Another Victim of Media Ignorance: A Personal Defense of Augustus Sol Invictus

If I believed the media on most things, I wouldn’t be too well informed.

It was a late May afternoon, and the sun was setting in the business district of downtown Miami, Florida. I was walking through the restaurant area of an Irish pub. I was there to watch a debate between two Libertarian Presidential candidates. As I’m walking into the hall I bump into a tall lanky body and turn to apologize. The man who also turns to apologize to me is none other than Augustus Sol Invictus.

I ran into him (literally and figuratively) totally by accident and only recognized him because of his “Total Call for Insurrection” speech, which I remembered quite vividly. What I specifically remembered was his voice, reminding me of Maximus from “Gladiator” with a Malcolm X style cadence. As I explained my fandom and started conversing with him, I was surprised at the fact that I truly found his character endearing. I explained that I was a law student and helped run a libertarian media group, and he explained that he was a lawyer and a fan of my site.

He seemed calm, honest, and confident. In the libertarian movement, writ large, it is sometimes difficult to fill a room with masculine, shoulders-back, chest-front men, because many libertarians are (for lack of a better term) nerds, and when they’re not reading Rothbard, they are attending cos-play conferences. That’s not to say that there is anything wrong with being a nerd, I am merely making an observation about my time in libertarian Facebook groups.

Augustus went on to explain to me that he was in the process of training for an MMA match against a fellow Senate candidate, even though he had never really done any martial arts in his life. As a student of martial arts since I could walk, we rattled on about different martial arts techniques and styles, and his reasoning behind risking life and limb in the cage. Suddenly we were summoned in to the main event room for the debate we were all there to watch.

At the conclusion of the debate, I joined him for dinner, partly because he was sitting at the bar and I wanted another Stella Artois and partly because I had a bunch of inquiries about his infamous persona. As the night progressed, our conversation shifted rather quickly into the realms of religion and the philosophy of life, barely even talking politics, economics, or anything you’d usually find me blabbering about at a local pub.

Our conversation made clear to me that he is a follower of virtue ethics, has dabbled with many religions, and is ridiculously well-read on metaphysics and philosophy. As I kept drinking throughout the night, I gained more confidence in my ability to delve into areas of contention. I started with something like “Dude, did you really drink goat’s blood?” Laughingly he turned to me and responds “why yes I did”. Confused, I couldn’t help but ask “Why?!”

He continues to explain how he made a pilgrimage, a spiritual journey, a walk from Orlando, Florida to the Mojave Desert by foot. He explained that he didn’t know if he would make it and that it was during a troubling time in his life, but according to his religious beliefs, if he survived this journey, he would sacrifice a goat in sacrifice to god. So he did. As someone who both is very objective and critical of many religions, I found this practice as anyone would, rather strange.

However, when you juxtapose this practice against what many of the teachings in the books of modern day Judaism, Christianity, and Islam actually call for, it is not even close to as weird as you’d think. Also, as someone who is familiar with the practice of Santeria, sacrificing animals is not at all uncommon in South Florida. As a skeptic of religion universally, many of these practices seem rather bizarre to me. As a libertarian, I digress. And if you eat meat, you shouldn’t be one to comment.

Where I really started to put stock into what Augustus was saying was when I found out his resume, which we ALL could aspire to. He explained that he was a lawyer who started his own firm and was licensed in 5 states and the Federal Court system. As a person who was undergoing my 1L finals, this seemed not only extremely impressive, but impossible. Passing the Bar exam in one state is the life goal of many attorneys, let alone 5.

Continuing on, I began asking him questions about his accusations of white supremacy and his ties to the neo-Fascist movement. On the first point of contention, Augustus explained that he had represented the American Front in a legal battle, for something that had nothing to do with white supremacism at all. In the American experiment, with the doctrine of civil rights, the right to an attorney is as sacrosanct as the right to bear arms. Augustus explained to me that while he found white supremacism abhorrent, he believed these guys deserved their day in court. (It’s important to remember that the ethical creed of an attorney is to fight for truth, as John Adams represented British soldiers in court after the American Revolution was over). He even went on to explain that both his wife and four children were all Puerto Rican and that he had been brought up in a libertarian household to love people of all color and embrace the Non-Aggression Principle.

