Former six term democratic congresswomen and Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney now identifies as an anarchist

Former six term democratic congresswomen and Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney openly outed herself as an anarchist at the 2018 Anarchapulco conference held annually in Acapulco, Mexico. From a radio interview, McKinney credited an ongoing dialogue with [current LP presidential declared candidate]Adam Kokesh as well as an ideological re-evaluation facilitated by her current stint as Assistant Professor of Political Science at North South University, Bangladesh.

Quoting Dr. McKinney:

From teaching political science…it became important for me to speak the truth to my students as I saw it….I couldn’t tell them that the form of government we have, a republic[representational democracy], is the best of form of government. It became unfathomable to me that people would give away their individual sovereignty to someone else and then have to go a beg that person to do for them…that this was actually an advanced political system.

36 thoughts on “Former six term democratic congresswomen and Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney now identifies as an anarchist

  1. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Her bio from “North South University” in Bangladesh includes this laugh line:

    “In 2015, Cynthia completed her dissertation on the transformational leadership of Hugo Chavez ”

    Considering his leadership brought about near-anarchy amongst the populace of Venezuela, perhaps she’s on to something.

  2. Thane Eichenauer

    DJ, I admit that I am skeptical as well but hey, some people do change over time. If I was going to bet on a person that was more likely that most to inspire somebody to change Adam Kokesh would be my bet.

    Take a look at the following links for additional commentary and the segment where this news appears to originate from.

    http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/02/interesting.html
    https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-02-18

    If McKinney has been inspired to become an anarchist I am happy to hear the news. Bangladesh could certainly use a dose of anarchy.

  3. Carol Moore/Secession.net

    She’s a great speaker and a former congressperson. I’m sure she’d take right to libertarian decentralism. And make a great 2020 Prez candidate. With the VP of her choice.

  4. Thane Eichenauer

    I don’t think that a presidential candidate can run a more libertarian decentralist campaign than Adam Kokesh. If she wants to pursue the nomination of a party other than the Libertarian party I would certainly support such an effort.

  5. dL Post author

    LOL, why do I not believe her?

    She issued a press release back in 2012 touting her son’s law school graduation and legal thesis,
    “An Anarchist Theory of Criminal Justice.”

    http://theblacklistconcerns.blogspot.com/2012/05/from-cynthia-mckinney-celebrating-coy.html

    I felt compelled to send out to all of you, my political soulmates, the very last paper that my son wrote for this law school, not only because I’m proud of his accomplishment, but also because I am proud of the thought process that produced this work. Now, for implementation.

    This is not completely out of the blue for anyone remotely familiar with McKinney. Perhaps the mildly surprising thing is that it’s apparently liberal(market) anarchism over social anarchism that she has adopted.

  6. Starchild

    If Cynthia McKinney has become a free market oriented anarchist as a result in part of conversations with Adam Kokesh, that’s pretty awesome!

    Healthy skepticism is always in order of course, especially with high level politicians (or former pols), but let’s keep our minds open and be ready to welcome her to the freedom movement if this is for real.

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    I think highly of Cynthia McKinney, and I actually think she could sincerely have become an anarchist. After all, she spent years in government trying to make changes without a whole lot of success. I’d like to meet her at some event in the future. Maybe I’ll save my money and try to make it to Anarcopulco next year.

  8. dL Post author

    Healthy skepticism is always in order of course, especially with high level politicians (or former pols), but let’s keep our minds open and be ready to welcome her to the freedom movement if this is for real.

    Well, if people gave Bob Barr and William Weld the benefit of the doubt, I don’t see why she wouldn’t get it, particularly when her civil libertarian record has always been pretty good(she was never a blue dog or yellow dog democrat). That being said, I don’t know if one should now expect LP or anarcho-capitalist lip service from her.

