NPR Podcasts About Porcfest

June 29th, 2011   Submitted by Seth King

You know your movement is starting to get big when the mainstream media is willing to go to the middle of nowhere to report on your activities. Here is a quality podcast done by NPR that gives a shout out to anarcho-capitalism and the Porcupine Freedom Festival. In contrast to the rabidly anti-libertarian comments left by many of the listeners, I think the podcasters themselves gained a good amount of respect for our movement during their visit. And it would be hard not to. It is quite a unique experience to be surrounded by several hundred down-to-earth, fun, compassionate, intelligent and resolute individuals that shatter all preconceived notions about how society can function. Granted, the podcasters did get some jabs in, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. For starters, people often poke fun of those for whom they have respect. Secondly, the fact that we are being ridiculed at all is better than being ignored, right? You be the judge and tell me what you think. Was this a net positive for our movement or net negative?

NPR-The Tuesday Podcast: Libertarian Summer Camp

4 Responses to “NPR Podcasts About Porcfest”

  1. PhilNo Gravatar says:

    I think that the reporter was misaligned in his perception for why people were carrying guns but overall I thought it was a positive review.

  2. AndrewNo Gravatar says:

    For two guys running a show about money, the apparent comprehension of monetary and economic reality was either superficial or partial. During much of the report I felt that both the interviewer and occasionally the Porcers themselves were missing the point. But then, this is NPR.

    Nonetheless, the guy who visited the enclave was a friendly and curious guy who shared some of the anti-statist concerns of the Porcers. Overall, such coverage is positive, I believe.

    If I had been the Thai food proprietor, I would have not have hassled my customer tendering a Shire gold bar. Just saying.

  3. boniekNo Gravatar says:

    In my opinion it was coverage of two adults playing with retarded children – political corectness says you have to be polite and even encouraging.
    They completely misunderstood the whole point behind libertarianism – it is not all about trust or market having “the last word” whatever that means.

  4. RJ MillerNo Gravatar says:

    I badly hope I can attend one of these some day. Also, I commend you for taking the big step and becoming part of the Free State Project itself!