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Culture/Politics

Based Stickman Shows Libertarians That Bold Grassroots Leadership Is Necessary

In a time where naked parasitic leftism is running wild, libertarians are faced with a choice. They can either stand and fight against this menace, or wave the white flag of surrender. This seems like it would be an easy choice for any lover of liberty, but if you listen to certain voices within the movement, cowardice is the most noble of options. “The left-wing combatants claim to be anarchists, and yet are furthering the state,” commentator Dan Sanchez wrote in a FEE column. “The right-wing combatants claim to be for liberty, and yet are putting liberty in danger. If these conflicts continue to escalate, no matter which side “wins,” liberty will lose.” Sanchez’s commentary is indicative of the academic, elitist, ivory tower mindset that plagues the libertarian movement. This mindset fosters passive inaction and stagnation. It has gotten especially pernicious since Ron Paul retired from public life. Isolated in his bubble, Sanchez and others like him have forgotten what the people need right now. They don’t need a… Keep Reading

Politics/Tech

Facebook As Big Brother: The Liberty Conservative Gets Censored By Thought Police

On Friday, we published an article titled ‘Cato VP Attacks Ron Paul, Calls His Ideas a “Hideous Corruption Of Libertarian Ideas”‘ written by senior contributor Alex Witoslawski. As the article was beginning to gain traction and go viral, Facebook decided to censor it—issuing temporary bans for anyone who merely shared the writing. Dozens of people have reported being censored immediately after sharing the article. Some of the error warnings suggested that malware could have been involved, but that was a deception. Rather than admitting to their practice of muzzling speech, Facebook apparently gives random error messages to baffle users and throw them off the trail. Most of the people afflicted were put out of commission for two days, unable to share links to content on the social media platform. From a strictly libertarian perspective, Facebook has the right to act in completely abhorrent and disgusting ways. Conversely, we have the right to expose the truth about this entity and work to build consumer pressure against their reprehensible policies until… Keep Reading

News

Cato VP Attacks Ron Paul, Calls His Ideas a “Hideous Corruption Of Libertarian Ideas”

In a series of tweets Wednesday afternoon, Cato Institute Vice President of Research Brink Lindsey called Ron Paul a xenophobe, conspiracy theorist, and Paul’s philosophy a “hideous corruption of libertarian ideas.” In two back-to-back tweets, the Cato VP stated that “the most prominent libertarian voice of recent times, Ron Paul, opposed all trade agreements and promoted anti-trade conspiracy theories” and “Ron Paul’s xenophobia was a hideous corruption of libertarian ideas and puts his movement in the Trumpism family tree.” Keep Reading

News

Libertarian Party Of Nevada Endorses Sabotaging Own Party’s Convention With Leftist Tactics

The Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Nevada has proposed an elaborate sabotage campaign based on far leftist tactics – to take down their own conference! David Colborne, Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Nevada, used the official website of state party to propose a sabotage campaign of their own Party’s conference to deny certain libertarian undesirables their right to organize within the Party. Although he was not mentioned specifically in the article, many links clearly indicate that the “polarizing” figure referenced by the article is Augustus Invictus. In his post titled “The Max Power Way” on the LP of Nevada blog, Colborne blamed Invictus for hiding “behind pregnant women” after ANTIFA leftists threatened a pregnant woman who is apart of his political circle. From there, Colborne suggested that the established leadership of the Libertarian Party of Florida sabotage their own conference in order to preserve “the status quo indefinitely.” Keep Reading

News

“I’m THAT Libertarian!” – Libertarians Honor Marc Feldman With New Convention Slogan

The Libertarian Party has officially chosen “I’m THAT Libertarian” as the next slogan for their biannual national convention in remembrance of 2016 Presidential hopeful Marc Feldman, who passed away last year. He gave an impassioned speech that was widely seen as one of the highlights of the conference. At a tumultuous and divisive Libertarian National convention that caused bitter divisions within the party, Feldman’s unifying, passionate message was an across-the-board hit. A relative unknown at the time going up against several noteworthy competitors with national profiles, Feldman stole the show with his closing remarks – even his rivals were laughing and applauding. Tragically, he would pass away a month after the convention of natural causes at the age of 56. Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Rothbard’s Revenge: The Developing Libertarian-Right Alliance To Crush Leftist Influence In Modern Society

