Cara Schulz: Augustus Sol Invictus and the Libertarian Party of Florida

1bf9f93d4947eebe5c09b5fb8306dc91From The Wild Hunt, original article can be found here

“We expect a candidate to be bland, uninteresting … We pretend we want politicians who are honest or unconventional, someone who has not sold his soul to special interests. But as soon as that person arrives, we crucify him. Trying to understand him is the last thing on anyone’s mind.” – U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Sol Invictus

Florida attorney Augustus Invictus is garnering national headlines in his run to replace Sen. Marco Rubio. Most of those headlines focus on or include sensationalized reports about him drinking the blood of a sacrificed goat. Mr. Invictus’ attempt to run as a Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) candidate has also resulted in the resignation of the party’s chair and vice chair, both of whom protest the lack of LPF Executive Committee opposition to the possible candidate prior to the primary vote

In his resignation letter, former LPF Chair Adrian Wyllie alledged that Invitcus’ Thelema-inspired religious views, his name, and his stance on eugenics and future civil war make him an unfit Libertarian candidate. He wrote, “My strong opposition to him has put me in conflict with the LPF Executive Committee.”

The mainstream press is having a field day with some of the allegations and reader comments tend toward either mocking or open hostility. Is this a case of non-Pagans misunderstanding Pagan views and religious practices? Does religious bigotry play a role in some of these reactions? Or, are these allegations true?

The Wild Hunt takes a closer, interviewing Mr. Invictus and others involved. First, we’ll break down the allegations from Mr. Wyllie’s resignation letter.

Animal Sacrifice
This is the allegation which has captured the most reporter and reader attention. Wyllie states, “I would never disparage anyone on the basis of their religion. But, since Mr. Invictus cites his religion as the motivation for his violent intentions, I believe it must be scrutinized. Mr. Invictus practices Thelema, an occult pagan religion based on the teachings of Aleister Crowley. Mr. Invictus was ejected from Ordo Templi Orientis for brutally and sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice.”

While Invictus disputes he dismembered a goat he readily admits to sacrificing a goat in a ritual of thanksgiving, “What actually happened is that I undertook a religious Pilgrimage in the Spring of 2013, walking from Orlando, Florida to the Mojave Desert in California. I did not expect to survive the journey or the desert, and so I sacrificed a goat to the God of the Wilderness in thanksgiving some time later, after my return to Florida. But that does not grab the headlines quite as well as ‘Chairman resigns to protest animal sacrifice by Senate candidate,’ which is how this is being spun.”

As of publication date over 140 news articles have been published in the last 72 hours focusing on Invictus’ sacrifice of the goat. There are a number of religions that practice some form of ritual animal killing, slaughter or sacrifice. However, the mainstream press regularly treats all forms of ritual sacrifice as outlandish and barbaric. Many comments claim Invictus’ ritual killing of an animal makes him unfit to hold office, while others point out the hypocrisy of being horrified by animal sacrifice while dining on factory meat.

Some people have condemned the act as “Satanic witchcraft,” while others call for Invictus to be killed. If Invictus was a Muslim sacrificing a lamb during Hajj or a Jewish person sacrificng a rooster the day before Yom Kippur would the media coverage and reader reaction be different?

The Wild Hunt has covered the controversy surrounding animal sacrifice many times and even Pagans disagree about the ethics of the practice.

Many modern Pagans and Heathens shy away from — or are downright horrified by — the idea of animal sacrifice. Arguments against the practice generally come from a place of concern for the animals involved, or a fear that it would result in an “othering” by mainstream society. On the other hand, the sacrificial priests say that the practice is rooted in compassion and community, and that criticisms of their work reveal a fundamental disconnect with the food system, and perhaps a smoldering of racism as well.

