They’re Annoying For Liberty!
By Leif Bieberson
The Colbert Report attempted to make some New Hampshire libertarians look like a**holes for freedom on Comedy Central yesterday.
In a segment called “Difference Makers,” Colbert lampooned three activists from the “Free Keene Squad,” in a hilarious eight minute bit focusing on three of the liberty movement’s activist members: James Cleveland AKA The Mastermind,” Garret Ean AKA “The Afrochist,” and Christopher Cantwell AKA “The Enforcer.”
Colbert’s segment focused on the Free Keene activists’ campaigns to “Robin Hood” the parking enforcement in their city. These liberty activists have become famous locally for feeding expired parking meters as a measure to decrease revenue to the local government. Cleveland and Ean are well known in the liberty community for successfully fighting off a harassment suit, along with Pete Eyre, Ian Freeman and Kate Ager. Their work feeding meters, while seemingly silly, was a very positive tongue in cheek method of sticking it to the man, one which our sister site The Libertarian Republic has duly praised. [RELATED: New Hampshire heroes hit with lawsuit for feeding parking meters]
Still, some of the video which Colbert airs doesn’t make them look good, and that’s certainly the case in one Christopher Cantwell. Cantwell’s role as the “The Enforcer” shows him clumsily sticking a revolver into the belt over his corpulent belly and aggressively harassing crossing guards and meter maids, one of whom is profiled as a veteran who quit his job due to the street harassment. Cantwell reportedly told him that he condoned the murdering of brown babies because he was a veteran.
Cleveland is obviously well intentioned, though not media friendly. Ean comes off the best, it’s hard to be down on a guy who’s got such a sweet fro. Colbert showed Cantwell shooting up an American flag, which is his absolute right as a free American. Still, he looks like an a**hole, which he proudly bills himself as on his own website, so what do you expect? Judge Andrew Napolitano once told me that every revolution needs its assholes to make the establishment uneasy, comparing Adam Kokesh to Sam Adams (and myself to Thomas Paine). So, if these are the worst of the liberty movement, well… we could honestly do a lot worse. Our activists are nowhere near as retarded as those of Occupy Wall Street, where North Korea is a worker’s paradise.
Oh well Mr Colbert, nice try. I’d still rather live in their world than in one where thinly veiled authoritarianism is ushered in on the sweet wings of satire.
F**k the state. (This message has been censored in accordance with the free market’s demand not to use profanity so we don’t offend our corporate sponsors and lose advertising dollars.)