Friday, July 3, 2020

Guide for Volunteers Circulating Petitions to Get Joe Kopsick on the Ballot for U.S. House

     This document was created by the campaign to elect Joe Kopsick to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020. It was created to instruct campaign volunteers on how to approach potential voters and signatories to the petition to get Joe Kopsick on the ballot, by name, on November 3rd, 2020.
     The document has been published here, for two reasons: 1) to allow campaign volunteers to access this information for job training purposes; and 2) to show other independent and growing campaigns how to train signature gatherers for their own campaign's purposes.

Phase 1:




Step 1A:

     Decide, carefully, whom to approach. Avoid people who are using cell phones, talking to other people, or who appear to be in a rush. Take care not to bother people who may be busy.

Step 1B:

     Approach the person casually; do not come within 6 feet of them. Take care not to appear to follow people or intimidate them.

Step 1C:

     Avoid misgendering the person; do not use the phases “ma'am”, “madam”, “girl”, “sir”, “dude”, “man”, “my guy”, etc..

     Address the person in a gender-neutral fashion, using any one of the following icebreakers:
- “May I have a moment of your time?”
- “Do you have a second to talk about the election?”
- “Hi, are you a registered voter?” or “Excuse me, are you a registered voter?”

     If the person is
interested, then proceed to Step 5 (determining whether the person is registered).

     If the person is
not interested, then see Step 4.

Step 1D:

     If the person appears very reluctant to engage you, or says they're not interested, do not bother them any further. If they say something, say “Thank you for your time” if it's appropriate. Avoid inconveniencing and upsetting them, wait a moment, and move on to another person (i.e., go back to Step 1).

Step 1E:

     If the person says “I don't know” (after Step 3), show them the QR code that lets them know whether they're registered, and which districts they live in. Tell them that they can enter their name, address, and birth date on that page, to get that information.

     If the person
has time, invite them to do it on their cell phone, or use your own (if the voter is OK with that).

     If the person is
not registered to vote, but they want to help, tell them that their signature will be counted as long as they register to vote by July 20th, 2020.

Phase 2:




     Step 2A:

     If the person is registered to vote, say either:

- “
I'm working with a campaign to elect Joe Kopsick to the U.S. House. Do you know who you're voting for, for Congress, this year?”, or

- “
I'm working with a campaign to start a Mutualist Party in Illinois. Are you satisfied by the current set of choices you have, in regards to political parties in America?

     Step 2B:

     If the person is interested, and wants to know more, then tell them the following:

- “
I work for a campaign that's collecting signatures to get independent candidate Joe Kopsick on the ballot for U.S. House on November 3rd. Every signature also helps establish a Mutualist Party in Illinois.

     Step 2C:

     Offer them free campaign literature, whether they want to sign the petition or not. But do not make them take it if they don't want it.

     Step 2D:

     If the person wants to know more about what they're signing, and what the petition does, tell them the following:

- “
This petition helps get independent candidate Joe Kopsick on the ballot for Congress, and it helps establish a Mutualist Party in Illinois.

     Step 2E:

     If the person
wants to know more about the Mutualist Party, then give them the relevant literature, and explain the following:

- “
Joe Kopsick has founded a Mutualist Party in Illinois, but he is currently the party's only candidate. Every signature that helps get Joe Kopsick on the ballot, helps the Mutualist Party get closer to 5% of the vote, at which point the party would be legally recognized as a major party in the State of Illinois.”

     If the person
still wants to know what the Mutualist Party is about, explain the following:

- “
The party supports making the economy fairer and more free at the same time, and wants the economic system of Mutualism to be a balancing influence between socialism (on the left) and capitalism (on the right).

Step 2F:

     If the person
wants to know more about what they're signing, and what the petition does, tell them the following:

- “This petition helps get independent candidate Joe Kopsick on the ballot for Congress, and it helps establish a Mutualist Party in Illinois.”

Step 2G:

     If the person
needs more information about what the petition does, say the following:

     “It's for registered voters (or people who will register to vote by July 20
th) who want to see Joe Kopsick appear on the November 3rd ballot for Congress. The full name of the position is U.S. Representative from Illinois's 10th congressional district. Signing this petition helps Joe Kopsick get on the ballot by name.”