  9. DJ

    We are grassroots activists, environmentalists, advocates for social justice, nonviolent resisters and regular citizens who’ve had enough of corporate-dominated politics. Government must be part of the solution, but when it’s controlled by the 1%, it’s part of the problem. The longer we wait for change, the harder it gets. Don’t stay home on election day. Vote Green.
    http://www.gp.org/
    ………………..

    advocates for social justice

    Government must be part of the solution,
    …………………

    Sorry, (well not really) neither of those “issues” strikes me as very “anarchist”.
    I’ll allow she’s had a very “storied” “career” in politics- but, she strikes me as a narcissist career politician (6 terms= 12 years) and not very bright. Couple that with The Green Party agenda and I’ll pass.
    ……………..

    dl: (she was never a blue dog or yellow dog democrat).
    Me: You’re right. She’s been a Black Democrat and historically they vote for more/bigger gov’t. Racist? Believe what you want. It won’t change the fact.
    IF and when “I” change my mind by being convinced of more than lip service I’ll be more than glad to eat crow,or apologize to any and all who “I told you so”. And no, I don’t have to be open minded to career politicians, that’s what’s led us to where we are. Being open minded requires a trust I’m not willing to give.

  10. dL Post author

    Sorry, (well not really) neither of those “issues” strikes me as very “anarchist”.

    Well, the headline reads “now identifies as an anarchist,” not “reaffirms the Green Party platform.”

  11. DJ

    dl: Well, the headline reads “now identifies as an anarchist,” not “reaffirms the Green Party platform.”

    Me: True. How many Republicans claim libertarian or Libertarian beliefs? Or Democrats for that matter, then, once elected revert/defer to the Party?

    Like I said; “IF and when “I” change my mind by being convinced of more than lip service I’ll be more than glad to eat crow,or apologize to any and all who “I told you so”. ”
    Until that time, it’s just “the headline reads”, imo, to garner favorable attention from the ‘disenfranchised'(?)

    She’s “just” a politician, career btw, whose entire career was in the Democrat Party whose belief in the non libertarian big/more gov’t solutions to issues gov’t creates that it has no business butting into is an issue, to me. In my world, my opinion is what counts for me. Your’s may be different and that’s fine, and I will take it into consideration in fact finding. But, and this is a big but- not learning from History means doomed to repeat it.<<<<<<<>>>> Headlines are historically meant to garner attention with the substance of the story lacking.
    “IF and when “I” change my mind by being convinced of more than lip service (head lines in an obviously contrary to libertarian beliefs web site,<<<<<<Fact) I’ll be more than glad to eat crow,or apologize to any and all who “I told you so”.

  12. paulie

    If Cynthia McKinney has become a free market oriented anarchist as a result in part of conversations with Adam Kokesh, that’s pretty awesome!

    Per email conversation she also plans to (or already has) join the LP and run as an LP candidate for office and has requested to have a breakout session at the upcoming LP national convention.

  13. paulie

    , I don’t know if one should now expect LP or anarcho-capitalist lip service from her.

    Why lip service? Maybe she is completely sincere in her conversion. I don’t see any reason to presume otherwise. At this point the best information I have received is that she is now or soon will be a dues paying LP member and candidate for office and considers herself a free market anarchist.

  14. paulie

    Sam Goldstein to LNC list:

    Angela Fishers claims former congress critter McKinney wants a room for
    4 hours for 60 people for a presentation on her new project of how to
    reach out to minorities. She was the Green Party POTUS candidate a
    while ago so what could she know about how libertarians reach out?

    Alicia Mattson:

    When she was a Democrat, her outreach involved the Black Panthers. Not
    really libertarian-esque.

    Daniel Hayes:

    Where is this request occurring?

    Angela Fisher:

    Did you read the email?

