Above: Augustus Invictus, Ryan Ramsey and friends.
Found by way of pingback on a previous IPR article. Posted at Libertarians United Against Fascism:
On Friday April 7th, the Libertarian Party of Florida issued a press release retracting a statement made by the Executive Committee (EC) in Oct. 2015. This statement denounced the fascist lawyer and former Libertarian Party of Florida Senate candidate Augustus Invictus’ for his advocacy of eugenics and state-sponsored murder. Invictus had recently threatened to sue the party for defamation if it would not issue a retraction. Faced with potential legal costs exceeding the party’s budget, the EC voted to accept mediation by their party gubernatorial candidate, Randy Wiseman, who decided in favor of Invictus. Char-Lez Braden, the LPF Chair, issued the retraction.
Every single Committee member but one voted in favor in favor of mediation. Paul Stanton, the Region 7 Representative, was the only dissenting voice.
On May 5th-7th, the Libertarian Party of Florida will be holding it’s state convention at the International Palms Resort & Conference Center in Cocoa Beach. They hope to sweep this matter under the rug and move along with business as usual. This includes reelecting Invictus’ allies on the EC.
There will be no business as usual. Because unless the LPF bars all the named individuals from their organization, there will be no convention. We’re going to shut it down.
Yes, He is Still a Fascist
Let’s make things perfectly clear. Invictus indeed claims to have rejected the state eugenics policies he advocated in law school [archive]. This rejection is purely one of application. He has not abandoned eugenics because it is disgusting, immoral, depraved, racist and violent. Indeed, he still confirms as of March 24th that he believes the “strong and intelligent should breed – and the weak and stupid should not”. He simply no longer believes that government planned eugenics would be practical. Although his original paper disavowed any selection on the basis of race or ethnicity, when viewed in light of his repeat moaning about higher non-white immigrant birth rates, people he characterized as “parasites” in the above letter, some reading between the lines is not unreasonable.
As to his comments in favor of “state-sponsored murder”, the LFP’s excuse that this is ambiguous is laughable. We are talking about a man that proudly declares the solution to the radical Islam is a “Reconquista”. Who openly talks about murdering leftists one minute and then tries to play it off as an exaggeration the next. Who stated in 2013 [archive] that “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”.
He still talks about this. His website, the Revolutionary Conservative, openly proclaims an intention to spark a right-wing insurrection, as he does again and again in his Fireside Chats and Guerrilla Radio podcasts. Aside from all that, Invictus supports a border wall, an escalation of ICE raids and travel bans to keep immigrants from freely moving about and living where they wish. He supports these policies both in the United States and in Europe as defense of a decaying Western civilization. The scale of violence needed to achieve this, and to remove the millions already living in these societies, is nothing short of state-sponsored ethnic cleansing.
Oh, and we seem to recall this beacon of free speech and civil debate issuing defamation lawsuits to people saying things about him he didn’t like. Not just toward the LPF, but also to the woman who broke the story alleging a history of domestic violence, rape and kidnapping. He has since descended into victim blaming conspiracy theories involving the victim, Paul Stanton, former LPF chair Adrian Wyllie, the FBI, and others.
The Only Choice Left for the
“Party of Principle”
Libertarian Party of Florida, if you are not able to recognize fascism even when it comes wrapped in fascist tattoos and calls itself an “American fascist” then you are worse than useless. If you are not capable of defeating even one individual fascist, how do you expect to defeat an entire state’s worth? How do you expect anyone to believe you when you state an intention to end political authoritarianism in Florida and the United States?
You let this get out of hand by allowing this creep and others like him to infiltrate your organization and use it to their own ends. All of this could have been avoided, if only you had taken a stand against their inclusion. You either allowed it, or were powerless to prevent it. Either way, you are unfit to exist.
Records of your internal communications indicate that you saw no way to afford the estimated $10,000-30,000 it would take to settle this case. The LPF would collapse and have to be dissolved. Well guess what? Destruction is preferable to becoming a de facto fascist front group. If that is the only option available to you, then there is no question what you need to do.
