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Controversial Western Civilization Crusader Augustus Sol Invictus Bolts Libertarian Party for the GOP

Leftists “have infiltrated and corrupted” the L.P., the former Senate primary-election loser charges on his way out the door

Augustus Sol Invictus, the lawyer, "revolutionary conservative," and crusader "to guard western civilization against foreign aggression and internal corruption," has for the past few years been the single most controversial member of Florida's Libertarian Party, for reasons Brian Doherty reported on at length (including an interview with the man himself) in October 2015. (Among the colorful details you will find there: disputed allegations of neo-Nazism, accurate reports of ritual goat sacrifice, and an O. Henry-style appearance from dirty trickster Roger Stone.)

Well, as of July 13, after years of recriminations, resignations, and mutual accusations of bad faith, the L.P. won't have Invictus to kick around anymore. The onetime trouncee in an unusual L.P. primary fight over Florida's U.S. Senate election in 2016 posted a video on his Facebook page, declaring that he was "Moving from the collegiate levels to the big leagues, and playing to win," seeking along the way to "unite the right wing of American politics at long last in order to save our country and our civilization." You can watch the full video here, and also see recent footage of Invictus speaking at an L.P. gathering in Queens, and also an alt-right rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

In May, Invictus and I both gave lunchtime talks at the Florida L.P. 2017 state convention (snippet from him here; my full thing here), after which I had two main takeaways: 1) The Party was clearly rattled by his ongoing presence (and sponsorship), and 2) his apocalyptic, nationalist-populist vision of libertarianism stuck out like a throbbingly sore thumb compared to what I usually encounter at Libertarian gatherings. I do not often hear discussion, however guarded, about "the genocide of the white race," from either capital- or small-l libertarians these days.

Invictus portrays this as the result of "leftists who have infiltrated and corrupted the Libertarian Party," leading to an insufficient defense of his chin-leading on the front lines of the Free Speech/AntiFa wars. Most L.P. activists I surveyed counter along the lines of Andy Craig: "We can only hope his gang of enablers and skinhead fans now follow him back whence they came." (Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark simply tweeted, "May he go in peace.")

Is it symbolic that a man who seeks to unite white nationalists with western-chauvinist Proud Boys (of which he's a member), a fierce anti-Fed activist who says stuff like "the international finance system must be destroyed, the New World Order must be destroyed, the Left must be destroyed," would find Donald Trump's GOP more copacetic than the contemporary L.P.? Maybe, though I wouldn't read too much into a single case that has all the trappings of an outlier. The man, after all, did lose a party primary election by 48 percentage points. People (including top-ranking candidates) flow in and out of the Libertarian Party like water; it's the fate of third parties in a stubbornly two-party system, even at a time when all the L.P. measurables are at an all-time high.

"We find ourselves afflicted by the deadliest cancer in human history," Augustus Invictus declares in his mission statement at The Revolutionary Conservative, "manifest in the twin symptoms of leftism and international finance: in a word, globalism." It's a diagnosis that has even less resonance within the Libertarian Party in month six of Donald Trump's presidency.

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  • Gene||

    I do not often hear discussion, however guarded, about "the genocide of the white race," from either capital- or small-l libertarians these days.

    That's good to hear.

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    If you said the same about any other race you would be pilloried.

  • paulie||

    As you know, that's because the "genocide of the white race" is a ridiculous myth, and the idea that such is happening is offensive to people who have experienced actual genocide against our peoples. The white "race" is growing in absolute numbers, even if it's decreasing as a percentage of global population. Nor is it is "genocide of the white race" when people freely choose to intermarry or have children with people of other so-called races. There are no ongoing massacres of millions of white people as part of an effort to wipe them all out, which is what an actual "genocide of the white race" would be like if it were happening - which of course it is not. When you see half of the white people in the world rounded up and exterminated then you can legitimately talk about a "white genocide" but until and unless something approaching that happens it's ludicrous to use such absurd terms.

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    Thank you for your cogent response. If white people are decreasing as a percentage that certainly is worrisome if you think that "white people" have special characteristics. I wish you good luck on persuading Invictus and they, them, those to use a different term than genocide. You make a good case.

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    "Demographic decline of the white race" simply doesn't motivate clicks.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    lol

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    I am amused.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Does that also mean that Mike M will no longer be commenting at H&R?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    DEPLORABLES UNITE!

  • Philadelphia Collins||

    We did. You lost.

  • Tony||

    Cheated to win. But then, you're deplorable.

  • ChipToBeSquare||

    I agree. The way that the DNC was so in the tank for Hillary that they had CNN actually leak debate questions to Hillary during the primary was absolutely deplorable

    Wait were you referring to something else?

