Libertarian Girl Mystery

Ever since she began blogging, people accused Libertarian Girl of being a fraud. Her critics claimed that a libertarian blog run by a young, attractive female is too good to be true, and that the author is probably just a guy desperate for attention. In her defense, LG called these critics sexist for assuming that just because she's a libertarian wonk, she can't also be an attractive young female. No one ever accuses purportedly male libertarian bloggers of being women in real life.

I've reserved judgement until now, but something is beginning to smell fishy. Wazoo turned my attention to this personal ad on a mail-order bride website, containing a photo of "Viktoriya," who shares a striking resemblance to Libertarian Girl.

Possible theories:

  • Did one of LG's enemies set up a fake profile on the Russian mail-order bride website in order to make LG look like a fraud?
  • Did LG nab the photo from the Russian website in order to create a fake online identity and attract lots of horny male libertarians?
  • Are LG and Viktoriya identical twin sisters, separated at birth, with the same taste in clothes, watches, and hairstyles?
  • Are LG and Viktoriya the very same person, but with two different alter egos: D.C. policy wonk by day, desperate Ukrainian bachelorette by night?

Personally, I'm leaning more toward to the twin sister angle - not because I find it to be the most plausible theory, but because it would make for a much better Lifetime Original Movie than the alternatives, with maybe some lesbian incest thrown in for good measure.

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Plain Layne Revisited This

Plain Layne Revisited
This time, it's someone known as Libertarian Girl. I didn't know about this site until today, but it soooo reminded me of the Plain Layne unmasking. Without the ass dildos, I mean. Blogs are weird....

"Libertarian Girl" Wasn't WE

"Libertarian Girl" Wasn't
WE LOVE IT!

Thank yew Diggers' Realm (our first Blogad on this site by the way) for the tip on a major HOAX played on Blogtopia.

It turns out that Libertarian G...

Shirley not!

Shirley not!

Nah, it can't be Russell

Nah, it can't be Russell Roberts. LG complained that no one read his other blog (written as a male) whereas tons of people read/link Cafe Hayek all the time. RR is also much too smart and too libertarian to write all the dippy unlibertarian things that LG wrote, I don't think he could pretend to be that clueless even if he tried.

I thought Invisible Heart was more about the male economics teacher than the female English teacher. I loved that book, BTW. I told RR that it was like he'd spied on my dates (except in my case, I was the "evil" libertarian and the guy was the bleeding heart liberal).

I think “libertarian

I think “libertarian girl” left you guys a clue right on this thread.

Having met Courtney Knapp, Brooke Oberwetter, Alina Stefanescu and Kelly Jane Torrance, the notion that a libertarian might also be a hottie simply isn’t novel to me. Which isn’t to speak of the Libertarian Girl’s authenticity one way or the other. I just wanted to brag about being on speaking terms with so many good-looking, brainy chicks.

Henley? Shirley you jest.

Hot Libertarians? Can there

Hot Libertarians?
Can there really be hot Libertarian chicks? or are they just a ruse to attract single, male Libertarians? (I think I know a bunch of them ;))...

This doesn't bother me. I

This doesn't bother me. I get all my economics news from Amanda Doerty.

Before we revoke her

Before we revoke her libertarian credentials...

Libertarian

Libertarian whaaAAA?!?
Catallarchy outs the Libertarian Mail Order Bride. Clearly, another example of the power of decentralized organization and information sharing....

All I can say is tee-hee.

All I can say is tee-hee. :lol:

Now, I don’t want to sound like some smartypants who now says that he knew it all along, but I visited the said blog only once, and something didn’t feel right, it didn’t feel genuine – and the photo had a lot to do with it – I thought "she" looks like a whore from Minsk and I didn’t go there again. Heh.

I'm really a girl, unlike a

I'm really a girl, unlike a certain other "Libertarian Girl"
Well, it turns out that one of my daily blog reads, Libertarian Girl, is a fake, outed by Catallarchy.

Nice catch!

Nice catch!

The Well, a few weeks ago I

The
Well, a few weeks ago I was doing some google searching for blogs that were specifically Libertarian in nature. One of the blogs I discovered doing that was Libertarian Girl. This blog was written by a young girl, apparently, and had some interesting...