Jeff Billman, a Libertarian Pagan, definitely believes that religious bigoty is in play here, both within the media coverage and in the allegations by Wyllie. In a Facebook post, Billman wrote:

All the reasons that Adrian Wyllie tried to convince the Libertarian Party of Florida to take action against Augustus Invictus went unreported. Instead, Bay News 9 (the 24 hour cable news channel on Bright House Networks in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida) insinuated that Wyllie resigned because Invictus practices animal sacrifice. Despite the continued denials of his supporters, Adrian Wyllie is conducting a witch hunt against Pagan Libertarians, and this report proves it. I demand that the Libertarian Party of Florida take steps to censure Adrian Wyllie, and to make a statement that the Libertarian Party of Florida respects the religious beliefs of all, including Pagans. I will be making a formal motion to that effect with the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Florida, once I ascertain Mr. Wyllie’s current membership status.

Wyllie has not only resigned as LPF Chair, but has also left the LPF Party. In a written interview, he told The Wild Hunt, “I was not familiar with Thelema specifically before this, but I am familiar with Paganism. I’m probably most familiar with Wicca, because I have some close friends that practice it. I have other friends who identify as Pagans, but not any specific order. I think a candidate’s religion is absolutely irrelevant. The only reason it became at all relevant with Mr. Invictus was because he used it as his justification for violence and starting a civil war. I strongly believe that his view of Paganism is completely warped, and that the overwhelming majority of Pagans are good, peaceful people who don’t share his apocalyptic visions. He doesn’t represent Pagans any more than a violent Jihadist represents Muslims.”

Ejection from Ordo Templi Orientis
Invictus posted a video of himself performing the sacrifice and said that he was expelled by the OTO shortly after for what he said were political reasons. The OTO Public Information Officer would only confirm that Augustus Sol Invictus has not been a member of Ordo Templi Orientis since November 9, 2013, and that the circumstances surrounding his expulsion are confidential.

Thelema is a religion based on the teachings of Aleister Crowley and has as its two main tenets: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” and “Love is the law, love under will.” The goal of Thelemites is to discover their True Will, which is defined as “what they were meant to do on this earth.” Initiations of violence are generally frowned on in Thelema, while physical defense of individual rights is allowed. This is similar to the Non-Aggression Principle in Libertarian philosophy.

We spoke with author and Occultist James Wasserman about Invictus’ run for Senate and his alleged expulsion from OTO. Wasserman has been a member of OTO since 1976 and knows Invictus.” It is difficult to comment on this individual without understanding that he suffers from mental illness. We are repeatedly warned in the mystic teachings of the dangers of madness: ‘The mystic swims in the same waters in which the psychotic drowns.’ ”

Wasserman goes on to explain, “The unrestrained plunge into the Abyss comes through attachment to the Ego. In the Star Wars story, Luke hears Obi-Wan calling upon him to trust “The Force.” Such ancient myths, translated into modern cinema, can retain their truth when skillfully told. Augustus Sol Invictus pursues his fantasy life on YouTube with phony accents, unbalanced rants, and even despicable acts of violence. Anyone contemplating taking him seriously should first ask him to remove the password protection from his YouTube video of a goat sacrifice. If you find him acceptable after that, go in peace. While some of his written political philosophy may contain some coherence, we would expect no less from one who was once sane enough to earn a law degree. To pretend that the teachings of the Law of Thelema justify his behavior or his opinions besmirches Truth with the tarnish of delusion, egomania, and narcissism. I am sorry to witness his fall. At one point, I believed he might have had some potential.”

Changing His Name
Wyllie said that “Even the legally-changed name he chose for himself is revealing. August Sol Invictus is Latin, and translates to ‘The Unconquerable Sun God’ ” He sites this as another reason that Invictus is unfit to be a Libertarian candidate. His name was also joked about in reader comments attached to articles.

Although Invictus primarily calls himself Pagan, those close to him say he is a Roman Reconstructionist, or a person looking to revive the religion of ancient Rome. Similar to how Pagans may have a Craft name, converts to other religions will sometimes change their name to reflect their new religious identity. For example, it’s not an uncommon for those converting to Islam, and it is not considered egotistical to change that name to that of their Prophet, Mohammed. Changing your name to Augustus Sol Invictus may be an indicator of an inflated self worth and a desire to rule over others, or it may be a sincere sign of devotion to a specific God.

