The Fiendish Koch Conspiracy, Revealed!

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Jan. 26 2011 12:09 PM

The Fiendish Koch Conspiracy, Revealed!

Last year, Mark Ames published an investigative article about the influence of Koch money in the libertarian movement; The Nation eventually apologized for running the article. One Ames item that had read wrong to me was the way Pete Eyre, a veteran of some Koch-funded programs, was connected to activists to link them back to Koch's influence.

I have known Pete Eyre for four years, and he is less an agent of the Kochs and more an anarchist (or voluntaryist, as he calls himself) who seeks out ways to drop out of society and get arrested . To run into Pete Eyre and the Free Keene movement is not to sync up with the Koch machine. It is to frolic with affable goofballs.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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A man affiliated with the libertarian Free Keene movement is being held without bail because he refused to give his name after being arrested in Keene District Court Monday, according to Keene police.

The man was arrested after he refused to take off his hat in the courtroom and argued with a bailiff who asked him to leave court, according to Keene police Lt. Darryl W. Madden.

He faces charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and is being held at the Cheshire County jail without bail until he identifies himself, Madden said.

It's Pete Eyre. Here's a video, with commentary and background:

The Free Keene community is not, shall we say, a well-oiled part of a pro-corporate movement.

Hat tip: Brian Doherty .

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.