The Ghost of William Penn

A Story of Tolerance & Brotherly Love at the Mid-Atlantic Liberty Festival

 

Some time ago, I was invited by Steve Scheetz, former Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, to speak at the Mid-Atlantic Liberty Festival. The subject of my speech? Unity. I was to talk about bringing together all the various factions of the libertarian movement under one banner to fight the Federal Government.

Keep that in mind throughout this story, because the original purpose for my appearance in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania makes this one of the most ironic stories I’ve ever been a part of.

People are upset with me, not just in Pennsylvania but all across America, because rumor has it the event was canceled because of me. That’s what we call “spin” in politics – because I was not the one who wrecked the event.

Here is the real story.

My appearance was supposed to be kept under wraps, because there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that the very mention of my coming would create controversy. The plan was to keep it a secret until I actually took the stage to give a rousing speech about healing old wounds and forming a true coalition against tyranny. To make a long story short, it was no longer secret when Will Coley and I were asked to debate each other. That is where the fun began.

Will Coley and I never liked each other. He did not like me because he knows I am a nationalist, and to his mind that means I hate Muslims and brown people and every oppressed group in the world. I did not like him because he was one of the people who was instrumental in spreading the notion that I was a white supremacist last year. I knew nothing of Coley’s politics, I simply disliked him on a personal level; and he knew nothing of my politics, though he thought he knew everything about me.

Coley is a white American and a Muslim. He is a left-libertarian and an anarchist. He was also a Vice Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party last year. He had hoped to be the one to finally shut me down once and for all.

I am a white American and a Pagan. I am a right-libertarian and a Classical Liberal. I was a U.S. Senate candidate in Florida for the Libertarian Party last year. I wanted nothing more badly than to finally put the internet slander to rest once and for all.

It was to be the grudge match of the year. If Coley were to win, it would vindicate all the establishment, centrist, and left-wing libertarians who have been slandering me for two years now. If I were to win, it would vindicate me personally, as well as everyone who has ever dared to support me in public.

Those were the stakes. But the Antifa and their left-libertarian friends were clearly worried that I would win. They were worried that I would make my case and that people might actually be convinced that I am not the genocidal manic they have slandered me as. Like David Colborne (http://www.lpnevada.org/augustus_sol_invictus_is_not_welcome_in_my_state), they wanted to stop any effort at “humanizing” me.

So the Antifa and their left-libertarian friends began a boycott of the event in an effort to force the organizers to cancel my appearance. This was my response to that boycott:

If you prefer to read the transcript, you can find it here (complete with a picture of my scary back tattoo): Statement Regarding the Antifa Boycott of the Mid-Atlantic Liberty Festival.

What the Antifa and their left-libertarian friends didn’t realize was that the event organizers were not the sort of people to be bullied by threats of boycott. So the Antifa and their left-libertarian friends decided that threats of violence were necessary.

The threat of violence loomed so large that the first venue – the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel – canceled the event. Again the Antifa and their left-libertarian friends found the event organizers undeterred, and a second venue was secured in Gettysburg.

At that point, Vermin Supreme decided that a bit of levity needed to be added to the situation. The organizers had tried to convince me to allow him to moderate the debate between me and Will Coley for this exact reason, that the debate itself was so heavy that comic relief was necessary. I refused this request, explaining that I wanted blood after the slander I had suffered from Will Coley, and that there was nothing funny about the upcoming debate.

But Vermin Supreme, infinite joker that he is, decided he would raise a bounty to have someone pie me in the face at the new venue in Gettysburg. I posted to Facebook that I would hospitalize the person stupid enough to take that bounty, and I advised all interested in the gamble to reflect on whether a trip to the hospital was worth the $250, which would not even pay their bail bond for a battery charge.

The Gettysburg Police Department, it is reported, saw the entire situation as a powder keg. It is also reported, though I did not call to confirm this personally, that the police department told the Eisenhower Hotel of this powder keg and advised them not to hold the event. Again, I don’t know the details on that, I am just relaying to you what I was told. But the thread tying the entire narrative together is this: Invictus had the event shut down because he has no sense of humor.

