks, lights on for 24 hours a day, without a mattress, and I was fed so little I lost 15 pounds in the first three weeks. This is what “gun control” looks like. I harmed or threatened no one, yet for this victimless non-crime, I have been held without bail because of clerical errors that my judge refuses to acknowledge. I have been called “a danger to the community,” but the real danger is a government that seeks to make you dependent by denying your right to self-defense.

Gun control is not about guns. It’s about control. It’s about making you dependent on a government monopoly on force. It not only looks like my persecution, it looks like rising crime rates in cities where attackers know their victims will be disarmed. It looks like rape victims unable to defend themselves on college campuses. It looks like mass shootings that are all the more deadly because they happen in “gun-free zones.” It looks like a government that acts like it owns us, rather than serves us. It looks like a citizenry afraid to stand up for the freedom of self-ownership. It looks like a people unwilling to assert that they will not be enslaved. It looks like you are just waiting for someone to fight and win back your right to be a free, beautiful, independent human being! It looks like America today.

I am a civil rights activist, but I am not a leader. In order for us to have a truly free society, we must be the alphas of our own lives. As a humble civil servant, I can only hope my sacrifice has served to stir your conscience. I care more about making you think than making you like me. When I go to trial, I will be arguing that if there is no victim, there is no crime, and it will not just be my civil disobedience on trial, not just gun control, not just the enforcement of unconstitutional laws, not just the criminal injustice system, but the entire idea of government force and the government that has become the greatest enemy of freedom will be on trial. I will be fighting for my freedom, and yours, but you will never be free until you stand up for yourself and demand to be free. I would never ask you to follow me, but I dearly hope that you will join me.

Free in mind and spirit,
if not in body,
and yours always,

Adam Kokesh

ok, talk to you guys soon!!! Thank you!!!