Johnny Depp is powerful, repulsive, compelling and marvelous as John Wilmot in the “The Libertine.” It is the biography of the notorious libertine John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester. The film begins in Rochester’s later life and chronicles all of his outrageous behavior up and until his death at the ripe young age of 33. The average life expectancy of the time period was just over 39 years of age. The movie is thoroughly enjoyable but also very powerful. It truthfully portrays what temptation was like for English nobility in the 17th century. For just over $7, you can purchase the DVD on Amazon. Which makes it a fantastic investment for any libertine interesting in the history of libertinism.
“Venus in Furs” is the fourth part of the first book, which was entitled, “Love.” It was published in 1870. It was written by Austrian author Ritter von Leopold Sacher-Masoch. To this day, it remains as one of his best known works. Set in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Italy, the general theme of the book is the male sexual desire for a woman’s domination. The theme also gives an incredible insight into gender rights and power structure of the time. Since being written, the book has inspired many cultural references and introduced the concept of sado-masochism into Western culture. You can read a free version of this book at Gutenberg.org. For fans of the read, a Penguin Classics copy can be purchased at Amazon.com.
The answer is YES! But, he or she does NOT have to!
So, why would you go against the flow in regards to government or religion?
The Libertine Caucus exists for libertines with Libertarian political views. The mission of this caucus is to promote liberty and theorize on new and useful ways to express liberty. The members of this Caucus believe that liberty is paramount to a libertine way of life. That means this Caucus can sometimes be against government and religion. But, that does NOT mean it is always against government and religion. Please remember government and religion are organizations filled with people and, therefore, they can make mistakes. When those mistakes affect liberty, our Caucus will stand against it! As libertines, we don’t want our lifestyle altered by other men simply because they have a claim to power.
What do you mean by promote and express liberty?
Promoting things like the Bill of Rights and expressing ourselves as we, individually, see fit.
Irregardless of who started this feud, Republicans and Democrats have been at each other’s throats since Obama was elected. Essentially, premiere politicians of the old guard are butting heads. And, unfortunately, Republicans and Democrats are okay with spurring this on.
So why is this bad for liberty?
This is bad for liberty because partisan politics is jading open-minded and free-thinking individuals in this country. It is also pushing the economy to pick either right-wing or left-wing ideologies. More and more, the private sector and individuals, in the United States, are having to decide whether they are pro or anti Trump. Those who are anti-Trump are being labeled things like Antifa. Those who are pro-Trump are being labeled things like racist. Unfortunately, these labels will hang as long as the old guard political parties are okay with throwing around tribal levels of resistance to each other! Spelling out doom for the private sector and individuals interested in open-minded, American innovation!
This is also bad for liberty because both sides are okay with utilizing violence. The extreme right has had violent rallies for white supremacy rights and the extreme left has been violently protesting the Trump Administration since the beginning of Trump’s term. If something doesn’t change, we could soon live in a country where Republicans only live in an area where Republicans govern and Democrats only live in an area where Democrats govern. What then?!
What do you foresee?
It’s hard to determine what will happen but it looks very authoritarian and partisan for the liberty-minded. After all, the government is almost exclusively filled with Democrats and Republicans. It is only a matter of time before they put the full weight of their power on each other. As Trump is very popular among Republicans and Obama is very popular among Democrats. Worse yet, what happens if Democrats and Republicans go straight down the line with tit-for-tat impeachment proceedings and lawsuits?!? Something that could soon become a reality!
Why do you care?
When power squares off everyone suffers from the consequences. Worse yet, both political parties will contend for absolute power over the other as time goes on. If third party candidates – and those not interested in partisan politics – do not get involved with government soon partisan politics could soon become authoritarian laws of the victorious party!
“Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution” by Mona Eltahawy is a must read for any libertine interested in the level of gender inequality in Islam. The abuses Eltahawy lists are shocking:
- 90% of married Egyptian women between the ages of 15 and 49 have undergone female genital mutilation,
- in Egypt 99.3% of women have experienced sexual harassment,
- Saudi Arabian women of any age need the permission of a male legal guardian marry, work or access education, must wear abaya robes and headscarves in public, and
- 15 teenage girls died in 2002 when “morality police” prevented them from leaving a burning school in Mecca because they were not wearing “correct” Islamic dress.
Eltahawy believes the root of this inequality is the particularly Saudi-style interpretation of Islam. “Headscarves and Hymens” can be purchased on Amazon. We highly recommend it.