I Am Caged But None Of Us Are Free

Published On August 28, 2012 | By Kate | Articles

This blog post was written by Ademo Freeman from Valley Street Jail. 

Before coming to jail, I used a song and some clips my friend Clyde Voluntaryist put together called, “None of us are free, one of us is caged.” More recently, I received a letter from a person I’ve never met who credited the “Free Ademo” movement for bringing him and his friends to the concept of Voluntaryism. Jay, the man who sent me such letter, stated, “We are no more free than you, except that our cage has a larger roaming ground and aims to be more subtle.”

Before I elaborate more on that statement, I’d like to thank everyone who made this interaction possible. The “Free Ademo” movement is something I can not take credit for. It’s something y’all have done, and done extremely well. Be proud of yourselves as I’m sure ‘Jay and his friends’ are not the only one’s you’ve touched.

Back to the issue at hand – freedom. As I sit in my jail cell, writing this on the lamest excuse for a desk combined with some of the most ridiculous rules you’d ever hear, it’s obvious I am not free. That I am in fact caged and basically the slave of my captors. But what about you?

Are you free? If society was as clearly controlled at the setting I currently live in, would you tolerate it with the same compliance as you do current day-to-day life?

Let me expand a little more on what I’m trying to say. In my jail cell, all movements are controlled. When I was taken to court for my trial, in order to leave my unit I had to have my jail ID. To leave the jail, I had to have the proper paperwork. Some may say that’s understandable because I’m an inmate, but how is that any different from those who are not incarcerated? In order to leave your house, you need a government driver’s license – which is the exact same size as my jail ID. Of course, you can walk without it, unless you’re stopped and questioned by the police. Then, like me when I roam the jail as their worked, you must produce such identification in order to end the involuntary interaction. Even if you have the ID, states require you to have some sort of registration. Sounds very similar to the paperwork required to transport me.

Look at it from another angle and you get the same effect. Everything in my possession (ie, in my jail cell) must be jail issued. I’m told how many razors, toothbrushes and even how much food I can have in my possession. There is a whole chapter in the handbook dedicated to what I can possess while caged here. Again, many will say, “What do you expect?” or, the common line on the inside is, “Welcome to jail.” Is this really all that different from those outside of jail, though?

In some states you’re told how many guns or ammunition for those guns you can possess. Even possession of a medication can land you in the cell next to mine without proper paperwork – as in, some state licensed doctor’s permission slip. For me, if a cellmate gives me an extra soup or shirt and I don’t possess the proper proof, I can be written up or taken to the hole. Some governments – state or local – go as far as to tell you how many cars, trees, or animals  you can have on “your” property. There have even been stories of people being charged or harassed for painting their house a certain color, or for refusing to move a piece of property (Ian’s couch, for example) from their own property.

I could go on and on about the control, oppression, and restrictions put on people every day. The point Jay reminded me of is simple: Your jail might be bigger, your chains invisible, but they’re restraining you just the same as mine. Yes, we’re all oppressed and it’s not getting any better. When will we break these chains?

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  • Ed

    As Russell Means has said,”America has become one huge Indian reservation.”, and we are all on it now.

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  • North Philly

    @ Ademo

    Have any boyfriends yet?

  • http://www.nevertakeaplea.org clyde Voluntaryist

    Awesome letter, Ademo. You speak the truth.

  • JimObject

    Ademo Freeman is my hero.

    Praise be.

  • jayson madore

    the amount of integrity you maintained even in the face of some possible wretched jail time was insane. keep up the good work brother

  • John Q Public

    Must suck to actually have to follow rules for a change. You broke the law. Deal with it.

  • Common Sense

    I am proud to announce, Adam and Kirk Johnson were joined in a civil union in the cafeteria on Monday. Adam wore a prison jumper and applied raspberry Kool-aid to act as rouge and lipstick. Kirk, also known as “Big J,” wore no shirt and shower flipflops. The couple plans to spend their 12hr honeymoon in the conjugal visit trailer enjoying toliet bowl hooch and sodomy.

  • Rebel1

    A most excellent observation by Ademo. Chains for the lot of us indeed.

    Is it not interesting that all notable social change agents are jailed?

