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How to Win Any Argument in Politics: A Complete Guide

Ian Brzeski | @ianbrzeski

Are you struggling to convince your friend on why Donald Trump is the worst and most racist president alive? Or maybe you want to convince them on why he is our Lord and Savior. Whatever the case, this article will prepare you on how you can win those arguments and convince all your close family and friends to see things from your point of view. No more stupid liberals blowing up your twitter feeds, no more Hitler-esque MAGA supporters walking around the streets. With these tips on how to beat any political opponent across the spectrum, you will become unstoppable.

How to Win Any Argument as a Conservative

Preparation

To beat somebody in an argument, you are going to need a couple of weeks to prepare. The first step when preparing to argue with somebody who is not conservative is to look in your mirror every morning and tell yourself that everybody else is a liberal snowflake. When arguing with a liberal snowflake, they are going to cry 100% of the time. It is pretty much guaranteed. Doing this will give you the motivation and confidence you need to destroy that liberal.

Furthermore, to continue your preparation, you have to listen to Ben Shapiro every night before you go to bed. Make sure to memorize every single one of his lines in every video you watch. I recommend watching the videos titled “Ben Shapiro DESTROYS Crazy Libtard” or similar.

In the Debate

Now that you have prepared for your argument, you are ready to seek out somebody to destroy. Upon finding a person, make sure the first thing you mention is how great of a president Donald Trump is. This is going to trigger and shock them. To illustrate this, their hands will be sweating, they will be profusely shaking, and their first reaction will be to call you a racist. This is precisely the kind of response you want. You now have the upper hand and are ready to obliterate them in any argument.

Some other things you may want to mention:

  • Liberalism is a disease.
  • If you are pro-choice, you are a baby killer. Therefore, any other argument you make is invalid.
  • If you do not support Israel, you hate the United States. Oh, and you also hate Jews too.
  • ISIS will take over the United States if we do not relentlessly bomb the Middle East to find our freedom.
  • If you do not stand for the flag, you are quite literally the worst person in the world and deserve to die.
  • Facts don’t care about your feelings.
  • Back the blue.
  • If you aren’t with us, you are against us.
  • It is your duty to die for your country.
  • Transgender people are mentally ill.
  • Illegal immigrants are murderers and rapists.
  • Allowing refugees into the country is the same as allowing Isis into the country.
  • The Confederate flag is not racist.
  • If you hate the government so much, why don’t you just leave?
  • Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.

Closing the Debate

After presenting all of these facts, you want to hit them with the “libtard.” There is no recovery for them once you call them a “libtard.” After calling them that, walk away and do not pay attention to any single word they say. You have won. Congratulations. Go home and celebrate by grabbing a beer and putting on some Fox News in your trailer home.

How to Win Any Argument as a Liberal

Preparation

First, educate yourself, learning that both conservatives and libertarians are two sides of the same coin. After all, libertarianism and conservatism are both alt-right political ideologies that resemble fascism. Once you recognize this, it is easily assumed at this point that you are morally a better person than everybody else. Libertarians and conservatives are the most hateful and racist people out there. To make it even worse, they hate poor people. You want people to have affordable healthcare and a stable social safety net; they don’t. They honestly do not even exist outside of the internet. How could they? You have never associated with them in your life.

After you realize that you are better than everybody else is when you can start listening to comedians reuse the same Donald Trump jokes over and over again. God damn, those jokes are so funny. They never get old. When you are around your buddies, make sure to repeat those jokes because they are so damn hilarious. It is not like they watched the same John Oliver episode you watched last night.

In the Debate

Things to say in a debate:

  • Climate change will kill everybody within the next 36 hours.
  • Donald Trump is racist.
  • Hillary won the popular vote so she should be president.
  • Donald Trump is orange.
  • Russia hacked the elections.
  • Donald Trump is sexist.
  • Kavanaugh is a rapist.
  • Donald Trump is misogynistic.
  • End the wars except when Donald Trump wants to, then blow up Muslims.
  • Donald Trump is a murderer.
  • Abolish the electoral college.
  • Donald Trump is literally Hitler.
  • Making at least $30 an hour is a fundamental human right.
  • Donald Trump is a Nazi.
  • My body my choice.
  • Donald Trump is a baby.
  • Hate speech is murder.

