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Stefan Molyneux (born 1966) is an Irish-Canadian political activist, amateur philosopher and and YouTube personality. Since 2005, he is the host of Freedomain Radio, a
bastardization of FDR's initials podcast where he discusses philosophy, libertarianism, anarcho-capitalism, atheism, science and relationships. He also regularly writes for right-wing libertarian websites and has (self)published several books. Molyneux has a group of very ardent fans, even though he is only questionably an ancap at this point, and is hated by a large portion of them: He defends cops, is a "racial realist", says weird red pill things about women, and is a hawk on mideast relations. He has declared himself "the savior of philosophy" and styles himself as a New Socrates, but doesn't actually make much of an effort to engage any scholarly literature on issues of philosophy.
Stefan manages to bottle most of his crazy inside, pretending he agrees with anarchist principles, but it's a smokescreen for what is essentially a call for corporate tyranny. In fact, he is one of the most dogmatic free market cheerleaders you'll ever have the bad luck to encounter. Hard to put it into words how dreadful he is, actually, a grim chimera of men's rights crybaby, white rights crybaby and some sort of fedora-lover's Glenn Beck (or a thinking man's RooshV) who is known for mistreating his guests. Which is fine in itself, but it turns out Moly's also running some kind of secular cult on the side, one which feeds off the young and vulnerable.
Molyneux records everything, no matter how mundane (because Wouldn't it be awesome if you could hear Socrates talking to his barber?) He's living proof of the adage, "If you can't explain it simply then you don't understand it very well", since Moly is incapable of producing a brief "Truth about x" video. (He even has an hour-long video bleating about Frozen, of all things.) Evidently, it is dishonest for "Estrogen-based parasites" to have any positive portrayals in media at all.[note 1]
But he wears polo shirts, and so reputable people continue to speak with him.
 Holy Moly: A decade of dubious advice
“”The Bad Philosophy Show, where we tell people the wrong thing to do! Wouldn't that be funny? right? 'Cos, then, you know, they'd just flip it then they'd get the right thing... "If you want to be thin, eat cheesecake." "If you want to jump, fall down."
 Family relationships
Arguably, Molyneux's most controversial viewpoint is his interpretation of the non-aggression principle. Molyneux believes that adults who deem their parents to be physically or psychologically aggressive should cease all connections with them, instead of trying to mend any faulty relationships.. His adherence to the non-aggression principle is so extreme that he claims that people who engage or are drawn to contact sports were abused as children and/or had aggressive childhoods.
|“So face it: your parents were bullies, or weak curriers of favour, or manipulative emotional infants themselves. You have no respect for them, for respect requires courage, and courage requires logical morality. You do not love them, since love demands virtue, and manipulating children into blind obedience is not at all virtuous.”|
You know your philosophy's good when Mr. Burns backs you up.
Molyneux's attitudes and beliefs, combined with his large circle of followers and their slavish devotion to him led radio host Sam Seder and his associates to characterize him as a cult leader. This charge has been repeated by parents negatively affected by their children abandoning them on Molyneux's advice. This is exactly the same tactic that fundamentalist Churches (or Scientology's practice of "disconnecting") use: Before you were baptized and saved, your life was full of sin, now your baptism ("defoo" in Molynese) represents a new life in Christ and your acceptance of the Church's teachings. However, in the case of the
Manson Molyneux Family it's a baptism in hack philosophy, an-cappery, and misogyny:
 for instance, Molyneux advises people to abandon all family and friends who are not anarcho-capitalists or not adherents to the Non-Aggression Principle. Because this is off-putting to any, well, sane person, he takes the cultish route of hiding the core tenets from newcomers. Those who ditch their families and friends are insultingly advised that the next step in saving the world is to plug his show.
Honestly, he's kind of a sad individual. It's obvious Stefan has his own share of mommy issues (he's said before that he would have killed her had she not been his mother) and has sublimated those into a hatred of all women and parents.[note 2] Sometimes, he'll even go after a caller's dead grandparents [!], calling them moochers.
