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Calling yourself a libertarian today is a lot like wearing a mullet back in the nineteen eighties. It sends a clear signal: business up front, party in the back.

You know, those guys who call themselves “socially liberal but fiscally conservative”? Yeah. It’s for them. (more…)

July 31st, 2012 | Comments (182)

The eXiled’s Free Campaign Advice For Mitt Romney: “Baptize Ayn Rand”

We call our 1-point comeback campaign “Brigham Shrugs” and it boils down to this:

“Baptize Ayn Rand, already!”

February 17th, 2012 | Comments (25)

RADICALS FOR CORPORATE POLLUTION: The Koch Cartel & The Heartland Institute

Yesterday, our old friends the Koch brothers were back in the news. The DeSmog Blog exposed how some of the most rancid trolls in the world of climate change-denialism are on the payroll of the Heartland Institute, one of the Koch…

February 15th, 2012 | Comments (24)

Thirty More Years of Hell

This is for my fellow Millennial. The one who gets his or her rocks off to visions of a glorious Boomer-hegemonic extinction, like those old claymation movies of dinosaurs getting nuked by meteor-fire. This is for those of you who, like me, need a vision of that mighty Boomer Brontosaurus keelin’ over for good…

February 6th, 2012 | Comments (97)

Khloe Kardashian’s Army: Meet The C-List Celebrity Martyrs To TSA “Tyranny”

Khloe Kardashian, Donna D’Errico of Baywatch, former Miss USA Susie Castillo, Playboy nude-model Tammy Banovac, Jesse Ventura and Alex Jones: to most Americans, a list of names like that sounds like the punch-line to an elaborate pop culture comedy routine….

July 24th, 2011 | Comments (33)

How The Tea Party Gave New Life To Mexican-Hunting Ultra-Right Extremists

When I left his ranch back in 2009, I was sure that Glenn Spencer had reached the end of his line. So it was surprising to learn that Spencer was a big player in the Tea Party scene. Suddenly, no one in Arizona cared about his past associations with white supremacists. Instead, Spencer was hanging out with Arizona state senators, hosting GOP political events, speaking at rallies and rubbing shoulders with the creme de la creme of Arizona’s Tea Party beau monde. He was not only back in the game, he’s bigger than ever.

June 7th, 2011 | Comments (44)

The Fountainheadbanger: Mark Ames Talks About The Hilarious Banality Of Ayn Rand On Progressive Radio KGNU In Colorado

Mark Ames goes on Boulder, Colorado radio station KGNU to explain the banality of Russian-born author Ayn Rand, the guiding light of the libertarian/teabagger movement. Ames discusses his article “Atlas Shrieked” about how a sad ‘n’ lonely half-wit, Ayn/Alyssa, was nothing but…

May 30th, 2011 | Comments (52)

Groundbreaking Rightwing Research Yields The “Teabagger Oil Theory”

The price of oil hit $125 today, a 33 percent increase since the start of the year, and will probably keep going up. For those wondering “why,” there’s a new theory that explains everything.

April 27th, 2011 | Comments (26)

eXiled Editor Mark Ames Talks With Amy Goodman About The Kochs, Oligarchy & Wealth Inequality On Democracy Now!

  Mark Ames goes on the Amy Goodman Show on Democracy Now! to talk about the Koch brothers’ shocking election mailer to their workers, the subject of Ames’ latest cover story feature for The Nation magazine co-authored with labor journalist…

April 25th, 2011 | Comments (19)

Anti-war Libertarians Charles and David Koch Love Profiteering Off America’s War Machine

Data pulled from publicly-accessible federal contract databases shows that over the past 15 years, the Kochs have milked the U.S. war machine for about $170 million, all while funding libertarian groups, organizations and media outfits with anti-war positions.