Advocating Violence and Civil War
One of the more troubling allegations for many within the Libertarian Party is Invictus’ interest in inciting a second civil war. Wyllie said, “Mr. Invictus has repeatedly vowed that it is his destiny to start a second civil war in America. In a 2013 memo to his colleagues, he wrote, ‘I have prophesied for years that I was born for a Great War; that if I did not witness the coming of the Second American Civil War, I would begin it myself.’ ” This memo was published by Above the Law in 2013.

Wyllie also has claimed that, in a private, face-to-face meeting, he asked Invictus directly, “Do you actually intend to kill millions of people and start a civil war?” Wyllie said that his answer was, “It’s my religion.” Invictus remembers the conversation differently. He said that they were talking about transhumanism and Nietzsche and the idea that mankind must be overcome.

In our interview, Wyllie directed us to a video created by Invictus titled Give Me A War. Wyllie cites this as an example of Invictus intentions. When we asked Invictus about the video, he said that it was a poem made several years ago. He explained, “This is in reference to the poem Seven Seals, which Wyllie has taken upon himself to rename to Give Me a War, in keeping with his dishonest tactics. Seven Seals is a poem and an Enochian invocation, not a call for a civil war. The original recitation can be found here.” He added that these videos are poetry readings and have nothing to do with his stance as a political candidate.

Eugenics
This is the allegation which appears to disturb the LPF Executive Committee the most. Wyllie claims that Invictus supports a return to a government supported eugenics program, which would sterilize, euthanize or forcibly abort ‘the weakest, the least intelligent, and the most diseased.’
This particular allegation also appears to strike the strongest nerve among Thelemites, many of whom expressed private outrage while refusing to make comments on the record.

When we asked Invictus directly if he supports eugenics, as alleged by Wyllie, he said, “I do not support a eugenics program, and this is a bold faced lie by Wyllie. This was addressed in one of my first Fireside Chats. Wyllie has heard me say a hundred times that I do not support a eugenics program, and he knows all the reasons why; but he also knows that in ceaselessly repeating this allegation he does not need to argue about it. It reminds me of a statement attributed to Joseph Goebbels: ‘If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.’ ”

However, Invictus’ Senate campaign website contains conflicting information on this subject. In a blog post titled “A Declaration on the Failings of the Federal Government,” bullet point number 25 states:

It has abandoned its eugenics program & elitist mindset in favor of decadent ideology that rejects the beauty of strength and demands the exponential growth of the weakest, least intelligent, and the most diseased.

Yet in the site’s FAQ section, Invictus notes that, while he wrote a paper in support of eugenics during law school, he has since changed his mind and regrets writing it. He asserts that a portion of the U.S.eugenics program is still legal today and that “no ruler or group of bureaucrats should have that sort of power over another person” and calls forced sterilization an “abuse of power.”

General Policy Positions
In looking at Invictus’ campaign website, his actual policy positions are much less controversial. He is against the drug war, constant war, government bans on same sex marriage, firearms, and marijuana. He departs from typical Libertarian policies on supporting government protection of the environment and for FDA regulations.

Other portions of his website reveal a candidate who is far from the “bland” or “uninteresting ,” as Invictus says voters expect. Many of his fireside chats have him affecting an accent that is difficult to place. He describes himself as a poet, artist, and a scholar. In one featured video, Invictus says that he wants “you to revolt…I want you to be dangerous…I want each and every one of you to be a legitimate threat…I don’t want you to vote so much as I want you to wake up, drop out and tune in, I want you to take LSD and practice sorcery.”

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On Sunday, the LPF took action, considering two motions concerning Invictus. The first motion proposed expelling him from the party. That motion failed. The second motion called for the LPF to formally condemn Invictus for violating the Non-Aggression Principle. That motion carried.

The LPF put out this statement on Monday. It reads, in part:

During yesterday’s meeting of its Executive Committee, the Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) voted to condemn platform issues associated with U.S. Senate candidate, Augustus Invictus. The LPF finds the initiation of violence through his call for civil war and state-sponsored murder abhorrent. These platform issues are diametrically opposed to the principles of the LPF.

