Libertarian History/Philosophy

Wrestling With Libertarianism

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Murray Rothbard's dream come true?

Did you know that World Wrestling Entertainment Heavyweight Champion "Kane" is a big fat libertarian? Did you know that there was such a thing as the WWE? In any case, it's Friday, so let's let the big man talk, care of the Baltimore Sun:

I know you're an active member of the Libertarian party and you author a political blog, The Adventures of Citizen X. Have you ever thought about one day following in the footsteps of Jesse Ventura and running for public office?

Oh yeah, sure. But I think maybe with me it might be more educational stuff — talking with young people and that sort of thing as opposed to pursuing political office.

Do you think there will ever be a Libertarian or independent president or will it always be someone from one of the two major parties?

[Pauses] I don't know. Certainly I think the way things are going with the economy, and this is not a rip on any particular party because they're both at fault, but with the centralization of the economy, central planning, that doesn't work. We saw that everywhere it's been tried. As things unfold I think people will be looking for answers, and I think the Libertarians, certainly the people that understand real economics – Austrian economics – they have those answers. So we'll see what happens. I think we do live in very interesting times.

Or is he just in it for his corporate self-interest???

Kane's political blog, with tragic white-on-black lettering, is here. Sample posts: "Fred Childress, Libertarian Hero and Friend," and "If You're Reading This, You're Probably Mentally Ill."

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  1. He’s not fat, Matt. And I’m sure he supports a free market for HGH.

  2. Radley Balko’s secret second career?

  3. blog, with tragic white-on-black lettering

    Are you listening, Urkuloid?

  4. Did you know that World Wrestling Entertainment Heavyweight Champion “Kane” is a big fat libertarian?

    Not if I had stuck to reading Reason.com and other mags from the Kochtopus, I would not. I read Kane all the time at LewRockwell.com

    1. It’s kinda sad that reason only noticed Kane’s libertarianism because of an interview in a dead-tree mainstream newspaper.

    2. Too many here think that Reason is the webzine of record for libertarians. LewRockwell is much more authentically libertarian.

      1. LRC republishes a regrettable amount of material from men’s magazines and 9/11 truthers alongside the libertarian stuff. Perhaps The Freeman would be a better zine of record.

        1. Plus…..I’ll be honest, I just don’t like Lew Rockwell. The man is a bit of a prick.

      2. Only hipsters obsess about authenticity.

  5. My vote goes to Val Venis, in whatever incarnation he is using right now . . .

    1. http://www.freetarian.com/

      Pretend porn star turned wrester Sean “Val Venus” Morely’s blog.

  6. From sample posts:

    the editors of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the psychiatrist’s bible, may include “oppositional defiant disorder” in their newest edition. Oppositional defiant disorder is characterized by “negativistic, defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior toward authority figures.”

    Apparently my children will now have to check ‘yes’ at the doctor’s office when asked if their family has a history of mental illness.

    The Kane/Vader brawls were classic.

    1. Well, my daughter was tagged with that years ago and I thought at the time, “What an unadulterated load of horseshit. They’re taking less than optimal behavior and turning it into a psychological problem.”

      Now, I’m not so sure about that. I’m hoping the she-spawn can take this near infinite and instantaneous defiance and doing something good and productive with it later in life.

      1. There should be a ying to that yang, i.e. authoritarian fuckface disorder. I know several who suffer from it. May even be terminal.

  7. the editors of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the psychiatrist’s bible, may include “oppositional defiant disorder” in their newest edition. Oppositional defiant disorder is characterized by “negativistic, defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior toward authority figures.”

    Tell those editors to go fuck themselves!

  8. I met Kane when he was sitting at my breakfast table at the Denver LP convention. Soft and well spoken man, very interested in campus libertarian activity. What’s his ring personae?

    1. I dont know anymore, I remember him from his mask wearing days. I think then his persona was large killer with the mind of a child.

      1. Pretty much. Leatherface meets King Kong.

      2. What was he called with the mask on? Was he still Kane?

        1. Yeah. And for some part of the time, he was supposed to be the Undertaker’s younger brother.

          1. Oh, that’s after I stopped watching wrasslin’. My fan days go back to when the Undertaker was Mean Mark Callous.

            These days I only tune in to TNA wrestling if I know that Velvet Sky is making a ring entrance.

    2. Which breakfast? I met him at the pledger happy hour. Nice guy, I am pretty big but this guy is huge.

      1. A private, conspiratorial breakfast.

        1. I bought a gold and was at all of them and I tell ya, after 2 hours of sleep each night i should have just not paid for them. Each LP convention is mroe a social drinking adventure than anything else…ohh and a starchild fashion show.

          1. Drinking adventure? You need to get better acquainted with a Libertarian Hottie. Don’t know about St.Louis but Denver had the biggest slew of hot libbies of any convention I attended.

  9. Kane on the Lew Rockwell show

    Why didn’t you link to this, Matt? KOCHTOPUS

    1. Go Lew! Warty, you know that Epi would agree that what one reads on Lew’s blog is much more authentically libertarian than what one reads here.

      1. Lew’s site is great, but some of his contributors approach truther territory. That annoys me.

        1. Yeah, but to be fair that’s mostly just David Kramer.

          1. Every time I go to lewrockwell, I leave with a slightly disturbed feeling. I can’t put my finger on what exactly it is.

            I have no problem with call to arms, balls out anarcho-libertarianism, I loved Jesse Walker’s more brash stuff stuff at Liberty, but something about Rockwell’s site just doesn’t sit right with me.

            1. There’s a slight whiff of crazy around it.

  10. First the Replubicans co-opted the tea party, now the wrestlers…

    1. Hey, clueless – Kane was libertarian before there were Tea Parties, and he’s certainly NOT a Republican.

      1. /sarcasm/

        1. No, it’s sarcasm*. Get your punctuation straight! :-/

  11. Someone check if he’s managed by Koch.

  12. He needs more arms.

  13. Is anyone looking for a good dentist?

  14. Do you think there will ever be a Libertarian or independent president or will it always be someone from one of the two major parties?

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