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“It’s very diverse. You see some dreadlocks here, you see some Occupiers here, you see some Tea Partiers here, you see some straight laced non-drinking Christian businessmen here, you see it all,” he says.
Warden attributes the congenial nature of the event to the natural libertarian aversion to force.
“Libertarians tend to be pretty tolerant. Most people here think their way is the best or the right way but they won’t force other people to do it their way. They want the competition for ideas to flourish and for the best way to run things to be settled on the battlefield of ideas,” he says, as someone offered us cigars.
Despite the remoteness of the campground and nearly nonexistent internet access a web based radio station, The Liberty Radio Network, managed to broadcast from the site all week. The station’s program director, Ian Freeman, moved from Florida to New Hampshire as part of the FSP in 2006 after growing increasingly frustrated with Libertarian Party there and the level of activism. Freeman is one of the more unique individuals at PorcFest because he has participated in activism across the libertarian spectrum.
“I do whatever activism I can do. Creating media, outreach, civil disobedience, noncooperation, whatever it is I can do I am involved,” he says sitting with me at a table inside the Pavilion on the last day of the festival.
Freeman programs and hosts the nationally syndicated libertarian talk show, Free Talk Live, something he considers not only a job but a calling.
“It’s business first and foremost but it has a benefit of spreading the ideas,” he says.
Despite his aversion to the cold weather as a Florida native Freeman knew that New Hampshire was where he had to be. When Freeman packed his bags for the Granite State he did not stop in Concord or Manchester or Portsmouth, he went straight to Keene, a place many consider to be a hub for hardcore libertarian activists.
“Political candidates don’t do civil disobedience so my experience had not been anywhere in that realm. I just thought ‘This is the most exciting thing happening in the liberty movement that I’ve ever seen.’ So I had to be a part of it,” he says.