The past week has been a wild one in the libertarian movement that resulted in a great deal of soul-searching and reflecting. With left-libertarians triggered and showing their nasty, totalitarian colors under the pressure, many rational libertarians are realizing that this poison must be removed from the movement post haste before even more damage is done. Anarcho-capitalist author and philosopher Christopher Chase Rachels has taken the lead in this valiant effort. In an apparent response to the growing acceptance of violence, harassment, and mob tactics by left-libertarians, Rachels is striking back. He drafted a manifesto for his new right-libertarian alliance that he published earlier today. “We as the libertarian right seek first and foremost to promote a society whose prevailing legal system(s) is/are firmly rooted in the private property ethic and the NAP,” Rachels said in his manifesto. “That this is the fundamental core of the peaceful, civilized, and prosperous society.” Those words sound like doctrinaire libertarianism, but Rachels’ manifesto definitely could appeal to those on the right as… Keep Reading

News

Richard Spencer Nearly Starts A Riot At Students For Liberty Conference

Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute, who achieved national infamy last year after he conducted a “Hail Trump” display that was seized upon by the mainstream media, sparked a large display of outrage at the International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) – just by merely showing up at the hotel bar! Invited by the recently-formed Hans Hermann Hoppe Caucus, Spencer appeared for an impromptu “breakout session” in the hotel bar where ISFLC was taking place. Receiving well over 50 attendees, Spencer’s appearance ended up being one of the most well-attended breakout sessions of the entire weekend, and created controversy, rocking the entire conference off its axis. Keep Reading

News

Fearing Possible Walkout, Sen. Rand Paul No-Shows Students For Liberty Conference

In an abrupt and unexpected maneuver, Sen. Rand Paul no-showed at the 2017 International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) in Washington D.C. tonight. The reason given by event organizers was that he was busy with an important Senate vote, but records suggest that no such vote was taking place. Wolf von Laer, President of Students for Liberty, claimed that Sen. Rand Paul couldn’t make the conference due to pressing Senate business. However, the United States Senate Floor’s Twitter account reported that the body had adjourned at 1:54 pm in the afternoon, leaving attendees to speculate about the real reason why Rand didn’t show up. Recent controversial decisions from Senator Paul to support border enforcement measures and confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General had spurred ire from left-libertarians. It was heavily rumored that a large walk-out of attendees would have happened when Rand went on stage to protest these actions. Keep Reading

Politics

Trump’s America Is a Land Of Opportunity For Crafty Libertarians

Whether you like it or you love it, the Trump era is upon us. There is no escaping now, and it’s going to be a wild ride. Many libertarians are finding it difficult to find where they fit within this new paradigm of excitement and insanity that the Donald has thrust upon us. There is no need to fret, though. Libertarians can easily find a juicy new angle that will allow them to promote their beliefs and keep them fresh as they wade into Trump’s unchartered waters. Thus far, Trump has been a mixed bag from a libertarian perspective when it comes to his policies. He has signed an executive order ending the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), given repeated reassurances that taxes and regulations are going to be axed, and has a surprisingly qualified Supreme Court appointee under his belt. That is impressive, but not the entire story by any means. Trump has also indicated his strong support for civil asset forfeiture, furthered Saudi weapons deals, put Goldman Sachs goons in… Keep Reading

Politics

The Southern Avenger Predicted The Alt Right In 2009

It was 2009 and the freshness of the liberty movement was still in the air with hope on the horizon, even with the recent election of Barack Obama as President. The liberty movement was an organized group on the right that would push back against the status quo; an alternative right of sorts. At least that’s what the once fiery paleolibertarian writer Jack Hunter called it back in 2009. A movement he could be proud of, with the likes of Paulites and Buchanites, who could deliver a huge blow to the neoconservatives and left alike. This alt-right in its infancy stage was called the liberty movement. This movement which had the likes of the self-described Southern Avenger, who wrote with a never-ending passion against the beltway elite and took no prisoners. In an article in November of 2009, the paleolibertarian stalwart wrote about being against NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement),  illegal immigration, and the war hawks. This man was unafraid of standing for the constitution, even if he was deemed… Keep Reading

Politics

A Donald Trump Presidency Indicates The Necessity Of Alt-Right Libertarianism

On January 20th, the reality finally set in. Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. The anti-establishment, anti-globalist firebrand was at the helm of the most powerful position in these United States. The power that grew throughout the Bush and Obama years gave the Presidency an unprecedented amount of power. The power is there, but can this power be used to reduce government even slightly? Just within days of his presidency, Trump answered that question by signing an executive order to remove the United States from the corporate-devised Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Madman that is Donald Trump had people like Bernie Sanders, the devout socialist, praising him for exiting the TPP. However, the likes of Reason Magazine and Cato Institute took to the internet to criticize Trump for hurting “Free Trade.” As pointed out below in a tweet by the principled Mises Institute, government-managed free trade agreements are not free trade in the libertarian sense:  Keep Reading

