Irony: Ian Distances FK From Controversial Libertarian Podcaster Over “Cult of Personality”

Ian Bernard announced today that he has removed Stefan Molyneux’s Free Domain Radio as a Liberty Radio Network affiliate citing Molyneux’s “truth about” videos (I don’t believe anyone claiming to know the truth.), misogynistic statements, the use of IP law to suppress dissent (while he allegedly opposes IP – Intellectual Property), and the various outlined cult red-flags”. Molyneux is a notorious figure in Libertopia for not only his gargantuan ego but also his vitriolic comments about women and half-cocked analysis of economics and current events. Being an arrogant blowhard is par for the course on the idiot fringe of politics but Molyneux has managed to develop a therapy cult centered on the idea of people ditching their families in favor of a virtuous life of intellectual superiority and giving him all your money.

Anyone else find Ian’s decision a bit ironic and a tad hypocritical? Let’s examine more of his commentary.

A few years ago, Molyneux was criticized (in The Guardian and elsewhere) for being a cult leader. Several aspects of Molyneux ring several cult red-flags, like jargon, a charismatic guru, encouraging followers to completely disassociate with family and friends who don’t agree (the jargon for this is “de-fooing”), and also the suppression of dissent within and without the group.

Former fans of Molyneux have said they’ve been ostracized and banned for dissenting on Molyneux’s forums and former “inner circle” (another cult red-flag) members have spoken out.

I think that he’s developed a cult of personality by surrounding himself with people who some critics describe as “Stefbots” and has no one around to check his ego.

Let’s discuss jargon and charismatic figureheads. AKPF, “Statists”, “Men With Badges”, “Men in Robes”, “Men With Guns”, “Government People”, “Aggressors”, “Locked in a Cage”, “Haters”, “Hired Killers”, and the hijacking of the terms “liberty” and “freedom” to serve some solipsisism and unwarranted self-importance. All that’s missing is “Men Without Hats“, “Men at Work“, and “Men in Black”. Ian’s pose of  principled disapproval about jargon and manipulative figureheads fall a bit flat from a guy who orchestrates a libertarian media empire that traffics in sloganeering and buzzwords.

As for the suppression of dissent, that can be easily demonstrated by popping into the Free Keene Facebook page or website and dropping a comment about how much you disagree with his cash cow or tactics. You could also ask the people who were kicked out or shunned for not following Bernardian doctrine to the letter or having the audacity to suggest that it might be wrong.

It’s routinely made a joke by FK but it’s evident to anyone with two brain cells that Bernard wields power in the liberty politics community in Keene and NH. The Free State Project board is alternately buying his services and completely terrified of him as demonstrated by their refusal to censure his actions. He makes people sign contracts and pay fees to enter his home which also the base of operations for Free Talk Live and numerous other NH-centered liberty projects. Interacting with him is an exercise in verbal gymnastics and selective hearing of criticism. Ian will accept no responsibilities for the actions done in the name of his organization nor will he ever admit that the result of these actions can be extremely negative and harmful.

In short: What the hell makes him any better than a arrogant clod like Stefan Molyneux?

Chris Cantwell Misappropriates ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Chris Cantwell has reached a new all-time low by co-opting a social media charity movement for a hamfisted advertisement of LOLbertarian pet causes (Bitcoin, tax evasion, Austrian Economics, tax evasion, plugging racist demagogues like Lew Rockwell, guns and gold fetishism, and tax evasion). He also managed to find the one woman on the planet who is willing to stand within 10 feet of the misogynistic creep. There is some comedy among all this vileness. Perhaps Cantwell should add “stop using the Internet and video cameras” to his First World Anarchy list since both were either subsidized or developed by the very institution they demonize throughout this insulting garbage.

Oh, and these comment are pretty funny, too.
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The video can be viewed here.

Watch out, This Kitty Has Claws!: Ian Bernard Takes Hissy Swipe at Us

Commandant Bernard tossed in his two cents about the tragic passing of legendary funny man Robin Williams with a ham-fisted swipe at us. His comments – while completely out of left-field – do illustrate his and the Free Stooges love affair with the Dunning-Kruger effect. Ian’s nonsense is in italics and followed by comments:

Have any of the anti-chalkers from “STOP FREE KEENE!!!” shown up to remove the chalked Robin Williams quote from his memorial?