We also understand from anonymous sources that some of you may fear violent reprisals against yourselves and your families from Invictus’ followers and allies. If this is true, then we have your back . . . but you still need to do something. This is your responsibility as libertarians. You can help bring these fascists down. You can reach out to us anonymously and share information, help us coordinate, or do the same to other trusted members of other parties now moving to pressure Florida. But if you do not fear for your life, then you have no excuse not to obstruct them in every way possible. Not while Paul Stanton is already doing so and you are hanging him out to dry.
If you have to replace your entire Executive Committee and change the bylaws, now is your opportunity. If you have to bankrupt and ultimately dissolve the party fighting to kick the fascists out, do it. No concessions, no collaboration. Burn everything to the ground. Clear the way for a replacement organization that will have learned from your mistakes.
At present, the Libertarian Party of Nevada and several other state parties are moving to disassociate with the LPF over the appeasement. According to some Nevada party members, that state affiliate will ask the national organization to disaffiliate Florida at the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) meeting in Pittsburgh April 15th-16th. This is a step in the right direction. If the LPF is not going to fix its hostile fascist infiltration then the next step should be total dissociation and isolation. The sooner this happens, the better.
As for the rest of us, we’re not going to wait. We’re individualist anarchists who believe in direct action and consumer pressure. We’re going to expose Invictus and his collaborators and circulate this as widely as possible. Then we’re going to shut down your state convention. Perhaps if Florida libertarians are not ashamed of being used by fascists, then the rest of the world can help them discover that feeling. We’re going to peacefully burn your house to the ground with all the fascists inside. You can try to rescue them, or you can get started building a new house.
Call to Action
The Libertarian Party of Florida will be holding its annual state Convention May 5th-7th. There will be a number of speaker meals, as well as ongoing business meeting on Saturday and the election of Region Representatives on Sunday. Speaker meals cost, but attendance to the business meetings is free.
Before that begins, we recommend getting in touch with LNC members before April 15th and asking them to excommunicate Florida. We also recommend getting in touch with the LPF Executive Committee members and the Convention organizer, Marc Tancer, and letting them know how you feel about harboring fascists.
But we especially recommend contacting the venue, to inform them that the LPF is hosting known fascists on their property. These individuals are: Augustus Invictus, Raquel Okyay, Ryan Ramsey and Brandi Hicks. Let them know that Invictus and Okyay were responsible for similar outrage and cancellation of the Mid Atlantic Liberty Festival in Harrisburg Pennsylvania on April 1st. Direct them to photos if you can. Ramsey’s tattoos really stand out.
To any state Libertarian parties and to LNC members, denounce and dissociate from these fools until either the fascists or the LPF itself are gone.
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Profiles in Infiltrators
Aside from Paul Stanton and the other EC members, there are at least two Regional Representatives that are close friends and collaborators with Invictus outside the LPF. These are Ryan Ramsey and Raquel Okyay. Both these two are editors of the Revolutionary Conservative. Ramsey is the Region 4 Representative and Okyay the Region 6. Both were appointed by the Chair to fill vacancies, not elected. Both are seeking election at the state party Convention.
Augustus Sol Invictus
(formerly Austin Gillespie)
The center of this controversy, Invictus’ fascist politics have be so extensively documented over the years that they don’t bear repeating. See here for his history with the Libertarian Party, here and here for more recent and detailed accounts.
Because so many of his defenders’ pleas hinge on framing these as relics of a distant past and no longer indicative of his present stances, here is a list of things he has done or been discovered to have done in the past month:
- A police report appeared alleging multiple incidents of domestic violence, sexual assault, kidnapping and death threats toward his ex-fiancée over the course of their 15-month relationship.
- Threatened to put former Libertarian Presidential candidate Vermin Supreme and others in the hospital in self-defense after they made jokes about throwing pies at him.
- A Fireside Chat on the destruction of Western civilization by Muslim immigrants titled “On Reconquista”.
- A Fireside Chat on “White Genocide”.
- Continued promoting and fundraising for “Operations Leonidas”, his upcoming documentary about the destruction of Europe by refugees, diversity and “cultural Marxism”.
- Reposted his racist “Letter to the People of Europe” from Jan. 2016, claiming it was still relevant.
- Held a podcast discussion with alt-right author Christopher Robertson, author of the book “In Defense of Hatred”, to which Invictus wrote the foreword.
- Interviewed Keith Preston of Attack the System on his pan-secessionist politics. Preston is an infamous fascist who presented at Richard Spencer’s 2015 National Policy Institute conference.