Char-Lez Braden, chair of the LPF said this morning, “Legally, the LPF has no control over a candidate’s political affiliation. Florida election laws allow anyone, with any ideology, to run as a candidate in the party they declared when registering to vote. The LPF has not endorsed Augustus Invictus and has not provided him with any support. Under the law, we cannot prevent him from running as a Libertarian and he is not required to enter our certification process.”
Currently, Invictus is the only candidate seeking to run as a Libertarian for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat. Even though Florida election law allows anyone to run, as noted in the statement, his inclusion on the ballot as a third party candidate is not assured. To be listed on the ballot itself, Invictus needs to gather 100,000 signatures or pay $10,000.

At this point, Florida voters and LPF members will have to decide for themselves if Invictus is a candidate worthy of support, or if his views, past or present, are problematic. At the same time it appears that the ways in which much of the media are covering the story, with a focus on animal sacrifice to near exclusion of many of the other allegations and concerns, demonstrates unexamined religious bias. In addition, the general public’s reaction to these reports, as seen in various comments, suggests the same stark religious bigotry – one that could cause tension and problems for any Pagan politician in a run for public office.

We will continue to follow the story and update our readers as it develops.

Cara Schulz is a journalist and author living in Minnesota with her husband and cat. She has previously written for PAGAN+politics, PNC-Minnesota, and Patheos. Her work has appeared in several books by Bibliotheca Alexandrina and she’s the author of Martinis & Marshmallows: A Field Guide to Luxury Tent Camping and (Almost) Foolproof Mead Making. She loves red wine, camping, and has no tattoos.

She was also Chair of the Gary Johnson for President campaign in Minnesota in 2012, and was elected to the Libertarian Party of Minnesota Executive Committee in 2013 and remains active in the Party.

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38 thoughts on “Cara Schulz: Augustus Sol Invictus and the Libertarian Party of Florida

  1. Jed Ziggler

    To be completely fair, a lawyer killing a goat and drinking its blood is probably the most normal thing that’s ever happened in Florida.

  2. Andy Craig

    I don’t think the media circus was just because he is a “pagan.”. The LP has religious minorities in abundance, including candidates and party officers affiliated with Wiccan, neo-Pagan, etc (I’m not sure what the proper catch-all term would be for those.) I’ve not met a LeVey-school Satanist in the LP, but I’m sure they probably exist somewhere given his ties to Ayn Rand, even though that had nothing to do with Invictus as some have mistakenly reported. New Age spirituality more broadly certain has at least as many adherents in the LP as it does in the general public. (Though I’m not among them.)

    I think it was more the animal-cruelty angle, and the repulsiveness of the blood-drinking. People find animal sacrifices in general morally abhorrent, and the sadistic details that were allegedly so bad his own group kicked him out, probably crossed the line into outright criminal. (We can debate animal cruelty laws and the NAP, but regardless it is currently a crime and regarded as such by most people..) That is, sadly, going to generate all the clickbait headlines.

    I think if he had been an atheist, or some sort of fundamentalist Christian, or whatever other more ‘mainstream religious affiliation, and had done similarly outrageous things, he would have gotten most of the same attention for it. And while the broader media might have latched on to it, it was never the main complaint Libertarians had about him– indeed the goat thing was news to most of us as well, long after we all knew Invictus was a crazy neo-fascist.

  3. jim

    Quoting Invictus:
    “It has abandoned its eugenics program & elitist mindset in favor of decadent ideology that rejects the beauty of strength and demands the exponential growth of the weakest, least intelligent, and the most diseased.”

    This is the portion that I previously commented on, stating that I thought this was being misrepresented by some people. I believe that the inclusion of negative items later in this portion of the quote do not automatically mean that the former items are to be interpreted as being positive.

    If _I_ had written something like this, I would have used some sort of “frying pan into the fire” analogy, making clear that I found none of the items listed to be desirable.

    The quite recent Kevin McCarthy controversy is similar. McCarthy’s actual wording is being deliberately misrepresented. Myself, I think he should not have said what he said, simply because of the well-known risk of misrepresentation. Fortunately, he has taken himself out of the contest for Speaker of the House. He would have become a “Boehner-Lite”.
    What he actually said:

    “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?” McCarthy asked.
    “But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought.”