I am not sure that the

I am not sure that the current post is not another more elaborate hoax. I went back and a number of LG(?)s posts again and they just seem to me to have too much of a female pesrpective. Oh well this is what happens when you base all your political reading off google seraches like "hot blogger girls".

My personal theory is it is a girl posting, she was using a fake pic, got caught and took it is a good oppurtunity to make a switch.

Hot Libertarians? Can there

Hot Libertarians?
Can there really be hot Libertarian chicks? or are they just a ruse to attract single, male Libertarians? (I think I know a bunch of them ;)) Not related to the above, but here is a great article about blogospheric justice by Eugene Volokh called ̶...

Maybe the real perpetrator

Maybe the real perpetrator of the hoax is Russell Roberts. Look at the facts:

1. Russell Roberts is a libertarian.

2. Russell Roberts is associated with George Mason University, which is located in a suburb of Washington DC where LG claims to live.

3. Libertarian Girl frequently linked to his blog.

4. Russell Roberts wrote a romance novel called The Invisible Heart in which the main character was a woman in her early twenties. So he has the proven ability to write from a woman's perspective.

Of course SayUncle is still a strong candidate.

On the Internet, anyone can

On the Internet, anyone can be Jaye Davidson
Catallarchy’s Micha Ghertner suggested that “Libertarian Girl,” a blog I’ve never even read or seen before today, is not actually operated by a libertarian girl; the author confirms the theory. Ah, well, for those of you who have to get...

Now, that's journalism. Go

Now, that's journalism. Go ankle-biters, pajama-pundits, comfy-chair revolutionaries, etc. Powerline aint got nothin on us. Rathergate my ass.

The game's up - LG concedes

The game's up - LG concedes it - If it weren't for you meddling kids...

Micha, you never told me that you drove the Mystery Machine?!?!

Tcha, rueful smile: I ve

Tcha, rueful smile: I ve been blogging for two weeks.... certainly was a nicely done scam.... I m going to miss the chuckles. But the blonde was not so hot if you ask me... still I reckon that just lends credence to the suspiscion that a liberal European MUST be gay! :)

God I m still laughing.....

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The Real Me As bloggers take

The Real Me
As bloggers take on — and take down — the mainstream media (MSM), such as Dan Rather or Eason Jordan, it seems to me like a feeding frenzy is beginning. Rather and Jordan were hounded by conservative bloggers without much

BLOGSPHERE MEANDERING This

BLOGSPHERE MEANDERING
This is how I stumbled upon the Libertarian Girl unmasking. So I was going to write a post on Jose Canseco and the possibility of his getting sued for libel by one of the players he accused of taking steroids....

I think "libertarian girl"

I think "libertarian girl" left you guys a clue right on this thread.

Having met Courtney Knapp, Brooke Oberwetter, Alina Stefanescu and Kelly Jane Torrance, the notion that a libertarian might also be a hottie simply isn’t novel to me. Which isn’t to speak of the Libertarian Girl’s authenticity one way or the other. I just wanted to brag about being on speaking terms with so many good-looking, brainy chicks.

They Call It A

They Call It A Lure
Fishermen; fish. Bloggers; blog readers. What's the relationship? Lures. Some bloggers have clever lures. The Jawa Report exposes yet another bit of fakery in the interest of driving links. Libertarian Girl is definitely not the latter. Catalla...

Libertarian Phony Well, it

Libertarian Phony
Well, it that don't beat all.

From Libertarian Hypocrite to Libertarian Racist to Libertarian Phony.

It appears that this guy was perpetrating a scam blog all along, posting the picture of an attractive, young blond girl, and calling his site, a...

Thats where I am going to

Thats where I am going to get all my economic news from now on too.

Does gender matter? So

Does gender matter?
So Libertarian Girl isn't a girl at all. I've been reading the RSS feed, so I hadn't seen a photo until I saw a comment a while ago that she wasn't a she. I looked at the site and yes,...

[...] r one thing - she was

[...] r one thing - she was a he. And she turned out to be a Russian mail order bride. I think Catallarchy gets the credit for exposing her/him/it - but the blogosphe [...]

