- Conflict & Crisis
By JG Vibes
March 15, 2013
It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to simply have a good time in the western world. Even something as simple as hosting a music event requires a long list of permits and permissions that free people should not be subject to. If anyone breaks any of the rules that go along this, there is a good chance that whoever hosted the event, and their patrons will have guns pointed in their faces by police, and have their night ended abruptly, because the government just cant stand to see people enjoying themselves.
Recently at an event connected with the annual SXSW, an entire festival was shut down over an apparent lack of permit, even though the city accepted their application for a permit and cashed their check.
“Austin mainstayers Hoeks Death Metal Pizza‘s annual SXSW metal fest was shut down earlier tonight by the Austin Police Department. The third annual Hoeks Metal Fest was slated to run from Tuesday through Saturday, during the entire duration of the five-day SXSW music festival.
We talked to Hoeks owner Jason Adams a few minutes after the city came and pulled the plug. Jason says the “official” reason given for his shutdown is that Hoeks did not have an active outdoor music permit to conduct the metal fest.
The kicker? The city of Austin cashed Jason’s $241 check to renew Hoeks’ permit back on February 28.
However, since the city neglected to send him a paper copy, (and then refused to give it to Jason when he went to their offices in-person right before SXSW) Hoeks technically was not “permitted” to play live music during SXSW.
If people are required to get permits to do things on their own property, than no one truly owns their property, and we don’t live in a society where property rights are respected. The fact that he even had to apply for a permit to begin with is totally illegitimate, but to see that their event still got shut down even thought they paid for one is a definite sign of a police state.
The owner of the venue explains his experience in the following interview:
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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter-culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer, reporter for Intellihub.com and Executive Producer of the Bob Tuskin Radio Show. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com