"The majority is composed largely of people who don't understand what they claim to believe. Nor do they understand what they claim to oppose. They just want to be one of 'the good people.' And, of course, they want to be on what they perceive as the winning side." - Kevin Alfred Strom

French Translation Published

FRENCH TRANSLATION PUBLISHED: Thanks to the 843@rien site for publishing a French translation of my essay Facing Racial Realities, and thanks also to the indefatigable Irmin Vinson for doing the translation.

"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right." - Mencken

Art Gallery Restored

ART GALLERY RESTORED: After a too-long absence due to serious damage done by hackers, my art and photography gallery is now back online! Let me know if you experience any glitches or missing images. There are categories for paintings, sculpture, portraits, personal photographs, digital art, and more. It can be accessed using the ‘Art’ […]

"The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty - and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies." - Mencken

Outrageous Imprisonment

OUTRAGEOUS IMPRISONMENT: Two Britons — Simon Sheppard, a writer and behavioral scientist, and Stephen Whittle, a freelance writer and satirist — languished a year in American jails though they committed no crimes whatever under American law. They fled to the U.S. seeking asylum because they fell afoul of tyrannical anti-free-speech laws in Britain and […]

"Two subspecies of the same species do not occur in the same geographic area... To imagine one subspecies of man living together on equal terms for long with another subspecies is but wishful thinking and leads only to disaster and oblivion for one or the other." - Raymond Hall

More War Rumblings

MORE WAR RUMBLINGS: It seems that the oligarchs of the so-called “West” (actually, Russia seems to stand for traditional Western values more than America or the EU does these days) not only want to conquer Iran, but to surround and intimidate Russia as well. According to South Ossetian political scientist Irina Kadzhaev, “Georgia’s war […]

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." - Mencken

Four Forces Pushing for War With Iran

Iran's President Ahmadinejad flashes a victory sign after being reëlected by a wide margin. Before the election, even Western opinion polls showed him winning two to one. What is the real source of the post-election chaos?

added commentary by Kevin Alfred Strom

ACCORDING TO physicist and writer James Miller, the four forces pushing for […]

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." - Jefferson

Alternative Currency: Now a Crime?

A montage of Liberty Dollars, which may have been the most successful of all U.S. alternative currencies to date. Despite repeated Treasury assurances that their efforts were perfectly legal, the creators of this truly honest metal-backed money found themselves under arrest.

by Kevin Alfred Strom

I’VE MENTIONED ALTERNATIVE currencies — usually private efforts to […]

"Idealism is the poverty of the wealthy and the wealth of the impoverished." - Ludwig Klages

Dangerous Morons

US navy sailors line up beneath the First Navy Jack flag during the USS Kitty Hawk Departure Ceremony, August 2008.

by Kevin Alfred Strom

PROOF WE ARE ruled and “protected” by dangerous morons can be found in this document, entitled “Crisis Controlled,” from the Virginia State Police (VSP), authored by Trooper John R. Wright.

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"The sunlight clasps the earth / And the moonbeams kiss the sea: / What are all these kissings worth / If thou kiss not me?" - Shelley

The Four Freedoms?

THE FOUR FREEDOMS?: Corruption rules modern America. It is a truism, mentioned by Mike Gravel among many others, that both parties and their candidates take in considerable sums of money from hedge funds, oil companies, lawyers’ associations, and numerous multinational corporations — to say nothing of the Israel Lobby. But it’s nothing new.

A […]

"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." - Tacitus

Free Speech and the Constitution

James Madison and the Constitution, portrayed in a sculpture at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

by Kevin Alfred Strom

SOME PEOPLE — most notably lobbyists for the world’s wealthiest ethnic group — would like to see “speech codes,” which make it a punishable offense to criticize persons who belong to certain “protected classes,” […]

"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it." - Justice Learned Hand

A Moral Dilemma

by Kevin Alfred Strom

WE ARE A SOCIAL species, and no man or woman lives utterly alone and disconnected from his or her fellows. But what do we do when the society we live in does wrong? When it goes so far wrong we find it absolutely morally repugnant? That’s the dilemma posed by a […]