Closing the Debate

The simplest way for you to win and effectively close out the debate is to call your opponent a racist and to start crying immediately. They will be taken aback, and be at a loss for words. They also may make fun of you, but that is further proving your point that you are the better person. Never forget that you should tune out anything points they try to make. After all, those points are inherently racist and have no real value.

How to Win Any Argument as a Libertarian

Preparation

As you scratch your neckbeard with “Liberty Defined” by Ron Paul in your hand, you have realized that everybody is a statist, even other libertarians. Libertarians are not libertarian enough, and some libertarians are too radical (@ ancaps). “Everybody is an NPC except for me,” is what you tell yourself as you look at your diverse collection of literature ranging from Murray Rothbard all the way to Milton Friedman. You have all the answers already. You do not even need this article to know how to win an argument. Friedrich Hayek taught you everything you need to know, thus, you are prepared.

In the Debate

I know you already know everything, but here are some things you may want to mention in your debate in case you forget:

  • Taxation is theft.
  • End the Fed.
  • Legalize all drugs.
  • No victim no crime.
  • Make fun of people who say “But who will build the roads?.” This is an effective and hilarious tactic because you know deep down that the private sector will be able to handle the roads. God, you are so funny.
  • Gun control is literally murder.
  • The free market will solve all problems.
  • Libertarianism is an objective and moral truth.
  • If somebody ends up leaving libertarianism, they were never a true libertarian in the first place because they must not have read Murray Rothbard. The words of Murray Rothbard will convert anybody to the one true objective truth.
  • The only good communist is a dead communist.
  • Socialism kills.
  • There is no such thing as a good cop.
  • We live in a police state.
  • But what if the child consents?

Closing the Debate

At the end of the day, you want people to do as they please as long as they are not directly hurting somebody. Your opponent obviously does not agree with this, however, so the last thing you need to do to ensure your victory is it call them “statist scum.” Statists are parasites that leech off others through the power of the state. Statists want to take away your freedoms and are the equivalent to Satan. Thus, make sure your opponent knows what kind of filth they are.

How to Win Any Argument as a Socialist

Preparation

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” Repeat this phrase over and over in your head. Repeat it until that is all you can think about. These words will transcend your mind to an intellect never seen before. Let’s be honest here; you can’t just be a socialist. You have to go all the way and hit some more radical levels. Become an anarcho-communist, an anarcho-syndicalist, or even an anarcho-primitivist. Embrace more radical ideas than socialism. You are weak if you don’t. This is like when a libertarian is too afraid to become an anarcho-capitalist. Like seriously, stop being a wimp and just go full communist. Communism or nothing is what I like to say.

In the Debate

Things to mention in a debate:

  • Capitalism kills.
  • The world sucks because of capitalism.
  • Capitalism is quite literally the worst.
  • Real socialism has never been tried.
  • Scarcity is a hoax.
  • Antifa stands for anti-fascist, so they must be good and do no wrong.
  • Kill the 1%.
  • Israel deserves death.
  • Noam Chomsky’s word is the true word of God.
  • All cops are bastards.
  • Sex work is exploitation and is a direct result of capitalism.
  • Kill people who kill people because killing people is wrong.

Closing the Debate

The easiest way for you to win an argument here is to beat the living hell out of your opponent. You see this tactic with Antifa and kids on college campuses, and they always seem to face little to no repercussions. You can’t lose the argument if your hateful opponent is incapacitated.

 

The following subsections will show how you can beat unconventional political ideologies.

How to Beat a Fascist in an Argument

Look, if you can’t beat a fascist in an argument by yourself, then there is no hope for you. Just get out of politics and never look back.