Politics

The Masses In Motion: Why Libertarian Populism Is The Way Forward

For students of political strategy, the 2016 presidential race was a remarkable and informative election. This is especially true for grassroots libertarians who want to learn how to build an electoral coalition capable of winning national elections. It shows why libertarian populism must be the way forward for activists interested in advancing the liberty movement. Donald Trump – or should I say President Trump – accomplished something incredible: he methodically took down sixteen of the Republican Party’s best candidates in the primaries and then annihilated Hillary Clinton in an electoral landslide, holding on to traditional red states while winning states like Michigan and Pennsylvania that establishment Republicans could never even dream of winning. What made his victory even more amazing was that Trump managed to win these traditionally deep blue states despite being viciously attacked around the clock by the mainstream media, Democratic Party, and neoconservatives (who de facto are the Republican establishment). Trump accomplished all of this while turning the traditional political strategy of beltway elites on its… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

The Biggest Winners And Sorriest Losers In The Liberty Movement For 2016

It is the best of times, and it is the worst of times for the liberty movement. The political system is in utter chaos, and a vast realignment is taking place. Some liberty activists are finding themselves in good graces because of this realignment, while others are down in the dumps. We are going to examine the biggest winners within the liberty movement due to this year’s the political realignment, and what they did correctly to shine so brightly. Conversely, we will look at the people who blew it big time in 2016 and let destiny slip through their fingertips. Keep Reading

News/Politics

Podcaster Jason Stapleton Issues Ultimatum To Loyal Listeners, Declares War Against Principled Libertarians

Podcaster Jason Stapleton recently took his loyal listeners to task in an unhinged rant released on his group’s Facebook page this past weekend. In his screed, Stapleton issued a simple ultimatum for the individuals in his group: bow to the state or face his wrath. “Some of you are nothing but agitators,” Stapleton proclaimed. “Arrogant, adult children who have nothing of value to add to this group or the liberty movement… Take caution in your posts and comments because any of the benefit of the doubt you might have received prior to today is gone.” Anyone who deals with libertarians on a regular basis on social media or elsewhere can understand Stapleton’s frustrations. If this rant were merely a release valve after a stressful day, that would be one thing. Unfortunately, Stapleton’s rant is little more than a thinly-veiled cover for an aggressive policy of censorship against differing viewpoints. In spite of Stapleton mentioning that he had respect for libertarian anarchists such as Tom Woods and Bob Murphy in… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Libertarians And The Alt-Right: Brothers In Arms Toward Leftist Destruction

Lately, there has been a great deal of petty bickering going on between libertarians and members of the alt-right. This turf war is being waged primarily through social media, and much of the time, it is centered around disputes on contentious issues such as multiculturalism and open borders. Instead of arguing about the specifics of these nuanced issues and further dividing the two factions, libertarians and members of the alt-right should find common cause against on their extremely dangerous, increasingly deranged, and virulently statist enemies of the political left. The Impact of the Alt-Right At the current moment, the alt-right is emboldened by their perceived success. Whether true or not, they have given themselves credit for memeing Donald Trump into the White House. Based on the media coverage of their exploits, it is hard to disagree with this assessment. Hillary Clinton read Alex Jones’ conspiracy theories and ridiculous headlines penned by Milo Yiannopoulos at live events during the height of campaign season. Her campaign actually released an online resource… Keep Reading

Politics

Vindicated At Last: Conspiracy Theorists Ride High In The Age Of WikiLeaks

The smell of sweet vindication is in the air these days, at least if you are a conspiracy theorist. Wikileaks has made it so that the truth can no longer be denied that half of the entire political system is quite literally a criminal operation from top-to-bottom. Of course, as little Marco Rubio knows, more devastating disclosures are on the way. The Republican Party, as a whole, is at least as criminal as the Democrats. Any liberty Republican who has been in the fight knows that to be the case. Because the great Julian Assange is an equal-opportunity brutalizer of government and corporate crooks, he will likely be releasing the goods on pretty much everyone in due time. This global unveiling that is taking place should be considered fantastic news for libertarians. With government and corporate secrets being brought out into the light, propaganda efforts will become considerably more difficult. Although most of the public is still unaware, it is becoming more difficult for them to be oblivious. With… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

