Statement Regarding the Antifa Boycott of the Mid-Atlantic Liberty Festival

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I am scheduled to debate Will Coley, former Vice Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, at the Mid-Atlantic Liberty Festival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday April 1st. This is my official statement regarding the controversy surrounding this appearance.

I was threatened with violence if I made the “unwise” choice of attending the debate. Once I made that public, the threats of violence stopped. Then the boycott began. The boycott having failed, the “lobbying” began: the Antifa put out the call for all their fellows to harrass the event organizers and the hotel into submission. That has not yet worked, so they have again resorted to calling for violence.

One would like to believe that Libertarians are intelligent enough to see through this dog & pony show. One would assume that the riots by the Antifa at the speeches of Milo Yiannopoulos, at President Trump’s inauguration, at rallies by Trump supporters, and elsewhere across the country, would be so obviously anti­liberty that Libertarians would not associate the Antifa with liberty or libertarianism at all.

But alas, there are still Libertarians who, despite two years of Fireside Chats, public addresses, essays, interviews, and all else, still believe that I am a devil worshiping neo-Nazi. No matter their political party, people will believe what they want to believe, and the facts will take a backseat to virtue signaling and ideological witch-hunting.

It is, however, incumbent upon me to issue a statement addressing – for the ten thousandth time – the accusations put forward as justifications for the boycott and for the threats of violence. Obviously it would be impossible to address every nonsensical daydream the Antifa can come up with in their feverish delusions, but I will address the most frequent accusations that we have seen.

1. Invictus has unapologetically embraced the label of “Fascist.” Here is the passage taken from my “Fireside Chat on Fascism” as justification for that attack:

Is it Fascistic to want to end the financial crisis and the War on Drugs, or to prohibit special interests from controlling our politicians? Is it Fascistic to want our military to act in America‘s interests and not in the interests of Israel or the United Nations? Is it Fascistic to want our Constitution and Bill of Rights restored, along with due process, the right against warrantless search & seizure, the right to bear arms, the right to freedom of speech & association? Is it Fascistic to hate corruption and the stranglehold of finance, to preach resistance to consumerism & decadence, to fight for the welfare of our countrymen and the sanctity of our soil? If so, then call me a Fascist. I will gladly wear the label, and I hope you will, too. But if these things make us patriotic Americans or Libertarian Nationalists, perhaps those labels would be more constructive in future conversations.

The full speech can be found here. Anyone with nine & a half minutes and half a brain will be able to see the dishonesty behind this accusation.

2. Invictus supports eugenics. This is a known falsehood deliberately spread by leftists. I wrote a paper in law school in support of eugenics, and I have explained ten thousand times in the past two years that while I still believe the strong & intelligent should breed – and the weak and stupid should not – I do not believe that the government should have the power to implement eugenics programs. There is an entire disclaimer attached to the article itself that apparently goes unread by everyone spreading this lie. This was also addressed in my “Fireside Chat on Eugenics & Civil War” – my second Fireside Chat ever.

3. Invictus is a racist. You’re talking about the guy with a Puerto Rican family who regularly quotes Malcolm X in his speeches. This accusation is so stupid it isn’t even worth debating.

4. Invictus has a scary tattoo. A lot has been said about the fact that I have the eagle, wreath, and fasces tattooed on my back. Unless you are deliberately blind, you will notice that this was the symbol for my Senate campaign, which symbol I explained in my very first Fireside Chat in May 2015. The other part of this “scary tattoo” hysteria is that it was done by Jack Donovan. Jack is a grown man and can defend himself; I will just use this opportunity to plug my review of his book Becoming a Barbarian.

Eagle, wreath & fasces tattoo on the back of Augustus Invictus
Eagle, Wreath, & Fasces

5. Invictus was denounced by the Libertarian Party of Florida. This is actually untrue. I was denounced by a rogue member of the Libertarian Party of Florida, who issued a false press release on the Party’s behalf. The entire episode is explained in full in my Open Letter to the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Florida, written 13 May 2016.