  • hello.||

    2 million + votes by illegal aliens for Democrats and you still lost. But keep telling yourself the other guys cheated you sad faggot.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Cheated using that 'ol Electoral College.

    Bye bye Democratic Party.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    You know who else thinks leftists have infiltrated and corrupted the Libertarian party?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Simple Mikey?

  • SIV||

    It was more of a center-right takeover. That's how you got Johnson/Weld.

  • amishanarchist||

    How did they take it over? Oh, right. No one showed up for the convention. Next time lets put Kokesh in.

  • paulie||

    The convention was actually fully populated. I know, because I went around to different states trying to get various people seats, which is usually pretty easy to do as most states are not even close to having their delegations filled at most LP national conventions, but this time they were all filled up, with additional people who were only able to be alternates because their state delegations were full. It was a record attendance at an LP convention as far as we have been able to determine. 1979 may have been bigger. Certainly nothing more recent.

  • Juice||

    Who? Well, whoever he is...bye.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    nationalist-populist vision of libertarianism stuck out like a throbbingly sore thumb compared to what I usually encounter at Libertarian gatherings

    You what else stuck out throbbingly like a sore thumb?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Invictus portrays this as the result of "leftists who have infiltrated and corrupted the Libertarian Party..."

    I believe I've heard similar complaints of other libertarian institutions.

  • Hugh Akston||

    You need to unsubscribe from that glibertarians RSS feed bruh.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Let a thousand flowers bloom!

  • ernieyeball||

    "...other libertarian institutions."
    Here in Sleepytown that would be the anarchists that meet in the basement of the Gaia House and the local, free Carbondale Times newspaper. https://www.facebook.com/carbondaletimes/

  • Jerryskids||

    Augustus Sol Invictus, or SIV, as he's known in these parts.

  • Juice||

    Just looked him up.

    So he wants to protect Western Civilization by...sacrificing goats?

    aaalllllrightie then

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    That was the only libertarian thing about him.

  • ||

    Yes, the goat sacrifice was the best part.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Had be been blue, then he'd have reached Full Libertarian.

  • GILMORE™||

    There were the LSD diaries!?

    and i think pretending to be a resurrected roman god-emperor is at least a *little* libertarian. in style, at least.

  • IceTrey||

    Then the Muslims won't have anything to fuck.

  • IceTrey||

    Then the Muslims won't have anything to fuck.

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    None are more blind than those that refuse to see.
    http://therevolutionaryconserv.....never-was/

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    He will fit right in with the GOP.

  • Dillinger||

    the finger gloves sell it.

  • Juice||

    At least he's got the other part of the libertarian uniform down pat, the black leather jacket.

  • Dillinger||

    the jacket was #4 on my list, after the izod and the hair

  • Mongo||

    Good riddance, fuckface.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    I do not often hear discussion, however guarded, about "the genocide of the white race," from either capital- or small-l libertarians these days.

    So Matt finally stopped reading the comments. Shame!

  • Crusty Juggler :)||

    He's too good for the libertarian truth.

  • Matt Welch||

    Not quite yet!

  • ||

    Well, good riddance. It appears that the libertarian movement is finally cleaning house.
    We don't really need people who complain about the "genocide of the white race" going around calling themselves libertarians. Thanks.

  • Chip Woodier||

    In the marketplace of races, if the white race cannot compete then it should founder. What's the white race done for me lately?

  • ernieyeball||

  • GILMORE™||

    What's the white race done for me lately?

    are you referring to the Tour De France?

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    What non-white majority country do you live in bro?
    THAT is what the white race has done for you lately.

  • paulie||

    A majority of voters in every state I have lived in have voted for Democrats and Republicans. From this, I do not conclude that the Democrats and Republicans have done anything (good, positive, valuable) for me.

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    There is bad and there is horrible. The extent of the US Empire is a factor that counts against us.

  • ||

    Fidget Spinners. We have the white race to thank for fidget spinners. So there.

  • amishanarchist||

    LOL. I love those.

  • hello.||

    Genocide denial certainly has a storied and celebrated history among libertarians, so you're probably right.

  • paulie||

    Genocide denial applies when a real genocide has occurred. "White genocide" can not be "genocide denied" because there is no "white genocide". You could make a plausible case that there is genocide happening against Boer South Africans, a group of white people, but that's far from the same thing as genocide of the entire "white race".

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    Again you make a good case.

  • gameguadian||

    Truely said .

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Controversial Western Civilization Crusader Augustus Sol Invictus

    Who? Never heard of this self-important douchebag.

