As someone who’s followed the news about far-right parties taking hold across Europe with much trepidation, I’ve often wondered how that current of political thought might manifest in the U.S. Is Donald Trump, with his outspoken xenophobia, hawkish foreign policy and “pro business” politics, the ultimate expression of that strain of thought, or is he only the beginning?
Now a senatorial candidate has arisen in Florida who makes Trump look like a goddamn centrist, and his name is (lol) Augustus Sol Invictus.
The 32-year-old lawyer and probable fascist is running as a Libertarian to replace Marco Rubio as one of Florida’s two representatives in the U.S. Senate, and his history is fairly insane. He practices Thelema, a spoooooky brand of occult paganism based on the teachings of O.G. depraved aristocrat Aleister Crowley. He was allegedly kicked out of his own dark church, Ordo Templi Orientis, for dismembering a goat and drinking its blood as a sacrifice to “the god of the wilderness,” an act to which he partially admits.
“I did sacrifice a goat,” he told the AP. “I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans. Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.” (He denies the “dismemberment” part.)
In his work as a lawyer, he has represented white supremacist groups, and he’s written essays in support of eugenics and neo-fascist ideology. He believes America is headed for another civil war. His regular speaking voice is relatively normal, but, when he gives speeches, he suddenly sounds like Frank Underwood. Unlike most Libertarians, he opposes abortion rights. He once renounced his U.S. citizenship, but only as a symbolic religious act. His adopted name means “majestic unconquered sun.” He won’t tell anyone what his real name is.
While this all might sound like your garden variety Florida crazy, he’s currently the only Libertarian running for that Senate seat, and now-former chair of Florida’s Libertarian party Adrian Wyllie considered him enough of a threat that he resigned in protest of his campaign — which he believed was giving the party a bad name. It’s not often that I feel sympathy for a right-wing Libertarian, but damn. Via Wyllie’s Facebook:
By now, some of you have probably heard that I have resigned as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida. I feel I owe many of you the courtesy of an explanation for my decision.
I have been extremely outspoken against Augustus Sol Invictus, who is currently the only candidate for the Libertarian U.S. Senate nomination. My strong opposition to him has put me in conflict with the LPF Executive Committee.
Mr. Invictus has repeatedly vowed that it is his destiny to start a second civil war in America. In a 2013 memo to his colleagues, he wrote,
He has described himself as an American Fascist, and even his campaign logo is nearly identical to that of Benito Mussolini. He has displayed swastikas in his published campaign materials.
He has expressed support for a eugenics program, which would sterilize, euthanize or forcibly abort “the weakest, the least intelligent, and the most diseased.”
Many of his supporters are known members of Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, such as American Front, Vinelanders, and Stormfront, and he has been recruiting them into the Libertarian Party.
In a private, face-to-face meeting with Mr. Invictus, I asked him directly,
I would never disparage anyone on the basis of their religion. But, since Mr. Invictus cites his religion as the motivation for his violent intentions, I believe it must be scrutinized.
Mr. Invictus practices Thelema, an occult pagan religion based on the teachings of Aleister Crowley. Mr. Invictus was ejected from Ordo Templi Orientis for brutally and sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice....
Even the legally-changed name he chose for himself is revealing. August Sol Invictus is Latin, and translates to “The Unconquerable Sun God.”
Mr. Invictus is extremely charming and persuasive in person, and is a talented public speaker, which makes him all the more dangerous.
Clearly, this man is the absolute antitheses of a Libertarian. Violent Fascist and Neo-Nazi ideologies are completely incompatible with Libertarian values. As such, I had repeatedly and vocally disavowed him and his followers. I advised the LPF that I would continue to speak out against him, regardless of the consequences.
The majority of the LPF Executive Committee believed I should remain silent, and simply allow the primary election process to play out. That is something I was unwilling to do. While no one on the Executive Committee openly supported Mr. Invictus, only a few had the conviction to stand openly against him.
I strongly believe that we must ensure that these violent ideologies are not associated with the Libertarian Party in any way. Libertarians should always be the first to rise up against hatred, subjugation, and violence.
Since, I could not in good conscience remain silent about this man or his followers, I had no choice but to resign.
It is my sincere hope that the Executive Committee of the LPF reverse their position, and provide the new leadership with the authority to disavow and nullify this clear and present threat to our party, our nation, and our freedom.
I write this in an attempt to convince the LPF that it must recognize the evil it faces, and have the courage to resoundingly reject it.
In response to charges of Neo-Nazism, Invictus holds up his sexual attraction to Latinas as evidence that he isn’t racist, which, LOL:
It has been said that I am a racist and a neo-Nazi. I guarantee you that my Puerto Rican ex-wife, our half-Puerto Rican children, and my half-Colombian step-children – not to mention my string of Latina girlfriends – would be quite shocked to hear of this.
He also says he publicly disavowed his pro-eugenics paper that he wrote in law school and compares Adrian Wyllie to a schoolyard bully trying to pick a fight; the entire response is here. There are many denials, clarifications, and rationalizations. Some of them are convincing, others less so. But if he really was just a classic Libertarian as he claims to be, why wouldn’t Wyllie support him? Is he just being persecuted for his freaky religion, or what?
While this Invictus fellow seems nuttier than most, right-wing libertarianism is essentially a reactionary movement against even the extremely weak welfare state we have now in favor of a Randian dystopia where the strong (read: those born with money and power, or the sociopathic traits necessary to amass them) dominate everyone else. In that way, the rise of a dark Sith lord like this is really just the chickens coming home to roost, and I don’t feel bad for them at all.
Here are some videos of Invictus holding forth; try not to be hypnotized by his powerful masculinity or cartoonish accent.