    It would appear that jail time is required “course work” for any truly committed social / political thinker. Why is this? Because change comes from the outside and is seen a threat to the status quo. MLK was jailed too many times to count as was Gandhi. Why? Because they threatened the current state ideologies of their time. What is the result of this jail time? Here is a list that immediately comes to mind:

    1. Ademo’s body is caged but not his mind. Ademo is now allowed the solitude required to focus upon his philosophy. After his release, I would expect Ademo to have a more zeal and dogged determination than before his unjustified incarceration. Jail time will enlighten, not darken, the revolutionary’s mind.

    2. Economically, Ademo’s victimless crime is being used by the government to steal wealth in the form of taxes from the pitiful “taxpayer” in order to fund the prison industrial complex. In essence, the state is victimizing “the people” via Ademo’s non-crime. Ademo gets time to reflect and refine his perspectives. the state gets more funding via more theft it commits against the taxpayer. In the end, ademo knows himself much better and the state is enriched and better equipped to strip more wealth from “the people”.

    ““Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim – when he defends himself – as a criminal.” – Bastiat

    I would prefer that Ademo refuse any demands the government may request of him including their demands of fees, etc. Absolutely deprive the coercive state of your wealth/cooperation and at once stand dignified. It is time for Ademo to be the change he wants to see. Do not comprise.

    “Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces.” ~ Etienne de la Boetie

    “What’s the most resilient parasite? An Idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules.”

  • Common Senser

    Common Sense, you being a ‘supposed’ cop, and trolling this site to defend the often times egregious actions of your fellow LEO’s depicted in video, audio and written evidence, is actually a borderline psychological condition that actually makes your ‘voice’ on this site seem much sadder than you realize. Common Sense, you need psychological help, and you surely should not be wearing a badge or gun. The fact that the current LEO & judicial ‘system’ allows mentally disadvantaged people such as yourself to hide their emotional and psychological shortcomings behind a ‘bully-in-blue-badge-and-gun’, is the very reason this site resonates with so many US citizens. We know you think Admeo is just a ‘wacky free stater’, but you will never have his courage or strength of character. You have subtle, very real mental issues that require you to be part of the ‘biggest, most dangerous street gang in the USA’, where you fit in with others who need the crowd and group to ‘speak’ for them, and the false psychological strength of the badge and gun to feel the courage Ademo feels just by waking up in the morning. Common Sense, your screen name is very much an oxymoron in your case. Ademo will have a greater impact on this world than you could ever hope to. As will the others who he is inspiring to stand up, and quietly, peacefully resist the police state in America.

  • Ian

    @ John Q Public: The Boston Tea Party was a group of people breaking the law. Do you consider our founding fathers criminals for breaking the laws that England set, or do you think of them as heroes who broke away from oppression?

  • Kate

    Common, you are scum.

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  • John Q Public

    Ian: What happened in the 1700’s has no bearing on what happened to Adam. The Boston Tea Party happened over taxation. Adam’s plight happened because he thought he could beat the system. He was wrong and now he’s paying the price.

  • John Q Public

    And wow Rebel1. To compare Adam to Martin Luther King and Ghandi is insulting. He is not even close to the caliber of men they were.

  • whoownsu

    John Q. Public says, “Adam’s plight happened because he thought he could beat the system. He was wrong and now he’s paying the price.”

    We are all paying the price for your “system”. Let us not get confused here…the system does not want to be exposed for the corruption that it is. This means that all people can be victimized by the state and in greater secrecy. Do you understand how horrific this can become. Think Stalin and 45M mass murdered people that disagreed with the state.

  • femainmate

    Hey John Q Public, I heard you think you’re free, so I put some gmos in your gmos so you can be modified while you are modified.

    Have fun in the labor camps with all your law abiding friends.

    I will!

  • Dan

    It doesn’t count in jail, anything goes.

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  • Common Sense the sicko

    Common Sense, you are truly in need of help, and fast!!!!! As many of us have advised, you should RUN, not walk, into the nearest mental health facilty Your weird, sick fixation on the guys in Keene fighting for ALLLLL of us is so bizarre, that it makes me wonder if you’re not actually one of those nuts from that Baptist “church” in Georgia spewing evil and hate. Again, just give your real identity. Oh wait. You probably have bodies buried in your backyard, so maybe not such a good idea, heah?