Should a Free Person Accept The Election Results

The latest link in a long chain of electoral drama, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump sparred mercilessly in Wednesday’s debate and following press conferences over whether the losing side would “accept the outcome” of the national election. What exactly does that mean? Usually, accepting the outcome of the election means you concede the election graciously when it’s clear that you lost. When moderator Chris Wallace asked Mr. Trump during the final presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle, Trump said he would think about it when the time came. I will venture a likely unpopular view that Trump and Wallace may not have meant the same thing by that question. What Chris Wallace probably meant was somewhere between “Will you graciously admit defeat and congratulate then President-Elect Hillary Clinton” and “Will you acknowledge the lawful authority of the new Administration and submit to the government.” In all probability, given the recent controversy surrounding allegations of election fraud, Trump probably meant something more like “Will I acknowledge she won… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

A Plea To The Alternate Right From The Ron Paul Revolution: Don’t Repeat Our Mistakes

In the wake of Trumpmania, the political system is as chaotic and insane as it has ever been. If we were watching these events unfold in a Hollywood movie, we would probably say they were too fanciful and absurd to be taken seriously. Nevertheless, it is the reality that is staring us in the face. One of the most peculiar and eye-raising developments of this ridiculous campaign season has been Hillary Clinton’s speech demonizing the alternative right. In Hillary’s speech – which was a more deranged, in-depth rehashing of her “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” talking point of the 1990’s – she painted a sinister picture of dark racist forces working to stop her potential presidency. She even named names. She pointed to Alex Jones, Breitbart, and Vladimir Putin as the apparent masterminds behind a new “alt right” that is vicious, toxic, bigoted, and not traditionally conservative. “This is not conservatism as we have known it,” Clinton said in her Aug. 25 speech. “This is not Republicanism as we have… Keep Reading

Politics

Farage And Trump Show The Liberty Movement How Its Done

Last night, an amazing political spectacle took place in Mississippi. At an official campaign stop in Jackson, Donald Trump invited the notorious former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage to talk about the historic Brexit vote, of which he was instrumental in orchestrating over in Jolly Ol’ England. The video coverage is powerful, and the speech was inspiring and optimistic. Here is Farage in his own words: Farage is a leader who really understands how to frame the issues. He has established his forces as the populist rabble, the ordinary folks taking back their sovereignty against a totalitarian bureaucracy that is out of control. It is rare to hear the liberty movement pose their arguments in the same manner. Sometimes, it seems as if libertarians go out of their way to make their arguments as arcane to the common man as possible. Egotism and elitism are prioritized above reaching out to the masses and connecting with individuals. The Beltway types perched upon their ivory towers like to act as… Keep Reading

Politics

Libertarians And The Christian Right: An Alliance Of Necessity

“Most libertarians think of Christian conservatives in the same lurid terms as the leftist media, if not more so: that their aim is to impose a Christian theocracy; to outlaw liquor and other means of hedonic enjoyment, and to break down bedroom doors to enforce a Morality Police upon the country: Nothing could be further from the truth: Christian conservatives are trying to fight back against a left-liberal elite that used government to assault and virtually destroy Christian values, principles, and culture.” – Dr. Murray N. Rothbard, The Religious Right: Toward a Coalition, Feb. 1993 During this time of political strife, the libertarian movement seems less stable and more up-for-grabs than ever before. We have some libertarians moving toward the alt-right and embracing the spectacle of Trumpmania while we have other libertarians gravitating toward appeasement with statists on the left in an attempt to win over Bernie backers. However, during these precarious times, we must remember to keep our perspectives. Soon, the Sanders campaign will be a distant memory.… Keep Reading

Politics

Lessons Learned: What The Liberty Minded Can Take Away From Trump’s Triumph

I have noticed a troubling trend amongst liberty conservatives that is growing lately. Instead of forging alliances with the anti-establishment Republican grassroots, they are pouting, whining, doing the bidding of the Bill Kristol’s of the world, abandoning ship, taking their ball and going home. They are proving all the worst stereotypes about the liberty minded: that we are marginal, petty, flaky, unreliable, melodramatic and undeserving to enjoy the blessings of freedom. Although events in the last year have killed morale and bruised many of our egos, there is a silver lining. The Trump phenomenon has harmed our enemies more than it has us. The elite media is reeling, having been out-smarted by a reality TV star. The neocons have never looked more foolish and out of touch. The special interest money machine that fuels Washington D.C. has been neutered by Trump’s garbage machine. When looked at as a case study, there are many lessons that we can learn from Trump’s historic campaign. Take some notes, class is in session… Keep Reading