- Held a live show in Harrisburg, PA with Dave Martel of the alt-right conspiracy theory site “Mad American News” and made a recorded appearance at the State Capitol, challenging antifa to come fight him in the presence of police. Dave Martel Seig Heil-ed at the end of the video.
- Interviewed the anarcho-capitalist turned fascist Christopher Cantwell on Hoppeanism, monarchy and race realism.
- Complained about the Vatican hosting an Islamic prayer in 2014.
- Complained about a march against racism in London.
- Complained about finding Qurans at a gas station in rural North Carolina.
- A video came to light by way of Adrian Wyllie in the Florida Libertarian Facebook group. It is an hour-long talk from a group called the “Sunshine Fascists” featuring Augustus Sol Invictus. They discuss killing Muslims, Jews and gay people (It has since been taken down from YouTube but uploaded here.)
Raquel Maria Okyay
Okyay is the Region 6 Representative on the Executive Committee since June 2016. She is a prolific writer and either a member, manager or founder of numerous conservative and libertarian organizations, lobbies and media outlets. She prioritizes anti-corruption, anti-abortion and anti-gun control activism. In the context of Florida, Okay is also the managing editor of The Quill, the official LPF newsletter. Like Ramsey, she is an editor of the Revolutionary Conservative, as well as its press secretary.
Okyay was slated to speak at the Mid Atlantic Freedom festival along with Invictus before an antifa pressure campaign shut it down. Her stances on a range of issues are more consistent with paleolibertarianism than outright fascism. However, as Invictus’s former campaign manager and ongoing media functionary, she helps advance his political career and presence in the party. She has defended him from accusations of fascism and violence since 2015, both personally and through official campaign and Revolutionary Conservative press releases.
Her friendships and political alliances include Ramsey and Hicks, as well as other far-right and alt-right figures. She certainly has no problem associating with the fascist swamp that is and has accumulated around Invictus. Her actions over the past two years in Florida are a cut above the spineless passivity of the rest of the Executive Committee. They are active collaboration.
Ryan Russell Ramsey
Ryan Ramsey is the Bradford County Chairman for the Libertarian Party of Florida and Region 4 Representative on the Executive Committee. He is romantically involved with Brandi Hicks and they live together. He blogs at Libertarian Heathen [archive] and is an editor and contributor to the Revolutionary Conservative.
Ramsey has either founded or runs a number of political groups. These include Jacksonville Open Carry and Florida Carry Inc. He is the founder and Director of the Florida Liberty Project, an ostensibly normal grassroots outreach group that he uses as a personal platform. He also sits on the National Council of The Sons and Daughters of Liberty as well as the being Vice-Chair for the American Guard, a militant right-wing street group of self-described “Constitutional Nationalists” that makes heavy use of 19th century nativist and modern white nationalist iconography. He hosts both the SDL and the more explicitly fascist Global Dissident Voice radio shows on the SDL Radio Network.
The Bradford Country LP facebook page and YouTube channel function as another set of vehicles to Ramsey. He frequently posts articles from his own blog and from the Revolutionary Conservative. He also uses these to network with other alt-right libertarians.
From 1995-1999 he was US Navy serviceman stationed about the USS Underwood, FFG-36 and at NAS Jax. Among other roles he conducted drug interdiction in the Gulf of Mexico. He also used to work for the Titan Electric Group in Jacksonville. From 2009-2014 he owned a business called Landser Group LLC that specialized in security systems installation and training, which he ran from home. The name is a reference to a low-ranking German soldier (as well as a famous neo-Nazi rock band). His outdated resume is available here [archive].
Ramsey is friends and associates with numerous white nationalists, fascists and alt-right figures, including Keith Preston, Shane Trejo (a student responsible for trying to bring Richard Spencer to the International Students for Liberty Conference), and Kyle Chapman (aka “basedstickman”, the armed Trump supporter from Berkeley) .
He also plays in the band Lovecrime with his partner, Brandi Hicks. They made an appearance at the 2016 LPF Convention. They were also slated to play at the Mid Atlanic Liberty Festival in Harrisburg on April 1st.
