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Alex R. Knight III is the author of numerous horror, science-fiction, and fantasy tales, including Tales from Dark 7.  He has also written and published poetry; non-fiction articles, reviews, and essays for a variety of venues; and is former Communications Director for the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire.  In 1998, he was awarded Activist of the Year for that organization.  He now lives and writes in rural southern Vermont where he holds a B.A. in Literature & Writing from Union Institute & University, and looks forward to living in a governmentless society of liberty.

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The State Is Out of Date: We Can Do It Better
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Alex R. Knight III 2014-10-09 07:25
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR While there are many books both in and out of print designed to proselytize for a voluntary society to a layman audience, none perhaps have done so while retaining the kind of populist feel present in this offering from author Gregory Sams. Initially published in 1998 in a slightly less expansive form, earlier this year saw the latest edition of The...
Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto (Book Review #7)
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Alex R. Knight III 2014-08-26 06:08
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR While he has long since come out candidly as a free market anarchist, Lew Rockwell, through his ever-popular LRC site, has provided a forum for freedom-oriented thinkers ranging from Voluntaryist to minarchist. Indeed, among Rockwell’s other accomplishments and titles are serving as editorial assistant to small government Austrian-economist...
The Urge to 'Do Something'
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Alex R. Knight III 2014-04-10 07:03
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR It’s virtually the mantra of the statist government-believers – those of the Left, Right, and Center – whenever there’s a perceived “crisis.” A mass shooting. Unemployment. A display of racism or gender-bias. A tax-financed school system that fails to actually educate (though why such should baffle anyone is beyond...
Defending the State?
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Alex R. Knight III 2014-04-09 07:13
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR I have to admit I’m rather perplexed by something I’m witnessing of late within the gun ownership community, and I’m going to do my best to try and dissect it. Here in Vermont, we’re fighting some proposed gun control laws, and one of the pillars of support for private gun ownership that is commonly deferred to is Article 16...
The Meat of the Matter
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Alex R. Knight III 2014-01-22 08:10
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR I can recall a story that circulated widely throughout the field of work I was in during the early 1990s, involving the owner of a meat processing plant in Nebraska. It seems that this businessman (with help from his paid employees, of course) had produced a load of beef that he then wished to bring to market. In order to do this, however, the meat...
Government: Indicted (Book Review #6)
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Alex R. Knight III 2014-01-15 08:14
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR It’s now been almost 11 years since the publication and release of Marc Stevens’ first book, Adventures in Legal Land, a volume which has heretofore – along with Marc’s radio show – served as a primary point of reference for Voluntaryists and others seeking to stop bureaucratic attacks by The Man in his own government...
Vandals
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-12-31 08:24
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR This is one of those columns I’d hoped to never have to write, the kind that’ll probably get other libertarians pointing fingers at me and preaching about all the things I could’ve done differently, but here’s what happened – or has, so far. I moved to a different residence here in Vermont back in November, and along...
Don't Tase (Or Kill) Me, Bro!
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-10-31 07:21
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR One of the latest techno-gadgets government has taken to employing against the public in order to further cement its grip on control by perpetuating a reign of terror are, of course, tasers. They are touted as an allegedly non-lethal means of coercing an uncooperative person into compliance with a government goon. Yet, according to a May 2013 study...
A Voluntaryist Milestone
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-10-14 07:32
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR One of the very first pieces I wrote for STR dealt with the appearance of a well-noted Voluntaryist on one of the most listened-to talk radio programs around. Marc Stevens’s 2006 appearance on Coast to Coast Live – at the time, a subsidiary show of the famed Coast to Coast AM, with a much earlier broadcasting slot on Saturday nights and...
Tumbling Dice
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-10-08 07:07
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR In 1966, the paleoanthropological writer Robert Ardrey published a book titled The Territorial Imperative, the predominant thesis of which is that the principal needs of any higher animal – such as man – are identity, stimulation, and security. The anathema of which are, of course, anonymity, boredom, and anxiety. If there were one...
Government Belief Is Suicide
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-09-23 07:07
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR During my sojourn as an undergraduate student, I had the pleasure of studying under the tutelage of a fine poet. Ben was a likeable enough guy: Literary, musical, humorous, and easy to work with. My study project title that semester was The Craft of Poetry, and so I read and wrote lots of both, which was also agreeable enough. But during our in-...