 Men's rights activism
In a Venn diagram of horrible belief systems, Molyneux is also part of the men's rights movement, and has made outlandish claims about the effect that women have on society.
|"The evil that women are capable of and the evil that women do — not all women — but the evil that women do is generally invisible to society which is why there’s so much violence in society."|
He was a speaker at the A Voice For Men 2014 conference and uses the AVFM site to plug his videos. Basically what he does is fellate middle-class 20-something white guys who are terrible with women and haven't accomplished anything meaningful, convincing them that all of their problems are caused by "slutty gold-diggers", "tyrannical parent regimes" lopping off their penises, or "lazy moocher" poors. Notice also how "attacking single mothers" is thrown around as an act of great bravery. Truly, single mothers are the most important issue of our time, and the demographic most in need of attack.
And on an entirely unrelated note, why are there so few female libertarians?
 Women are the source of evil!
No, really, they are:
|"Women who choose the assholes will fucking end this race. They will fucking end this human race if we don't start holding them a-fucking-countable. Women who choose assholes guarantee child abuse. Women who choose assholes guarantee criminality. Sociopathy. Politicians. All the cold-hearted jerks who run the world came out of the vaginas of women who married assholes, and I don't know how to make the world a better place without holding women accountable for choosing assholes! Your dad was an asshole because your mother chose him, because it works on so many women! If "asshole" wasn't a great reproductive strategy, it would have been gone long ago. Women keep that black bastard flame alive. They cup their hands around it. They protect it with their bodies. They keep the evil of the species going by continually choosing these guys! If being an asshole didn't get women there would be no assholes left! If women chose nice guys over assholes, we would have a glorious and peaceful world in one generation. Women determine the personality traits of the men because women choose who to have sex with and who to have children with and who to expose those children to. I get that you're angry at your dad and you have every reason to be angry at your dad. Your dad is who he is fundamentally because your mother was willing to fuck him and have you. Willing and eager to fuck the monster. Stop fucking monsters - we get a great world. Keep fucking monsters - we get catastrophes, we get war, we get nuclear weapons, we get national debts, we get incarcerations and prison guards and all the other florid assholes who rule the world. Women worship at the feet of the devil and wonder why the world is evil.|
The major flaw within his logic is if this were true then he should be swimming in women who want to have sex with him. But as we see that's not the case.
In a presumably unwitting Marxist fashion, Molyneux frequently defends his more unusual political and economic positions with historical examples. These are invariably healthy servings of PIDOOMA. He has, for example, claimed that the First World War was more destructive than the Second, and that the majority of casualties in it were members of the aristocracy. This is a self-evident argument for free trade, apparently.
Molyneux used to be an Objectivist, but now considers himself an ancap and advocates UPB (Universally Preferable Behavior), his own moral theory which appears to be Kantianism with the serial numbers filed off—though he doesn't credit any philosophers for having influenced him. Yet he routinely makes arguments famous philosophers (usually Locke) have made many times in the past without attribution, and misinterprets famous philosophical arguments and writings; his lecture on the social contract was particularly bad (shouldn't be surprising from a libertarian).
Molyneux has claimed that Freedomain Radio is the most popular online philosophy conversation in the world, despite there being much evidence to the contrary. Fellow libertarian and actual philosopher David Gordon[wp] gave a critical examination of Molyneux's 2007 Universally Preferable Behaviour: A Rational Proof for Secular Ethics in The Mises Review: "He fails, and fails miserably. His arguments are often preposterously bad."
Yes, as you've already gathered, Moly greatly exaggerates his knowledge of this field.
Popular YouTuber SisyphusRedeemed, who is an academic philosopher IRL, uploaded another great rebuttal.
 Coloreds? Ew.
For an "anarchist", Stefan doesn't mind the state all that much, so long as it acts the way he wants it to. He used to be very adamantly opposed to voting due to being an "anarchist" but like many of his fellow right-libertarian "anarchists" changed that tune when Donald Trump joined the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. He also praised Margaret Thatcher upon her death in 2013, despite claiming to oppose all forms of government.
