How to Make a Ridiculously Cheap Cardboard Protest Sign

The following are instructions for construction of a super cheap double-sided cardboard protest sign.


Cardboard Protest Sign - "Honk If You Hate Taxes"


You will need:


  • 8 Ramen noodle cardboard container boxes
  • 2 rolls of duct tape; 1 black, and the other some non-black color
  • Approximately two dozen toilet paper rolls
  • An indelible marker
  • A pair of scissors


Step 1: Break the boxes down flat. Cut off the bottom and top flaps, but not the larger side flaps.


Step 2: Overlap the side flaps with each pair of broken down boxes. Duct tape the back (labeled) side, as well as tape looping between the flaps (select an appropriate length of tape, tape it back against itself sticky side out, then squish it between the flaps).


Step 3: Place two pairs back to back, with the blank, non-labeled side facing out, and tape the remaining side flaps together.


Step 4: Now is the time to actually write your message. After selecting something pithy, write it in pencil quickly. Then take your indelible marker and slowly trace it over and around the penciled letters. Finally, get out the black duct tape, select appropriate lengths, cut these strips in half, and then lay them over the indelibly marked letters.


Step 5: Repeat the previous step for the other side.


Step 6: Wedge toilet paper rolls inside of each other until you have a length that is comfortably longer than the height of the sign (that is, both halves stacked on top of each other). Duct tape any weaker joining parts together (WARNING: do NOT use paper towel rolls, their length makes them less sturdy for bearing weight than a bunch of toilet paper rolls; of course, if it’s windy, you’re just plain fucked unless you use a broom handle or equivalent, which oh-so-conveniently tend to be illegal for use with a protest sign in various locales, so check your local statutes).


Step 7: Decide how you will get your protest sign to the site. If you are going to prefabricate it, then make sure to perform the next few steps before you arrive on location; on the other hand, if you are going to assemble it on site, I would recommend devising some way of carrying it hands-free and having whatever tools you need to assemble and take it down while you’re there. In that case, I suggest that you have on hand extra duct tape (not the whole roll, perhaps 5 – 10 ft doubled over on itself), a knife, and paracord to strap together and carry the sign to the location.


Step 8: Place the top half of the sign on the lower half and tape the inside edges together. Don’t worry, it should hold.


Step 9: Here is the most critical step; slip the toilet paper roll handle up the length of the sign and tape it to one side (work from the most inside part out). Then flip it over and tape the roll to the other side. If for some strange reason you happen to run out of duct tape before you’ve taped the roll to both insides of the sign, then focus on reinforcing one side, since that is going to bear the weight.


Step 10: Lift the sign by the edges, not torquing the hell out of it by lifting from the handle which might very well break it. Once right side up, place your hand on the toilet paper roll pole right at the bottom edge of the sign. This will give you the most stability and control possible (of course, if it’s windy, you’re fucked, in which case you’ll be doing arm exercises the entire time).


There you go. Have fun being completely useless and counter-productive.


What is the Philosophy of Liberty?

The following is taken from an animated cartoon that was produced by Lux Lucre and written by Ken Schooland.


The Philosophy of Liberty


The Philosophy of Liberty is based on the principle of Self-Ownership. YOU OWN YOUR LIFE. To deny this is to imply that another person has a higher claim on your life than you do. No other person, or group of persons, owns your Life, nor do you own the lives of others.

You exist in time; Future, Present, Past. This is manifest in Life, Liberty, and the product of your Life and Liberty. To lose your Life is to lose your Future, to lose your Liberty is to lose your Present, and to lose the product of your life and liberty is to lose that portion of your Past that produced it.

A product of your Life and your Liberty is your Property. Property is the fruit of your labor, the product of your time, energy, and talents. Property is that part of nature which you turn to valuable use.

Property is the property of others that is given to you by voluntary exchange and mutual consent. Two people who exchange property voluntarily are both better off or they wouldn’t do it. Only they may rightfully make that decision for themselves.

At times, some people use Force or Fraud to take from others without voluntary consent. The initiation of Force or Fraud to take Life is Murder, to take Liberty is Slavery, and to take Property is Theft. It is the same whether these actions are done by one person acting alone, by the many acting against the few, or even by officials with fine hats.

