Official Response to Vice Media

Good morning, Josh.

Please forgive the tardiness of my reply. As I explained over the phone, I have been on the road for some time now, and I plan to be so indefinitely. Between the rallies, the political functions, and the day-to-day affairs of our publication, I have quite frankly not made this response a priority.

I think we had two fundamental misunderstandings when we spoke. The first was my own. When you asked whether I was familiar with the video product of Vice Media, I said I was – but I was mistaken.

What came to mind for me was a neat little piece of journalism in which one of your contributors visited a remote village in Yugoslavia to report on the ancient magick of the country folk there. However tainted it may have been by your colleague’s very suburban-American, materialistic prejudice, it was a beautiful (if fleeting) glimpse into another world. I also thought of the Vice piece on “The Iceman,” Wim Hof, which was a very humanizing portrayal of a somewhat superhuman character.

I had never heard of the Hate Thy Neighbor series, but I assumed that it was in the same vein as other work I have seen from Vice: trite, superficial garbage with an irredeemable streak of juvenile snark – but a commendable attempt nonetheless. Like a middle schooler giving a presentation on the causes of the Napoleonic Wars, the work product of Vice Media gives you a sense of embarrassment for watching it, though you still applaud at the end for the sake of being polite.

After our conversation, however, I went to the source. I have been in law & politics long enough to know better than to take anyone’s word at face value, leftist journalists least of all. So I watched “America’s Far White,” from beginning to end, and I took note of this half-retarded mulatto with a speech impediment and a Jewish film crew (his characterization, not mine) giving a fourth-rate stand-up comedy act about the National Socialists and the Ku Klux Klan. Clearly the difference between this nonsense and the pieces on Wim Hof and Yugoslavian folk magick were worlds apart, and I admit that our first misunderstanding was my own.

Our second misunderstanding was yours. Seeing as you were the one reaching out to me, I would assume that you had done at least ten minutes of homework before trying to lay an ambush. Either you are unaware of the previous hit piece on me by Vice, or you think that I forgot about it. I forget nothing. To this day, I remember your colleague’s voice shaking with giddiness when asking me, a Senate candidate at the time, about animal sacrifice. Clearly it was the biggest hit piece he ever had a crack at, and it also appeared to be his last, as he has gracefully fallen off the planet since its publication.

More importantly, I would think that – all past hit pieces aside – you might have noticed that I am not one of these talking heads that rants about politics because he likes the sound of his own voice. If you have listened to a single speech I have ever given, if you have paid the least bit of attention to my political career at all beyond the hit pieces published by your fellow leftists, then you would know that I have no interest in the media beyond hijacking your platforms to inject revolutionary speech into the mainstream.

Media is a weapon. You and I know this full well. I have absolutely no desire to be in the limelight or to bask in the false warmth of public praise. The flattery of the people is a drug I have never wanted or needed, except that I might sway public opinion to pressure my political enemies. In point of fact, the all-seeing eye of the media is a handicap to my mission, as my status as a public figure prevents me from hanging every last one of you left-wing traitors from the lampposts.

Vice Media is hereby blacklisted from any event at which I have a presence. You are not journalists, you are propagandists: you are enemy combatants, and you will be treated as such.

You and those like you have done your best – whether wittingly or unwittingly – to run all the peaceful, kind, and reasonable people out of the right-wing. With every hit piece you published; with every act of character assassination; with every doxxing of an innocent man and his family; with every hateful attack on innocent civilians; you pushed out from public life the last of the people willing to reason with the Left.

In doing so, you and the Antifa and all the rest of your kind have created an atmosphere in which people like me have become not only necessary, but welcome. Your viciousness, your rampant dishonesty, your rabid crusade in furtherance of a cancerous ideology – these have all been duly noted by the American public.

You do not get to hide now behind a cloak of impartiality and pretend to be the voice of reason in speaking vague words of disapprobation against the Antifa at this late hour. The people want blood, and I am here to give it to them.

The time for you to denounce the radical left passed after they spent a year physically attacking my supporters, having them fired from their jobs, targeting pregnant women, trampling the elderly, having my wife & newborn son ambushed by the sheriff, and all the other dirty tricks they have pulled since I ran for office. We tried to be reasonable, we tried to use “legitimate” processes, and you people spat on us at every turn, thumbing your noses at peace and practically begging for retribution.

I will advise my people to treat all Vice Media personnel as enemy combatants. You will not be distinguished from Antifa or Black Lives Matter or any other left-wing terrorist organization. You have chosen your side, and you are the de facto propaganda arm of the Left. The rules of engagement for rats will be the same across the board, whether your weapon is a brick or a video camera.

This is a war. Act accordingly.

Sincerely,

Augustus Sol Invictus, Esq.

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Here is the original letter: 

Hi Augustus,

Thanks again for taking the time to speak with me the other day. I just wanted to follow up and go over what we discussed.

As I mentioned, I’m producing the second season of an extremely popular (had the highest ratings) documentary series for VICELAND called ‘Hate Thy Neighbor.’ The first season profiled various groups across the world that are often considered ‘controversial’ by mainstream society and liberal media. The groups were also explicitly racial separatists and nationalists. Our host spent a number of days embedding with members during their everyday lives to truly and fairly understand their movement and their motivations. And in the course of embedding we were able to paint an honest, sympathetic, and humanizing picture of people who are so often stigmatized and stereotyped by mainstream society and media.

While this season will have the same format of the first season, the subjects and groups we’re profiling are ENTIRELY DIFFERENT. This season is strictly focusing on hotly debated topics that are dividing American communities today, and the groups/individuals that are clashing on the front lines. This season IS NOT ABOUT PROFILING GROUPS (THAT MAINSTREAM MEDIA) CONSIDERS RACIST. We are covering issues as varied as police-community relations, radical Islam in America’s heartland, internal strife among indigenous tribes, the Southern Heritage movement, and – why I reached out to you – the debates over free speech and political correctness that’s spilling out into the streets across the country.

I’m reiterating the tone and scope of this season because some people are a little concerned by the theme of the first season, and don’t want to be thrown in the same boat as the type of ‘extremists’ we profiled then. But this truly is an entirely different type of series, but with a title that VICE wasn’t willing to change.

All that being said, in this episode about free speech we’re looking to tag along with activists who are on the front lines fighting against the growing hoards of Antifa who are denying first amendment rights of anyone holding an opinion different than theirs. Free speech activists have unfortunately been vilified my mainstream media while Antifa tactics have hardly been questioned and this episode will hope to give a lengthy platform to the Right, to thoroughly and fairly understand the legitimate need to physically protect their first amendment rights from Antifa. And we’re absolutely looking to hold Antifa to task as well.

Anyway, I’m sorry for the long email. I’m sure you’re busy getting ready for tomorrow’s event, but I wanted to touch base again and reiterate that I’d love to film with you before and during the event in DC on June 25th or at another event over the summer. And I hope to touch base with you again early next week to discuss what that might entail. Also, I introduced myself briefly to Kyle Chapman at Milo’s event in New York yesterday, but Kyle was pretty busy and we didn’t get a chance to speak for that long. If you wouldn’t mind, I’d very much appreciate if you could throw me his contact info so I can discuss this episode further with him and see if he’d also be willing to participate. I think his and your participation would be an invaluable opportunity to share the legitimacy of your movement with the millions of potential supporters in our audience.

Thanks so much for your time, Augustus. I wish you all the best for tomorrow and look forward to speaking with you again early next week.

Cheers,

Josh

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.