During the Ebola crisis he said that government should stop people traveling from West Africa. So much for that non-aggression principle. He has since gone on to say he also supports banning people from traveling from predominately non-white North Africa, Middle East and Asian countries. So much for that free and voluntary market-based society as well. 
These days he's trying to poach some of Vox Day's audience, moaning about Islam while oversimplifying (another) vastly-complicated and extensive piece of history. Are you sensing a pattern emerging here?
And he's a Lost Causer, of course. As soon as the MRA gravy train slowed down, Moly started to ride the white rights train hard. How can you advocate for freedom and liberty and then post a 40-minute video about how great actual slavery was? (Also, 40 minutes, people. Slavery is approximately two-thirds as interesting and important to Stefan Molyneux as Elsa from Frozen was.) He also hates Martin Luther King.
And right-libertarians like him have the audacity to wonder why their brand of libertarianism still hasn't caught on yet with many members of non-white ethnic groups.
“”In other words, a popular Auschwitz guard with a long marriage is the very definition of mental health. Moral considerations do not form the basis of mental heath – a compliant Nazi is considered more ‘healthy’ than an outcast one. This form of ‘social ethics’ is largely due to the Jewish influence over psychology.
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Molyneux has denied that mental illnesses are real, saying there is not enough evidence to prove otherwise. He also calls psychiatry a pseudoscience and claims that it is part of a government agenda. This has drawn the ire of many including online scientific skeptic Emil Karlsson of Debunking Denialism who responded with a lengthy refutation of his claims. Now, he's right that mental illnesses is culturally defined (though the anti-semitism came out of nowhere);[note 3] if your culture favors extremely fastidious people, somebody with "checking" type OCD may not be considered abnormal. But it certainly exists independent of cultural context, with various causes ranging from environment to dietary to genetic to neurological. It's convenient for Molyneux to foist everything onto "society" because it feeds into his viewers' self-entitlement and moral relativism, while ignoring the cultural context behind, say, private property.
A civil court complaint, filed in 2014, says Mr. Molyneux boasted in a 2006 podcast that he would listen while his wife (a therapist who severed contact with her parents to join his AynCap cult) talked to her patients, even interjecting and railroading them into subscribing to his website. Just what every mentally-troubled person needs: Stefan Molyneux's voice filtering eerily through the intercom system.
Somehow, his wife kept her license, as she didn't actively propagate Molyneux's insanity (despite him obviously coaching her in all matters personal and professional), but it is clear she bases her therapy around "defoo'ing" people—prying them away from their families—and cultivating donors to FDR. All podcasts with even a whisper from Christina, including the laughable "Ask A Therapist" series, have been scrubbed from the website and any mention of her results in a swift ban on the forums. Luckily the internet never forgets.
Stalineux also has unconventional views on homosexuality, arguing that it is the result of childhood sexual abuse. He later apologized for the comment when contacted by a caller during a radio interview, saying he had reversed his views on the matter and would do his best to improve his understanding of homosexuality. He also promised to edit the video where he made his controversial views to better reflect his ignorance of the previous statements. The video still remains unedited and his fans continue to subscribe to his stated views; Molyneux, despite his promises, seems uninterested in intervening to correct them.
If you buy Stef's logic, you went to public school because you are a brainwashed sheeple that can't comprehend the glory and pure truth of UPB, NAP and anarcho-capitalism—or his wife's equally obnoxious stance that you're aware of it, but such a transition would be uncomfortable, and therefore you subconsciously deny it out of childlike spite.
Taking a page from Objectivists and Insane Clown Posse, he has a problem with modern physics. "Physicists kind of piss me off, 'cause they've always got their fucking pale hands in my goddamn wallet, and stealing from my child's future, indebting her." "You know, go be a fucking engineer, you lazy, pasty bastards. Go do something useful that people wanna buy."  The irony here is that a lot of modern engineering (cough electricity cough), would not be possible if it weren't for physics, but the assumption is natural given that Stefan has absolutely no understanding of it. What's more, he now claims his mind transcends physics. It isn't too much of a jump for Molyneux, perhaps the most narcissistic of Libertarian Übermenschen, to go from believing himself being on top of the pile of mankind, to being a separate, inherently superior being to everyone else.
