I am proud of the Not-So-Disorderly Seven. I am proud of Sam Dodson and the whole Keene crew. I am so proud to be able to say that soon I will join them in defending the nonviolent society and exposing the fraud that goes by the name of “The Government”. And here’s why:
- Sam followed up on Dave Ridley’s defense of free speech rights.
- This is so great because now there is a sequence. When Sam appears in court, I bet someone else will attempt to violate the ban on videotaping. Eventually this will get so big that we will win. It is simply inevitable.
- Sam was clear and straightforward about his protest.
- As you can hear in the audio of the incident, Sam spoke respectfully with the bailiff and explained to him why the order against videotaping was not even valid. He handled himself professionally.
- Keeniacs stood by Sam even to the point of being arrested.
- Those who stayed behind to protect Sam when ordered to leave the public courthouse impressed with their courage and loyalty. It tells me that this is one dedicated, determined and tight-knit group.
- Multiple people recorded the incident.
- More than one person was recording. Those of us who couldn’t be there benefited from multiple angles and perspectives. Being able to reach the world with media of tyranny is a critical part of defeating it.
- They stood up under the pressure.
- As far as I can tell, all participants stood up admirably under the pressure of cops from three different departments (Keene, Cheshire Sheriff and state cops), unlawful arrest, torturous treatment and police overreaction. These guys are good!
- Patrick Shields’ message to the city of Keene.
- “I’m trying to send a message to the city of Keene that violence against peaceful people is unacceptable.” Patrick was quoted as saying in the Keene Sentinel.
- That someone told the cops what they are: thugs.
- The cops initiated force against these folks. Even their own posited supreme law admits that freedom of the press may not be broached. The judge’s order to ban videotaping is inconsistent with their own law.
- More liberty-lovers will move sooner to Keene.
- Judge Burke’s outburst led to a boom in liberty activists moving to Keene – and so will this.
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Suggestions for the Next Time
I’ve never done civil disobedience so take my comments with a grain of salt.
- Instead of calling it “going limp” let’s call it “nonviolent resistance”.
- The jeering at the cops may have been slightly over the top. I’m all for challenging them but making personal enemies out of them may not be productive.
- I wonder if there isn’t a need for greater planning. It seems like it would be more fun if multiple people were in jail at the same time.
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