In regard to the accusations of his revival of Fascist principles, this one we hashed out rather quickly. The only ties he has or has had with Fascism is that he is a huge Roman Empire history buff and has an affection for the symbol of its accreditation, specifically the Eagle. It is merely coincidental that this Eagle was also used by Moussolini during the Second World War to symbolize strength. It is also strictly coincidental that Augustus has used the Roman Eagle as a centerpiece in his insignia.

SO that’s it, that’s the conspiracy. All these anti-fascist groups are attacking this man because of a picture of a bird. No ties to fascism, no ties to national socialism, no ties to Eugenics as understood by the Antifa crowd. It is important to remember that the proper genealogical understanding of Eugenics is:

“the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, it fell into disfavor only after the perversion of its doctrines by the Nazis.”

The negative connotations of Eugenics are completely different than the ideas of Francis Galton’s work, which furthered the work of the biologist Gregor Mendel. The eugenics frowned upon in today’s society are a result of a perversion of the ideology known as “negative eugenics”. Many modern people calling for a fight against “Balkinization” are in essence calling for Eugenics. Many people calling for a sense of nationalism in any sense are in essence calling for Eugenics. Augustus has never come close to endorsing negative eugenics or eugenics predicated on race. To say anything to the contrary is journalistically ignorant or blatantly dishonest.

Augustus has spent his life as libertarian, an individualist, and a believer in the rights of all people. Simply reading his Senatorial platform will help hammer in the realization that this disingenuous characterization is clearly an attempt to assassinate the man’s character and discredit his beliefs.

Where we really hit it off was in our talks about our brand of libertarianism. We represent a brand of libertarians that are rebels at heart. We represent a brand of libertarians who live lives predicated on challenging and bucking the establishment. We represent a brand of libertarians who defied the largest empire on the face of the earth and fought servitude with firearms. We represent a brand of libertarians that listen to Black Metal and Gangsta Rap. We represent a brand of libertarians who attempt to live outside of their time and make no apologies for the way they move or the lives they live. It was in this brotherhood of a certain brand of libertarianism that I became a true fan of Augustus Sol Invictus.

To conclude, I want to reiterate that my endorsement of Augustus is not halfhearted, tentative, or reserved. My endorsement of Augustus as a person could not be any more genuine and forth right. After seeing him again multiple times since our first conversation, I can say that he has time and time again proved to be a man of character, an intellectual giant, and one of the greatest conveyors of the message of liberty I have had the pleasure to hear speak.

It has become far too easy for the media in our day to start rumors, spread rumors, and destroy people’s lives. The Fourth branch of government has become something more powerful than any political theorist could have foreseen in the 18th century. The media is more dangerous than any assault rifle or weaponized drone. It has the ability to captivate our minds, shift an electorate, sell goods we don’t need to impress people we don’t like, and prop up the brands of the obedient and destroy the reputations of defectors from the status quo.

I’ve said it time and time again that, by and large, Augustus is the closest thing to a modern day founding father in the liberty movement. I believe that once these meager allegations drown themselves in falsity, he will emerge at the head of the movement with the heads of our captors on pikes. He is someone I am privileged to call a contemporary, a cohort, and a friend.

Do I support Augustus Sol Invictus? You’re damn right I do.