Starbucks and Guns
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-09-20 07:06
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR The recent announcement by Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz that the open carrying of firearms in his popular coffee shops is no longer welcome, has elicited quite a range of reactions from both pro and anti-gun groups. Some of it, in fact, has reached a hysterical pitch (as, I suppose, is only to be expected from what is such a hot button...
Amerika Is FUBAR
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-09-19 07:28
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR There are a lot of people, well-intentioned ones among them (and we know what the road to Hell is paved with, don’t we?), who are still locked into the mindset of playing the government game, as it were. I’ve written quite a bit about that recently myself, and here’s another current essay that sums their misguided and futile efforts...
Everything Voluntary (Book Review #5)
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-09-05 07:13
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR While there are certainly many superb libertarian/voluntaryist anthologies in publication, both past and present, most tend to be unitopical in nature. This is why Everything Voluntary: From Politics to Parenting, a 2012 offering from editor Skyler J. Collins, is not only instantly distinguishable, but perhaps of broader utilitarian value in terms...
Political Science Is Junk Science
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-08-28 06:25
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR One of the more amazing aspects of the increasingly untenable farce that passes for education in America today is the widespread availability, at the college or university level, of degrees in Political Science. What is “political science” – if indeed we are to even accept the idea that two such concepts bear any relation to one...
A Kingdom of Lies
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-08-22 06:53
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR “People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche Ask virtually any person on the street if they like being lied to, and they will invariably tell you no. Of course – what other answer would you ever expect? But the truth is that people quite obviously do...
Unapologetic Anarchism
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-08-20 06:39
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Last October, a friend of mine from the People’s Republic of Marxachusetts was visiting me here on the slightly more enlightened tax-farm/slave plantation known as Vermont, and the topic of discussion turned to guns. I remarked how different the situations were between where she lived and here in that respect – how in Vermont, no licenses...
Government Denial Recommended
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-07-31 07:31
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR During my years as a practicing alcoholic, I employed any number of tactics to avoid the ultimately invariable conclusion that in order to solve my numerous problems, I needed to stop drinking altogether. Even long after I had made the inner admission that I was, in all likelihood, suffering from the disease – and I knew or understood very...
There Will Be No Victorious State
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-07-26 06:54
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR One of the most absurd characteristics of democracy to me is the unspoken yet obviously present belief on the part of all active participants that ultimately, one day, through enough intellectual persuasion – or even underhanded political tactics so often openly engaged in – a single ideology will prevail, trouncing in some final imagined...
My Frustration With You Minarchists
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-06-13 06:50
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR It’s not as great as with the out-and-out leftie government lovers, but it’s catching up. In fact, in many ways you’re worse. It’s not your sentiments, for the most part, just your methods. They will change nothing. In fact, they are detrimental. Let’s set aside the fact that any government, however small, violates...
The Violent Libertarian, Part 2
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-06-12 07:50
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR In the first part of this train of thought, I focused on my own past personal travails in order to shine a light on what I perceive as an unrealistic and undue degree of self-ascribed perfectionism in libertarian circles. Perhaps as a result, perhaps for other reasons, that essay has to date generated very little comment or controversy. However that...
The Voluntary Voice (Book Review #4)
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-05-17 06:53
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Most of us are familiar with scores of libertarian books written by movement luminaries or anthologies containing scores of them, both past and present. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so refreshing to see a volume go into print straight from the grassroots. The Voluntary Voice: A Book by Individuals (Volume One, 2013), is a...
The Violent Libertarian
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-05-15 07:34
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR I suppose I had wanted to begin this essay talking about a piece published back in January by Jay Bookman, “Second Amendment is Not License for Treason, Armed Revolt.” I further suppose I had wanted to point out how, from a libertarian/market anarchist/voluntaryist perspective, it matters little what any amendment in any government...
An Armed March on Washington? MUST READ
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-05-07 05:52
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Perhaps never before have I encountered a proposal within Liberty Movement circles that has generated more controversy faster and further than Adam Kokesh’s planned July 4th march on Washington, District of Criminals, in which he states that himself and the other participants “will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to...
Tea Party Anarchists?