How to Beat a Maoist/Stalinist in an Argument

Mao Zedong and Stalin both killed millions upon millions of people. Again, if you can’t win this argument, get out of politics. Losing here is almost as embarrassing as losing to a fascist.

How to beat an Anarcho-Primitivist in an Argument

Bring up the famed anarcho-primitivist, Ted Kaczynski. With that, your argument has been won. You’re welcome.

How to beat an Anarcho-Communist in an Argument

Tell these commies that anarchy and communism can’t go together. It is impossible. Communism=big government. Anarchy=no government. Therefore, anarcho-communism is an oxymoron. Congratulations, you just made an entire political ideology obsolete.

Guaranteed Victory

Sticking to the outline on how to win an argument while maintaining a specific political ideology as well as adhering to the framework on how to beat obscure ideologies, you will become unstoppable. There is not a single political argument that you can lose. This outline will work in every single circumstance. Want to run for president? I can guarantee that if you follow the steps I laid out for your debates, you will get at least 99% of the votes.

Thank you for coming to my Ted talk. Now you know how to obliterate and shatter anybody in an argument about politics. If there is one thing you can take away from this article, I want it to be this:  if you ever feel like you are losing an argument, cover your ears, call your opponent an idiot, and walk away. It works like a charm. It is a cheat code that works on every single argument, even non-political arguments. Now, go out there and destroy some idiots.


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Anarchy: What It Is and What Teen Vogue Fails to Realize

By Ryan Lau | @agorisms

On Friday, Teen Vogue author Kim Kelly ran a piece that she titled “Anarchy: What It Is and Why Pop Culture Loves It”. In it, she attempts to answer both of those questions. However, her perspective is nowhere near accurate. Frankly, it makes her look like she does not understand a thing about the general principles of anarchism. Here, unlike Kelly, from an actual teen, is a real representation of anarchy’s ideology of peace.

The Ideology Without an Ideology

Initially, Kelly correctly states that the media often believes that anarchy is a no-rules, middle-fingers-up attitude. But the second she begins explaining what is really is, the logic falls off of the block.

Her claim that “anarchism is a radical, revolutionary leftist political ideology…” is partly true. Yes, it is both radical and revolutionary, of course. Like any great threat to the state, it is a fringe group that proposes radical ideas for change. However, anarchism has absolutely no inherent association with the left or the right.

Ultimately, anarchism deals with the abolition of the state. Before it is left, right, or anything else, it is anti-state. Anarchists believe that the state inherently restricts the abilities of people to freely associate with each other. However, they are very much divided on whether they believe in a free market or voluntarily controlled economy.

Kelly points this out, later going through a list of various anarchist views of thought. Despite this, she only paints half of the picture, basically stating that anarcho-capitalism is a fringe ideology that most other anarchists do not recognize. While this is true, she forgets that all forms of anarchism are pretty fringe. Note that not a single major politician today identifies with any of the varying forms.

Moreover, she fails to state that anarcho-capitalists often do not consider anarcho-communists to be legitimate, due to their belief that communism, and the associated collectivism, are inherently at odds with the idea of freedom.

In the end, though, anarchism is not a political ideology. Without a state, politics does not exist. Individuals would merely associate freely with each other in the communities that they desired to live in.

What Anarchism Really Is

In her entire piece, Kelly does not once mention the most critical point of anarchism: it is a rejection of the initiation of violence. Whether that violence comes in the form of capitalism, regulations, war, taxation, or the police, (or all of the above) anarchists agree that the state is an aggressive institution that should not exist in a free society. All of them desire a society where they can live in peaceful freedom, and all recognize that the state is the biggest threat to that freedom.

The differences only come from the fact that each views the state slightly differently. Some anarchists believe it to be a form of capitalist greed, or elitist power, or military might. Others may find it to be an organization that steals inherently from the people to fund things like social safety nets.

Anarchists also inherently oppose war, believing that they are antithetical to freedom. Though opposing war has been a very key part of anarchism, dating back to the more radical members of Vietnam War protests, Kelly fails to point this out in any capacity. She instead focuses on an interesting term that has absolutely nothing to do with anarchy.

