Looking Back at LP VP Nominee Spike Cohen’s Neo-Con Past

Allegations were recently made in the comments at Ballot Access News that the Libertarian Party’s 2020 Vice Presidential nominee Spike Cohen previously frequented a now-defunct hate site FuckFrance.com (FF).  The site featured articles and comments largely expressing hatred for France and its people.  It reached the height of its popularity in 2003 ahead of the US invasion of Iraq, which France opposed.  Though the site went defunct in 2013, some of its pages are saved in the Internet Archive.  From there, posts from a user with the handle SpikeCohen can be found.

Cohen, in person, mentioned during the 2020 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential debate that he had previously been a neoconservative.  The user SpikeCohen from FF also expressed neoconservative views.  In addition, on Vermin Supreme’s website, Cohen says his nickname “Spike” derives from a character on the film My Little Pony.  Although it is not viewable on the Internet Archive, the tipster on Ballot Access News claims SpikeCohen from FF likewise used an avatar from the Pony film.  Spike Cohen hails from South Carolina as did SpikeCohen on FF.

SpikeCohen joined FF on March 19, the day the air invasion of Iraq began.  The next day, as ground troops entered, SpikeCohen rejoiced:

It has finally begun…. after years of denials, deception and duplicity; after months of political posturing and French faggotry; and after hours of Saddam’s final bad mistake, the finest mortal military ever to walk the Earth has begun its work to disarm the Butcher of Baghdad, as well as to liberate the Iraqi people

He argued in favor of a boycott against France due to France’s opposition to the invasion of Iraq and proposed the federal government label products from France to make it easier to participate in the boycott.  Summarizing his views on France, SpikeCohen declared:

I wish to express my feeling of betrayal by the French. We are liberating a desperate population from an evil dictator, as we once did for France, and Jacques Ch-Iraq has done everything that he can to keep this man in power with his Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Regarding the boycott, he added:

The “Boycott France” movement cannot be allowed to end even after Iraq is free. This should have been done when they denied us flyover permission when we needed to attack Libyan terrorists. The Ch-Iraq Administration’s biggest international goal is to replace the US as the lone superpower, even if it means protecting terrorists and dictators, even if it means putting the lives of the American people at risk.

In discussing how the boycott affected him personally, SpikeCohen revealed:

I just turned down buying a BARELY USED 3-month-old Nissan 350Z for half the price of a new one, because Nissan is mostly owned by Renault!

Now that’s MORALS! No one would’ve known it was French! I deserve some fucking respect!

SpikeCohen also provided his take on three previous US presidents:

Lincoln – Founder of the Republican Party. Used war to liberate slaves and remove the Confederacy. You’re right, he was an excellent President.

Kennedy – Threatened Cuba and Russia with pre-emptive nuclear strikes during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Cuba and Russia ceded, and withdrew their nuclear shipment. Excellent President.

Clinton – Attacked Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina AND Iraq WITHOUT UN APPROVAL. I personally didn’t like this President, but you seem to have approved of his actions.

Regarding then-President George W. Bush, SpikeCohen said he supported the President “100% in the War on Terror” but expressed frustration at the policy of recognizing Palestine or ceding any territory to them:

In Exodus, God gave the Jews everything west of the Jordan River.

Our President, however, says “the Holy Land must be shared” with the sons of Arab Nazis who fought us in North Africa (AraFAG, Abu Mazen, Mohammad Dahlan, etc. etc. etc.)

[ . . . ]

[List of Israeli children killed]

Unfortunately, these children were not Texans. They were Jewish Israelis. And the punishment for their murderers? Why, A COUNTRY OF THEIR OWN THAT NEVER EXISTED, of course!!

[ . . . ]

I love this country, and I have supported our President 100% in the war on terror, but this “Road Map” is not only counter-productive, but it invites God’s Wrath on us.

[ . . . ]

We cannot allow terrorism to be rewarded with land, our else let us give Florida to Al-Qaeda.

God told us not to do the VERY THING we are doing, dressing Israel’s wounds and saying “Peace, peace” when there is no peace with terrorists.

Please, we MUST STOP THIS! President Bush will stop only if he knows that we are against this.