  4. Andy Craig

    Jim,

    I think you’re bending over backwards to come up with a possibly benign explanation, and giving him a lot more benefit of the doubt on the topic than he deserves. The meaning of the quote itself is clear, when it appears beneath a campaign logo that is literally and exactly copied from Mussolini’s flag, basically the Italian Fascist equivalent of a swastika, there is not really any room for doubt. He meant exactly what he said, that not having eugenics program is a “failing of the federal government.”

    And of course, that is far from the only quote of him saying something outrageous and hateful. It isn’t even the only example from that document.

  5. jim

    Andy Craig:
    Well, I was never even close to voting for him. (Even if I lived in Florida, rather than Washington.)
    If anything, I am too busy following the LPO (Libertarian Party of Oregon) debacle to care very much. (I am literally across the Columbia river from Oregon; if it wasn’t for the house on the south side of the street, I would have a marvelous view of PDX, the Portland International Airport.
    Anyway, I hope Florida manages to find a more tolerable candidate: This, of course, is the standard way to deal with oddities.

    You may recall the slogan:
    “Vote for the crook. It’s important”.\
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Edwards

    “Second comeback: Edwards vs. Duke, 1991[edit]
    Main article: Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1991
    As the 1991 governor’s race drew near, many of Edwards’ friends encouraged him to abandon his planned comeback, believing that he had no chance to win. After Edwards’ loss in 1987, a journalist for the defunct Shreveport Journal wrote that the only way Edwin Edwards could ever be elected again was to run against Adolf Hitler. These words turned out to be shockingly prophetic, since after the 1991 primary Edwards discovered his runoff opponent to be neo-Nazi David Duke. Edwards received 34 percent of the vote while Duke received 32 percent. Governor Roemer placed third, 80,000 votes behind Duke.

    The runoff between an avowed white supremacist and a former governor who was corrupt but was also perceived as minority-friendly, gained national attention. Support for Edwards grew in between the primary and the runoff. Louisiana Coalition against Racism and Nazism, an interest group, appeared to challenge Duke, with its leadership including longtime Treen supporter Beth Rickey, a member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee from New Orleans. The coalition revealed through a recording of Duke at a White Nationalist conference that he was still involved in neo-Nazi activities.[48]

    Faced with the alternative of Duke, many who were otherwise lukewarm for Edwards found him looking ever better. Edwards found himself receiving endorsements from both Treen and Roemer; even Republican President George H. W. Bush urged that Edwards, the Democrat, be elected over Duke. A popular bumper sticker urging support for Edwards (although clearly not produced by his campaign) read “Vote For the Crook. It’s Important.”[49][50][51] Another read “Vote for the Lizard, not the Wizard.” Edwards said that this would be his final term as governor and that he cared about leaving a good legacy, which made many hope that the corruption of his previous administrations would not be repeated. Edwards won by a wide margin. Continuing his artful use of humor to deflate an opponent, and referring to his considerable reputation as a ladies’ man, Edwards said of Duke that “the only thing we have in common is that we both have been wizards beneath the sheets.”[52] He also feigned concern for Duke’s health due to smoke inhalation “because he’s around so many burning crosses”[2] and when a reporter asked Edwards what he needed to do to triumph over Duke, Edwards replied “stay alive.” On Election Day, Edwards defeated Duke in a landslide, 61 to 39 percent, a margin of nearly 400,000 votes.

  6. Cara

    Andy,
    Animal sacrifice and animal ritual killing is legal, as affirmed by SCOTUS as a protected religious practice. There are several religions practiced in the US that engage in those practices, including Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims, Santeria and other African diaspora religions, some Pagans, and some First Nations spirituality.

    In addition, many hunters eat a portion or drink some of the blood of their first kill.

  7. Caryn Ann Harlos Post author

    A bloody steak may not be drinking, but it is a dead animal and consuming its blood.

    FWIW I wish I didn’t eat meat (tried to be vegetarian… couldn’t do it) and I would never hunt.

    But the reality is animals are sacrificed for human needs in massive numbers every moment, and eating dead flesh (unless it is prepared in a completely kosher bloodless fashion) involved blood.

