I’m a nobody in the general sense of the word. Got a regular job, work as an editor and vlogger for tips, fire dance in my spare time, and write for free on this little blog. I have no illusions that any of it will have any profound, lasting change–I do these things for fun because I find them personally fulfilling. In fact, I’m certain that my bitching doesn’t change very many minds at all.
That being said, there have been a couple more prominent folks in the libertarian milieu that have punched down at me in futile attempts at snark. I don’t abide fools well and when this happens I call them out, naturally. It results in more attention from their detractors and this is the opposite effect they likely want. Punching down is an act of futility.
Most recently, my biggest fan Chris Cantwell tried to bully the hosts of popular libertarian radio show Free Talk Live into not saying my name when I called in to challenge his most recent article of filth. Chris makes his living writing half researched articles with barely baked premises and harassing meter maids for liberty. He’s so successful he recently added pr0n ads to his site and sits by his computer refreshing his Google Analytics page obsessively, but don’t take my word for it, listen to him admit it in this dandy little recording. Skip to 1:25:00 for the juicy parts and the confession follows shortly after I jump off air.
I openly admit it is a petty thing to do to feud with another unknown anarchist, but I don’t like being lied about and I like it even less when bullies exploit tragic situations for clicks under the guise of a “philosophical” discussion. And I’m doing specifically because Cantwell is someone who loves to write clickbait, pick fights, and push buttons. If I write a clickbait headline it is meant to be taken ironically and is used to mock his own love of clickbait headlines.
No one can argue I’m a leftist feminist if they are familiar with my work, which is something this manchild has lied about in other articles. But it takes a special kind of douchenozzle to kick someone when they’re down which is what Cantwell did in his article titled
“The Worst Thing Brad Spangler Put in His Daughter Was Bad Philosophy” “I’m a Bad Person and Should Feel Bad”. It was a reference to a recent controversy surrounding a prominent libertarian who insensitively outed his daughter as a victim of sexual assault by his own hand. Cantevenwell goes on to say that leftist philosophy will scar everyone it touches immeasurably and the only cure is to fight it when and wherever it rears its ugly head, even if it is a 20 year old kid who wants to be left alone. Or something like that.
The whole situation and response is awful and disgusting and I called in to simply ask what the point of attacking the survivor was. The discussion (or lack thereof) followed one about tactics for spreading ideas of liberty so what I had to say was very relevant considering Cantwell was giving tactical tips out.
Ostracizing is one way to peacefully resolve problems in a hypothetical anarchist community and it appears I have been ostracized by King Menses. He’s been known to hate on the womenfolk quite a bit so I thought he would revel in taking down one of them. Guess he’s still afraid of a girl. If ostracizing someone for wanting to have an on air philosophical conversation is okay but not at least questioning their attack on a young survivor of sexual assault from a tactical perspective isn’t, Libertopia has a fucked list of priorities.
The outcome of his attempt at ostracizing is an interesting case study for libertarians. Most would agree black markets thrive when the state tries to prohibit something and the same applies when bloggers try to silence dissent. By screaming, “DON’T SAY HER NAME!!1!11!!1” it prompted others to ask, “Who is this woman that big, bad brutalist is so afraid of facing?” It also resulted in mockery and gems like this silly video a friend of mine made:
pulled tried to pull the ole Stalin, but we all know what happened to him. You can’t suppress information, drugs, content, or names without generating more interest. By punching down, you elevate who you are trying to silence. I’d say this is true especially of people with differing ideologies. It’s typically a bad idea to try to censor people see: the Streisand Effect. Oh and our old friend Josef Stalin.*
*There was a disclaimer here but if you don’t get it, you don’t get it.
Update: It was brought to my attention that this easily triggered grown man has been angry with me since Porcfest Idol 2013; he recently admitted it 30 minutes into his Some Garbage Podcast. So for people trying to say I started this, it actually started when he refused to shake my hand after losing to this spoken word piece. I found this admission particularly hilarious.