On April 3, 2003, SpikeCohen commented on the hypocrisy of those who opposed the war in Iraq while also claiming to oppose Iraqi President Saddam Hussein:

Yes, there is a way to be against terrorism and Saddam, and also be against war to remove them.

This is accomplished by being morally and ideologically dishonest; picking and choosing which atrocities are bad and which are acceptable…

Hating Basque separatist terrorists, but accepting Arab separatist terrorists in Israel…

Hating us for not signing the Kyoto Protocol, but being perfectly fine with Saddam burning oil wells and flooding villages…

Despising our support for Saddam in the 80’s during the Cold War BEFORE he gassed his own people, but not caring about the fact that France, Germany, Russia and China have been supplying him with the means to produce these weapons up until March of this year, and are RIGHT NOW supplying Hussein with weapons to kill coalition troops and Iraqi civilians.

Yes, there is a way to achieve this process of thought. It’s called being a hypocrite.

I discussed this matter with Cohen himself on Twitter.  He said it was “possible” he made the FF posts but did not seem to remember.  He said he often visited many different neoconservative websites in those days.

Cohen says he completely disavows statements he made during his neoconservative stage.  He left the movement around 2006 or 2007 and began his shift to anarchocapitalism, which he completed in late 2015.  When asked why he shifted away from his previous stance, he cited the outcomes of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Cohen was initially Vermin Supreme’s choice for vice president in 2020.  He was selected to be the running mate of Libertarian presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen at the 2020 Libertarian National Convention.

16 thoughts on “Looking Back at LP VP Nominee Spike Cohen’s Neo-Con Past

  1. Kevin

    Though some of his views resonate with mine, I must say this type of rhetoric and behavior indicate that behind the mask he presents, lies an attention seeker not a truth or wisdom seeker. That’s why he can so easily slip from one edgy mini-movement to another.

    The failure of France to respect it’s NATO obligation (to allow US warplanes to fly over France), should have led him to criticize US subsidies to NATO and call for Europeans, including French, to pay for US military services. Boycotts cause economic harm for both parties, and aren’t very effective (due to the “Prisoner’s Dilemma”). Better to threaten a discontinuation of US subsidies to NATO unless they pay up.

    At this point, the LP needs to do some self-examination as to why it so often attracts this type of person. It needs to lower the cost of participation in LP conventions by having them online as I’ve urged. So even after lockdowns end, the venue should be online. This would tend to attract more normal people who are not so quixotic.

    The online convention probably averted a worse choice for the top slot. Hornberger would have sent the wrong message and cement MSM misunderstanding of what liberty is about. His views are radical, some are radically bad and others, radically good. His particular combination of views don’t resonate well with most Americans,. those who share his good views don’t share his bad views and vice versa. He is more interested in ideas than Jorgenson, and explains better. But that’s a double edge sword.

    Jorgenson’s views are more opaque, as a female psychologist she is probably more focused on people and social aspects. She is probably a little less radical than Hornberger, and her expression of those views are less off-putting. So already the movement has benefited by the online nature of the convention. Hopefully next time, normal libertarians will pay more attention and gradually the “macho flash” problem will be further minimized.

  2. Thomas Knapp

    At the time of the US invasion of Iraq, Cohen would have been a callow youth of 20. I was older than that when I actually went to war against Iraq, so I can hardly hold some mere verbal expressions of verbal naivete against him. People grow and learn.

  3. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    In Exodus, God gave the Jews everything west of the Jordan River.

    Our President, however, says “the Holy Land must be shared” with the sons of Arab Nazis who fought us in North Africa (AraFAG, Abu Mazen, Mohammad Dahlan, etc. etc. etc.)

    I love this country, and I have supported our President 100% in the war on terror, but this “Road Map” is not only counter-productive, but it invites God’s Wrath on us.

    God told us not to do the VERY THING we are doing, dressing Israel’s wounds and saying “Peace, peace” when there is no peace with terrorists.

    This is a step beyond Neoconservatism. It sounds like theocratic Jewish nationalism.

    If an LP candidate was to voice support for white nationalism or Christian theocracy, there’d be much outrage.