    We are omnivorous animals. We can’t be that entirely squeamish about it.

  8. Caryn Ann Harlos Post author

    He isn’t a good guy. But it has zero to do with him being a pagan.

    Why are not more people picking up on the “fear of the Jews” nonsense in his grievances against the government?

  9. Big Dawg

    Why is he not? He should run for the LP prez.nomination. he puts the asses in the seats.

  10. Caryn Ann Harlos Post author

    I don’t think you realize how true that is. I will leave you to ponder that.

    Good day.

  11. Wang Tang-Fu

    “Anyone contemplating taking him seriously should first ask him to remove the password protection from his YouTube video of a goat sacrifice.”

    This sounds like it was not just a run of the mill goat sacrifice, just as Wyllie said. Since the evidence exists the question is what does Invictus have to hide?

  12. Wang Tang-Fu

    “He isn’t a good guy. But it has zero to do with him being a pagan.

    Why are not more people picking up on the “fear of the Jews” nonsense in his grievances against the government?”

    Great point. Or calling today’s immigrants “parasites.” Or Martin Luther King Jr. and Alex Haley examples of “a lesser breed of men.” Or saying “My fellow American Fascist…”

    Invictus is a nazi, and it’s past time to accept the transparent song and dance that he is anything other than what he quite obviously is.

  13. Andy Craig

    “Animal sacrifice and animal ritual killing is legal, as affirmed by SCOTUS as a protected religious practice.”

    The decision was narrower than that, striking down a law targeted particularly at religious sacrifices. The courts haven’t ruled that animal cruelty laws per se can not be applied, if they were equal and neutral in application to non-religious animal cruelty as well. But either way, just because something is legally protected doesn’t mean Americans have to look favorably on it.

    “There are several religions practiced in the US that engage in those practices, including Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims, Santeria and other African diaspora religions, some Pagans, and some First Nations spirituality.”

    For many of those, it is only some branches of the religion that do so, and typically not the more mainstream and better-known ones. But yes, there are religions that do it. I wasn’t suggesting animal sacrifice was per se illegal, I wasn’t really taking any position at all on that policy question. Just noting it is something most Americans see as relatively alien, barbaric, immoral, etc., above and beyond mere disapproval of fringe or minority or recently-founded religious groups.

    There also might be more acceptance for a more established tradition where killing the animal relatively quickly and humanely is part of the process, but not “sadistic dismemberment” and torture of a living animal. If your video of your torturing a goat is too disturbing *for a religion that regularly sacrifices goats*— well then I imagine that wasn’t a video anybody wants to see.

    “In addition, many hunters eat a portion or drink some of the blood of their first kill.”

    True. There is no end of double-standards and inconsistencies in how people regard treatment of animals. Obviously, most of us aren’t vegetarians. Tell somebody you had a bacon cheeseburger and nobody cares, at least not in this country, but somebody shoots the family pet and people almost react like it was murder (and I do too.)

    But I don’t think people’s reaction to the Invictus goat story is just “It’s unacceptable he’s not a Christian” either. It is at least as much about the ethical qualms about animal cruelty, too.

  14. Pete Blome

    Invictus’ religion doesn’t matter a whit to me as long as he doesn’t pick my pocket nor break my leg. However, his writings, videos and statements indicate that he might do both in pursuit of a great war and a stronger, more intelligent and less diseased populace (and he will be the judge of those standards, of course). I am sure the reason why Wyllie even mentions religion is because Invictus himself made reference to his religion both in private conversation and in public discourse, such as in YouTube videos. The issue is and always was the acceptance of initiating force. He may think he is, but Invictus is not a libertarian, which is based in voluntarism and the non advocacy of initiating force to solve social and political problems. He has no qualms about taking advantage of a state law, that is itself unconstitutional, that forces him on the ballot, as a Libertarian, simply because he has a checkbook, and no matter what the LPF may think about him. So much for the First Amendment. He should change Parties as his worldview is not Libertarian. Unfortunately, this matter has caused the loss of Adrian Wyllie, certainly the LPF’s most visible, dedicated, hardest working and effective officer, due to an Executive Committee that would have a hard time agreeing that taking a bath with an electric fan is a bad idea. Invictus has and will continue trashing over the coming months what so many have tried to build. Florida, and now the country, in the end will only wonder what the hell is wrong with the Florida LP.

