Monthly Archives September 2016

Quick Thought on LPRC vs. Audacious Caucus

I haven’t thought about the “affinity group / diversity of tactics” paradigm for a while now as I haven’t been doing on-the-ground work in Phoenix very much over the last 12 to 18 months and haven’t needed to apply it … but it’s a super powerful idea when it comes to decentralized organizing that I’m going to start weaving into my online work. There will probably be one (or more) blog(s) about it shortly. I think it has a lot of potential to reduce friction without anybody needing to change who they are or what they value, because it doesn’t
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I’m Already Against the Next Mass Murder (aka “War”)

I really can’t even believe this is controversial but apparently there are people who are totally OK with paying money to be made complicit in the mass murder of millions of people (aka “war”) who were never a threat to our safety and were obviously not among the 19 people who allegedly crashed planes on 9/11 since – wait for it – they died in those crashes. So I will explain, I am against the next war because there is no “next” war, it is the same war that I’ve been against since it started, since my very first antiwar action when
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Mikester After Midnight

Can’t sleep again. Why me? On the gratitude side I carpet bombed this place with primo #dank memes for you all to wake up to. All of you who were lucky enough to sleep. The thought of your happy morning smiles is one of the things keeping me up. Well that and the slow grinding sound of my 40s rolling over another day while I listen in helpless #insomniac misery. It could be worse. I could be a grandpa by now … I could be on my 2nd or 3rd spouse … I could have OD’d or gone to prison.
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If a Radical Can Come Up With a Plan

Activism isn’t about making policy. That is for politicians to haggle over in the legislatures. #Libertarians can’t promise anything until we get there, since campaign promises necessarily can bind neither the opposition nor the people in the districts represented. What we can do is explain how we think about policy, what the vision for a world set free in our lifetimes looks like, and the many benefits that come from that vision. Arvin Vohra developed a really good messaging strategy to help with this. Basically you explain the benefits of a specific abolition and then you tie an actionable cut
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Crawling in my Skin

You know how people say “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”? Well don’t listen, because they’re usually trying to sneak something lazy and mediocre past without you noticing. It’s never OK to let the “good enough” be the enemy of the “totally fucking awesome”. And that has pretty much always been my work ethic, even when the focus of my overachievement was how to self-destruct in the most badass way possible. Because self destruction is what badass looks like when it wants perfection and it can’t have it (there will be blogs about this #waitforit). Which brings me to
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Love is the Answer

Not to victim blame or anything but I’m just trying to imagine how I would feel if a monstrous imperial force brutalized my community for decades. I really don’t think muslim rage is that hard to understand. Before you call me disrespectful, I feel as if it respects the lives that could be saved to realize that doubling down for the past 15 years just wasn’t a smart plan. There are far more frightening weapons than airplanes than can kill far more people at once. Think about that when you’re getting your flag worship on. If violence begets violence, does
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Who Is Gary Johnson?

Aleppo is the 13th most populous city in the Middle East. Ahead of #Dubai, #Gaza and #Beirut. “What would you do about Beirut?” … “What would you do about Gaza?” … “What would you do about Dubai?” … These names stand out as epicenters of news stories in their own right. Here is #Aleppo Google Trends history for the past year. Aleppo first spiked in February of this year, again in late April / early May and again in late July through the month of August. Just something to think about. I feel like if I were running for President against
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Stop Purist Shaming in the Libertarian Party

I wish Johnson apologists would stop wringing their hands and catastrophizing the existence of critics inside the Libertarian Party. For one thing it’s obvious Johnson/Weld aren’t even trying to earn our votes. They have traded us for voters unfamiliar with libertarian philosophy who might not support it if they were. Our existence mirrors the body politic itself, with its animated dialogue about the best direction for our country. Let’s not mince words: the political systems we choose for ourselves and thus the individuals we choose to implement those systems really is a life or death matter. History is full of examples, and graveyards are full of bodies, which demonstrate the consequences
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Fuck Respectability Politics

I feel like this weird authoritarian dynamic that is unfolding in the LPRC is probably not unlike the early stages of how it became necessary to have a “libertarian wing” of the party in the first place, and not unlike how an aristocracy rose up from the American revolution: this idea that some voluntary activities are more respectable than others. I am grateful for that insight into how we got where we are today, crystallizing a series of related but not fully formed ideas I’ve been having lately about respectability politics and their relationship to political hierarchies and oppression. I’m
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