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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Roll Your Own Mikester

Been thinking about whether to start an actual “fan page” for MIKESTER.org or just let people “Follow” my personal page. The thing is it only allows 5000 Friends so everybody else after that is in a sort of “Less Than” condition. However they can view and interact with everything else so it’s functionally equivalent. The drawbacks of creating a fan page specifically on the other hand are 1/ the obvious, having to actually build up and maintain yet another social media audience (I have enough pages to maintain as it is) and 2/ one of my motifs is about inspiring
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We Are Ungovernable

Regarding Johnson/Weld: Because I am serious about the long term struggle, my suggestion is that strong voices with the courage and talent to speak strong ideas do not expend social capital on these two people who are unworthy of our time. If I wouldn’t spend my time volunteering FOR them then honestly I don’t have time to work AGAINST them. I did find that bottling up the feelings was harmful to me which is why I’m more freely being open about them for my own health but it doesn’t change what I see as the empowering route forward, which is
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Johnson / Weld Snub Libertarians Again

It makes me sad that Johnson/Weld would fill their administration with old party bureaucrats instead of trusting their own party members with promotions to jobs we are surely capable of. Especially since (one would hope) those agencies would be vastly reduced in cases where not eliminated and they claim to be such effective executives. Are we not good enough to grow into those positions? Or are they just unwilling to nurture our growth? Plenty of us have really solid career experience that would make us capable of taking those roles and I’m not sure why they believe that would be such
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Libertarianism 101

So self-ownership says, I am sovereign over my own self. Nobody else has a greater right to make my choices than me. Basically because my brain is literally attached to my body. I am the moral agent of its actions. It follows, then, if no one else has agency over me, then I do not have agency over them either. That is how we arrive at non-aggression. I may not initiate coercion over another person to take away their agency and substitute it with my own. Self-defense says if either one of us *does* try to violate that personal boundary,
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Paleolibertarianism Must Die

This is difficult to look at but it’s important for Libertarians to understand. The reason we have this problem with the alt-right and lack of diversity is not because Republicans stole our brand, a conspiracy of liberal media/academia, that non-conforming identities just don’t get it or anything else. It is because a group of rich white cishet males in the late 80’s / early 90’s decided that building an alliance of fringe right identities was a great idea, and so they used their cultural privilege to assert dominance over the movement in a nascent stage of its growth and push
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Follow the Golden Brick Road

Shame on Bernie Sanders. To every #bernvictim tonight, let me say: If you are dreaming of that beautiful place where visionary minds are cherished for our bold spirits of resistance, FOLLOW THE GOLDEN BRICK ROAD TO THE Libertarian Party!! We are here waiting with the open arms and joyful hearts of people who celebrate and embrace idealism and want to actually see the world we share changed for the better. Not just talked about but literally made real in our lifetimes. You have a home with us … and there is no place like it. #proudporcupine #feeltheporc #bernvictims #neverhillary #nevertrump
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Blood for Marriage? No Thanks!

I am being told that gay people *have* to support #Hillary because marriage. Really? I am sure the victims of American foreign policy would like to get married too but they can’t because we murdered them. Sometimes during their actual weddings! Hillary is covered from head to toe in innocent blood from working under the #Obama regime and whether she or #Trump seize power makes no difference to their targets. I choose #peace by looking outside the old parties. I don’t need #marriage that bad, not if it costs the lives of innocent people. What kind of a monster would make such
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Ground Zero for Bern Victims

Shame on Bernie Sanders for placing sycophantic formalities ahead of his responsibility as an opposition leader. What a sad day for the #grassroots who trusted and believed in him. I am not a #progressive Democrat but I once was. I still carry many of the same values with me as a Libertarian (minus the coercion). I had a lot of hope that the surge of activity around #Bernie would succeed in breaking the stranglehold of the oligarchy but having participated in the Ron Paul Revolution and seeing how they squashed us like bugs using many of the same tactics I
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