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Augustus Sol Invictus: He's just the man for our nutty times

When you're too nutty for Libertarians, that's saying something.

Meet the Libertarian Party of Florida's candidate for the U.S. Senate, a 32-year-old Orlando lawyer who has adopted the whimsically grandiose name of Augustus Sol Invictus, while recording a series of "fireside chats" during the Florida summer in a comically affected voice that resembles what a bad actor from Florida might sound like auditioning for a Lady Mary suitor on Downton Abbey.

Even nuttier are the things that Invictus says, so nutty that Adrian Wyllie, the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, resigned to avoid being associated with that party's only 2016 candidate for the U.S. Senate. "Mr. Invictus has repeatedly vowed that it is his destiny to start a second civil war in America," Wyllie explained in a Facebook posting. "In a 2013 memo to his colleagues, he wrote, 'I have prophesied for years that I was born for a Great War; that if I did not witness the coming of the Second American Civil War, I would begin it myself.' He has described himself as an American Fascist, and even his campaign logo is nearly identical to that of Benito Mussolini."

And we haven't even gotten to Wyllie's claim that Augustus Sol Invictus was ejected from the pagan cult he belonged to for "brutally and sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice."

The Teapartization of the Republicans leaves the Libertarians, who used to occupy that right fringe of the political spectrum, nowhere to go but over the edge toward cartoon characters like Augustus Sol Invictus.

"I have come right to the threshold of being able to do real harm to the Federal Government, and I have no desire to bicker with someone like Adrian Wyllie when I am this close to the target," Invictus said in a written response to his party's former chairman's resignation and rebuke.

Invictus wrote that he must focus on eliminating the Drug Enforcement Agency, which ruined his family, the IRS, the Federal Reserve, and "a hundred other departments and agencies."

And he has not promoted "race-based civil war" and will give $1 million to anyone who can show that he's written anything to the contrary. And as for animal slaughter, well, that's part of his Thelema religion, but the goat dismembering didn't happen, he told Politico.

And his friendship with neo-Nazis and skinheads has come from representing them in their legal battles. "Every Libertarian in America should be supporting them as victims of an overreaching government," Invictus wrote.

"It has been said that I am not a 'real' Libertarian," Invictus wrote. "A certain faction of the Party has come to believe that the writings of Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman are the holy texts of Libertarianism, and I disagree. I believe that the Libertarian movement is and should be more encompassing than the narrow-minded advocacy of economic anarchy."

Yes, now that the Republican Party has temporarily seized Ayn Rand and economic anarchy from the Libertarians and transformed hucksters like Donald Trump into legitimate presidential candidates, it's getting harder and harder to get street cred as a political radical.

— Palm Beach Post

Augustus Sol Invictus: He's just the man for our nutty times 10/07/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 5:00pm]
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