    Spike Cohen says he’s rejected Neoconservatism? Okay. I’d still like to hear him clarify his current views concerning “God’s Wrath” and Israel in the context of American mideast policy.

  4. paulie

    He’s an anarchist now. That means he rejects both the US and Israeli governments ultimately. In the meantime, he’d like for the US regime to stop poking its nose into the middle east and any other part of the world. Feel free to ask him yourself.

  5. paulie

    If an LP candidate was to voice support for white nationalism or Christian theocracy, there’d be much outrage.

    There have been LP candidates like that. And not much outrage.

  6. Bondurant

    Spike has addressed this multiple times. Opinions can change over 15-20 years. He evolved and did not wait until it was politically advantageous to do so.

  7. robert capozzi

    While Spike should be given a pass for his past statism, I do think it would be prudent to have Hogarth, Harlos, and Hornberger sent to SC for at least 2 weeks of intensive re-education…just in case.

  8. dL

    At the time of the US invasion of Iraq, Cohen would have been a callow youth of 20. I was older than that when I actually went to war against Iraq, so I can hardly hold some mere verbal expressions of verbal naivete against him. People grow and learn.

    yeah, but it also bears pointing out, it is only circumstantial that SpikeCohen from FuckFrance circa 2003 is actually Spike Cohen. It doesn’t help that the tipster thread from BAN is populated by posters who have–at least I have strong suspicion they have– impersonated known users on this site. I’ve had to delete some egregious comments falsely attributed to known users that if not deleted would be available to a simple google search. It would also help if Saturn’s link to Cohen’s response actually linked to Cohen’s response instead of simply linking to Cohen’s twitter timeline. I can’t find any “discussion” between William Saturn and Spike Cohen regarding this matter on twitter.

  9. paulie

    It doesn’t help that the tipster thread from BAN is populated by posters who have–at least I have string suspicion they have– impersonated known users on this site.

    Nathan Norman/Egyptian has admitted he has posted as me and as Michael Seebeck. His excuse was that he’s banned here so that’s the only way he can post. But no explanation for why he feels so compelled to post at a place he has been banned at.

  10. JamesT

    I mean this shows that he has always been a troll. He’s just a cringe lord shock jock. He continues to be an embarrassment to the LP. They really need to attract sane, stable and successful people. I guess Trump opened the door to this. The dems have AOC now the LP has Spike Cohen.

  11. William Saturn Post author

    I’ve been looking back at the views of LP VP nominees since the invasion of Iraq. Surprisingly, there hasn’t been one who verifiably opposed the war from the start.

    Cohen supported it as this article shows.

    Weld did as well. https://reason.com/2016/05/19/william-weld-isnt-a-softcore-libertarian/

    Gray possibly did. In his 2004 Senate election website, he said “The United States military performed brilliantly in 2003 during the combat operations in Iraq, and demonstrated that our All Volunteer Force is the finest military the world has ever seen.” http://web.archive.org/web/20041210004840/http://www.judgegray2004.com/index.php?menuID=Page&pid=4&PHPSESSID=8b71d33aae95d14a5e5dda3371e430f9

    Root is unknown. During his 2008 presidential campaign, he expressed support for the troop “surge” saying “I’m proud that even though I didn’t support the war, I supported the surge.” However, I cannot find any statements from Root in 2003 about the Iraq War. https://en.m.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews_interviews_U.S._Libertarian_presidential_candidate_Wayne_Allyn_Root

    Campagna is unknown. The only statement I can find from him on Iraq is from his campaign log where he writes “As a citizen and as a non-incumbent candidate, I do not currently have the ‘honest’ and ‘open’ intelligence I would require to make an immediate decision about the war in Iraq. I would expect that a Libertarian administration would be as intellectually honest as possible, both internally and to the people we would serve. Then and only then could we figure out the current situation in Iraq and in other entanglements throughout the world.” https://web.archive.org/web/20050105085514/http://iowablogs.com/Richard/

  12. William Saturn Post author

    No. I only looked up those who were nominated, like Spike Cohen, after the war started.

    It would be interesting to find out though.

    Art Olivier, Jo Jorgensen, Nancy Lord, Andre Marrou, Jim Lewis (died in 1997), David Koch, David Bergland, Tonie Nathan

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