Libertarian Party Chairman Promoting Video Calling for Venezuela Regime Change

You might hope that at least the United States Libertarian Party could be counted on not to support the US government’s effort to install its chosen politician as president of Venezuela. Oh well. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Earlier this month, a “Dear Libertarian” letter from party chairman Nicholas Sarwark appeared on the Libertarian Party’s website in which Sarwark promotes viewing a video by Kyle Varner – described by Sarwark as a party member – in which Varner delivers the US government’s regime change line in regard to the South America country.

In the video, Varner, purporting to speak for the Libertarian Party and all libertarians, compares Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro to Adolf Hitler, places the blame on the Venezuela government for problems in the country while neglecting to mention US sanctions or any other US government efforts that contribute to suffering in the Venezuela, and praises Juan Guaidó who is seeking to overthrow the Venezuela government and who the US government has been calling the “interim president” of Venezuela.

As if to make the support for a US government-orchestrated regime change operation in Venezuela yet more clear, Varner in the video even promotes that the “Chicago Boys” can improve things in Venezuela after the country’s current government is replaced. “Chicago Boys” is a reference to University of Chicago-connected individuals that played a prominent role in the Chile government after a successful US-supported regime change in that country in 1973.

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

23 thoughts on “Libertarian Party Chairman Promoting Video Calling for Venezuela Regime Change”

  1. No way. I see this as more about being supportive of efforts by the 2 Libertarian parties, several think tanks, and many LIO fans in Venezuela still working for peaceful change. Imperfect, but sure better than what AntiWar is doing or the Ron Paul Institute. Socialist Guaido isn’t much of a choice, however. Paul needs to stop shilling for extremists whether anti-abortion or pro-Communists.

    Enough of the Chile already. The country was teetering on communist-directed genocide and in an undeclared war with the USSR. Innocents were killed, but most were people plotting the murder of their neighbors and got what they deserved. Socialists were murdering people in the streets when the army took action. The generals saved democracy, were acting legally, and put Chile back on the path it’s on today. What Chile needs is a war-crimes trial of the left.

    1. Quit huffing glue and upvoting your own posts and try opening up a goddamn history book. “The generals saved democracy (?)” They killed 3,000 people and tortured at least 27,000 more. They trained dogs to rape women and murdered nuns. There was no “communist-directed genocide” in the works, just a democratically elected Marxist who wouldn’t roll over for Uncle Sam.

      1. Because of this website, when I speak to a libertarian I expect Scott Horton – – – what I usually get is cryptocurrency scammers and Pinochet apologists.

        The ultra-capitalism part of libertarianism is non-negotiable, but the anti-imperialism (or even anti-authoritarian) aspect is very optional.

        That tension emerged when Horton interviewed Max Blumenthal and the topic moved to the N.E.D-funded libertarian think-tanks helping to coup Venezula and Brazil. Guiado’s crowd is Cato and Koch-funded.

        Horton was right to insist that sort of libertarianism was a evil dopplerganger of his libertarianism (…just as a believe that anyone who supports any imperial war is not a leftist…) but I’ve also seen Blumenthal’s video of the NED conference where there were many state-funded libertarian activists boasting of coups to “destroy socialism” as their primary goal.

        Last week I saw a video of the Prouds Boys chanting “Pinochet was Right!” illustrating the large role of libertariam thought among the ‘alt-right’/’Generation South Park’ and the centrality of ‘killing leftists’ to both philosophies.

        I will always have respect for this site but many libertarians scare me.

        1. Many people who call themselves libertarians have no idea what that word really means. It covers a wide variety of philosophies from Agorism to Syndicalism, but one ism it doesn’t include is Imperialism.

          1. I guess we’ll see a real test soon.

            Has Raimondo been right about Trump’s anti-war/isolationist bent despite all the neo-cons he has surrounded himself with?

            Trump’s been playing the “reluctant warrior” card so heavy lately that Raimondo’s columns are a part of that narrative. Like qanon that narrative has mostly served to dilute opposition during a build-up to a war with Iran.