Economics

Murray N. Rothbard: The Tupac Shakur Of Economists

Although he passed away over two decades ago, death hasn’t stopped the iconic libertarian economist Murray N. Rothbard from releasing new material. According to Rothbard’s long-time confidant and biographer Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com, a group of “lost columns” are going to be released to the public that Rothbard supposedly penned in the 1960’s alongside a new book about how libertarians should approach the crucial question of strategy. They will be edited by Raimondo himself and released through the Mises Institute. This isn’t the first time that Rothbard has conquered death to deliver the message of hardcore liberty to the masses. In 2010, Strictly Confidential: The Private Volker Fund Memos of Murray N. Rothbard was published by David Gordon, editor of the Mises Review. That was a rather substantial 431 page text, and now a mere six years later, we are privileged to even more Rothbard. Take that, Grim Reaper! Rothbard’s prolific nature extending beyond the grave draws an obvious comparison to Tupac Shakur, the legendary rap artist who was… Keep Reading

Politics

The Libertarian Party Goes Gestapo, Supports Mass Surveillance And Federal Snitching

The worst Libertarian Party Presidential ticket in history is at it again. This time, infamous globalist gun-grabber and LP Vice Presidential candidate Bill Weld is doubling-down on mass surveillance and the federal police state to supposedly solve the problems of mass shootings and radical Islam. A Jun. 13 Washington Post article elaborates on Weld’s decisively anti-libertarian sentiments: Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts now running as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for vice president, called today for a 1,000-agent task force to combat Islamic State adherents in the United States, and for a tip line where Muslims could inform on radicalism. “Let’s face it: The United States is under attack right now by ISIS and ISIS copycats,” Weld said. “They have a deep pool to pull from. There are over 3 million Muslims in the United States — maybe Mr. Trump will want to deport them all, but the better approach is to work with the community.” In short, Weld thinks that encouraging more snitching to the federal government… Keep Reading

Politics

Republican Liberty Caucus Vice Chair Betrays His Own Cause, Pushes Gun-Grabbing Warmonger

It was a very humiliating spectacle this past weekend at the Libertarian Party National Convention in Orlando, FL. And I’m not referring to the now infamous streaker who gained national headlines. Sadly, the shame brought on by the nude anarchist paled in comparison to the wretched ticket that Libertarian Party members had the audacity to put up for the Presidency. In fact, it could be argued that the slovenly naked man was acting valiantly as a whistleblower effectively exposing the party to the world as a colossal disgrace with his lascivious antics. What was really so disgraceful is the Libertarian Party, for the third straight time, selected a ticket dominated by GOP leftovers and wash-outs. They put up former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson who has charisma and pizazz that rivals watching paint dry. He also is very shaky on private property rights, religious liberty, foreign policy, and other meat-and-potatoes liberty issues. However, Johnson is an understandable albeit underwhelming candidate on his own merits considering his profile and experience. When paired up with… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

The GOP Is Finally Dead. What That Means For Real Conservative Voters

Yesterday, the Republican Party gasped its final breath as Ted Cruz, the candidate I named in my last article as the only remaining viable option in the party, dropped out of the 2016 race for the GOP nomination. Rand Paul supporters had for months been disparaging this man’s campaign for no other tangible reason other than the fact that he wasn’t Rand Paul. I criticized this idle purism at the time, and I implicate it now as the cause for Cruz’s narrow-but-meaningful losses in votes and delegates that ultimately left Trump just enough in the lead to count Cruz’s campaign as done for in Indiana. Congratulations to those #StillRanding – you got your wish. Cruz will not be the Republican nominee. I hope you prefer Trump, because Cruz was the only person standing between you and the aforementioned quasi-fascist tycoon. I for one, however, do not prefer Trump to anything but cancer. But now I’m just being redundant. And I can’t help but trust that plenty of people still… Keep Reading

Philosophy

Freedom Is Everything

Although there is very little on which we agree, Marxists and socialists have provided me with some excellent philosophical discussions.  One such person recently wrote this article in which he attempted to take to task the libertarian concept of freedom.  The piece starts out well enough as he does a decent job describing how libertarians view the concept: “What the libertarians mean by freedom is that the government does not interfere in the lives of private citizens.  If we were freed from government coercion, people would have a good life, because the free market would regulate our lives, and we would need no bureaucrat to tell us how to live wisely.” Nothing there that I take issue with.  The rest of the piece, though; is littered with logical fallacies and false conclusions.  His primary thesis is that if an individual must work in order to survive, then he is not free; true freedom is to choose leisure over labor.  Throughout, he draws on his personal experiences in education and… Keep Reading

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