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RidleyReport

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How about a publicity stunt on April 15?
« on: October 13, 2002, 06:33:39 pm »

Has anyone given any thought to us pulling off some kind of peaceful but cranky publicity stunt around next April 15?  I strangely enough haven't heard that much talk about IRS taxes among Porcupines, but of course it's the most pervasive and universally unpopular FedGov intrusion there is.

What about an FSP protest of some kind in front of local IRS branches accross the country?  Perhaps we could burn our 1040s or something.  I have some ideas on ways we could tie such a protest directly to the importance of moving to a single state.  

Thoughts? Better ideas?

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Re:How about a publicity stunt on April 15?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2002, 06:43:10 pm »

That is an excellent idea.  ;D

Though it’s mostly negative, these protest usually get publicity. Hey, let’s get the TV exposure.

Picture a big sign:

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Re:How about a publicity stunt on April 15?
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2002, 09:15:01 pm »

The LP does April 15 protests every year; we could participate with them, holding up signs for the Free State Project.
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Re:How about a publicity stunt on April 15?
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2002, 09:37:22 pm »


The LP does April 15 protests every year; we could participate with them, holding up signs for the Free State Project.


Ya I found some details about one such protest at

http://www.horrycountylibertarians.bigstep.com/generic.html?pid=3

But you know in all these years it's been going on I never heard of it.  So it must not have been that effective.   Hmmm.   You know the passing out of literature also has a sort of Jehovah's Witness feel to it that I'm not sure I like...but maybe that's just me.

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Re:How about a publicity stunt on April 15?
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2002, 12:34:14 am »

I love the idea of a tax day protest and think that it would probably be a good avenue for promoting the FSP with other like-minded folks.

I did have one question though...in light of the conversation on trying to ward off the notion that the FSP is a secessionist organization, would a high-profile FSP tax protest work against us?  After all, we'd be protesting federal taxation and promoting a "free state" at the same time.  Could this give apparent credence to the notion that we are trying to escape federal taxation by advocating secession...in terms of "freeing" a state?

Obviously, this is contrary to the FAQ and FSP public statements, but, our modern times being what they are, perception seems to be the key to successfully dealing with the public via the media machine.  We could easily distribute flyers and such with the justification that we took the opportunity to spread the word about the FSP at a gathering of libertarians, but I wondered about actually staging an "FSP protest" for those reasons.  It could be used against us as negative PR.

It could well be a good opportunity to promote the FSP without protesting AS the FSP.  On the other hand, maybe I'm just being paranoid.   :)
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Re:How about a publicity stunt on April 15?
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2002, 08:54:09 am »

Publicity is of course a good thing, but since the FSP is organized as a non-profit educational corporation and not a political party, perhaps the project directors should address the question of what types of political protests members may engage in on behalf of the FSP, prior to reaching 20,000 people and moving to the selected state.
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Re:How about a publicity stunt on April 15?
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2002, 10:44:51 am »

Good point there.  Of course, FSP, Inc. doesn't have to sponsor or organise or in any way endorse these protests; individuals can go to these protests and just happen to hold up FSP signs, that would be perfectly OK.
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