6. Invictus was influenced by Carl Schmitt. Duly admitted. I have referenced this fact in numerous interviews and in my aforementioned “Fireside Chat on Fascism.” I also explained his work in my “Fireside Chat on Violence in the Name of Humanity”. He was a brilliant legal philosopher, and his association with the National Socialists does not magically make his legal theories wrong. I challenge anyone to read The Concept of the Political, The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy, and Nomos of the Earth and tell me that he is incorrect.

7. Invictus calls for insurrection, Civil War, and the death of political leaders. Admitted. The System is corrupt, and the vast majority of our so-called leaders are traitors to the American people. I am unapologetic about this. Traitors deserve death.

8. Invictus calls for genocide. I do not even know where this one comes from. If anyone could point to something I have said that could even be deliberately misconstrued to be an argument for genocide, I will happily address it. I have spoken against white genocide – but I have no idea where the pro-genocide charge comes from. I reckon no one else does, either. This is pure urban legend at this point.

9. Invictus has accused the Chair of the Libertarian Party of defending communists. This is 100% true. You can read the letter yourself here instead of depending on second-hand information. NOTE WELL THAT THE VERY GROUP THE CHAIR HAS DEFENDED FOR VIOLENT ACTS AT MILO’S SPEECH IS THE GROUP NOW THREATENING VIOLENCE AT THE CONVENTION OF THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA.

10. Invictus spoke at a conference of the National Socialist Movement. This is a total falsehood. I was invited to speak, I accepted the invitation, but I withdrew my acceptance later that same day. I was actually in Ocala doing MMA training the weekend of the conference.

11. Invictus was himself a member of the National Socialist Movement. The Antifa released a “leaked” membership list of the National Socialist Movement several years ago while I was in law school, and it had my name on it. Despite the fact that I was married to a Puerto Rican woman at the time, and despite the fact that I had four children with this Puerto Rican woman – either of which would disqualify me from membership in the NSM – gullible people still believe this to be true. I did, in fact, mail in for materials from the NSM; but the list “leaked” by the Antifa was in fact fabricated. I might point out that I also attended both orthodox and reform services at the Jewish synagogues while in law school – and no one is accusing me of being Jewish.

There are several other inaccuracies floating around that need to be cleared up, things having nothing to do with allegations of evil-Nazimonster-Fascism:

  • This event is being hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Liberty Festival, not by The Revolutionary Conservative. You can purchase tickets here.
  • I am not being paid by anyone to attend this debate. I am attending on principle because I was invited to debate Will Coley, and I was glad to have the opportunity to set the record straight on personal differences we have.
  • My full legal name is Augustus Sol Invictus. If you genuinely think that I am registered to vote under a false name and ran for office under a false name and committed massive voter fraud, then contact the federal and State authorities. Otherwise, you sound like twelve-year-olds.

I hope this clears up a few matters for those genuinely concerned about the falsehoods being spread by the Antifa. There are, of course, those persons who care nothing for the facts and who will continue to spread lies because they are simply offended by the fact of my presence. So be it. Those people are beyond hope for any sort of honest dialogue. But for any of you actually thinking before swallowing the falsehoods being fed to you, I would recommend getting the facts firsthand from the source material, looking to the links I have posted in this response, before making up your minds.

Thank you all for listening. We’ll see you in Pennsylvania.

Augustus Sol Invictus
[Undisclosed], NC
23 March 2017

Augustus Invictus
An attorney, writer, and political activist in Orlando, Florida, Augustus Invictus is best known as a radical philosopher and social critic. Invictus is a member of the right-wing of the Libertarian Party. He ran for the United States Senate in Florida as a Libertarian in 2016 and formerly served as Chair of the Libertarian party of Orange County.

Invictus earned his B.A. in Philosophy at the University of South Florida in Tampa and his J.D. at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Returning to his hometown of Orlando, he studied leadership at Rollins Crummer Graduate School of Business and opened the law firm for which he served as Managing Partner until his retirement from law practice.

A Southerner and a father of five children, Invictus contends that revolutionary conservatism requires a shift in perspective from the exaltation of abstract ideologies to a focus on our families and communities.