Drew Phillips Takes OWS Video Contest

Thirty-one days ago individuals gathered in a lower Manhattan urban park to express their disillusionment with the Statist Quo. Initially ignored by the lamestream media, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has spread to over 1,000 cities worldwide and can no longer be ignored. And (at least for now) it’s decentralized, which means potential for the spread of new and better ideas.

A couple of weeks ago, Cop Block teamed-up with Strike The Root, Freedoms Phoenix and Liberty On Tour to share ideas through the “Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root!” video contest.

The goal was to communicate a consistent, rights-respecting and prosperity-maximizing framework to individuals on the ground with OWS so they could grasp how the “99%” was arrived at and positive next-steps. In other words, to replace the bad idea of looking to someone else as a leader (and thus granting them the “right” do engage in things wrong for me or you) with the good idea of self-ownership (and with it freedom and responsibility).

Thanks to the sponsoring organizations listed above and a donation by Blake Thessing $400 was up for grabs. I did my best to promote the video contest and had was told from some that they planned to submit videos but in the end, we got only one video submission, from Drew Phillips. So, congrats Drew, you took it all!

Drew’s video is damn solid so it’s likely he would have placed even were we to have gotten a lot of submissions, but the apparent lack of interest in this video contest is telling for me – I’ll try to figure out relevant take-aways from this attempt to incorporate into future such contests. If you have thoughts of your own on why only one video was submitted let me know. Was the time period between announcement and deadline too short? Were the guidelines unclear? Was the topic itself not worth pursuing here on Cop Block?


Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.