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-05-03 06:26
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR On the floor of the U.S. Senate this April 23rd, Harry Reid of Nevada had this to say, on record: “We have a situation where this country has been driven by the Tea Party for the last number of years. When I was in school, I studied government and I learned about the anarchists. Now, they were different than the Tea Party because they were...
Building Bridges
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-04-19 06:20
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Linda Waite-Simpson, an ultra-left, pro-government “state representative” here in Vermont, recently lamented to local press that her rejected bid to impose sweeping gun control measures upon the residents of the most gun-friendly tax farm out of the 50 was shot down (pun intended) because of the “strong libertarian bent in this...
The Smilers Among You
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-03-05 07:43
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR I don’t know why you do it, any of you, when I talk about or discuss the fundamental issues. It is entirely inappropriate, absolutely irrational. Yet you continue to do it, almost every time. The smiles. The grins. The amused looks – sometimes even outright laughter. It puzzles me, and it frustrates me. I’ll even admit, it upsets...
New World Rising (Book Review #3)
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-03-04 07:13
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Most of us, of course, are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s November 13, 1789, statement that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Federal judge William Pauley, in a February 19th ruling in Manhattan, referenced Franklin’s quote in connection with the holding of offshore bank accounts by Americans when...
The Invisible Reality
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-02-27 07:21
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Let’s try to unmask and decipher a few things right now, and to make things a bit easier, let’s also take as our example a topic that is front and center stage politically at the time of this writing. In order to get there, however, we’ll have to provide some background. John and Jane and their baby Adam all live together in...
Karl Marx: The Most Evil Man to Ever Live
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-02-18 07:05
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR He perhaps fancied himself a liberator, though history has since more than amply demonstrated the utter moral and intellectual bankruptcy of this delusion. From no other philosophical doctrine to date has there yet arisen such a surfeit of sophistry, abuse, tyranny, oppression, corruption, malice -- and even genocide – as has due to the result...
The Voluntaryist Art of Not Debating
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-02-14 07:50
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR That’s right: Not debating. There seems to be a penchant, if not almost insatiable urge among those in our movement to constantly confront and debate those who adhere to one statist philosophy or another. Voluntaryists/Libertarian Anarchists burn up thousands of hours on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and such arguing our case,...
My Opposition to H. 124
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-01-31 06:59
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Dear Vermont Legislators: It becomes increasingly difficult to know just where to begin since, no matter how many times those of you who repeatedly attempt to impinge upon one of the very foundations of human liberty are presented with a surfeit of facts and evidence demonstrating the counterproductive, dangerous, and frankly, arrogant nature of...
An Open Letter to Philip Baruth
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-01-23 07:22
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Dear Vermont Senate Majority Leader Baruth: As I was from the very outset a staunch opponent of your proposed ban on “assault-weapon” style firearms and accompanying ammunition magazines with capacities of over 10 rounds, I am glad to see that you have chosen a wiser path and, before such a misguided knee-jerk “we have to do...
Not Mainstream, Just Consistent
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-01-22 07:43
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR An article from April of last year that just came to my attention is one that I find both astonishing and encouraging in scope. It was published by no less than Forbes magazine, and its author, Lawrence Hunter, according to the accompanying bio, was a “former staff director of the congressional Joint Economic Committee, former vice president...
I'm a Liberal, You Dirty Radical!
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-01-09 07:49
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR I’d like to share a little something here with you, a recent e-mail exchange I had with a now-former Facebook “friend” of a few years. This individual will remain unnamed here, though I will provide some details. This person is a not untalented filmmaker, photographer, painter, and musician. He has published an autobiography of some...
Markets Not Capitalism (Book Review #2)
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-12-21 07:50
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR In November of 2011, a book was published that immediately captured my attention, not only because its central theme was market anarchist economics, but in that its very title challenged the label “capitalism” – long the sacred cow of free-marketeers, self-styled and otherwise. I must admit that I too had partially fallen prey to...
Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State (Book Review #1)
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-12-18 08:17
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR I can remember my first exposure to David Bergland’s Libertarianism in One Lesson as a freshman in the movement, and how it blew open any number of doors for me at the time. Enter now Gerard Casey’s Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State – a recently published work that I am willing to estimate has already assumed a rightful place in...