    Me:

    I’m not aware of Congresswoman McKinney having become a libertarian, and do not see her letter attached for reference anywhere in the correspondence I have been copied on here. However, I think the general topic of LP outreach to nonwhite communities does merit being addressed. Since I have not seen McKinney’s proposal I don’t know how specific it is or whether she is open to a panel discussion with LP members. However a few weeks ago I was discussing this same subject with one of our long time LP petitioners, Darryl Bonner, who is African-American. I don’t know if Darryl plans to be at the convention himself – I doubt it, and as far as I know he has never been at a national convention, although he has been at some state LP conventions – but he suggested Larry Sharpe, John Clifton and Alex Merced as possible panelists for such a panel (Darryl tells me that Alex is Hispanic, which I did not even know). I’m sure other party members could be suggested. It would be interesting, to me at least, if Cynthia McKinney was willing to participate in such a panel.

    I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility that McKinney could be open to libertarianism. I attended the Green Party national convention which nominated her in 2008 as an observer and reporter. At that time I asked what if anything she had to say to Libertarians who were unhappy with the Barr/Root ticket to convince them to vote for her, and all she said in response were positive thing about Congressman Barr, with whom she served as part of the Georgia delegation in the US House. Apparently, however, the feeling was not mutual, as Bob Barr’s campaign said it did not want to put the Congressman on stage with “people like” Cynthia McKinney as an explanation why Bob Barr skipped his prior announced appearance on stage with Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader to announce a joint platform of agreement on opposition to US military overreach overseas, opposition to government bailouts of Wall Street and large corporations and banks, Opposition to the Federal Reserve and out of control government debt, and opposition to government encroachment on individual privacy. As part of this unity agreement Ron Paul would call on people to vote for any of these 4 candidates – Barr, McKinney, Nader or Baldwin – as opposed to either McCain or Obama. Instead, Barr held a separate event at the same location on the same date inviting Ron Paul to be his VP. As a result Ron Paul ended up revealing that he supported Baldwin.

    Trips down memory lane aside, if there is room for common ground, it should be explored. Again, I can’t say how well that can be incorporated into McKinney’s proposal as I have not seen it.

    As always, feel free to share with whoever you think may be interested.

    Paul Frankel 205-534-1622

    Angela Fisher:

    Angela Fisher
    Feb 16 (4 days ago)
    to me, Sam, Alicia, Daniel, erin.adams
    I appreciate the opportunity to speak further on behalf of the request to pay the LP to speak to attendees who choose to hear her. I do have to say, I am quite concerned about why someone who wishes to help us reach minorities also needs to be a card carrying Libertarian BUT I often sell our values and platform to new people. I have become quite gifted at speaking to liberals and bringing them to the light. She actually intends to join the party as a lifetime member and has committed to running for office again.
    Congresswoman McKinney has been smeared for not towing the line as a D. She managed to stay in office for 6 terms while her own party spent millions to get her out. They finally won after 6 terms. She has always been an activist and remains as such fighting the tyranny of government. Because of the strength of her voice she has often been targeted for different things. Most recently the result was actual harm and she chose to leave the country for her and her families safety.

    She has this (activism and politics) in her blood and she is not finished fighting. Thus, she is currently at Anarchapulco.

    Today I booked her at Freedom Fest who will be paying her and her travel expenses because they were so excited. (I am sitting here trying to figure why someone has fight for the opportunity to PAY the LP for a convention ticket AND pay more to be able to speak to a topic that is a dream come true for me and many others. Not to mention WE NEED THIS which is evident from this simple conversation.

    Why am I involved? Well because I sold us. Sometimes I am not sure why I continue to do such things but I do. What has resulted from our interactions is that I will manage her campaign. As a Libertarian.

    You are welcome.

    Right now, I am simply trying to give you money to allow a woman to speak at our convention to people who choose to listen. I am not asking you for money. I am not asking you for stage time. I am not asking you to endorse her. I just want people who would like to learn a little something about a topic she excels in, that opportunity and I will pay for it.

    Maybe she makes an announcement to run for office to share to speak out against tyranny of this government.

    And to answer the last question, she would participate in a panel.

    Dr. McKinney is quite magical. Why on Earth would chase that away?