Step 2H:

     If the person
doesn't know whether they live in the 10th district, then show them either or both of the following two things, to find out:

     1. The
list of towns, with the district map on the other side (copies of which have been provided to you).

     Towns: Bannockburn, Beach Park, Buffalo Grove (portions), Deerfield, Des Plaines (portions), Diamond Lake, Fort Sheridan, Fox Lake, Fremont Center, Gages Lake (portions), Glencoe, Glenview (portions), Great Lakes, Green Oaks, Grayslake, Gurnee (portions), Hainesville, Highland Park and Kennedy, Highwood, Indian Creek, Indian Trails, Ingleside, Kildeer, Lake Bluff and Knollwood, Lake Forest and Mettawa, Lake Villa (portions), Lakemoor (portions), Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst (portions), Long Grove, Long Lake, Mt. Prospect (portions), Mundelein and Ivanhoe and Sylvan Lake, Niles (portions), North Chicago, Northbrook (portions), Park City, Prairie View, Prospect Heights (portions), Riverwoods, Rondout, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Third Lake, Vernon Hills, Volo (portions), Wadsworth (portions), Waukegan, West Miltmore, Wheeling, Wildwood, Winthrop Harbor, Zion

     2. The
QR code that allows voters to determine whether they're registered, and which districts they live in

     Step 2I:

     Ask the person to sign the petition. Say “Would you like to sign the petition?”

Phase 3:


     Step 3A:

     If they're
already eager to sign, and you've skipped over some of the previous steps, and they want to know, quickly, what the petition does, then give them this concise explanation:

- “
This petition helps get independent candidate Joe Kopsick on the ballot for Congress, and it helps establish a Mutualist Party in Illinois.”


     Step 3B:

     If the person asks “
How many signatures do you need?”, tell them this:

     - “One thousand two hundred nine (

     If they ask “
Why is that?”, tell them this:

     - “It's
one-half of a percent of the number of people who voted in the same race in the previous election, which was 2018”.

     Step 3C:

     If the person asks, “
What happens if you don't get enough signatures?”, say the following:

     - “If the campaign doesn't get enough signatures to get Joe Kopsick's
name on the ballot, then voters will still be able to vote for him on November 3rd; by writing his name into the write-in space on the ballot, which will be underneath the names of his opponents who get their names on the ballot.”

     Step 3D:

     If the person asks
where you're getting this information from, say this:

     - “All of this information is available in the
2020 Candidate's Guide, which can be downloaded from the Illinois state Board of Elections website.”
     (That website is at

     Step 3E:

     If the person asks whether they will be
obligated to do anything, or prohibited from doing anything, as a consequence of signing this form – or if they ask specifically whether they will be obligated to vote for Joe Kopsick on Election Day – then tell them the following:

     - “This form is
not a binding obligation to support the candidate on Election Day; this is only saying 'I want another choice on the ballot for U.S. House, and I want that choice to be Joe Kopsick.' But if you sign this petition, then you may not sign a petition supporting any of his opponents' efforts to get on the ballot, for the rest of the signature gathering period.” (That period ends on July 20th, 2020.)

Step 3F:

If the person
makes a mistake while filling the form out, ask them to start over again, and fill a blank line in correctly from the start. Remember which line they made the mistake on, so you can include that line on the list of deletions.

Step 3G:

     If the person asks whether they can
leave a petition out for people to sign, tell them no. Petition circulators must be physically present while signatures are being collected.

     Tell them that they can help us collect signatures to put Joe Kopsick on the ballot, but only if they stay with the forms while collecting, to make sure that voters fill out the forms correctly.

Step 3H:

     Thank the person for their signature.

Step 3I:
     Offer them additional literature.

Step 3J:

     Point to business cards, or other information, to let them know how to get in touch with the candidate and the campaign.

Step 3K:

     Tell the person, “
Would you like to stay updated about the campaign via e-mail, or help the campaign collect signatures?”

     If they say
yes, then show them the sheet; ask for their name, town, and e-mail address; and ask them to indicate whether they'd like to receive e-mails, volunteer, or both.


Step 3L:

     Wish them a pleasant day (or week, or month; whatever is appropriate for the situation).

     Unless it would be rude, also remind them to register to vote by July 20th, and/or to vote for Joe Kopsick on November 3rd.

     If they leave the encounter still unsure as to whether they'll support Joe, remind them to vote that day in general.