  • Tommy Frain

    “Augustus explained to me that while he found white supremacism abhorrent, he believed these guys deserved their day in court.”
    Augustus Invictus to the American Front: “And though my nationalist agenda may be broader-based than that of the American Front, to me that makes us allies, not enemies.”
    Sounds like he finds white supremacism super abhorrent.
    “ The only ties he has or has had with Fascism is that he is a huge Roman Empire history buff and has an affection for the symbol of its accreditation, specifically the Eagle.”
    No, his ties to fascism really is least represented by the fasces, but rather his tribalist and nativist policies, embodied best in his letter to Europe. He is a staunch nationalist, who has not backed down from radio interviews discussing European supremacy and anti-semitism (appearing on a radio show referencing the Jewish Holocaust making a joke that Nazis reportedly turned Jews into items like lampshades).
    “All these anti-fascist groups are attacking this man because of a picture of a bird. No ties to fascism, no ties to national socialism, no ties to Eugenics as understood by the Antifa crowd.”
    No, that is not it at all. You haven’t even scratched the surface as to why we oppose Augustus Invictus.
    “ Many people calling for a sense of nationalism in any sense are in essence calling for Eugenics.”
    Yes, that’s why nationalism is contrary to Libertarian ideology. It is inherently authoritarian in nature.
    “Augustus has spent his life as libertarian, an individualist, and a believer in the rights of all people.”
    By being a nationalist, he is by definition a collectivist. He has also made statements regarding the inherent nature of certain races, and a natural hierarchy based on race (with Europeans on top, of course). This is based on quack science, that has been completely debunked over and over, and it purely collectivist.
    “Simply reading his Senatorial platform will help hammer in the realization that this disingenuous characterization is clearly an attempt to assassinate the man’s character and discredit his beliefs.”
    Read his indictments on the Federal Government for a real treat. His platform is plain vanilla so whenever someone calls him out on his insane speeches, he can point to his website. He cannot keep having it both ways. You can’t make these grand speeches about civil war and European supremacy without being called out.
    “The Fourth branch of government has become something more powerful than any political theorist could have foreseen in the 18th century. “
    I guess that is why Augustus recently asserted that we should burn all the media outlets to the ground that disparage him if a civil war does erupt.
    “I’ve said it time and time again that, by and large, Augustus is the closest thing to a modern day founding father in the liberty movement.”
    I wish I wasn’t straightedge, otherwise I would ask for the drugs you are on.

    Sorry, but what a half ass article. It doesn’t begin to address the critisim or concerns with Augustus. I am glad you at least admit your bias, but what a joke.

    • You make several good points above. I encourage all those that are interested in his campaign to do more research on Augustus Sol Invictus and his opponents. You might find his video “Augustus Invictus on the House Negro and the Field Negro” to be worth watching.

    • Max Dickstein

      I’m a Jew with several white nationalists friends. I consider them allies as well….even Will Coley the Islamist has several ties to white nationalists.

      Got to have them Sound Borders….Dr. Paul’s orders.

      Yeah, Nationalists have historically been allies to the LP. This is a non-controvertial fact

      • Tommy Frain

        Do you know why he named his law practice Imperium, Max?

    • Gadfly156

      To anyone passing by here who remotely considers taking Tommy Frain’s comments seriously: you don’t know him like we do. The man is obsessed with trying to smear Augustus and will take every opportunity to pretend he is in a position to speak definitively about Augustus’ thoughts, feelings, beliefs, statements and what Augustus supposedly “really is” or “really means”.

      First of all, anyone speaking that way is always automatically full of crap, because the only person who can clarify what they mean by the words they use or statements they have made is the person who made those statements or spoke those words. But beyond that general fact, the more specific fact here is that Frain spends an inordinate amount of time and energy running around the internet and social media attempting to defame Augustus and negate the legitimate statements and honest opinions of everyone who doesn’t do likewise. Like so many others, Frain behaves like a classic parasite: utterly dependent upon someone else he seeks to destroy, for sustenance and some sort of personal satisfaction.

      Healthy people with legitimate opinions don’t behave in that fashion. They may on occasion make mention of someone they disagree with, or voice their objection or disagreement, but they don’t turn up at every single occasion or occurrence where those who do not share their odious, ignorant and ill-formed opinions have spoken to try to negate what was said. They don’t obsess over those they dislike or disagree with, and they don’t constantly turn up where their garbage is unwelcome. They don’t constantly attempt to impose their bubble-world on the rest of humanity by disallowing a single positive thing to be stated about the object of their sick, sad, twisted, pathetic little hate-on obsessions.

      So ignore the sad little beggar so desperate for attention, and take Thane Eichenauer’s very excellent advice below, instead. Do your OWN research. Read what Augustus has written. Listen to what Augustus has to say. If you’re in Florida go out to a meet and greet and shake the man’s hand and speak with him yourself. Make up your own mind — don’t let a sad little obsessive stalker and party-crasher like Frain tell you who someone else “really” is, what someone else “really” thinks or feels, or what to think about them.