    Her son, Coy and his fiance, have also agreed to attend the convention as well. His only concern is that he is not confident Ls can ever speak to a truly diverse audience. It is my goal to prove that we can. Please see Coy’s work on Anarchy and the criminal justice system: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/coy-mckinney-an-anarchist-theory-of-criminal-justice

    Sometimes I am really truly amazed at judgmental libertarians can be. It comes as a surprise every time. Maybe you don’t want new energy. Please let me know if I should stop bringing in new people because I spend a lot of time on it.

    Angela Fisher

    PS Coy is getting married on July 14th so I really need to tie this up right away. If you intend to deny her money to speak to people who voluntarily wish to hear her, could you do it sooner rather than later, please? This is a personal request from me.

    Angela Fisher

    Angela Fisher again:

    I hope you can forgive my grammatical errors. This is an issue that inspires passion and I didn’t edit before I hit send.

    Me again:

    I didn’t notice any grammatical errors, but I did notice an error in understanding what I was saying, which was that I think it is a *good* idea to have Cynthia McKinney on a panel discussing this topic with other Libertarians. And again this was before I was aware that she is now a Libertarian since, as I also said, I was not copied on your original email or anything else except the reactions I saw on the LNC list. And, yes, thank you for facilitating bringing a former member of Congress to the LP.

    Angela Fisher again:

    There were a ton of errors. Also please understand my emotion was not intended to be directed at you, the one person who included me to seek answers.

    I truly appreciate your openness. That WAS directed at you.

    Thank you!

    Daniel Hayes:

    Ms Fisher,

    Thank you for your efforts. It’s funny that I think it was I that accidentally sent the email chain to the LNC email list. I was already thinking that this might be a question for the LNC as a whole. Freud wouldn’t even be amused, he would be bored. I will likely intentionally share this email chain at some point to the LNC list barring some objection.

    The LP is a brand. If Dr McKinney were coming as a current or future planned Green or other Party nominee/Candidate for Congress/President then even if she were speaking on Minority Outreach, I think that would be a question for the LNC as a whole and not just the COC. We are not here to provide a platform for promotion of other brands. We are not Freedom Fest. We are the Libertarian Party. If Dr McKinney plans to run as a LP Candidate then that removes that impediment.

    While I find that Dr McKinney has less overlap with libertarian positions than I prefer relative to my current understanding of those, that would be for our affiliate, delegates, or the voters to ultimately determine. The topic however is one that can be of use to our members. They can make a personal decision to attend or not. I already know of people planning on coming to the convention from another state for the women’s programming. So having these sponsored events can help to increase the attendance of the convention. The choir has heard the sermons.

    As someone that has recruited a fairly large number of minorities to the LP, I find it’s rather simple. You just have to ask. That alone is what I think is lacking in our outreach. In Louisiana, African Americans are historically overwhelmingly registered Democrat. I have also found that since the current president has taken office it’s easier to recruit from the Democrat side than the Republican side. Once again, I find it’s actually really pretty simple. The #1 thing that needs to occur to bring over minorities is, you just gotta ask(start a conversation).

    That all said, I pointed out to Mr Goldstein that we may have another room available on the second floor. It was originally contracted for the credentials committee but we moved them upstairs into a 10 person board room. That said need to check the space and double check availability on this.

    You should be aware or maybe are, that this will directly conflict with the likely time when the votes on Chair and Vice Chair are taking place.

    We will let you know by Tuesday regarding the room. I suspect Mr Goldstein has already relayed this information to you.

    Daniel Hayes
    LNC COC Chair
    LNC At Large Member

    Sent from my iPhone

  15. dL Post author

    Me: True. How many Republicans claim libertarian or Libertarian beliefs? Or Democrats for that matter, then, once elected revert/defer to the Party?

    Maybe 3 republicans…none have claimed the label of anarchist. Indeed, I’m not familiar with anyone elected to the US House or Senate ever claiming that label. In 230 years. Ron Paul perhaps is the closest. He winks at it but has never claimed it.

  16. dL Post author

    Why lip service? Maybe she is completely sincere in her conversion.