    I usually try not to judge people on something as trite as their name since they had no say in it. But in this guy's case I'll make an exception since he did actually choose that name and that's what he came up with.

  • pan fried wylie||

    Didn't I just get Sol Invictus for $5 during the Steam Summer Sale?

  • Chip Woodier||

    Well, ya know it couldn't have been Humble Bundle.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    You talking about one of Tony Wakeford's albums? Here is one of my favorite Sol Invictus songs.

  • SKR||

    Good riddance

  • DenverJ||

    From the wiki: 'Augustus Sol Invictus; born July 31, 1983 as Austin Gillespie..."

    Two thoughts:
    To pick that kind of name shows, perhaps, a bit of arrogance, and
    What's wrong with the name "Gillespie"?

  • AlmightyJB||

    Not god-like enough. Sorry Nick.

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    I would say nothing. However many religions urge members to change their name upon conversion.

  • Baelzar||

    Never heard of him. Good job giving him free publicity to your ENTIRE SUBSCRIPTION BASE.

    That said, the L.P. has been corrupted by leftists. Look at the writers here, and the facebook comments on your and CATO's stories. Nothing but "I'm a Libertarian, BUT..."

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    The job of Reason is to inform the readership not decide for the readership what it should and should not know.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Yeah, I recall Reason reporting on him before the Florida vote. He has loser written all over him. He'll probably end up as a serial killer. I guess the LP now needs a new lunitic candidate to take his place. Shouldn't be too difficult.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    So is he actually leaving, or is he gonna be like the commenters here who keep telling us they're leaving and then keep coming back to see if we miss them yet? (No, we don't.)

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    I do miss Agile Cyborg. But he never threatened to leave. He just kept collecting tape measures until the whole stack in his garage collapsed and buried him.

  • 68W58||

    Oh man, he would have done a better job of describing that:

    "A cascade of tumbling tapes, crashing on my cranium,
    Stars in my fading consciousness as the light fades"

  • Texasmotiv||

    why do I feel like he had a rolly backpack in high school?

    These kind of things always amaze me. Where people adopt the libertarian label with no Idea what it means. The more depressing thing is that they always seem to rise to the top of the LP.

  • AlmightyJB||

    "they always seem to rise to the top of the LP."

    If you want to run for office and you're willing to put forth the effort, it's probably not all that tough to do. Thing is about libertarianism is we all hate the government which means most libertarians don't want too be any part of it.

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    Invictus knows what Libertarianism means. What makes you think otherwise?

  • amishanarchist||

    Maybe because he is the antithesis of Libertarianism?

  • paulie||

    Because he claims that the actual libertarians are "infiltrators" and "leftists" taking over libertarianism, even though we were around for decades before he and his altreich semi-crypto nazi buddies showed up and tried to stage their failing takeover attempt. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    amishanarchist,
    I believe that Augustus Invictus knows well what is Libertarianism and what is not. You are welcome to disagree with his application of applied politics.

  • GILMORE™||

    The only thing the LP really had going for it was being the default safe-haven for retarded-nutjobs.

    When you've lost that....

    I imagine someone will say, "but they still have Hihn"? Yes. They'll always have Hihn.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    You are playing with fire. If you mention his name three times in a comment, he is summoned.

  • hello.||

    Michael Hihn 100% perfectly represents the viewpoint of the writers, editors, and commenters at Reason. He's an ill informed piece of shit with no idea what he's talking about. It's fucking hilarious watching all of you hate on him when he's literally saying exactly what you think and exactly what you read and exactly what you support.

  • hello.||

    We don't want any racist crackers like Ron Paul corrupting our party.

    Black Lives Matter activists beating the fuck out of white college students on campus and advocating for killing cops will form the basis of the libertarian future!

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    You have my nomination for backup writer for Michael Malice's twitter feed when he goes on vacation.

  • amishanarchist||

    lol

  • Azathoth!!||

    So, Invictus is leaving the All-New, All-Different Libertarian party? So what? Isn't everyone?

  • Brandybuck||

    It's people like this asshole that I have stopped referring to myself as a libertarian. I'm a classic liberal and I'm proud of it.

  • amishanarchist||

    Im proud to be human.

  • Thane Eichenauer||

    I wish you the best of luck. Do check back in 4 years to inform us how well your branding choice is working out.

  • twood||

    Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, etc. did a nice job of upholding Western Christian values within libertarianism. Now it's just a total degenerate ideology. And FYI, right on economics and left on social/cultural issues is by far the least popular ideology in America. This Gary Johnson/Cato brand of libertarianism has no future.

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