      • Tommy Frain

        Oh, Raquel (at least I believe since you lack a picture or name), I have missed you. How is the Trump campaigning going?

        Anyway, you are right. I am going to speak against Augustus at every turn. I do not just disagree with him politically, because I do with a lot of folks, but because I view him as the very antithesis of Libertarianism and a detriment to the work that many good people have done in the state of Florida and the United States for years. Look, you have me until August 30th, and then after that, I hope to never hear the name Augustus Invictus again. Believe me. And I know, you guys are always the victim. It is something you should really look into. But I will be here, and I will be the gadfly to the Augustus Invictus campaign until August 30th when he is crushed or unless any of your supporters actually gain the balls to follow through on the numerous threats of violence they carry from behind their faceless and nameless profiles (well, except for the publically made 2). Have a wonderful day.

        • Gadfly156

          And you can’t even see that what you are doing, the way you are going about this, is itself the antithesis of Libertarianism? Or you just don’t care? Surely you have more integrity than to rest easy in the arms of hypocrisy. If you’re going to be oppositional, at least stick to facts and stop regurgitating things that have been discussed to death and are not actual issues.

          • Tommy Frain

            “And you can’t even see that what you are doing, the way you are going about this, is itself the antithesis of Libertarianism? ”

            I disagree. I am vocalizing my opposition, there is nothing more Libertarian than that. I would never want ASI to be silenced or to have the state intervene. I am showing his quotes and displaying my opinions. Just because you do not like my opinion does not make my opinions invalid or make it wrong for me to express them.

          • Gadfly156

            An opposition based on lies deliberate misinterpretation is not a valid opposition. It is something else. This has nothing to do with whether I like or share your particular opinion. It is simply reality.

          • Tommy Frain

            “An opposition based on lies deliberate misinterpretation is not a valid opposition.”

            My opposition is not based on lies. I have told you my issues. I do not like his nationalism. I do not trust him. He uses racist dogwhistles all over the place. I believe he is anti-semetic based on Imperium and various quotes. I do not trust someone who enjoys surrounding themselves with far right nationalists who take the view that murdering political opponents is a valid application of the NAP. I believe his vision of a civil war is truly insane and far removed from reality. I believe in peace and non-aggression, and I do not believe a civil war would produce a Libertarian society. I have read his book he wrote under his Franco pen name, and I won’t even go there with what disturbs me about his mind. I have strong opposition to his views on tribalism and separation of races, religion, etc.

            “To come along after another and claim authority to speak for them and over them is in some ways no different than censorship. In both cases, the individual in question is not being heard.”

            I disagree. You do not like my interpretation of his platform. But lets not play the moral equivalency game here, Raquel. What was tried from your camp with Stacey was disgusting. The conspiracy nonsense spread by YOU that Paul Stanton is somehow a plant that was moved to Florida and supported by the “establishment” is literally hilarious. You keep pushing the Stanton is scared line, that is your interpretation of his actions. My interpretation of every single thing that you all try to explain away is that if it walks like a duck….

            I have also had the pleasure of recently speaking with people familiar with Augustus long before the political arena. And most of my suspicions were affirmed. So no, I will not back down. And you can call them strawmen, but I do not see them as such.

            The core of where Augustus comes from, which is far right nationalism based on the idea of European hereditary superiority, is what I find repugnant. Nothing you say will change my mind based on the (and you are right on this) too much time I have wasted listening to speeches and interviews. I do not have some personal beef. I have no reason to inherently oppose Augustus. Like I am sure Augustus believes what he does, I do as well. I don’t care about his religion, so you can’t say that is it. I am familiar with the alt right movement, and their obsession with fascism (Pinochet), and I want nothing to do with it, and I do not want it done in my name which it would be with him carrying the Libertarian label around, the label I have worked hard to spread since I got involved in politics.