            My read is that most of Trump’s funders want a war with Iran and currently they are 3/4 of the way there, hoping to economically strangle Iran so that it ‘pearl harbors’ it’s way out.

            In 2017 Bolton wrote that “Iran is not likely to seek further negotiations once the JCPOA is abrogated, but the Administration may wish to consider rhetorically leaving that possibility open” so the illusion of US negotiation/good-intentions is part of Bolton’s strategy.

            I respect Raimondo and his anti-imperial politics but having watched Trump appoint 3 different varieties of neo-cons as his national security advisers, I suspect the “reluctant warrior” is part Trump’s vanity, part his eye on electoral politics and part of the usual narrative of US wars.

          2. Neither Raimondo or Trump have any right to call themselves libertarians. War with Iran remains very possible. The influence of few half-decent paleos like Rand Paul and Tucker Carlson may be our only hope for peace. God help us. Trump is insane. Pompeo, Pence and Bolton are even worse.

          3. Thanks for the responses. In your own way you maintain the high regard I’ve always had for this website.

            I remember the 2006 Crossfire segment where John Stewart debated Tucker Carlson. Carlson came off like an entitled rich kid who knew all he had to do succeed in life was conform. Stewart was hip and earnest.

            It was later that year I understood that the Daily Show Democrats and South Park Republicans were the controlled opposition – both owned by Viacom (CEO Sumner Redstone).

            Scott Horton claims that Carlson’s interview with a military general averted an airforce strike on Iran.
            Having to thank Tucker Carlson for contributing to peace sounds so soul-nauseatingly horrible that it must be true – because it is what I’m used in this ‘Wars of Terror’ landscape.

            A reality-TV star president with his finger on the nuclear button taking military advice from a FOX host sounds about the terrorizing norm.

  2. My free advice, start a new libertarian party the Local Libertarian party. The Local Libertarian party would only run candidates in local elections for mayor or lower and possibly state government, but not federal elections.

    1. There are plenty of local Libertarian Parties, which is why there are hundreds of local Libertarian elected and appointed officials. We also occasionally elected a state legislator or three (that tends to be a local Party effort).

      There used to be a handful of federal Libertarian appointees (I was one of them). Not sure if there are any left.

      The Libertarian Party is never going to win federal elections if it doesn’t contest federal elections. Self-imposed exclusive localism is just a longer way of saying suicide.

      1. If that’s true then that’s incredibly sad. I don’t know a lot about Sarwark but I know more than I wish I did about his chum Varner’s “Chicago Boys.” One of the darkest chapters in the history of Austrian market chicanery. Libertarians need to separate themselves from that kind of malignant global capitalism if they ever want to be taken seriously by the left.

          1. Now your just splitting hairs over semantics. I never claimed to know all of Sarwark’s “chums”, I claimed that he endorsed the opinion of an asshole with clear colonialist leanings and that doing such damages his credibility. Endorsing a diatribe that lionizes corporate stooges who openly collaborate with a violent fascist regime shows poor moral fortitude. If you’re his friend, then ask him what I’m asking you right now; What the f**k?

          2. I’m unaware that he “endorsed” Varner’s statement.

            The only problem I have with Varner’s statement is that I’d rather the party concentrate on US foreign policy instead of opining on other countries’ internal politics. Guaido and company might be a little bit better or a little bit worse than Maduro. That’s for Venezuelans, not me, to figure out.

  3. I dumped the national party right after their response to 9-11. Clearly they are still just as F’d up.

    And I see some folks pointing to local party organizations. Indeed, my vice-chairmanship of two different local county parties was quite a great experience, with sound, principled libertarianism being their permanent hallmark. They may be all the good that is left of the LP.

    1. I resigned from the LNC (I was an alternate) shortly after (and partially because of) their milquetoast, contentless, cowardly resolution on the invasion of Afghanistan. The resolution tried to have it both ways and no way at all. I pushed for a resolution against the invasion. The LNC’s secretary at that time argued that that would “marginalize” the LP. I pointed out that the percentage of Americans who opposed the invasion was 40 times the percentage of Americans who usually voted for our presidential candidate, so it would be difficult for us to “marginalize” ourselves further.

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