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Freedom!

Updated: Mar 1, 2022

One of the most invigorating things about Camp Freedom is the absence of fear. The protesters aren't scared. They move freely amongst the crowd and greet and socialise in the usual human ways. There are smiles, handshakes and hugs.


I am not a hugger but I could not help myself. I hugged at Freedomville. I felt human. I was a person not a biohazard.


It was so unbelievably joyful.


To step into the camp is to step into freedom. Stepping out was to cross back into tyranny where people fear each other and wear filthy hankies tied across their faces in a madcap attempt to stay safe.


It's the lack of fear that makes for freedom and provides joy. Having left the Camp, I want back. The Camp is normal life to me; outside is weird, miserable, irrational and tyrannical.


It is the same feeling I had crossing Checkpoint Charlie. It wasn't the prosperity that you missed but the freedom and the joy. And when you crossed back you left the fear behind. The fear was etched in people's faces and made you fearful. Fear is infectious. But so is courage.




There's also the particular joy that comes with successfully defying a tyrannical parliament on their front lawn and outside their front window. There's a brotherhood and comradeship that comes with living behind enemy lines in hostile territory.


A Parliament that locked us up at home for months can't kick us off their lawn. How marvellous is that? That is a feeling that can't be beat. We will never be locked up again. And the mandates will go. It was wonderful to be a part of that.


There's also breathtaking resourcefulness with the Camp an exhibition of kiwi spirit and ingenuity. It is astonishing what has been achieved without plan or organisation but with skill, commitment and a can-do kiwi attitude. I love it.


And it generates a spirit that is palpable. It's the ANZACs pinned at Gallipoli showing huge resourcefulness and courage.


I want to go back to Camp Freedom to revel once more in the freedom and to feel the comradeship. And to defeat tyranny.


I thought the protesters would need moral support. They don't. It was me who needed it. They love it there. I loved it there.


I went to thank the protesters. But once there it wasn't enough. I want to be them. I want to share in their freedom, their courage, their joy, their success.




I went to denounce our MPs and journalists. But didn't. They have been made fearful. They are scared of getting sick. They are scared of the protesters. They have nappies tied to their faces, they socially distance and stay high up in their parliamentary tower cowering behind a wall backed by police.


The protesters on the Berlin Wall weren't lawful. They were a rag tag lot. They had no leader. The media denounced them. They upset the neighbours. But the Wall came down.


It's time ours did.




A reader has supplied the latter part of Rodney's speech here

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Richard Seager
Richard Seager
Mar 08, 2022

I received a reply from Otago to my OIA request to Michael Baker today.. He's been in receipt of 6 million of "government" funding since May 1st 2020.


https://plebeianresistance.substack.com/p/michael-baker-the-team-of-5-million?s=w


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JW
JW
Mar 11, 2022
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and?

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There is no more the Freedom Village, is there any freedom left? It seems that the Government had to remove the protesters before their announcement of scrapping the mandates once they have been judged illegal by the supreme court. And MSM are mostly silent about it inspite the obvious reality of Omicron spreading among vaccinated as well as unvaccinated and to schools without unvaccinated teachers. By the way, it has been proved that the vaccination of children aged 5 - 11 efficacy against Omicron drops to 12% after 28 days.

https://youtu.be/lzMCstQ5VJw

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JW
JW
Mar 04, 2022
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I don’t believe in mandatory vaccinations

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I walked through the protest 4 times in the first 2 weeks - talked to different people - NO problem !! In fact quite friendly, listened to my sometimes negative opinion. Any protest against the entrenched government / dictatorship is always illegal.


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The “PM” is angry and saddened! … at the events in Wellington. Watched the live feed. Disgraceful. Gestapo tactics. Just what would be expected in a backward police state. Vlad and Justin would be proud. A dark day for freedom in NZ

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lfocahain
lfocahain
Mar 04, 2022
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Most Wellingtonians supported an end to it, so democracy says you're wrong. Outrage and false equivalences don't help

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Hi Rodney. I recall you were my Economics lecturer, and fine one, well , I passed. Rodney you put all economics of Lincoln students into a simple analogy; A Jug of Beer. I no longer drink, but the analogy isn't lost and when we look at opportunity cost of freedom to me freedom equals many many jugs of beer, kegs even. The opportunity to have a safe, controlled and risk free life promised by puppets with no ears has in a very very short amount of time shown the heavy opportunity cost. The jugs of Beer in the future look to be something that writing a post like this, may ban me from buying with my own money. Economics 1…

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