  15. paulie

    For anyone who did not read the whole article above, I found the following to be interesting:

    We spoke with author and Occultist James Wasserman about Invictus’ run for Senate and his alleged expulsion from OTO. Wasserman has been a member of OTO since 1976 and knows Invictus.” It is difficult to comment on this individual without understanding that he suffers from mental illness. We are repeatedly warned in the mystic teachings of the dangers of madness: ‘The mystic swims in the same waters in which the psychotic drowns.’ ”

    Wasserman goes on to explain, “The unrestrained plunge into the Abyss comes through attachment to the Ego. In the Star Wars story, Luke hears Obi-Wan calling upon him to trust “The Force.” Such ancient myths, translated into modern cinema, can retain their truth when skillfully told. Augustus Sol Invictus pursues his fantasy life on YouTube with phony accents, unbalanced rants, and even despicable acts of violence. Anyone contemplating taking him seriously should first ask him to remove the password protection from his YouTube video of a goat sacrifice. If you find him acceptable after that, go in peace. While some of his written political philosophy may contain some coherence, we would expect no less from one who was once sane enough to earn a law degree. To pretend that the teachings of the Law of Thelema justify his behavior or his opinions besmirches Truth with the tarnish of delusion, egomania, and narcissism. I am sorry to witness his fall. At one point, I believed he might have had some potential.”

  16. Bob Dobbs

    Why must “animal sacrifice” only take the form of an assembly line with a pneumatic spike to the head? Seems to me that the people calling this guy’s religion nuts can’t see how nutty their own religions are! For the life of me, I can’t see what there is to worship in this shitty conspiracy-controlled world. Then again, I follow (some of) the teachings of Bob.

    What Flori-duh needs is a weird revolution. …Especially Pinellas County –a truly demented normal man’s Christian backwater.

    In the immortal words of Gibby Haynes:

    On behalf of Dr. Timothy Leary; in association with the legions of illuminated social rejects; and as an influential administrator and creator of musical chaos in these so called “United States” I stand as a messenger of strangeness this evening in order to impress upon or at least to instruct the honorable musicians as to the methods and motives of the truly bizarre reality – The Weird Revolution.
    Thomas Jefferson, cofounder and president of this normally corrupt nation said “If God is truly just I tremble for the fate of my country”.
    Secondly, there are some dynamics at play which I must familiarize you with.
    The so-called weirdos in this country stand as completely freaked out by the normal man as the normal man is completely freaked out by the weird masses reaction to him.
    Which came first – you may ask – chicken or egg; you may ask. Well, the chicken of course; and it’s time to break this weird-ass chain.
    The weird masses don’t want to be normalized.
    Weirdos want to be abnormal.
    The freaks can’t be formally normalized nor can we normally formalized.
    What we want is complete weirdification.
    Basically, we don’t want weirdness from the normal man.
    We don’t want to be freaked out by the normal man.
    We want to outfreak the normal man.
    The normal man entices and prostitutes and performs surgery on our weird women.
    Yes, even your brother could be a victim of his plastic fantasies.
    And if you weird out his daughter he’ll plast your ass.
    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
    Are you freaking with me?
    What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
    So you can pluck out his feathers and smile because you are defending our weird women from the freaky-ass thoughts of the bug-eyed, bow-legged normal man.

    Invictus’ rejection of the normal man’s monotheistic conspiracy religions is a promising first step, but Invictus really needs to open himself to the teachings of Bob.

  17. paulie

    Why must “animal sacrifice” only take the form of an assembly line with a pneumatic spike to the head?

    Why doesn’t he remove the password protection on his youtube video of the actual event? Wasserman and Wyllie both strongly imply that it was considerably more cruel than other religious animal sacrifices. Invictus could prove them wrong, if they are wrong, by making the evidence public.

  18. Caryn Ann Harlos Post author

    Paulie that is very telling. And the fact that the video is no longer acceptable. The man quoted apparently has seen it and is obviously quite comfortable with paganism and finds it very disturbing. Our libertarian tolerance often leads up to refuse to see madness and descent into dangerous fantasy.

