“I have never dismembered a goat in my life”, libertarian candidate claims unconvincingly

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.”

There’s a liberaltarian born every minute

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.

I’m acclimated

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.

Wrongful Termination

I have some fondness for Silk Road, or at least the idea of Silk Road. The drug laws are stupid and evil, and making technological end-runs around them isn’t a bad thing per se. But of course:

DPR’s user “signature”…includes a link to the “Mises Institute” website…Moreover in certain forum postings, DPR has cited the “Austrian economic theory” and the works of Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard – economists closely associated with the “Mises Institute” – as providing the philosophical underpinnings of Silk Road. (Ulbricht Criminal Complaint], p26)

So it follows as night follows day that the fellow who set it up is (a) an ego-addled libertardian, who (b) was not very competent at hiding his identity, and (c) is so dedicated to non-coerciveness that he openly advertised for a hit man to take out one of his employees, and bragged of having previously suborned another murder.

The undercover agent staged the employee’s torture and death, providing Ulbricht the evidence he desired along the way. Ulbricht, according the indictment, repeated that he was new at this, but didn’t think he’d made the wrong decision.

It’s hard to imagine a better argument for strong government and against libertarianism than the behavior of libertarians who temporarily gain the power to realize their repellent little fantasy lives.