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.