SayUncle is most likely the

SayUncle is most likely the creator of this hoax blog. Look at the facts:

1. SayUncle is a libertarian.

2. SayUncle was the very first person to link to her, in this post.

3. SayUncle was the very first person to accuse her of not being a girl, in this post. By being the first to accuse her, he's trying to take suspicion off of himself.

OR even more likely it could

OR even more likely it could be that a random ukranian scam artist took the picture from the blog and is trying to get lonley internet bachelors to send him money.

A bit of fiddling with the

A bit of fiddling with the search engine at that site suggests that the ad's been up since August 2003, which probably rules out #1 and makes #2 the most likely hypothesis.

This makes me all the more curious about how this came to light. With only around 8,000 visitors, according to LG's site-meter, it seems unlikely that an LG reader simply happened to come across the picture while searching for a Russian bride. Is there some kind of image-matching search engine of which I'm not aware?

Libertarian or Mail-Order

Libertarian or Mail-Order Bride?
... her language abilities:English: Level 3, Understands basic written text with help of dictionary, needs complex letters translated.
That I believe.

HA! My dear God, and I

HA! My dear God, and I actually posted repeatedly to her blog. Hell, I love her.

What can we learn from this?

1. Life is sure funny.

2. I'm desperate.

3. So are a hell of a lot of other libertarians.

Jeez. Having met Courtney

Jeez. Having met Courtney Knapp, Brooke Oberwetter, Alina Stefanescu and Kelly Jane Torrance, the notion that a libertarian might also be a hottie simply isn't novel to me. Which isn't to speak of the Libertarian Girl's authenticity one way or the other. I just wanted to brag about being on speaking terms with so many good-looking, brainy chicks.

you think she's attractive?

you think she's attractive?

I'm kind of curious why

I'm kind of curious why Wazoo was browsing Russian mail-order brides. Any explanation for that?

I also suspected she was a

I also suspected she was a fake when she posted about the breast implant tax.

What I don't understand is the degree of fawning over her looks. Sure, she's not bad looking, but I could simply open my front door to see many hotter women walking down the street.

Actually, in all

Actually, in all probability, LG in fact *wanted* to be discovered and is probably laughing about how long it took people to do so.

I'd suspected LG was a fraud

I'd suspected LG was a fraud when I noticed that her position on the Civil War was a perfect inversion of the standard Lewrockwell.com/paleo fellow-traveller line. That lends support to Hardman's theory.

The problem as always is that you can't say "No one could be this stupid". It's still plausible that LG is a real, dopey libertarian that swiped the photo for some reason.

okay, i'm going with your

okay, i'm going with your theory #2 now, and i have a prime suspect.

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[...] why does “Libertarian Girl” look just like a Russian mail order bride? http://catallarchy.net/blog/archives/200… Perso [...]

After the captains of

After the captains of industry disappeared from society, they genetically engineered ideal people from the Master Race and cloned them to spread their ideas in the world.

i don't think it's a guy,

i don't think it's a guy, unless he's extraordinarily dedicated, and borderline genius (e.g., "...All I know is that it's not fair that when I link to someone's blog, my blog doesn't appear as a trackback. I feel like I'm being cheated.").

problem with theory #1 ("Did one of LG’s enemies set up a fake profile on the Russian mail-order bride website in order to make LG look like a fraud?"): the at least one other picture at the mail-order bride site that's a probable person match. hard to explain that one via theory #1.

i think she's just not that hot, and wanted to be an insta-blogwhore. hence, hot photo stolen. it's a great scam however it turns out.

To all you desperate

To all you desperate libertarian guys who agreed with and/or made arguments in favour of LG’s idiotic breast tax nonsense just cause you wanted to be agreeble with a pretty libertarian girl, I have only to say……….For shame.

And I'd do it again!

Libertarian Girl A couple of

Libertarian Girl
A couple of months ago, everyone, present company excluded, was all abuzz about a new blog called

Libertraian Girl's True

Libertraian Girl's True Identity Found
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This is funny too: Vanko,

This situation seems oddly

This situation seems oddly similar to:

www.blackpeopleloveus.com

"We are well-liked by Black people so we're psyched (since lots of Black people don't like lots of White people)!! We thought it'd be cool to honor our exceptional status with a ROCKIN' domain name and a killer website!!"