Anarchy is NOT Democracy

One of Kelly’s most prominent assertions is the idea that anarchy is a radical democracy. This simply could not be farther from the truth, and democracy is, in fact, impossible in an anarchist society.

When it comes down to it, the two terms are entirely incompatible. Democracy, of course, is a system where the people vote directly on laws and events. Notable examples include the ancient Greek state of Athens, famous for putting Socrates to death over his differing beliefs. Anarchism, on the other hand, removes all forms of coercive power. In such a system, no majority of people can simply decide to kill a man for being different, or corrupting the youth. But in a democracy, this is entirely possible, and, clearly, happened on a number of occasions. When it comes down to it, democracy is nothing more than the state’s tyranny of the majority. Anarchy, though, opposes coercive tyrannies of all forms, including democracy.

In short: democracy is a form of government. Anarchy is a lack of government. A government cannot exist in a society without government.

Antifascism and Anarchism

Following the flawed point on democracy, Kelly then claims that all anarchists are anti-fascist. Technically, this is not untrue but is essentially just a monotonous and repetitive talking point to garner more support. Fascism, again, like democracy, is a form of government. Kelly does not seem to realize that anarchism opposes all forms of governments, for if she did, she would not need to spend any additional time addressing particular forms. More strikingly, she would certainly not, as an opponent of the state, support a form of government.

It is also worth noting that antifascism does not necessarily imply support for Antifa groups. Though Kelly voices her support for them, she again only shows one side of things. Many anarchists, in fact, oppose Antifa just as much as they oppose fascism. As Antifa often supports violence, especially against those they claim to be fascist, peaceful anarchists tend to oppose them, as they do all forms of violence.

A Weak Definition From a Fake Anarchist

To summarize, it is not enough to be an enemy of the current state to be an anarchist. To fall under the definition, you need to oppose all forms of government and believe that governments are an inherently immoral institution.

Kelly does point this out in her piece, but at the same time, does not support her own ideas, and voices clear support for democracy, a coercive form of government. She also endorses Antifa, an organization that has behaved violently in the past, even though she claims to oppose the violence of the state. A clear supporter of both state and anti-state violence, her actions are in no way consistent with her words.

Kelly’s ideology proves to be very dangerous, and if the anarchist community ever wants to see ideologically sound success, they should steer very clear of it. Democracy is not anarchy, and violence is not anarchy. The very suggestion of such makes it quite obvious that Kelly either does not understand what anarchism is, or does, but is not an anarchist herself. In either situation, take her words with warning, as they are nothing more than violence and government action under the guise of radicalism.


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Chairman Of The Damned: Matt Kuehnel Talks Libertarian Socialism

Spencer Kellogg | @TheNewTreasury

“If people don’t have something to vote for, we have to give them something to vote for.” –Matt Kuehnel

Matt Kuehnel is one of the founding members of the Libertarian Socialist Caucus. He is running as a libertarian for the 22nd District seat of the Michigan State House and this week, the Socialist Party of Michigan voted him their candidate for the 22nd district marking the first time that any libertarian has represented as a dual socialist candidate in United States history. The LibSoc Caucus that he helped found and represents is a small but growing group of self-proclaimed libertarian socialists that have been the source of much consternation and confusion within the Libertarian Party over the past year.

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I met Mr. Kuehnel at the 2018 Libertarian National Convention and in him, I saw someone who was an honest, direct, charismatic, unafraid intellectual making headway in a political party that, for all of its alleged openness to free thought, can oftentimes feel rather one note. His penchant for attacking landlords was met with a chorus of boos and many simply refused to hear anything the slim Michigan man with a denim jacket had to say. But I kept listening. He was saying a lot. He was speaking for and as a group of people that rarely gets mentioned in the Libertarian Party: the poor. Kuehnel’s distaste for the police state and his outsider messaging on social media shows a different side of libertarianism that routinely goes underrepresented.

