Adrian Wyllie, chairman of Florida’s Libertarian Party, resigned his post Thursday to protest the party’s U.S. Senate candidate, accusing the rival of supporting eugenics and for being expelled from a cult group for “sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice.”
The Senate candidate, who goes by the adopted name Augustus Sol Invictus, counter-accused Wyllie of spreading “half-truths and lies” for political gain.
[update: called it.]
“I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans,” he said. “I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness. … Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”
Mark Ames unearthed a 1970s-era guide for libertarians on how to con liberals into buying their bullshit:
I wouldn’t be the first to point out how embarrassingly easy it has been for rancid Koch libertarian front groups to convince those on the Left that they are all on the same team….What hasn’t been revealed until now, however, is how the libertarians got so good at fooling their lefty marks. For that you have to look back 35 years, to an amazing series of articles in the Koch brothers’ REASON magazine in which prominent libertarians lay out to a new generation of followers a playbook of “tricks” to fool earnest leftists, liberals and hippies into supporting their cause.
Special bonus Holocaust denial.
These geniuses named their thing “Lincoln Labs”, suggesting both noted big-government man Abraham Lincoln and the actual Lincoln Laboratory at MIT that does mostly DoD contract work.
I’ve been dealing with libertarians so long that I’m sort of used to them. That’s one reason I haven’t been keeping up this blog much, my senses have been dulled, nonsense doesn’t energize me like it used to. Occasionally a normal person will stumble on one in a position of respect and have the appropriate horrified response.
Bryan Caplan is someone I used to bother to track and comment on, because he exemplified the clueless/aspie aspect of this corner of reality. And of course, because he is not a nutcase, but a full professor at a major university and published author. If he was just a nut he wouldn’t be interesting, but he speaks for a powerful political and intellectual faction, and has the title to prove it, and the funding to keep spreading the message. That by definition makes him not a nut, which is a person with crazy ideas but no social standing to make them appear respectable.