Requiem for the Republican Right
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-12-03 07:53
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR The 2012 elections, while of limited interest to Voluntaryists, can still provide us, I believe, with something both instructive and profoundly useful. Not only did Obama win a second term in the Oval Office, but Democrats in general made gains in both the Senate and House (even if Republicans held a slim majority in the latter). Now after you...
Thanksgiving Skies
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-11-28 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Ever since I was very young, I have always enjoyed watching airplanes cross the sky. Day, or night, high-altitude jet or low-flying Cessna, far away on the horizon, or straight above, I revel in watching them pass across the big blue (or black) canvas overhead. Always. Naturally, this is only possible since I am a child of the 20th Century. In prior...
Marijuana Prohibition Will Die of 1,000 Cuts…So Look Out
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-11-16 07:47
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Of the 50 tax farms that comprise America, 16 have governments that will allow prescribed medical marijuana for use by patients suffering from such conditions as glaucoma, anorexia, or cancer. The local rulers of the District of Criminals also recognize such provisions, benign repositories of wisdom that they are. In some of these arbitrary...
Why I Did Not Create a Vermont Secession Request
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-11-14 06:57
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR At the time of this writing, people from 48 of the 50 tax farms comprising the “United States of America” have created “We the People” web-based petition pages to the White House in Washington, District of Criminals, requesting Obama to peacefully allow their tax farm of residence to have a government entirely independent of...
The More We Do To You
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-11-09 07:40
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly." ~Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), physicist Now that the 2012 version of the...
Technological Transmogrification: Collapsing Government Via the Internet and Beyond
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-10-28 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Karl Hess once said that historically, technological innovations always changed societies more than voting ever did, and without doubt he remains correct. All the evidence shows this to be true. Fire gave humanity the ability to survive the elements in greater numbers, and transition from the Stone to Iron Age. The printing press enabled Lutherans to...
The Post Office That Government Built
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-10-18 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR As I continue to do my small part to ultimately wipe government off the face of the Earth forever, I can offer at least two prognostications which, although modest in scope compared to any actual voluntaryist destination, are almost sure to occur in the relatively near future. One, is marijuana legalization – even if only in some heavily taxed...
Veritas Est Non Grata
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-10-16 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR   Twenty-five years ago, in 1987, the rock band Fleetwood Mac recorded a song with a chorus sung by composer Christine McVie that went, “Tell me lies, tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies….” It was as apt of a sentiment as could be for that despicable era of militarism, conformity, worship of authority, and “Just Say...
Can Voluntaryism Fix the Machine?
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-10-09 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR The much vaunted libertarian journalist and commentator H.L. Mencken once wrote: “I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.”   I don’t consider it a stretch at all to say that this is how any voluntaryist worthy of the title feels. But statists – left, right, and...
A Fine and Functioning Anarchy
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-10-03 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR   Those of you who may perchance recall (or might care to read for the first time) my second piece ever published here at STR, “Anarchism and Alcohol,” are in for a bit of a converse experience.   A recent acquaintance of mine – I’ll call him Larry, for purposes of anonymity (the further relevance of which shall...
The Future of Not Voting
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-04-30 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR  Given that those in government have designated this another election year, we’re going to be hearing a lot about this biennial farcical charade for the next several months. And in truth, one could compile a small library just out of the amount of writing voluntaryists have done on the subject since at least the 19th Century. Thus...
The Ballad of Cullen Mutrie
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-04-19 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR It’s made national news by now, and so the information I’m getting is from the Washington Post: Apparently, around 6 p.m. on April 12th, members of the New Hampshire Drug Task Force went to serve a search warrant on Cullen Mutrie of Greenland. They were ostensibly searching for steroids, and if they found any in Mutrie’s...
Freedom Is Not Found on Paper Recommended
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-02-14 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III   Exclusive to STR   One of the good folks at Gun Owners of Vermont (I like spelling that out much more than the acronym – GOVT – for what should be an obvious reason) recently sent me, along with my 2012 membership card, a piece published not long ago in a small freebie newspaper called The Shopper. It hails out of Ludlow, Vermont, and the...
Crossing the 10% Rubicon
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-01-09 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR A very recent article published in Science Daily reveals the findings of a study that has yielded some very positive information for the Voluntaryist movement. In short, that once an ideology or set of beliefs is fervently held by ten percent of any given group or population, it invariably becomes the predominant philosophy throughout the...