March 25th, 2011 | Comments (17)

Dylan Ratigan Makes It Official: Mark Ames & Yasha Levine Broke The Koch Brothers’ Takeover Of America

The biggest story of the past year—the takeover of America by the billionaire Koch brothers—was first reported by eXiled Online editors Mark Ames and Yasha Levine over two years ago, in a controversial article for Playboy. Dylan Ratigan sets the…

March 24th, 2011 | Comments (18)

[SIC] OF GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY: AN EXILED READER OFFERS MORE REASONS TO HATE THE KOCH BROTHERS

  The following is an email sent to us by an anonymous eXiled reader: George Mason University is nothing but a farm team for the Koch bros. Starting at George Mason, the Kochs groom their little recruits as foot-soldiers ready…

March 23rd, 2011 | Comments (27)

Billionaire Koch Brothers Use Their $1 Billion-A-Year Taxpayer-Funded Biofuel Subsidy To Bankroll Republicans, Tea Party, Right-wing Libertarian Groups

Why are American taxpayers forced to subsidize the billionaire Koch brothers’ massive campaign contributions to Republican Party politicians, the Tea Party movement, and policies that ensure greater subsidies to the Kochs, while cutting more public services to the taxpayers who…

March 3rd, 2011 | Comments (32)

We, The Spiteful

In the summer of 2004, I published an article in the New York Press that answered Thomas Frank’s question “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” The Bush-Kerry campaign was heating up, and it was clear to me that the American left…

January 22nd, 2011 | Comments (99)

TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind the TSA Scandal

This article was published in The Nation on November 23, 2010 Does anyone else sense something strange is going on with the apparently spontaneous revolt against the TSA? This past week, the media turned an “ordinary guy,” 31-year-old Californian John…

November 24th, 2010 | Comments (21)

WATCH: Mark Ames Is Back On MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show, Talking About The Tea Baggers’ Slave Mentality, And America’s “Virtual Democracy”

Mark Ames appeared on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show to talk about the Tea Party slave mentality, how Ames and Levine scooped their journalism peers on the billionaire Koch brothers’ furtive sponsorship of the Tea Party campaign, and how America’s…

October 20th, 2010 | Comments (37)

Tea Party Republicans Are Nothing But Big Government Whores, Just Like Their Billionaire Masters

  This article was first published on TruthDig.com If tea party candidates were serious about stopping runaway spending and bringing fiscal responsibility to Washington, they would have to address one of the most egregious wastes of taxpayer dollars: federal farm…

October 5th, 2010 | Comments (30)

Anatomy of a Libertard: Will Wilkinson And the Koch-Funded Nomenklatura

Will Wilkinson: Libertard With Sadditude Ever since Yasha and I first broke the story about the Koch brothers financing the Tea Party Campaign in February of 2009–a scoop that the New Yorker plagiarized from us a mere 18 months later,…

October 3rd, 2010 | Comments (68)

7 Ways the Koch Bros. Benefit from Corporate Welfare

An abridged version of this article was first published in the New York Observer Mainstream America is finally getting to know the billionaire brothers backing the libertarian movement, thanks to a pair of dueling profiles in New York and The…

September 4th, 2010 | Comments (14)

From The “Duh!” Files: Tea Partiers Are Just Republicans In Period Costumes…Dang, Does This Mean All The Liberals And “Progressives” Who Fell For The Tea Party Scam As “Something Real” Are Nothing But Suckers, Again?

July 7th, 2010 | Comments (1)

Teagagged! Born In Offshore Drilling, Tea Party Protest Silenced Over Organizers’ Links To 2008 “Drill Here! Drill Now!” Campaign

This article was first published in Alternet. Why are the hoppin’-mad Teabaggers so oddly quiet these days, ever since the BP oil disaster? That’s what Thomas Frank, author of What’s The Matter With Kansas? asked last week in his column, “Laissez-faire…

June 13th, 2010 | Comments (30)

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Is Rand Paul Just Another Neocon Republicrat Masquerading As A Libertarian Rebel?

This article first appeared in Antiwar.com “When it is said that nothing, including a nuclear strike, is off the table on Iran, are those who say it not also threatening genocide?” – Rep. Ron Paul, May 22, 2007 “I don’t think…

May 25th, 2010 | Comments (49)

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Rightwing Shill David Brooks Thinks Tea Baggers are “Wal-Mart Hippies,” Counterculture Revolutionaries of the New Millennium

This story was first published on Alternet. There is a fresh interpretive fad in the young field of Tea Party Studies: The New Right of 2010 as the New Left of the 1960s. According to this nascent meme, today’s conservative…

March 22nd, 2010 | Comments (40)