In order to sign petitions to help Joe Kopsick get on the ballot,
you must meet ALL FIVE of the below requirements:
1. You must be an eligible voter.
(convicted felons' signatures will be counted, but undocumented immigrants' signatures will not)
2. You must turn 18 by Election Day (must be born on or before November 3rd, 2002)
3. You must register to vote by July 20th, 2020.
4. You must NOT have signed a petition for any of Joe Kopsick's opponents in the 10th District race
[i.e., Brad Schneider (D), Valerie Mukherjee (R), David Rych (L), and Bradley Sigmund Heinz (I)]
5. You must be a resident of Illinois's 10th Congressional District, comprised of the following towns:


Beach Park

Buffalo Grove
(northern half only)


Des Plaines
(northern half only)

Diamond Lake

Fort Sheridan

Fox Lake

Fremont Center

Gages Lake
(central and southern parts only)


Glenview(western half only)

Great Lakes

Green Oaks


(southwest, southeast, and northeast corners only)


Highland Park
(incl. Kennedy)


Indian Creek

Indian Trails



Lake Bluff
(incl. Knollwood)
Lake Forest
(incl. Mettawa)

Lake Villa
(southern half only)

quarter only)



(all parts except portions
of northeast)

Long Grove

Long Lake

Mt. Prospect
(eastern half only)

(incl. Ivanhoe
and Sylvan Lake)

(extreme northwest corner only)

North Chicago

(areas northwest
of Shermer Rd.)

Park City

Prairie View

Prospect Heights
(southern half only)



Round Lake

Round Lake Beach

Round Lake Heights

Round Lake Park

Third Lake

Vernon Hills

(central and
north only)

(eastern half only)


West Miltmore



Winthrop Harbor

1,209 signatures will be required (0.5% of the number of people who voted in the 2018 election)
and must be collected and turned in before July 20th, 2020.

If you'd like to volunteer to canvass / collect signatures for Joe Kopsick for Congress,
email (or call 608-417-9395) to request petition forms!

Illinois's 10th congressional district

Written and Originally Published on July 3rd, 2020

Expanded on July 4th, 2020

Joe Kopsick for Congress Campaign Advertisement, Featuring QR Codes

Created and Published on July 3rd, 2020

Set of Q.R. Codes for Joe Kopsick's 2020 Campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives

     Using an app such as "QR & Barcode Scanner" or "Bar-Code", or "QR Code Reader", scan the following QR codes (Quick Response codes) to see important links about Joe Kopsick's 2020 campaign for U.S. Representative from Illinois's 10th congressional district.
     The QR codes that lead to links where you can sign the petition to get Kopsick on the ballot, are codes #10 through #14. These will allow you to find out if you're registered to vote, find out if you live in Illinois's 10th district, sign the petition, and send invitation to others to do the same!

1. List of most important campaign links

(on the Aquarian Agrarian blog)

2. Questionnaire which allows the reader
to score themselves according to
how much they agree with the candidate

(on the Aquarian Agrarian blog)

3. Joe Kopsick for Congress /
Mutualist Party of Illinois

(Facebook group)

4. Mutualist Party of Illinois

(Facebook page)

5. Kopsick's statement about the foundation
of the Mutualist Party of Illinois

(on the Aquarian Agrarian blog)

6. Detailed 2020 platform

(on the Aquarian Agrarian blog)

7. June 2020 press release

(on the Aquarian Agrarian blog)

8. Campaign video on Ukrainegate
and Brad Schneider


9. Kopsick's infographic about police killings

(on the Aquarian Agrarian blog)

10. Find out if you're registered to vote,
and make sure your "Congressional (Federal)" district
is the 10th district

(government website)

11. Find out if you're eligible to sign
the petition to get Joe Kopsick on the ballot

(on the Aquarian Agrarian blog)

12. e-Petition to get Joe Kopsick on the ballot

(click "Sign Document",
open an internet explorer,
click "Sign In with Mobile Browser",
click "Get Started",
click "Start" at the top-right,
and fill in the form,
beginning with "Signature Field")

(if this doesn't work, try the one below)

13. e-Petition to get Joe Kopsick on the ballot

(click "Sign Document",
open an internet explorer,
click "Sign In with Mobile Browser",
click "Get Started",
click "Start" at the top-right,
and fill in the form,
beginning with "Signature Field")

(if this doesn't work, try the one above)

14. Link to send to people to invite them to sign the e-petition

(click "Sign Document",
open an internet explorer,
click "Sign In with Mobile Browser",
click "Get Started",
click "Start" at the top-right,
and fill in the form,
beginning with "Signature Field")

15. First e-mail update, for volunteers

(on the Aquarian Agrarian blog)

16. QR code leading to this page you're viewing now

(on the Aquarian Agrarian blog)

Create your own QR code for free at

Written and Published on July 3rd, 2020

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Why Mutualism?: Building a Party on Freedom and Fairness (Announcing the Foundation of a Mutualist Party)

Graphic created for use by the Mutualist Party of Illinois
Designed by Joe Kopsick