Like many Laissez-faire economists, Stefan denies overpopulation is a problem despite evidence to the contrary. Stefan believes there's no such thing as
too many exploitable wage slaves to boss around too many people. He believes the real problem is that not enough people follow his philosophy. Apparently that will somehow make things better despite elephants in the room such human nature and limited resources.
 DMCA and IP law
However, he also uses IP law in order to censor critics on YouTube by filing DMCA claims against them with the most notable being "TruShibes," who created a YouTube account dedicated to clips documenting Molyneux's questionable behavior and philosophy.
In a textbook case of actions having consequences, TruShibes has filed a case in US federal court against Molyneux for his blatant exploitation of the DMCA to shut down her account, for silencing her and for defaming her afterwards (she is in the US and he is in Canada, but his YouTube activity and income is US-based and constitutes a local presence). Of course it's no surprise he resorted to censorship. That is what Stef does if he doesn't have anything to say. Bringing up good questions on FDR about some of his ideas? Banned. Bring up a good argument against Stef on his show? Cuts the caller off. Wrote a blog punching holes in Stef or his philosophy? Come on and verbally debate him!
Hey, isn't it textbook for a cult leader to go to any lengths to silence criticism or dissidence...?
 He has the lobes for business!
Stefan Molyneux decided that Leonard Nimoy's passing was the appropriate time to talk about how Spock's collectivism was "emotional" in nature and how big government (the socialist United Federation of Planets) is a bad thing. Similarly, he posted a video on Robin Williams' suicide, leaping at the chance to psychoanalyze the actor (without ever having met him, of course). Kicking a still-warm corpse: Another philosophical victory for libertarians!
 The good stuff
Molyneux has claimed to be strongly opposed to America's war efforts and the War on Drugs. He is also immensely skeptical of religious extremism and fundamentalism (despite himself being something of a cult leader), personally advocating strong atheism.
He is able, despite his above mentioned statements regarding the origins of homosexuality, to recognize unjust discrimination against homosexuals.
 See also
- Molyneux-inspired "I Know Everything!" Skit
- DeFOOing Freedomain Radio - the RW to Moly's Schlafly
- Freedomain Radio
- FDR Liberated - A site focusing on refuting the often questionable beliefs, actions and comments of Molyneux and his followers.
- Tru Shibes Archive - backup of youtube channel "Tru Shibes" that Molyneux used IP law to remove.
- Deep Thoughts by Stefan Molyneux - a Facebook community for Molyneux' most excellent quotes
- ↑ The real kicker was him remarking on having to "reprogram" his daughter after watching the film Maleficent. He thinks any movie with female characters in a position of power is feminist propaganda intended to indoctrinate children. He basically uses her to assert arguments; a "think-of-the-children" card of sorts.
- ↑ As Molyneux could tell you: either your mother abused you, or she didn't even love you enough to abuse you. He has absolutely no psychological baggage toward women, none at all.
- ↑ We stand corrected. He is not an anti-Semite, because Murray "Baby Market" Rothbard is one of his favorite philosophers! This old post was thankfully still in the Google cache; he deleted the thread (probably out of embarrassment). He could never fault Rothbard's ideology or call him immoral, so he has to go with 'it is because he was circumcised so he doesn't know any better'. "DAE Jews probably all hate their kids because foreskin."
- ↑ From this chunk of transcript, lovingly written down and posted to great approval on /r/TheRedPill. Not clear which video it's from, but the fans had no disputes as to its authenticity.
- ↑ Freedomain Radio's YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/stefbot
- ↑ Without him, we'd have to wait another 2000 years! There are people who wasted years of their lives in his group because he portrays himself as the greatest philosopher since Aristotle. (Archived by Tru Shibes.)
- ↑ The world needs my show for its survival! Archived by Tru Shibes.
- ↑ Noam Chomsky educates
VizziniMoly on the correct usage of the word. (Sorry, Chomsky, a phd and tenure at MIT doesn't prepare you for the rigor of pseudo-intellectual YouTube personalities.)