    You misunderstood me. Lip service in this instance simply meant talking it up or about it. Just because someone becomes skeptical about government power to the extent that they no longer view it as legitimate doesn’t mean that someone is going to necessarily embrace the LP. However, in this instance, it appears–given what I’m seeing on the LNC mailing list– I could be wrong.

  17. dL Post author

    Alicia Mattson:

    When she was a Democrat, her outreach involved the Black Panthers. Not
    really libertarian-esque.

    Why am I not surprised by that statement from Mattson…

  18. paulie

    http://knappster.blogspot.ca/2018/02/interesting.html

    In 2008, I just couldn’t bring myself to vote for the Libertarian Party’s presidential ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root.

    Nor was the Boston Tea Party’s ticket (Charles Jay for president, me for vice-president) on the ballot or registered as a write-in option in Missouri.

    So I voted for the Green Party’s ticket of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente. They seemed like the “most libertarian” option available (McKinney voted with Ron Paul in Congress more often than most Republicans did and, unlike Barr, appeared at an event with Paul to accept his generalized endorsement of voting third party).

    On last night’s Free Talk Live, I found out that Adam Kokesh did the same thing I did that year.

    Why did that come up? Because FTL is broadcasting from the Anarchopulco conference, where Kokesh used his speaking time to introduce McKinney as a newly declared anarchist. They interview Kokesh and McKinney. Good stuff.

    If I had been voting in government elections in 2008 and if McKinney was on my state ballot I would have also seriously considered voting for her, although she kind of talked me out of it when I asked her personally to appeal to LP members who were dissatisfied with the Barr/Root ticket.

  19. Chuck Moulton

    I hope she speaks at the convention. Honestly, I almost never attend the break out sessions, but if she does a break-out then presumably she would also be at the convention mingling at the hospitality suites.

  20. Bondurant

    A healthy dose of skepticism would be in order (with emphasis on her support of Hugo Chavez) but people can change and if she’s willing to pay for time at the convention, why no hear her out?

  21. dL Post author

    A healthy dose of skepticism would be in order (with emphasis on her support of Hugo Chavez)

    People forget Rothbard had a thing for Che Guevara
    https://mises.org/system/tdf/Left%20and%20Right_3_3_1.pdf?file=1&type=document

    I’m not an apologist for the Venezuelan regime, but the Latin American “socialist” countries like Ecuador and Venezuela are in a distinct minority of countries who don’t kowtow to the US whip, and if you are a true enemy of the state(United States), they are one of the few countries that someone like a Snowden or an Assange can run to.

  22. DJ

    From https://mises.org/system/tdf/Left%20and%20Right_3_3_1.pdf?file=1&type=document

    Aren’t true revolutionaries the ones who rise above those blows, those setbacks, and are not discouraged?
    Aren’t we revolutionaries precisely the ones who proclaim the value of moral principles,
    *****the value of example? ****

    Aren’t we revolutionaries the ones who believe in the durability of man’s works, of man’s principles?
    Aren’t we revolutionaries the first to recognize how ephemeral the physical life of man and

    *****how durable and lasting man’s ideas, conduct and example are, when it has been man’s example that has guided the people throughout history?*****
    ……………….

    I don’t consider myself “revolutionary”. Do the rest of you?
    Leading by example is the best teaacher. Maybe our elected officials aren’t as ignorant as we think, or ? They’re perfectly capable of, and have access to, the same History (examples of Imperialist failure) we do- that means they, by default at preventing, want a repeat.
    Revolution is, by definition, a catastrophe. In the arena of humanity that means blood shed, usually in a manner befitting savagery. In self defense blood shed is desired- but, to ‘change minds’, never mind hearts, it is short lived.

  23. Daniel Hayes

    How about a panel discussion with Cynthia McKinney and Glenn Beck on why they are choosing the LP over the two old parties?

  24. Andy

    “Daniel Hayes
    February 22, 2018 at 09:52
    How about a panel discussion with Cynthia McKinney and Glenn Beck on why they are choosing the LP over the two old parties?”