     The Mutualist Party of Illinois was founded in June 2020 by Joseph W. Kopsick, as part of his independent campaign for the United States House of Representatives from Illinois’s 10th congressional district.
     Upon the occasion of the foundation of the party, its founder Mr. Kopsick - also the party's first candidate - had the following to say:

     “American states need mutualist parties because the sharper and deeper the left-vs.-right divide grows, the more there will develop a need to resolve the differences between - and moderate the extremes of - the far-left and far-right.
     Without a party throwing itself between the others, to protect the many factions of American voters from one another, the wealth gap will deepen, and the effects on our society will be profoundly tribalizing and isolating.
     We need a political philosophy based on mutual respect, to govern Illinois and to govern America. Most importantly, respect for each other’s human rights, and for alternative political and economic viewpoints. We must build a political party that values freedom and fairness equally, and sees human rights and natural liberties as one and the same. If we build that party, it will be in a unique position to resolve the social and economic conflicts of the day, and of the future. 

     Americans know all too well why we need a new party; the Democrats and Republicans are no longer trustworthy. But what good will it do to choose a new party, if it represents a biased form of government? After all, handing all control over to either working people in a socialist system, or to property owners in a capitalist system, could present its own biases and prejudices. So why not choose a party that’s fundamentally based on virtues like fairness, equality, compromise, and moderation?
     It’s not that the other political parties don’t have anything valuable to contribute; they do. It’s just that the Green Party, and socialist and communist parties, represent explicitly left-wing economic standpoints; while the Libertarian Party, Constitution Party, the Conservative Party of Illinois, and others, represent explicitly capitalist or right-wing standpoints. Well, not every American is a student of economics! Not every voter knows whether they are economically left-wing or right-wing! So give them a party that is acutely aware of the growing left-vs.-right divide, and aims to do something about it.
     Mutualism has implications in politics, ethics, money and credit, society, and even biology.
     Through direct action and mutual aid - simply put, “helping each other” - we can act directly to solve social and economic problems, without asking the state for permission, or turning the solution to the problem into a hyper-regulated, government-licensed job.

     Most Americans are still unfamiliar with what the Libertarian Party and the libertarian movement want, but many know that they want everything to be voluntary. The libertarians support voluntary exchange, and so does the Mutualist Party. We just want to remind libertarians that exchanges must be not only voluntary, but also mutually beneficial. That is, everyone who is involved must benefit, even third party actors who aren’t aware that they’re affected by a decision.
     The Mutualist Party supports all mutually beneficial voluntary exchanges and transactions in which no third party is harmed. We want to make it known that no person should be expected to sacrifice in any economic or social situation. A person should only sacrifice if they truly and genuinely want to do it, and understand that they may not “sacrifice others” without their permission; someone who sacrifices must take the responsibility and consequences wholly upon oneself. Also, no person may “volunteer others”; that is not true volunteering.
     In addition to mutual aid and mutual exchange, mutual protection and defense must occur. This really just means “protecting and defending each other”. The purpose of the military sector of the government is to provide an avenue through which the government and the people may pledge mutual loyalty to one another. If the police protect the residents, then the residents will want to become citizens, and they will want to become police officers and volunteer for the military. The public trust has been shattered, especially over the last two decades, and it needs to be revived.
The Mutualist Party will be the party to revive the public trust by bringing reciprocity and trust back to the relationship between the people, our political institutions, and those who administer the law. The Mutualist Party will end the legitimization of violent force by this police state, and it will do that by taking the force out of enforcement.
     We will ensure that all police responses to reports and accusations of non-violent crimes, are met with a non-violent administration of law and a de-escalation of force, not a ramping-up of force and escalation of violence in the name of establishing public order. That is not order; that is violence, and the purpose of government is to avoid violence, not use it to solve all of society’s problems.
     Government cannot be a “civilizing force” in people’s lives, by legitimizing violence. We must respect the right of the accused, not to be subjected to violence, unless they are proven guilty of a violent crime with absolute certainty.

