I’m not one to beat up on fellow libertarians unless they are clearly in the wrong, so it’s with much consternation that I have to tell Greg Dirasian, who runs SmallGov.org, to fuck off. You see, he’s been posting a lot of smack-talking about Stephen Gordon and Hammer of Truth (which he derisively calls Humor of Truth, whatever that means) since Gordon’s nomination to Communications Director.
And not even a week into the job, he’s on the attack again, skewering Gordon for still posting here (“the LP should tell its donors that it hired somebody to post at a non-party controlled blog”). Because, god forbid we actually have a Communications Director that’s actually, uh… actively communicating. I wonder if Dirasian would have us tell donors that Gordon’s slacking on the job when he’s on television spreading liberty instead of sitting in his office not doing anything. I could see if perhaps Gordon was posting on his favorite car modification blog, but Hammer of Truth is a good venue for Gordon to reach libertarians and new faces, so he’s going to use it.
But unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know the history of Dirasian, Gordon and myself, so perhaps some context is in order. Back in 2004, Dirasian was the third leg of the “troika” — himself, campaign manager Fred Collins and wife Barbara Goushaw-Collins — that was in charge of the Badnarik for President campaign. There was a lot of hostility by him towards supporters and even campaign members after a rather disastrous website redesign. I made no secret my displeasure with his work and helped form a pro bono team that moved in to replace him and re-redesign the site. We eventually severed ties to Dirasian weeks after the new site launch when we moved the hosting away from his personal web server to an actual managed hosting service. Problems went away overnight and we were simply happy to have moved on. It still cracks me up that his support solution to any of the various repeating site management problems was to paste a huge photo of his face on the admin page with his phone number that went unanswered.
Shortly prior to this upheaval in staffing, Gordon was invited from the Russo campaign due to his remarkable abilities. Email and communications went into overdrive, and as many of you remember… the site traffic started topping 50k/day, with several spikes as Gordon got campaign news items placed in large publications. If that’s another “Alabamafication of the Libertarian Party“… give me a second and third helping. More relevant to this discussion is the fact that Gordon was also instrumental of getting Dirasian moved aside (and eventually pushed out by Collins, if I recall correctly) to allow our web team to do our work without headache — it made a huge difference.
So the latest smack-talking from Dirasian? A bunch of sour grapes from a libertarian who’s stuck in the mindset that we should remain a debate society instead of an actual political party. He’s free to keep being annoying, and I’m free to tell him to fuck off.