Today’s Riot

by | Jan 6, 2021

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Okay, this was funny though

I’m swamped editing the book, but just a couple quick things about today’s riot at the capitol:

Biden did not steal 5 states. Trump lost. That’s the deal.

Trump’s refusal to concede and long delay before telling people to go home today is a goddam disgrace.

Still, the media claiming this was a coup and an insurrection is overblown. The few who broke in were no armed, organized militia. It was just amped-up mob members acting out. Not a justification, just real context.

The silver lining of the crisis of confidence in America’s rotten institutions is seriously tempered by the fact that the marginalized’s first premise is bullshit. Also the whole thing has a potential of destabilizing relations between Americans in ways that could really be harmful.

If it wasn’t for George W. Centrist Establishment Jr.’s catastrophic presidency there never would have been the disaster of Barack Obama or Donald Trump in reaction to that. The wars, the economic crises, the lockdowns, the blatant lies and corruption of America’s most important permanent institutions has lead us to this. We needed libertarianism. We got neo-liberalism and boy look at the mess we’re in now.

About Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 5,800 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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