Ramsey sports a number of tattoos of fascist iconography. On the right side of his head he has a Celtic Cross symbol, as well as a Valknut on his neck and an Iron Cross on his right shoulder. He frequently wears a Mjolnir pendant, a heathen (Norse pagan) icon. Ramsey tries to play these off as simply an expression of his Nordic/Celtic heritage and neo-pagan religion, but taken together in the context of his politics and the people he collaborates with, this wehraboo is obviously just evading.
In numerous photos he can be seen wearing a vest with, among other symbols, an SS insignia and a Confederate Battle Flag.
Ramsey openly describes himself as a nationalist. He contends that nationalism has a bad reputation of association with state power. He proposes instead a revival of pre-state tribal structures, in which closed kin and ethnic groups provide the social support, legal and security functions usurped by rise of the state.
This kind of organic anti-state nationalism is not new; many interwar fascists envisioned a future in which heightened racial consciousness would render the corporate state form unnecessary. In more recent decades this type of decentralist fascism has been associated with the European New Right and with national-anarchism, a political philosophy coined by British neo-Nazi Troy Southgate; and the pan-secessionist ideas of Keith Preston (one of Ramsey’s friends). These currents in modern fascism attempt to sanitize bigotry and “Blood and Soil” attachments by recasting them as cultural preservation achieved through voluntary segregation into intentional communities. They appeal to politically decentralist tendencies on both the left and right to unite against the principal enemy of liberty, the Leviathan state itself, and settle any issues of disagreement in the aftermath by segregating. Able to present themselves as anti-state and compliant with the Non-Aggression Principle, proponents have long attempted entry into libertarian circles. Ramsey’s own activism involves a similar kind of ecumenicism, compromised by a more violence-tinged anti-leftism typical of the alt-right.
We should not have to say that this kind of proposal is total anathema to libertarianism, which is a cosmopolitan ideal of universal rights and freedom for all people. It is an alter-globalism, not an anti-globalism. It promotes individual self-determination, not the right of communities or local authorities to constrain their members in order to protect some collective fiction from outside influence. Opposing the existing state is not enough when they just intend to replace it with smaller Volkisch analogues that intensify all the worst effects of statism. Their vision of self-segregating tribal enclaves is nothing more than the Mad Max strawman of anarchy. It will not lead to the peace, mobility, freedom of association and exchange of ideas we value. It is incompatible with defense of a freed-market and an open society. When goods and people cannot cross borders, armies will. Even if those armies are Vikings LARPers with Kalashnikovs.
Lest we give too much credit to Ramsey’s word, these ideas can never be taken at face value anyway. They invariably serve as a pretext to legitimize state violence against non-white minorities and political opponents as the next best option to excluding them from Naziville. True to form, Ramsey, like Invictus, also supports the violent barring and deportation of migrants coming to the US and to European societies, even when he knows it would result in their deaths.
Ramsey also regularly threatens violence against antifascist protesters and those who disagree with him. He recently threatened one LPF member named Mateo Marchetti (aka Mattia Malamento) over Marchetti’s sharing of the police report alleging domestic violence by Invictus. He denies this was his intention, but the evidence suggests otherwise:
More than anyone else on this list, Ramsey has ferociously attacked detractors of Augustus Invictus’ inclusion in the Florida LP. He characterizes Invictus as an innocent man persecuted for his choice of friends (these being other fascists), and his religion; as if opposition to his use of the Roman fasces (the symbol of Italian Fascism) has anything to do with Roman paganism. He recently wrote a long tirade of incomprehensible drivel and evasion of the known facts, while indulging in victim blaming conspiracy theories involving a plot by antifa, Adrian Wyllie, Paul Stanton and pedophile rings to destroy the LPF. He dismisses the recent police report alleging domestic violence, kidnapping, sexual assault and death threats on Invictus’ part as slander by a “drug addicted prostitute”.
As for the pedophile claim, he cites a fake antifa honeypot run by fascists and a libertarian radio host from New Hampshire that was exposed early last year and has nothing to do with anything happening in Florida.
For someone so concerned about pedophiles, Ramsey does not seem bothered by the fact that Augustus Invictus was in his early 30’s when he started dating his then 17 year old ex-fiancée that he is alleged to have abused. She was still in high school at the time.
IPR Note: The article goes on to also profile Ryan Ramsey’s partner Brandi Hicks. See the original linked at the top to read that section.