     A society in which each person respects the other person’s right to agree to alternative political, social, and economic arrangements, will be a voluntary society with mutual respect for each other’s freedom to live differently (unless and until those freedoms start to interfere with other people’s freedom).
     The Mutualist Party of Illinois wishes to promote the study of Mutualist economics, occupancy and use norms (“O&U norms”, for short), Proviso-Lockeanism, and the works of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and Josiah Warren, as well as the similar fields of Georgism and market socialism, and the hybrid Geo-Mutualist school of economics. We want Mutualist and Georgist economics to be taught in schools, as alternatives alongside socialism and capitalism.
     Mutualists want the prices of goods to be no higher than the cost of the labor and capital it took to produce them; this is called the “cost principle”. We want free competition and free cooperation at the same time; we want total freedom of opportunity to compete against anyone, even monopolists and the government.
We want to recognize people’s right to keep whatever they produce on top of the land, without having to pay taxes or rent. In a mutualist economy, monopolies, wage theft, housing fraud, predatory lending, excessive taxation and unnecessary fees, congressional insider trading, and fractional-reserve banking (usury) will become things of the past.
     No longer will the public be expected to foot the tax bill to protect the property and wealth of corrupt companies, environmentally harmful resource extraction operations, or unfinished construction projects which serve no purpose to the public.
It will be easier to start a family business, but it will also be easier to start a cooperative enterprise. It will be easier to form a union and strike and boycott, but it will also be easier to become an independent contractor. It will be easier to file a patent, but the patent won’t last so long that people are unable to afford the product, or legally use alternatives to it. It will be easier to produce consumer goods (as long as you do it in a healthy environment), but we will know much more about the products we consume.
     There’s something in Mutualism for everyone! All it takes is getting workers and consumers to talk to each other directly, so they can make decisions that benefit us all.

     The Mutualist Party of Illinois will be the party of free land, free credit, free competition, and free cooperation. We want free and open markets, moderated with the fairness provided through equal protection under the law.
     Mutualists believe that freedom and fairness don’t have to be balanced; society becomes totally free only when each of us treats others fairly, and it becomes totally fair when each and every one of us is afforded freedom over our own affairs.
If those who have no property, also have no realistic way to ever fully own property, then the American dream is no more. If those who have done wrong and served their time, have no chance of ever having meaningful participation in our civic institutions, then the phrase “justice for all” (in the Pledge of Allegiance) means nothing.
     The Mutualist Party will restore the American dream, public trust in government, and worker and consumer faith in our economy.
     Join my campaign for the U.S. House, and this effort to establish a Mutualist Party in the State of Illinois. Together, we can build a unique, grassroots movement that doesn’t fall prey to the biases of so-called “normal politics” where all parties are in it for themselves.
     The Mutualist Party is in it for the people of Illinois. The Mutualist Party is in it for the American people. Mutualism is in it for the people of the world. A world in which everyone has access to opportunities, is a world in which nobody will tolerate being unfree, and nobody will tolerate unfair treatment.
     But we can get there; through building a free society based on mutual respect and trust, genuine volunteering, and reciprocity; delivering on our promises. Not just because we want to make sure that people get compensated for all the work they do (and we do); but because humans are innately social creatures. We care what happens to each other.
     Our ability to protect, defend, and care for one another, is what determines the future of human survival on this planet, and whether we live in harmony with the planet and other species living upon it. A party that protects the environment, will itself receive the mutual protection of the planet.
     That is why we need Mutualist and Georgist economics; one system focused on a fair economy, and the other focused on the land itself.

     Please help the economy, the planet, and each other, by joining the Mutualist Party today. We don’t want your money, we just want to work with you to the extent that you want to work with us.
     That’s how you negotiate, and build coalitions, but it’s also how you know when you’ve found something that is non-negotiable. Until that happens, it’s how you make sure that everyone involved in a transaction is comfortable, and can easily go their separate ways when their interests diverge.
     That is how you foster an economy, and a society, in which both individuals and groups can flourish, and in which nobody goes hungry while others have much more than they need. Hardly any government would be necessary, if it were not “necessary” to protect the immense wealth of the rich against the bodies of the poor.
     A society in which nobody has to consider stealing - whether from a store, or from their employee - will be a society in which openness, respect, and trust will flourish. The Mutualist Party will get the boot of taxation off of the throats of hard working employees as well as small businessmen alike, instead of pillaging from both of them while pitting them against each other.
     It’s time to knock some sense back into our government and our economy.”

     To join the Mutualist Party of Illinois, e-mail Joe Kopsick at, or call him at 608-417-9395, and ask to sign the petition to help establish the party (and also helps Kopsick get on the ballot in 2020).

     Facebook users can like the page Mutualist Party of Illinois by following this address:

     Facebook users can also keep up on Mutualist Party of Illinois politics by visiting the Joe Kopsick for Congress (IL-10) / Mutualist Party of Illinois group, which can be found at the following address:

     The online e-petition to help Kopsick get on the ballot, is available at the following links:

A Mutualist-Anarchist flag

Image not created by the author of this blog

Written on June 30th, 2020
Edited on July 1st and 3rd, 2020
Originally Published to This Blog on July 3rd, 2020