Nicholas Sarwark is a 38-year-old businessman and Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, the organization that controls the logistics of the United States Libertarian Party. According to his Twitter bio, he is a lawyer, stoic, husband, [and] father,” however, Sarwark has failed to mention that he is also one of the world’s greatest virtue signalers.
Virtue signaling, of course, is the practice of publicly announcing that your love or hate something to portray yourself as an overly virtuous person, with such a presentation being the ultimate end of your announcement rather than attempting to solve the problem itself. Many right-wing ideologues accuse left-wingers of this sin, decrying the moral outrage of progressives as nothing more than an attempt to be seen as virtuous by the media.
Sarwark, for some reason, deemed it necessary to express his disdain for those who slap the “virtue signaling” label on everything and everyone, and tweeted out what appears to be a defense of the self-righteous practice.
“People who use the phrase ‘virtue signaling’ seldom understand signaling theory or possess virtues.”
People who use the phrase "virtue signaling" seldom understand signaling theory or possess virtues.
— Nicholas Sarwark (@nsarwark) November 12, 2017
The Libertarian Party has had a rough time in recent years. Despite apparent national dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates of 2016, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, respectively, the Libertarian Party was wholly unable to muster the nation to support them.
This is not the first time Sarwark has been accused of virtue signaling. According to the Liberty Conservative, the Libertarian leader had received much flak from his own allies back in August, insulting Libertarian thinkers such as Murray Rothbard, Tom Woods, and Bob Murphy.
The Libertarian-turned-alt-right video blogger Stefan Molyneux even piled on by saying, “The Chair of the Libertarian National Committee is virtue-signaling against [Tom Woods] – and [the LP] wonders why they are irrelevant!”
Sarwark is also a used car salesman, a trade that has been in his paternal line for generations. You can see his personal website here, but beware, its layout is terrible. A politician, a lawyer, and a used car salesman – the ethos of Sarwark certainly seems like the opening to a cheesy joke.