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The Libertarian Socialist Caucus sits on the deeper ranges of modern libertarianism but their roots lie at the very beginning of the movement itself in the catacombs of Paris where the first anarchist and influential mutualist philosopher Proudhon lived and wrote. “Proudhon believed that a libertarian order would accomplish the goals of socialists, that in fact, only such an order could accomplish socialists’ goals. Within this framework, Proudhon sets out to scrutinize political economy and its institutions, to break them down and lay bare the truths within them.”

The caucuses call for the abolishment of private property sit in stark contrast with much of the modern Libertarian movement. However, on police abuse, non-violent crimes, non-aggression and decentralized power, much of the Libertarian Socialist platform falls neatly into the echo chamber of modern libertarianism. Their ideas, branding, and members all strike an unequivocally and excitingly diverse chord in the Libertarian Party. Their members have campaigned for a bottom unity platform that seeks to bridge the seemingly unbridgeable gaps between anarcho-capitalists, pragmatists, anarcho-communists (and yes, even socialists) into a singular group that stands against the various illegitimate powers of the state.

To some, the Libertarian Socialist Caucus is quite suddenly, the greatest ideological threat to the party as it moves forward. So much so that the LibSoc caucus was addressed during a hearing at this months Libertarian National Committee meeting that ended in renewed animosity on all sides. Steven Nekhaila, region two representative, penned a resolution to clarify the party’s position on private property and in a video on “Disenthrall,” LNC at large member Joshua Smith pointed to Kuehnel’s recent exposure on Russia Today as representative of a misrepresentation of the Libertarian Party. The measure did not pass.

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I reached out to Mr. Kuehnel recently to discuss his ideas for the Libertarian Socialist Caucus, his run for 22nd district of Michigan and some of the goals he has for the future.

71 Republic: “Rent is theft” has been the rallying cry for the Libertarian Socialist Caucus. It has disturbed many throughout the party. What does the slogan mean to you?

Kuehnel: In my experience, especially in the community around here, one of the biggest issues is rent. It’s such a high price to put on the people who have the lowest income. It’s unequal. It’s made worse because the city is now charging three times the amount of property tax for a rental. It’s generating money for the city so they’re promoting it. The city then helps by having the enforcement zone come and bully people out of their homes.

I see that as an issue. I liked the “taxation is theft,” logo, it was part of what got me into the anarcho-capitalist side of it at the beginning so I just transferred it. I thought, “taxation is theft” and “rent is theft.” There are a lot of things you can point to that make rent theft in the current times. Just having a base in fiat currency is theft. It’s not based on a real supply and demand.

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71 Republic: Should rent be abolished?

Kuehnel: Yeah, idealistically. To me, they say it’s voluntary but it’s not voluntary. I never wanted to rent and I didn’t even know how to buy a house. When you don’t have people walking you through it, you don’t know how to build your credit. You’re just stuck there, especially if you’re low income. You’re not going to get out of renting.

Landlords are authoritarian roles. Nobody should want to do that if they’re anti-authoritarian. Nobody should want to say what kind of things you can have in your house and what kind of things you can do in your house. If you believe in property rights, then you should believe that everybody should be able to have property so we can exercise those rights. Otherwise, it’s just centered into the hands of the few and who does it help? I try not to focus on the ‘mom and pops’ that have an investment property, it’s the banks that have 13 million vacant homes that they keep off the market to inflate values.

71 Republic: Do you support punching Nazis?

Kuehnel: I don’t practice it but I support it. I’ve never had an occasion where I felt it necessary to do that. We are much closer to fascism than a republic or democracy. People are literally being killed by the state every day. They are being targeted for their identities because they are immigrants or black. They are being deported, detained and killed. There is a lot of aggression going on in the world. Fascism is built on getting a public platform, using your advantage to spread hate, playing on people’s fear and the police just protect them. I think a lot of people who think like this seek positions of power. I think a lot of police are white supremacists. When you’ve got an opportunity and you’ve got someone like Richard Spencer, that’s a Nazi and I don’t see anything wrong with punching them. I don’t think that person is innocent.