            If you would ever like to talk more, please let me know. We all get fired up, and I know I am guilty of it, but it is from a genuine opposition to almost everything I see Augustus representing.

          • Tommy Frain

            And sorry, just to note. Augustus’ speeches lack policy prescriptions. He leaves the door open. One cannot say, I find democracy deplorable and then not expect people to assume he would rather some sort of fascistic state, given his nationalist leanings. Anarchism cannot have borders, so I cannot think of what other system he believes in. And when I have asked, like the eugenics question with a perfect philosopher king, they have remained unanswered… for over a year. That was answer enough.

    • Gadfly156

      (1) Nationalism is not white supremacism.
      (2) Nationalism is not fascism.
      (3) Nationalism is not “national socialism” either.
      (4) The original theories of EU-genics are not the same as Nazi perversions thereof.
      (5) His Letter to Europe is timely and relevant and every day some batshit Muslim takes it out on clubbers and children only proves how necessary his voice really is to public discourse today. I heartily invite everyone to listen to it.
      Here is the speech:

      https://youtu.be/g5m7HBbn5DY

      and here is the transcript: http://invictusforsenate.com/blog/speech-transcripts/letter-to-the-people-of-europe/

      Augustus 5, Frain 0.

      • Tommy Frain

        “(1) Nationalism is not white supremacism.
        (2) Nationalism is not fascism.
        (3) Nationalism is not “national socialism” either.”

        I didn’t make that claim. That being said, most (if not all) white supremacists are nationalists, most (if not all) fascists are nationalists, and more (if not all) nazis were nationalists. It is like a venn diagram. With nationalism being the larger object and these other subsets within. I think there is plenty of evidence to show that Augustus Invictus is a European Supremacist who idolizes fascism.

        “(4) The original theories of EU-genics are not the same as Nazi perversions thereof.”

        That is correct. But state sponsored any kind of eugenics is the antithesis of libertarianism. Individuals doing what they will voluntarily is fine.

        “(5) His Letter to Europe is timely and relevant and every day some batshit Muslim takes it out on clubbers and children only proves how necessary his voice really is to public discourse today. I heartily invite everyone to listen to it. ”

        Completely disagree and I do hope everyone listens. It is a call to far right fascist elements in Europe, like Britain First, to essentially expel all non-Europeans out of Europe. I encourage folks to listen to his interview here, as well. Invictus is a right wing collectivist.

        https://youtu.be/jWHKfaLwFk4

        • Max Dickstein

          And he’s clearly not a fan of state sponsored eugenics.

          I interviewed him, trust me I know

          • Tommy Frain

            He is not now. Which I applaud. But he hasn’t answered my question that is there was a perfect philosopher king, would he support it?

          • Why bother answering a hypothetical question? There is no perfect philosopher king.

          • Tommy Frain

            So, Augustus has repeatedly called for a civil war and has clarified that once it comes and the system is washed out he is essentially building himself to be a leader of the post-revolutionary society. In which, I would assume, he may be the said philosopher king. So yes, his opinion here does matter since most of his speeches and his obsession is over a civil war and basically beginning a new society with him as leader.

        • Gadfly156

          And he has stated REPEATEDLY that his paper in “defense” of eugenics is purely theoretical, that he abhors the idea of state-sponsored eugenics, and that eugenics would not work in any practical sense as a policy. So bringing it up repeatedly as if it isn’t settled is disingenuous at best and flat-out lying at worst. You know better, Tommy. There are valid arguments you can make. This isn’t one of them.

        • Gadfly156

          You didn’t make those claims outright, no, but you basically equated those concepts with one another in your comment. You completely equated and conflated the two on each of those three points.
          There is no substance whatsoever to your stretching conclusions. Just because most X are Y and most Y are Z does not make every X = Z. Your obsession with Augustus should have at least clued you into the most basic fact of all about him: he’s not like everyone else. Sweeping generalities cannot, and do not, apply here — and should not be used to pretend to substantiate a characterization of him that he would not offer of himself. (Really, nothing should, but I’m hoping you’ll listen to reason and adopt a course of at least sticking to legit objections instead of recycling the tired and expired that are reiterated anymore only by the lazy and the liars.