Libertarian Party vice chair Arvin Vohra released a divisive manifesto last night deriding the institution of the military, promising a coordinated effort to counteract “the lies and bluster military recruiters use to dupe young men and women” in the months to come.
“If you were tricked by military recruiters, help prevent the same thing from happening to others. Share your experiences, and speak out boldly,” Vohra said in a Facebook post that immediately generated a polarizing reaction with most of the feedback being resoundingly negative.
“I don’t think someone is innately evil for being in the military, but I think that a lot of the military’s actions have been evil,” Keith Thompson said in response to Vohra’s sentiments. “Seems kind of collectivist to paint with that broad of a brush.”
“As someone who thought you were quite intelligent and informed, your comments remind me why the LP will never be a relevant party,” Rumman Kay replied. “Disappointed in you, bud.”
Pressure is building on Vohra to resign his post, but not every libertarian is up in arms over his comments. Other individuals found the comments to be refreshing, including infamous streaker and perennial sheriff candidate, James Weeks II.
Weeks agreed with Vohra’s statement and followed-up with an even more offensive message to the troops saying, “Sorry fellas, you’re pawns for the military industrial complex, you’re the bad guys, you’re the enforcement arm of the state.”
Commenter Ned Kelley agreed with Vohra as well. He said, “Spot on Arvin. We must counter the glorification of the military. We’ve got our work cut out for us because the story of patriotism/honor/duty is fed to us so young and it is so pervasive.”
Vohra was elected vice chair of the Libertarian Party in 2014, and was re-elected to the position in 2016. He serves under Chairman Nicholas Sarwark, who has come under fire for controversial and divisive comments as well. In his home state of Maryland, Vohra has sought federal office unsuccessfully on multiple occasions.
It remains to be seen if his comments jeopardize Vohra’s future in a leadership role within the Libertarian Party.