71 Republic: You are running to represent District 22 of the Michigan State House. How is the race going?

Kuehnel: Politics are an elitist club. I could never even dream to compete in that kind of club. I take a lot of pride in the fact that during this state rep election I spent 100 dollars on registering for the ballot and 15 bucks a month for a domain. That’s all I’ve spent and I just got on RT [Russia Today]. I think that’s something that me, Brian Ellison and James Weeks II are all trying to do. If you make a message interesting enough that you can draw the attention, then that’s a way to compete without the money.

I didn’t plan on running. My plan was to hold off initially because my wife is still going to school. I got talked into it because we needed representation on the ballot. It’s good to have someone on the ballot, to give a person the choice to vote for a libertarian. I’ve picked five planks. I want to disarm the police. People are talking about gun control and I think we should have gun control on those who are the most violent amongst us which are the cops. I want to take their weapons and give them to marginalized people.

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I want to deport ICE. I want to make Michigan a sanctuary state. I believe in Medicare for all and that’s my pragmatic stance. People are suffering, we all have bills. The current system is not a private system and it’s nothing like a free market system either. Libertarian solutions happen outside the state and I believe that we need to build up mutual aid communities. In the meantime, people are suffering and they need help. I see Medicare for all is as an improvement. And finally, we are anti-fascist. That came about after what happened in Charlottesville.

71 Republic: Who are you and where do you live?

Kuehnel: I live in Warren Michigan, just north of Detroit. I’m 34, I come from a middle class, average family. I ended up getting into drugs real early, around 14. I graduated two years late and started working on houses soon after. That’s the main thing I’ve been doing for about a decade. I got my life straight about 7 years ago and got married. I’ve got my associates in heating and cooling and now I’m doing buildings and commercial rooftops.

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71 Republic: What brings someone like yourself into the Libertarian movement?

Kuehnel: Around 2007 Youtube started blowing up and I found Alex Jones and Ron Paul. I showed up to one of the first Tea Party’s here in Michigan. It was on our state capitol and around 5,000 people showed. I came in camo and I was wearing a big green mohawk and my sign said “The Federal Reserve is a private bank that owns America” on one side and on the other it said, “Eat the rich, burn the banks.” I wasn’t prepared for what I was going to encounter there at the Tea Party. It was a family orientated event with Joe The Plumber speaking. They did a moment of silence before a prayer and I screamed at the top of my lungs during the moment of silence “separate the church and state.” 5,000 heads just stared cold at me… It was a lot like the debate the convention.

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71 Republic: You don’t sound like a Tea Party type. Where were you coming from politically at that time?

Kuehnel: I was still young and pretty open. My first vote, when I was 18, was for Bush’s second term. My parents are Reagan Democrats and they voted for him and I was thinking “oh, we can’t change our President during the war!” I totally fell for that. Then I found Ron Paul, and even though he lost I voted for Obama because I thought “I’m not voting for another dirty white guy.” Then he signed the NSA bill and that’s when I decided I was done with old parties. That’s when I found the Libertarian Party. I didn’t get involved but I was going to vote for Gary Johnson in 2012 but he wasn’t on the ballot so I voted Jill Stein. No matter where I would’ve gone, I would be out of place in some way or another.

71 Republic: Then you joined The Libertarian Party?

Kuehnel: Ya, in 2016 I was following the Presidential campaign leading up to the campaign. I knew I didn’t like Austin Petersen. He was such a conservative. That’s when I really started to see how the liberty movement was so much about appealing to conservatives and I grew a disdain for these people. Then with the freedom ninja stuff online, I was just completely turned off. I was already a Gary fan so I definitely had some bias. I’m not sure if I would’ve joined if Austin Petersen had won. Johnson won and the next day I joined the party.

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71 Republic: What were your first experiences with the party?