Why You Can Drive Over 65
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-12-21 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR  I’m not referring to age – though the answer to that, if you qualify, is probably that your eyesight and reflexes are still good enough to get behind the wheel and make it from point A to point B without causing any 20-car pileups or running down any small children. I am referring to the the maximum speed limit cap on most...
The Iconography of Evil
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-11-30 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR If you ever want an irrefutable indication of what’s wrong with America today, I suggest you have a look at some of the iconography government is putting out there – symbolism, if you will.    It has long been a known psychological principle that symbols and icons are a powerful yet subtle means to instill certain emotions and...
Vermont's Raw Arrogance
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-11-17 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Of course, it’s already common knowledge for the most part that Vermonters have the temerity to carry firearms without any form of government say-so – even neighboring “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire will not suffer such uppitiness from the mere non-governmental hoi polloi. But another freedom – albeit not nearly...
No, Society, There Is No Santa Claus
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-11-15 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR  I know that I have likely irked some of you already by writing a Christmas-themed column before we have even gotten to Thanksgiving, but I can at least offer the caveat that it will likely not be near as onerous as the fact that the latest crop of political parasites (with all due respect to Ron Paul) have already ramped up their bids to be...
To Vote or Not to Vote? I’d Rather Go Fishing
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-10-30 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III.   Exclusive to STR   There resides here in southern Vermont a radio personality and newspaper columnist who prefers to simply go by the handle of “Fish” (no, it’s not Abe Vigoda living out a retirement fantasy in the Green Mountains), who in the October 26th edition of the Brattleboro Reformer began his column titled “To Vote or...
Government Steve, This Will Not Pass
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-09-08 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III.   Exclusive to STR   There was a pretty good article back in June published at Slate.com by David Weigel. The title was “Live Free or Move: Hanging Out With the Young Kids Who Want to Turn New Hampshire into a Libertarian Paradise.”    It’s a trite label for what was otherwise, in my opinion, a pretty good write-up. Not...
Aquacalypse Now: Some Reflections on Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-09-07 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III   Exclusive to STR   Good night, Irene. And good night, as well, to any number of roads, storm drains, bridges, businesses, and homes here in Vermont and some surrounding environs. In a roughly 24-hour period on August 28th, the landscape of the Green Mountains was radically transformed. It will be weeks and months before any semblance of full...
A Decade of Striking the Root
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-08-09 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III   Exclusive to STR   Although for myself personally, it’s been very close to half that long at the time of this writing. My very first STR column, “The Trouble With Star Trek,” appeared on August 22, 2006. It was the first time I came to recognize the immense power of the Internet. I’d only learned of STR’s...
Government Is an Obsolete Idea (and Castro Proves It)
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-08-01 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III   Exclusive to STR   Fidel Castro is one of the only personages within recent memory--and this was while talking to a host of news reporters back in the 1990s--who repeated the Marxist myth that ideally, Communism would eventually make governments disappear. Of course, when then asked when the world could expect to see the Cuban government disappear,...
How Can You Hate Hitler?
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-06-27 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR And not just in contrast to other tyrants and butchers of the 20th Century, when modern warfare and weaponry for the first time made the extermination of human beings possible on such a massive scale – I’m referring to Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and a few others who were at least indirectly responsible (after all, it was ultimately the masses...
Obama, Where's the Contract?
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-06-26 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III   Exclusive to STR   Of course, the more popular question these past three years or so has been, “Where’s the birth certificate?” – so much so that Barack felt obliged to produce a Hawaiian “long-form” piece of paper alleging his 1961 birth took place there. Others contend that this is a forgery, and that the...
The Absurdity of Hating Walmart...and Not Government
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-06-09 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III   Exclusive to STR   It seems to invoke the ire of the dogmatic leftists to no end, the largest corporation on earth; this homegrown business, now global in scope, second in size only to the U.S. federal government. They inveigh against it as if this department store chain were the summary of all total malfeasance – a horrible capitalist-pig...