Of course not. The chalking done at the Williams memorial has a significant social and artistic value. It isn’t crudely-drawn penises, baiting and derogatory comments directed at our friends and neighbors, or the kind of genius political sentiments found in men’s room graffiti.

Cause you know, chalking is childish and people hate it.

Your vandalism comes with the implicit message that we’re a bunch of degenerate morons for not making Lew Rockwell, bongwater, and Bitcoin the cornerstone of our lives. What did you expect the reaction to be? Fanfare and keys to the city?

Oh wait, no it’s not childish. Chalking is a valid, temporary communications method. The question is, what are you communicating?

I notice how you didn’t address the “and people hate it” part with this pithy retort. There are more valid methods of communicating your love of phalli and rebellion-by-numbers sloganeering.than destroying what the people Keene pay for. Might I recommend interpretative dance?

Special shout-out to the clown in the comments section using “STOP FREE KEENE!!!” as their handle. If you want to smear us you should try harder to not be so obvious with your race-baiting and trolling.

A Response to Will May’s LTE

Will May (aka Skeptikos formerly of Free Keene) sent a letter to the editor of the Sentinel weighing in on the ongoing abuse against the city by Free Keene. Will bases his opinion on “insider information” gleaned from a public forum and a site he hasn’t blogged for in over two years. His words will be italicized with my responses following.

I am grateful to Ed Lake (Aug. 4) for bringing the Free Keene vs. Stop Free Keene debate out of the Facebook forums and into the public, where it belongs.

There is no “debate” and the forums are open to the public. Anyone can read them and you’re only required to join if you want to comment. Will seems to believe the public is unaware of us despite the nearly 1300+ users on the forum and appearances on local radio and media.

That said, I’m baffled by Ed’s letter. First, he calls Free Keene members “hostile, entitled, lazy, tax dodging, and anti-community” and “invading terrorists.”

I don’t see any untruths in that assessment. You can watch Garret’s rant to see how hostile FK is to opposition or agents of whatever facet of “tyranny” they’re against this week. You can see how arrogantly they believe they’re above the law because they say so. The Shire “Fraud” Church debacle was nothing but a tax-dodge scam and Ian readily admits he hasn’t paid federal taxes in over a decade.

Do I need to really explain the anti-community and invading terrorists part? Or should I recite the laundry list of acts that birthed Stop Free Keene?

Then he assures us that he is not hateful. Uh-huh.

Hateful is suggesting we round up a mob with torches and pitchforks and lynch anyone interested in voluntarism. A visual that I’m sure makes Ian, Derrick, and the others who make money off of histrionics and carnage just salivate buckets.

How you can suggest Ed Lake was saying that with a more verbose “you’re a bunch of jerks” requires a contortion act of logic I’m not capable of. I find this habit of twisting or exaggerating the words of others to be common among FK/FSP types.

As a former member of both Free Keene and Stop Free Keene, I know both groups from the inside.

This is just laughable. You haven’t blogged for FK in over two years and all the comments and conversations on the SFK forum are open to the public. You know nothing, Will May.

To my dismay, I spent most of my time in Stop Free Keene debunking embarrassing conspiracy theories about the Koch brothers and about talk show hosts who secretly want to kill people.

There are links between FK/FSP members and the Koch brothers. The network of Koch influence in liberty politics has been heavily documented by the mainstream media. There is nothing conspiratorial about speculating about how deep the connections are and your reticence to discuss them or even acknowledge them was ridiculous in light of the mountain of evidence.

Mark Edge is a convicted murderer and people tend to hold murderers suspect. Deal with it.

I was kicked out of the group for defending local libertarian Varrin Swearingen, whose character is unimpeachable, against the accusation of being “dishonest” and “two-faced.”

You were kicked out for jumping on the “SFK is a hategroup” bandwagon because some of us disagree with the FSP and it’s goals. You can’t play it both ways, Will. Don’t take a dump on my carpet and then call me an extremist when I tell you to get out.

I want Stop Free Keene to be successful. But right now it is fighting stupidity with stupidity.

No, you just wanted SFK to stop tying the giant liability that is the cult of Ian Bernard to the FSP. That isn’t going to happen so long as the FSP board turns a blind eye to FK’s BS and buys ad space on Free Talk Live.

