Yesterday (less than two weeks after our Ron Paul-themed inaugural Williamsburg gathering of the Dionysium), Ron Paul’s home state of Texas (also home to the other branch of the Dionysium) gave Romney the remaining delegates he needs to pass 1,144 and be the Republican nominee (endless formalities and an August national convention aside, etc., etc., I know, I know).
I wouldn’t blame libertarians for being uncertain about what to do next: urge people to vote for Gary Johnson (my plan), just stick with Paul for symbolic/educational purposes (or in hopes of some last-minute miracle), suck it up and vote for Romney (or Obama), or stay home in November (while focusing on the long term).
But the Dionysium, under my courageous leadership, will turn its attention to other topics.
And thus: my online presence will now become less partisan and more dialogue-facilitating (watch me mellow) and some technical bells and whistles will change in the process. The timing may be just as well, since four axes oft-ground on this blog over the past six years reached small logical culminations on the night prior to this month’s Dionysium, when, at another NYC event for Paul-chronicling author Brian Doherty, all these things happened:
•MUSIC: Hey, finally partied with Kennedy after two decades of admiring the MTV VJ turned libertarian radio host. She may be Christian, but then, I’ve never denied that beliefs I disagree with can inspire good things. I applaud Julian Cope’s very literal (and clever) cover of Roky Erickson’s “I Have Always Been Here Before,” for instance, even though neo-pagan Cope plainly injected into the original, simple song his belief that modern-day people have been reincarnated from Druids or something.
•SCI-FI: Fellow anarchist-atheist Michael Malice lamented the state of the revamped DC Universe, which we both know matters more than government or philosophy in the end. Best I look away from it.
•SCIENCE: I learned that my eight years at ACSH helped inspire at least one woman I know to quit smoking, which is a start. If I can save the other 7 billion people on the planet from death, Thanos loses.
•POLITICS: I saw a crowd full of people respectful of the Ron Paul phenomenon honor Doherty, an author who’s enough of a historian – and weirdo – to know that liberty is a far bigger and more long-lasting cause than any one man.
One hates to sound like a giddy optimist, but it may be safe now, with the simultaneous Ron Paul and Gary Johnson campaigns going on, to start talking about