    I’d be more distrustful/skeptical of Glenn Beck than Cynthia McKinney.

  25. Andy

    I have met Cynthia McKinney on three occasions. She seemed like a nice lady. She took some bold stands in the past, and she was viciously attacked for it. Having said this, I do advocate thoroughly vetting her if she joins the LP, particularly if she seeks to be nominated to run for a political office, or if she runs for an internal party office. Does she favor abolishing all taxes and all government welfare? Does she favor eliminating Affirmative Action? Does she favor repealing anti-discrimination laws (applying to private individuals or entities, I don’t think that while government exists, that it should discriminate against American citizens)?

    I saw Glenn Beck in person at a book store where he was doing a book signing. I did not know it was happening beforehand, but I happened to be there. He was surrounded by bodyguards, so the only way to talk to him was to wait in line to get a book signed, and I did not really care that much about talking to him.

    Glenn Beck has a history of lying and smearing people who question the government, and I recall hearing that Beck had former CIA and FBI on his staff. Beck has also been caught fake crying. I’m leery of him, and if he comes into the LP, it would not surprise me if it is yet another attempt of the establishment to send in another shill operator into the party to continue the subversion of the Libertarian Party.

  26. paulie

    How about a panel discussion with Cynthia McKinney and Glenn Beck on why they are choosing the LP over the two old parties?

    Beck is? As far as I know he is the latest version of what Neal Boortz used to be – calls himself a libertarian a lot, sometimes expresses verbal support for the LP, but goes back to Republicans (or whatever Beck ended up doing…he changed his endorsement so many times I have no idea where he ended up) when it comes time to election.

    Granted, this is (at least) the second party switch for McKinney, but she has no record as far as I know of going back and forth between two parties multiple times or of switching her endorsement multiple times in the same election cycle. When she was a Democrat she stuck with them for a long time, and when she became a Green she stuck with them for a long time relatively speaking. Unlike some past congressional crossovers to alt parties she did not run right back to her establishment party of choice within 2 or 4 years, or for that matter at any point thus far.

    Beck is a far less proven crossover from that standpoint. What are the chances that he will support the LP on November election day 2020? You can predict the weather that day with more reliability as of right now.

  27. paulie

    and if you are a true enemy of the state(United States)

    I’m not sure how that follows. I oppose the US regime, and I oppose its meddling overseas, but that doesn’t lead me to support foreign kleptocrats. On the other hand I don’t know if she is still a fan of Chavez or if she is in what context.

  28. Rodney

    She’s also a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, as was her father. I guess that’s a minor detail to you all.

  29. Starchild

    DJ – I consider myself revolutionary – or r3VOLutionary – and I encourage libertarians to embrace the term. The word doesn’t include only those who seek violent radical change, it also includes those who seek non-violent radical change, and the instruments of that change. The opposable thumb, the steam engine, and the concept of non-binary gender were all revolutionary, and the Libertarian Party too can be a peaceful instrument of revolutionary change. To the extent that organizations like ours are allowed to be peacefully revolutionary, violent revolution won’t be necessary. Revolution is not catastrophic by definition, but it certainly can be. Fortunately, the tree of liberty has very deep roots and tended carefully I think it can go a long time without being watered by the blood of tyrants and patriots.

  30. Andy

    “Rodney
    February 24, 2018 at 18:12
    She’s also a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, as was her father. I guess that’s a minor detail to you all.”

    What are the chances that “Rodney” is a troll posting under a fake name and an IP anonymizer? Pretty high.

    Yeah, Ms. McKinney is so full of hate that she’s been hanging out with Adam Kokesh, who, although he is a non-practicing half Jew (his father is not Jewish, and he was raised partially Jewish and partially Presbyterian, although he dropped out of organized religion a long time ago), he was born of a Jewish mother, which makes him Jewish under Rabbinical Law.

    Nice try at a smear.

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