Breaking News: The Libertarian Party is Even More Irrelevant Than Ever


By Karen De Coster

I couldn’t stop laughing.

Famous computer programmer and businessman John McAfee is one of the top three contenders for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, but one of his greatest weaknesses within the party is a lack of connections within the movement itself.

He may have just solved that problem by asking libertarian photographer and entrepreneur Judd Weiss to be his vice presidential running mate.

McAfee has selected a Belair playboy from the Narcissim.Me, anti-brutalist sphere who follows celebritarians around, snapping photos, to “make libertarianism cool” and “make nerds look cooler.” He calls himself “the guy who single handedly hijacked the image and brand of the liberty scene” by photographing “unfolding legends.”

To quote:

Essentially what I do with a camera is go around boosting people’s narcissism.

Um, okay. And, oh yeah, these guys are busy floating the all-important ideas of “sexual libertarianism” and the need to make libertarianism LGBT-friendly. This, they say, will undo the problem of the Libertarian Party having become “a joke”? Ironically, these birds like to note that libertarianism is an “intellectual movement” that needs to be about “style over substance.” (Try making sense of that…but I’ll stop there.)

Of course, all of the other unfreedoms that are Americans are being subjected to – especially in the current environment of economic and regulatory totalitarianism – are mere sidebars relegated to limited lip service. This is how the far down the rathole this whole “Libertarian” thing has gone.

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12 comments

  • One doesn’t have to get into ideology to see the problem with Judd Weiss: “A March trial on charges of rape and sexual penetration by a foreign object ended in a hung jury. The DA’s office decided to retry. Just days before the second trial was scheduled to begin, Weiss'[s] attorney and prosecutors came to a deal: Weiss would plead no contest to two counts, one a felony and one a misdemeanor, of false imprisonment, DA spokeswoman Jean Guccione told us.”

    Not that someone still affiliated with LewRockwell.com (last time I noticed) has any standing to point fingers about relevance.

  • For the most part, American libertarians, in and out of the LP, have basically just become intellectual shock troops for the Social Justice Warriors of liberalism and neoconservatism. Actual rational libertarians like me have taken to calling themselves “libertarian nationalists,” “paleoconservatives,” and even alt-rightists, etc., so as not to be confused with them.

    • No, we actual libertarians continue to just call ourselves libertarians. Nationalists, paleoconservatives and other alt-rightists like to use the name to disguise their agendas when convenient, but they’re not fooling anyone.

      • Hey Fedora, you forgot to call him a racist

        • Thanks for correcting the omission.

  • McAffee is the perfect postscript to Ayn Rand’s PMS-fit Party. Narcissist, self-absorbed, non-ideological and the built in melodrama of going Galt when he gets indicted again. Oh, all the Paulbots will cry tears of the clown when they see the Libertarian candidate fleeing indictment like their hero Who is John Galt. Who are we to question the sanity of City Boys living in balloon frame houses who support that American Pioneering Spirit? You know, people who live in balloon frame houses should not throw claims of non-collective living.

    • “Indicted again” suggests that McAfee has been indicted before. Any evidence to that effect? He was a “person of interest” in a killing in Belize that was probably actually the work of the narco-terror state there, but he was never charged. He was cited for DUI, but the influence seems to have been of a prescription medication that was new to him, not the result of any recreational drug use.

  • Ahem. I wrote a half decent essay almost a decade ago on this issue of libertarian parties:

    http://www.libertarian.co.uk/lapubs/tactn/tactn030.htm

    It doesn’t make sense to try to bring down an enemy stronghold from inside it. The last person to do that was Samson; and look what happened to him.

    • From my perspective, the utility of the Libertarian Party in the US is not that it’s likely to “bring down the enemy stronghold,” but rather that it is a fairly efficient factory for turning “constitutional conservatives” and “limited government” types into anarchists. A gateway drug, so to speak.

      • I beg to disagree, Thomas. The gateway drug you speak of is what is commonly called “education.” To take part in your enemies’ charades is to legitimize them.

        • Neil,

          You don’t have to beg to disagree — you don’t need permission!

  • Human nature is probably rather more totalitarian then libertarian. (But the words are wrong and don’t convey what I really mean.) And I am beginning to think that llibertarians don’t actually represent what ordinary modern (or ancient) humans want at all.

    For example, “radical Islam”, which is merely (normal) Islam with the gloves taken off, reflects exactly the position of all living human males and is the fundament of any hunter-gatherer-arrangement of any group of people more or less related genetically.

    The observed fact that the “universities” are disappearing from the West as tactically-aimable and projectible liberal forces able to restore the right terms and rules of public discourse, while we even watch this destruction happening and can’t do a thing, is worrying, don’t you all think?

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