- ↑ Stefan gets into a pickle with an anti-Semetic caller. Clayton Schleg: "He seems to really want to agree with this caller, but he can't just outwardly say, you know, 'the Jews are Communist' or 'the Communists are Jews'. Rather he has to find a way to shoehorn in an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory under the guise of anti-'Zionism'."
- ↑ "This is How Stefan Molyneux is Running a Cult". Answer: A degree in theater, stupidly good on-his-feet debate skills, and experience fleecing tens of thousands into joining his cause.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 God knows why Moly made this private discussion with his wife public. Christina talks about her fear of losing her license to practice psychotherapy (she doesn't care about her practice, she just wants the beer commercial lifestyle). This whole situation is making Moly very stressed, considering he's responsible for ruining his wife's career, and she chides herself for not offering him enough support throughout this tribulation.
- ↑ the TROOF about Frozen! (He has some, uh, "interesting" views on movies, and likes to read Randian meanings where they definitely don't belong. Immediately afterward, he starts in on Harry Potter being a metaphor for psychiatry.)
- ↑ Nice try, Molyneux. ("I even know what it is to suffer mental illness..." At least it wasn't a total lie.)
- ↑ #killallmen
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 The day Joe Rogan discovered the real Stefan Molyneux, FDR Liberated. Watch for the look of surprise on Molyneux's face during his "they should have just paid for the slaves" argument. Rogan neatly traps him by asking where all the money for the slaves was going to come from. "Taxation?" And you can see Molyneux just freeze and go "oh fuck, erm". Then he hand waves "but the war was hugely expensive.")
- ↑ Izzy Taught to Hate Stefan's Debate Opponent Through Sing-a-long. Probably didn't happen for real, though; Isabella is little more than a marketing tool for FDR.
- ↑ James Cox, "Stefan Molyneux Against Me"
- ↑ Martial Arts, Violence, and History
- ↑ The whole breeding arena of our species needs to be cleaned the fuck up!! Genetics or child-rearing has already determined you to either be depraved (i.e. not a Molyneux fan), or one of a chosen few who will stand beside him. It's like a much lamer version of Calvinism. (Archived by Tru Shibes.)
- ↑ Daily Mail, Guardian, Sky News
- ↑ "Stefan Molyneux Revealed - A Defoo Story".
- ↑ Molyneux, "Are People, Like, Just STUPID?", FDR 4.9.05. A sampling: "Do you think it extreme for me to say that almost all parents are horribly bad? Perhaps it is. However, if you look at the state of the world – the general blindness and the slow death of our liberties – the challenge you take on by disagreeing with me is this: if it’s not the parents, what is it? Either the world is not sick, or parents are... If you want to perform the greatest service for political liberty, all you have to do is turf all of your unsatisfying relationships. Parents, siblings, spouse, it doesn’t matter."
- ↑ "Your family wants you DEAD!!"
- ↑ Have A Very Moly Christmas. Molyneux: "If you have non-voluntaryist friends you may want to spend the holidays alone reconsidering your definition of friend!" (Hopefully, all Ancaps will take his advice so next xmas they won't be invited back.)
- ↑ Stef Admits FDR "Philosophy" is a Deliberate Bait and Switch, FDR. Archived by Tru Shibes.
- ↑ Molyneux Forgives His Mother By Not Killing Her.
- ↑ "YouTube MRA Stefan Molyneux blames Miriam Carey’s fatal DC car chase on “rank female evil.”, We Hunted the Mammoth.
- ↑ SM doubles down on douchebaggery.
- ↑ "No Excuses For Evil Women!"
- ↑ "MRA "philosopher" Stefan Molyneux: "If you don't have a husband … to keep the child is abusive", We Hunted the Mammoth.
- ↑ Feminism is SOCIALISM IN PANTIES?? (Women know they're inherently weak, unlike big burly anarcho-capitalist males, and thus they are biologically driven to the warm embrace of the state.)
- ↑ David Futrella, Misogyny Theatre, "'Misogyny Theater: Stefan Molyneux in "Women Who Choose A**holes."