Kuehnel: My first ever interaction with libertarians here in the state [Michigan] was when they suspended James Weeks’ II membership and right away I got a bad taste in my mouth. They suspended his membership for two years. Even I thought, “you mother fucker, that totally delegitimizes us!” I didn’t think highly of it but watching that whole thing go down was weird. Jeff Wood was there and he’s one of the best we’ve got. He was the one who was saying there were no bylaws or precedence for this. He fought it and they won anyway. They ignored the rules just to take out a personal vendetta against James.

71 Republic: You are a founder of the Libertarian Socialist Caucus and yet socialism is a word that frightens libertarians. Why would you form this group?

Kuehnel: I helped found it. It was a journey through libertarian philosophy. I was an anarcho-capitalist for a little bit. It was the first anarchist philosophy I’d ever read. I always identified as an anarchist, it made sense to me and also something that I could promote to my friends who are also anarchists. But it wasn’t working on my friends. When I tried to reach out to left anarchists, my idea was that we should all be working together, but when I tried to appeal to them and spread my views of anarcho-capitalism, I ended up being persuaded by their philosophy. It felt like it completed the circle. Where anarcho-capitalism was very vague, this actually laid out that we are done with all authority and all hierarchy. We oppose it not just from the state but in all interactions. We should all be helping each other through mutual aid and defending each other. It gives a blueprint for a society like that where you have different theories of syndicalism and municipalism that we approach as equals.

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71 Republic: What were the early days of the Caucus like?

Kuehnel: When we first formed we called ourselves the Black Flag Caucus. That’s what I preferred but we wanted to make sure we lived out our ideas so we took a vote and Libertarian Socialist Caucus won. The interesting thing is that there was already a Socialist Libertarian Caucus that existed so that was ringing in our ears. The Democratic Socialists of America have a Libertarian Socialist Caucus that is very radical. It’s purely direct action for them. I’m fully prepared to say right now that they’re more anarchist than us because it’s hard to even get them to participate in electoral politics. They want to feed their neighbors, take care of the homeless and things like that. I think there are a lot of things we could do that would achieve the same goals. They do this thing called a ‘brake light clinic’. They will set up in a parking lot in a poorer neighborhood and they’ll do a free clinic where they’ll check all your headlights and educate you about democratic socialism and also why they’re doing it. Why they’re doing it is because they want to avoid police interaction, so they are helping people by making sure they don’t get pulled over by the cops.

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71 Republic: Brian Ellison is a member of the Michigan Libertarian Party and he is running one of the most progressive candidacies in the country. He has advocated for arming the homeless and has been arrested for first amendment activism during his campaign. I’d be interested to know your opinion on Mr. Ellison?

Kuehnel: Brian and I are really close. I love that guy. He showed up to our meeting one night when James Weeks was running for Senator. James hadn’t told me he was talking about dropping out and Brian shows up and says “I’m running for US Senate.” He was in a suit and I was thinking “fuck this pragmatic ancap!” But James ended up becoming his campaign manager and he totally broke out with the “arm the homeless” thing. He’s absolutely fearless. He’s got balls and he’s got integrity. I worry about him because he has no problem being a martyr and it’s both brave and awe-inspiring.

71 Republic: What is your relationship with the Socialist Party?

Kuehnel: They voted unanimously in Michigan to approve me and most likely I’ll be the first libertarian to ever get this nomination. They called me up during the convention and put me on speaker phone so I could talk to them all. They said “the way we see it, the Socialist Party has always aimed at these lower class income, working class, and marginalized communities whereas the Libertarian Party is a more middle class, business-owners membership but we have a lot of the same struggles and sadly we’re pitted against each other.” I want to cement these two as being in the same struggle. Especially when it comes to war, police violence, and the big things. I think there’s a lot of crossover in the platforms.

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71 Republic: What do you think of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Kuehnel: I like her for the most part. There are parts where I disagree. I’d vote for her in a second on my ballot if she was up against a Republican and no Libertarian that I preferred. That’s kind of the demographic I’m going for. When I started on the Gary Johnson campaign, I was also helping a progressive candidate with her primary challenge in the Democrat party. I know they’re against corruption and that’s the big things that plague local communities here, the corruption.


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