My advice to people who want to stop Free Keene: Stay away from the Facebook drama, talk to the city councilors and other local officials who have been dealing with this for years, and get to know the Free Keene activists yourself, on a personal basis.

What drama do you speak of? The conversations among residents about the damage that FK is doing to our city and it’s reputation? Or perhaps the notifications of council meetings and other civic events? Was it that controversial post about the Surry Village yard sale?

We’ve been telling people to let the city know how much of a pain in the ass FK is since day one. In fact, we’ve also been saying the largest roadblock to stopping FK’s nonsense has been the reluctance to speak up and the fear of retaliation that it stems from.

You’re not offering any new or insightful options, Will. Suggesting the average citizen open a dialogue with Free Keene “activists” is just as laughable as suggesting a Marxist should call into Free Talk Live. FK activists can’t be bothered to stop chalking in front of a business when asked politely by its owner. What the hell makes you think they’ll give anyone else the time of day?

If Mr. Lake really is serious about not being a hater, then he will reject the more extreme members of his group and take a more humble approach to the problem.

Tl;Dr Stop talking about the FSP and I won’t call you a big stupid meany. Also, I know more than you because I read a public forum and wrote blogs for a group I haven’t associated with for two years. Signed, Will “98 Miles Away” May in Albany, NY.

Wee-woo! Wee-woo! FK Thinks Pretending is Fun!

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I, too, enjoyed a good round of “cops and robbers” when I was kid. But it stopped being appropriate around the same time illness or extreme fear became the only legitimate reason for using your pants as a toilet. Apparently James Cleveland and Ian Bernard didn’t get the memo and still want to live out their preadolescent power fantasies with used police vehicles.

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I know they believe this is some witty bit of political satire. They couldn’t be more wrong. Wit requires subtlety and this is about as understated as a Chris Cantwell blog about how much cop-killers rule. They should drop the pretense  and just write “cops suk, lol” on the rear window with one of those washable paint markers. I’m sure you guys can find them where you usually purchase your weapons against tyranny: the children’s craft aisle.

Hatemail Bag #1: Love Letters from Losers

SFK has a standing policy of not allowing comments that are abusive or blatant trolling. This often leaves our feedback section sparsely populated since the majority of our daily comments are from the sad lost souls Ian Bernard attracts with honeyed words about weed, topless women in the streets, and more insidious things. Free Keene attracts a particular vicious brand of keyboard warrior that is equal parts computer savvy and dumb as a toaster. Here is a sampling of the missives we’ve received since the inception of the site.

stopthem2This isn’t a “challenge”. It’s request to allow ourselves to be verbally abused and straw-manned by an egomaniac and his friends. I’ve listened to more FTL than I’m willing to admit and the show is anything but accommodating to differing points of view. Also, please don’t conflate loudness with intelligence. The ability to shrilly denounce petty inconveniences on 150 radio stations isn’t equitable to genius.

stopthemHow about you stop wasting my time with this D-level attempt at trolling, you clod? It will never see the light of day outside of being fodder for public ridicule and further evidence that stupidity is part and parcel to FK fandom.

stopthem3Remember what I said about FK’s misogynistic vendetta against Dorrie O’Meara?

stopthem4“I’ve notice these Free Keeners frequently get their facts wrong.”

Fixed that for you. I’ve noticed that FK fanboys frequently make statements alluding to facts that contradict criticism but never actually present them. I’ve also noticed that you’re an idiot who can’t make more than two semi-coherent comments without reverting back to bargain bin trolling.

I had more comments in line for this post but WordPress evidently only holds spam in queue for a couple of weeks before tanking it. In any case, please make more dumb comments FK fans and fellow travelers. Demonstrating how much of disease-ridden boil FK is on this city is all the more easier when I can also demonstrate the kind of maggots it attracts.

PORCSCOUTS: Just like BOYSCOUTS but for disobedient youth of America

Free State Project and Free Keene members are among the 26 who like the idea of PorcScouts. This is an obvious spin on Boy Scouts of America. However, this organization is geared toward raising disobedient youth.

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You can also listen to podcasts from Davi Barker as the “Radical Libertarian Muslim Agorist” describes the outline for being a PorcScout. These are radio interviews for future adults of America.