Originally posted on mises.org:
Molyneux is an excellent communicator of libertarian ideas; there can be little doubt about that, with great videos like this and this.
I check in at the FDR forums occasionally to see what's going on
there. It used to be more academic and focussed on philosophy and law
and anarchy theories and so on, but discussion has shifted towards
mainly threads on parenting, personal relationships, and people seeking
advice about recovering from the effects of having had "abusive" (in the
extremely broad sense used on FDR) parents. There is a strong sense of community at FDR, especially since this shift took place.
they are a cult depends on your definition of the word, but I do see
Molyneux and the Freedomainers sharing many similarities to Rand and the
Randians. I think some of what Murray Rothbard said about the latter applies to them. In addition to the Molyneux Revealed site, there is also FDR Liberated if you want to read more about the cult angle.
regard to Ron Paul, I disagree with Molyneux. Most of his criticisms
of Paul fade away when you realise that Paul's primary goal is spreading
the libertarian message, and being in office and running for President
was for him purely a means or strategy for doing that effectively - for
better or worse. Molyneux is wrong to conflate Paul's strategy
(i.e. Rothbard and Rockwell's strategy) with the flawed strategy of
'dismantling the state from the inside', which is what basically all
so-called "libertarian" politicians that aren't Ron Paul are trying to
do. Whether Paul's strategy or Molyneux' strategy has been or is going
to be more effective at spreading the message of liberty is an
interesting debate to have, but Molyneux never really gets round to that
debate, because he never addresses Paul's actual strategy, just a
strawman version of it.
Walter Block made some negative and entirely unjustified remarks about Molyneux recently. And David Gordon
critiqued Molyneux' UPB, quite reasonably. I expect these events left
some Freedomainers with a dislike of mises.org (see threads here and here).
But I think it's extremely unlikely you were not allowed to join the
FDR forum just because you mentioned mises.org. The knowledgable
posters there link to mises.org quite often. Have you tried joining
again or emailing for an explanation?