Austin Petersen, who is seeking to be the Libertarian Party presidential nominee, during a recent interview called Ron Paul Institute executive director Daniel McAdams a weirdo and a kook and went on to disparage in general terms the rest of the RPI staff. (Starts at 3:20)
The genesis for the attack is probably a July 25, 2014 article at the Ron Paul Institute by Adam Dick, ‘Hard-Core Libertarian’ Austin Petersen's Advice for 'Soviet' Ron Paul.
The Dick article is well worth reading and explains exactly the difference between the Petersen view and the RPI view.
But also in that article, Dick points out that Petersen attempted to smear Ron Paul:
Yes, you read that right. In Petersen’s sloppy attempt to smear Paul by repeatedly saying Paul is like a “Soviet apparatchik,” a “Soviet apologist,” and a person “nostalgic for the Soviet Union,” Petersen lets slip the truth that the argument Paul is making is just about the opposite of the one Petersen is smearing Paul for allegedly presenting.Now Petersen is taking the smears beyond Trumpian levels in his characterization of McAdams. Weirdo, kook? Daniel McAdams?
I invite anyone to listen to the conversations between McAdams and Dr. Paul in their Liberty Report podcasts and try and reach a conclusion that these are not two knowledgeable men discussing the issues of the day, from a non-interventionist perspective and with incredible familiarity with the issues and with an incredible grounding in political and economic theory. There is nothing kooky or weird about them or their discussions.
The non-interventionist perspective includes a long tradition of great men, including, to name but a few, George Washington, John Quincy Adams and Robert Taft.
One would think that a candidate seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for president would spend more time attempting to present his position rather than name calling. One would think that it is clear libertarians should be the intellectual vanguard and not second-hand dealers in cheap smears.
And I apply the word libertarian with hesitation when identifying Petersen as one, even when he goes beyond smears. Read the analysis of Ryan Griggs of Petersen's comments on the Tom Woods Show and you will know why.