- ↑ The TRUTH About World War I!
- ↑ The Social Contract Defined and DESTROYED in under 5 min
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RCMzPleoKk&list=PL-ASw3fKJNgUixCfOvCL0jZHaCMuLPb82&index=4
- ↑ David Gordon, "The Molyneux Problem", Ludwig von Mises Institute.
- ↑ "The Damnation of Philosophy"
- ↑ The Truth About Voting
- ↑ The UN-truth About Donald Trump! An ancap throws his support behind the closest thing we have to an authoritarian in this election? Color us surprised.
- ↑ http://ozhouse.org/2013/04/14/stefan-libertard-molyneux-the-state-murders-people-but-thatcher-did-no-such-thing-ok/
- ↑ What PISSES ME OFF About Ebola.
- ↑ This one won him some new fans over at Stormfront.
- ↑ Stefan's deep insights into Islam and ISIS.
- ↑ The TRUTH/What PISSES ME OFF/What THEY WON'T TELL YOU about immigration, playlist.
- ↑ The TRUTH About The Crusades! tl;dr Talks abut how bad and evil those savage Muslims were. Only briefly talks about the first crusade. Goes on a random tangent about Muslim pirates and slavery that has nothing to do with the crusades. Uses dodgy sources that have been heavily disputed. Tops it off by going on about a rant about "white guilt". Everyone goes home dumber.
- ↑ The TRUTH About Slavery! The fun starts at around 1:52 when he starts arguing that the majority of slaves across the world were white people, and proceeds to hit every single Neo-Confederate target (e.g. black people should shut up about slavery because chattel slavery wasn't that bad and white people are the real victims).
- ↑ The "Truth" About Martin Luther King, Jr.
- ↑ "Are People Just BORN Stupid?" (Nope, too easy.)
- ↑ There's NO SUCH THING as mental illness!
- ↑ Karlsson, "Stefan Molyneux’s Unfortunate Spiraling into Anti-Psychiatry".
- ↑ "Molyneux and Wife Read Letter From Her Parents"
- ↑ Tu Than Ha, "Controversial podcaster listened in on therapist wife and clients: lawsuit ", Globe and Mail.
- ↑ Tu Than Ha, "Therapist who told podcast listeners to shun their families reprimanded", Globe and Mail.
- ↑ Just listen to her strain to get a word in edge-wise.
- ↑ A Suicide Caused by Stefan Molyneux and Christina Papadopoulos and FreeDomainRadio, Stefan Molyneux Revealed.
- ↑ Stefan Molyneux's delightful observations on the 'gay lifestyle'. Ancaps are near universally racists; not a big surprise that they tend to be homophobes, too.
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LqAw4GC5cc
- ↑ "Stef should talk about things like transgender, Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Etc!, FDR boards.
- ↑ Public School, Private HELL
- ↑ Hey, teacher! Leave those kids alone!
- ↑ The Case Against Climate Change
- ↑ I Don't View Humanity As a Single Species
- ↑ This rant sounds suspiciously like it was copied from Alex Jones, particularity the part about world-destroying fascist nerds.
- ↑ So, how long before he publishes a manifesto and starts sending mail bombs?
- ↑ OVERPOPULATION
- ↑ http://youtu.be/15wxWLDmnAE?t=1m3s
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/stefan.molyneux/posts/242827249085001
- ↑ File this one next to Ayn Rand's use of Medicare and Ron Paul's appeal to the UN to go steal a website for him.
- ↑ Mike Masnick, "'Anarcho-Capitalist' Stefan Molyneux Sued For Abusing The DMCA", Techdirt. (Moly: Well, if you want something done quickly and efficiently you go to the Govern... Waitaminute, you almost tricked me!)
- ↑ "Molyneux sued for misrepresentations, defamation", FDR Liberated.
- ↑ Contemptible chickens, all of you!
- ↑ The TRUTH About Spock (btw rip or whatever)
- ↑ The TRUTH about Robin Williams! (Why does this toolbag want to ruin our all childhoods?)
- ↑ Stefan on gay marriage