You have the right to protect your own Life, Liberty, and justly acquired Property from the forceful aggression of others, and you may ask others to help defend you, but you do not have the right to initiate Force against the Life, Liberty and Property of others. Thus, you have no right to designate some person to initiate Force against others on your behalf.

You have the right to seek leaders for yourself, but you have no right to impose rulers onto others. No matter how officials are selected, they are only human beings and they have no rights or claims that are higher than those of any other human beings. Regardless of the imaginative labels for their behavior, or the numbers of people encouraging them, officials have no right to murder, to enslave, or to steal. You cannot give them any rights that you do not have yourself.

Since you own your Life, you are responsible for your Life. You do not rent your Life from others who demand your obedience, nor are you a slave to others who demand your sacrifice. You choose your own goals based on your own values. Success and failure are both the necessary incentives to learn and to grow. Your action on behalf of others, or their action on behalf of you, is virtuous only when it is derived from voluntary mutual consent. For virtue can exist only where there is Free Choice. This is the basis of a truly free society. It is not only the most practical and humanitarian foundation for human action, it is also the most ethical.

Problems in the world that arise from the initiation of Force by government have a solution. The solution is for the people of the Earth to STOP asking government officials to initiate Force on their behalf. Evil does not arise only from evil people, but also from good people who tolerate the initiation of Force as a means to their own ends. In this manner, good people have empowered evil people throughout history.

Having confidence in a free society is to focus on the process of discovery in the marketplace of values, rather than to focus on some imposed vision or goal using governmental Force to impose a vision on others is intellectual sloth and typically results in unintended, perverse consequences. Achieving a free society requires courage to Think, to Talk, and to Act. Especially when it is easier to do nothing….


Who is Simon Jester?


Simon Jester - American Flag


A nag, an itch, that indescribable sense of having to take action. He is that force within all of us to harass and ridicule the tyrants who seek in their deluded manner to control every single aspect of everyone else’s lives. The desire to irk those who commit tyranny is a desire that is innate to the human spirit. Agitation is the name of the game. Anyone, ranging from millionaire entrepreneurs to poor day laborers, are able to scrawl messages to these tyrannical elitists and sign them with a smirking devil. It is this spirit of resistance to tyrants that Simon Jester is all about. He is a meme; a meme of uncompromising resistance in pursuit of securing our liberties.

Throughout the centuries, mankind has been degraded, humiliated, and suffered under the boot of authority. No longer. Toleration of oppression is exactly the same as participation in it. If you provide sanction to tyrants, you are part of the problem and will be dealt with accordingly. Working within the system is nothing more than acquiescence to the State. Nothing short of revolution is going to provide anyone with even the most marginal of chances to enjoy their liberty.

Resisting tyrants should be fun. Simon Jester is all about having fun. Giving bullies the sense that Simon is everywhere and nowhere at once, that he may just appear as he also mysteriously disappears, is the impression that they should get. Control freaks should never feel safe anywhere, not even in their own heads, for Simon Jester will dance and frolic there with his pitchfork of justice. Maybe the authoritarians who think they’re in charge will eventually realize that power lies not in the number of guns you have, but in the acceptability of your ideas. And the idea of authority is one whose power is becoming that much more unacceptable.

How is it possible to spread the message of Simon Jester? Limits are only temporary obstacles within the imagination. Look around your local neighborhood. Notice where all the stoplight poles are located, where the missing cat posters are stapled, and where all the handles to doors and newspaper lids are attached. These and many more such places are ideal for spreading Simon Jester’s message of freedom and liberty. Humanity deserves to be free, without exception or compromise. Organized criminal gangs that are erroneously called “government” need to be put back into their constitutional cage, if not put out of their misery completely. The time has come for some real upheaval of the status quo against this authoritarian power structure that is seeking to enslave the entire world under its heel.

Will you let your inner Simon Jester out? Will you choose to scrawl many smirking little devils as a signature for pithy sayings about freedom? Why not embody the immortal meme of Simon Jester?