  19. Caryn Ann Harlos Post author

    A friend has written me to state that a steak actually doesn’t have blood in it, that the red juice is other organic matter. Well I learned quite a bit more about eating animal flesh that repulsed me so point taken. I learned something grossly interesting and new. I didn’t know this before. So liquified fat and other stuff it is.

  20. paulie

    Depends on the steak. I like mine rare and bloody. I’ve seen the blood ooze from it. And I actually have drank (drunk?) animal blood myself when hunting. I am not against all religious animal sacrifices. It sounds like in this case Invictus took 15 minutes to kill the goat and that dismemberment or nor it involved a considerable amount of torture and sadism. If that is false just make the video public again and prove the critics wrong.

    All this focus on the goat misses the real point of the fascism, though, and it was the point all along long before I even heard about the goat.

    “He isn’t a good guy. But it has zero to do with him being a pagan.

    Why are not more people picking up on the “fear of the Jews” nonsense in his grievances against the government?”

    Great point. Or calling today’s immigrants “parasites.” Or Martin Luther King Jr. and Alex Haley examples of “a lesser breed of men.” Or saying “My fellow American Fascist…”

    That’s the real point. Not him killing a goat, even if it was exceptionally cruel and got him kicked out of OTO. Not him being a pagan. Even Wyllie says in the article above:

    “I was not familiar with Thelema specifically before this, but I am familiar with Paganism. I’m probably most familiar with Wicca, because I have some close friends that practice it. I have other friends who identify as Pagans, but not any specific order. I think a candidate’s religion is absolutely irrelevant. The only reason it became at all relevant with Mr. Invictus was because he used it as his justification for violence and starting a civil war. I strongly believe that his view of Paganism is completely warped, and that the overwhelming majority of Pagans are good, peaceful people who don’t share his apocalyptic visions. He doesn’t represent Pagans any more than a violent Jihadist represents Muslims.”

  21. Caryn Ann Harlos

    Paulie, I agree with everything you said above, except that I would put a lot of weight on the fact if he sadistically killed an animal.

    As far as steak… apparently even if very rare, it is still not blood. At least according to the articles I read after getting that correction.

    There are food specifically made with blood though.

  22. paulie

    I would put a lot of weight on the fact if he sadistically killed an animal.

    We can’t know for sure, but the fact that he is hiding the evidence does not speak well in his favor, nor does the fact that at least two other people who did see it are testifying that that was exactly what he did.

  23. Caryn Ann Harlos

    One of those people being a fellow pagan who left it at “if you are okay with that go in peace” and so not overly dramatic.

  24. Thane Eichenauer

    “This episode Raul Antony & Jesse Degtyarov are joined by attorney, philosopher, social critic and future Senator Augustus Sol Invictus. In our in-depth conversation we discuss Invictus’ path to politics, the Call to Total Insurrection, the metaphysics of politics, Libertarian in-fighting, being back-stabbed by the O.T.O, outsider culture and subversion, Thelema, Satanism and Heathenism, the non-aggression principle as it applies to eugenics & abortion”
    http://heathenharvest.org/2015/12/18/the-forest-passage-episode-9-augustus-sol-invictus-for-senate/
    1 hour 30 minutes

  25. paulie

    Earlier we talked about Raquel Okyay being the hypothetical “missing link” between Stone and Invictus. Two days ago, I spoke with Ken Moellman who attended an LP Florida event. Invictus was there with his campaign manager. Ken did not remember the campaign manager’s name but did note that the man was a big Trump fan and a non-libertarian Republican. Okyay is also a Trump fan.

    So Invictus is surrounded by Trump fans as his campaign staff, and Stone is an advisor to and supporter of and decades long associate and friend of Trump. Stone also is known for decades of setting up dummy opposition to make himself and his clients seem less bad and thus more acceptable and electable by comparison, going back to at least high school.

  26. paulie

    Lovely. And yet she is still a die hard Trump supporter, correct? Do we really need to go thru all the ways those positions are incompatible yet again?

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