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Pirate Party Slams “Rage Against The War Machine” Rally

Libertarian Party Chair Angela McArdle speaking before Russian flags. (Libertarian Party on YouTube)
Libertarian Party Chair Angela McArdle speaking before Russian flags. (Libertarian Party on YouTube)

WASHINGTON D.C. – Officers of the United States Pirate Party condemned the “Rage Against The War Machine” rally that took place on February 19th. The rally, hosted jointly by the Libertarian Party and People’s Party, billed itself as an anti-war rally, critical of the United States and its handling of the War in Ukraine. Detractors claim that the rally’s demands are untenable and that the speakers and attendees promoted a pro-Russia sentiment.

This is the full statement:

“This rally amounted to nothing more than cheering on an aggressor. We cannot allow this perversion of the anti-war movement to take place unchallenged.

Let us make one thing clear: The Russian Federation started this war with its invasion of Ukraine. Not the USA, not NATO, not Ukraine. Russia. The anti-war stance in this case is easy. Russia, not Ukraine, should put down its arms

One can be critical of our country’s foreign policy. We even encourage it. Unfortunately, there exists a breed of con artist who exploits this to promote other flawed world orders that we want nothing to do with.”

Drew Bingaman, former chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, issued his own personal statement. “This rally is clear evidence that the Libertarian Party is no longer a force for ‘liberty in our lifetime’. The Russian regime is attempting to revive the Soviet empire. Supporting their invasion of another sovereign nation, and advocating for that nation to surrender, is NOT Anti-war.” Bingaman currently chairs the Pennsylvania Pirate Party.

About The United States Pirate Party: The United States Pirate Party (USPP) is a political party founded in 2006 – initially to promote copyright reform. The party has been described as a coalition of left-libertarians, progressives, and radical centrists. The USPP is a member of Pirate Parties International, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the spread of Pirate Politics. Visit for more information.


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