Believe what you want, Dear Reader. Those who side with the Antifa will blame the event’s cancellation on my gravity. Those who side with us already know that it is the threat of violence from the same group shutting down Milo, rioting at Trump’s inauguration, pepper-spraying women, trampling old men, and throwing urine and feces at people that are to blame for the event’s cancellation.

But that is neither here nor there. The cancellation was just the prologue. The Antifa have shut down so many events and canceled so many of my appearances across the country with threats of violence that I made it a point to be in Harrisburg. I published this video upon my arrival in Philadelphia:

I gave the Antifa a place to show. They had the opportunity to shut down “Fascist” speech. And instead they said, “We don’t want to go out in the rain.” As you can see in the video taken at the Capitol in Harrisburg, it wasn’t raining:

We went from the Capitol directly to their favorite local bar, a tight little joint called Lovedraft’s. Being a rabid fan of the work of H.P. Lovecraft and a sworn enemy of the Antifa, crashing this bar was doubly sweet – and I don’t even drink.

Augustus Invictus in front of Lovedraft's

So we held our event, and we went to their bar, and you know what they did about it? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. Because the Antifa and their left-libertarian friends are bullies who only pick on the weak. When they meet resistance, they fold like lawn chairs.

Now, in the wake of their triumph over the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, and their humiliation in folding to our faction, they are trying to have the State Convention of the Libertarian Party of Florida canceled, as well, simply because I will be present in the building. And in the Antifa’s “Call to Action” to shut down the Convention, they targeted a pregnant woman. Now they show their true colors: here is the mark of their filth, as well as their desperation.

The Antifa were able to shut down an event in Pennsylvania because the Libertarians in Pennsylvania allowed it to happen. But Florida is not Pennsylvania: the members of our Party do not bend over barrels for keyboard warriors, and anyone who knows anything about Florida knows that the locals are all armed to the teeth. So we will hold our Convention in Florida, and it will go off without a hitch, and all the Antifa and their left-libertarian friends can revel even more in their impotent rage and humiliation.

Or, the left-libertarians could stop promoting the platform of communist terrorists and come back to libertarianism. They could stop supporting (and even encouraging) violence against their fellow libertarians in some misguided ideological crusade. At this point there has been no violence by libertarians against libertarians; there has only been violence by Antifa against libertarians. There is still a chance for unity, nationwide – but if we are to achieve any sort of unity, we first have to put away the daggers and stop calling everyone we disagree with a Fascist or a neo-Nazi.

As a closing remark, I want to note three things, because I have given Will Coley, Vermin Supreme, and Nicholas Sarwark all a hard time in the past few weeks.

First, Coley and I never did come to any understanding, because the debate never occurred. But I tell you what, I gained a lot of respect for him being in the trenches with him and watching him stand up for the free marketplace of ideas. In the words of Professor Dumbledore, “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” We might not like each other, but I do respect him.

Second, as concerns Vermin Supreme: No hard feelings.

Third, as concerns Nicholas Sarwark: We are all still waiting for an explanation as to why he has not denounced Antifa violence and threats of violence against libertarians and Libertarian Party events. And I’m not the only one to notice this. From The Liberty Conservative: “Libertarian Party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark chimed in with no condemnation of the terrorist threats, only to echo [Leslee Ann] Petersen’s sentiments in an apparent indication that ANTIFA’s threats were justified or at least understandable.”

On March 1st, in an Open Letter to Nicholas J. Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian Party, I called out Sarwark for siding with these communists when they shut down Milo. And now they have shut down a Libertarian Party event – an event at which he was a scheduled speaker – and he continues to support them. So now everyone knows what side Nicholas Sarwark is on, and it isn’t the libertarians’.

How many attacks and threats of attack by Antifa against libertarians are necessary before Sarwark will make a statement defending his own people, the membership of the Party he leads? That’s the real question everyone needs to take away from this unfolding of events.

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.