We Have Nothing to Fear but Government Itself
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-05-23 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR The recent conviction of Bernard von NotHaus, founder of the Liberty Dollar, which had provided a gold and silver-based alternative form of currency to U.S. government-sanctioned Federal Reserve Notes (pieces of paper backed by nothing of any value whatsoever; thin air) since 1998 demonstrates quite clearly where Amerika currently is. ...
Government Will Die
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-01-24 03:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III   Exclusive to STR   But not by way of “Second Amendment remedies” or any such hyperbole. True, there may well (and probably will) be episodes of anti-government violence before we get to the zero-government endgame, but as my last piece here at STR pointed out, violence begets violence. And we know that government, by its very nature...
Violence Begets Violence...and Government Is Violence Recommended
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-01-11 03:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR The recent shootings in Tucson, Arizona, involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, federal judge John Roll, and others has brought a tidal wave of outrage from the mainstream press, with those on the political left railing against what they perceive as the violence-inducing tirades emanating from everyone, apparently, from Michael Savage to Sarah...
Government Is a Garbage Dump
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Alex R. Knight III 2010-04-30 02:00
Exclusive to STR   I was recently sent two friendly little notices from the government of Vermont, via the U.S. government’s postal monopoly, to the effect that it was time to fork over some of my money to purchase a new slip of paper and a couple of stickers so as to “register” my automobile, and to purchase a new laminated piece of paper with photo (though in Vermont, the...
The Real Debate
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Alex R. Knight III 2009-12-20 16:00
Exclusive to STR Most of STR's readers by now are likely no longer deluded by the falsehood of the Left Wing vs. Right Wing argument. Most of you correctly perceive both "wings" as really being one force unified against individual liberty in both economic and personal affairs. However, it occurred to me recently that--even in libertarian circles--there is still a strong perception of...
The Difference Between Alex Jones and Alex Knight
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Alex R. Knight III 2009-07-09 15:00
Exclusive to STR July 10, 2009
Things to Do While Boycotting July 4
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Alex R. Knight III 2009-07-03 15:00
Exclusive to STR July 2, 2009 It's been a tradition of mine, lo these past few years, and I certainly feel no shame about it. After all, July 4, 1776 , was a unique and very limited event. A group of 56 men, incensed by the tyranny of King George III in Great Britain , declared the land and inhabitants therein of 13 colonies, free from this regent's control.
I Don't and Won't Vote: Here's Why
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Alex R. Knight III 2009-06-08 02:00
Exclusive to STR   It was really Larken Rose’s idea, not mine.  In case you don’t know who Larken is, he is a fellow anarchist, but is more infamous still for his assertion that there is in fact no government law that makes anyone liable for the U.S. income tax.  While I agree with his overall assessment, I...
Statism Is a Poisoned Mind
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Alex R. Knight III 2009-05-17 15:00
Exclusive to STR May 18, 2009 To fully appreciate and understand the hurdles we voluntaryists face in imparting the rational truth about government to the general public, observe this particular spectacle: an excerpt from an article written by Leon Wieseltier, titled 'Washington Diarist: Love Me I'm a Liberal,' published in the March 4, 2009 edition of The New Republic:
Don't Answer the Census
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Alex R. Knight III 2009-05-07 15:00
Exclusive to STR If you're already familiar with Lysander Spooner's "No Treason IV: The Constitution of No Authority," then you know that the U.S. Constitution isn't even worth the paper it's printed on. This becomes all the more visible when you bear witness to how selectively government either enforces or doesn't enforce it, based on whatever happens to be to the advantage of those...
Should Voluntaryists Own Guns?
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Alex R. Knight III 2009-02-17 16:00
Exclusive to STR Before answering that question, it seems profitable to delineate all of the various reasons or motivations anyone--not just voluntaryists--might find to own firearms. I'll start with the more trivial, and work my way down to the serious: 1.) Target and Sport Shooting: Like many recreational activities, this can also improve manual and mental dexterity. Sport shooting is a...
Vermont's Red Badge of Courage
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Alex R. Knight III 2009-02-09 16:00
Exclusive to STR February 10, 2009 Of late, the dogmatically left-wing media apparatus here in Vermont has been broadcasting with great zeal the fact that the Brady Campaign, and the New England Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, have just unilaterally denounced the lack of gun laws in Green Mountain country as 'the worst in the nation.' Here's a brief laundry list of the facts these wonderful...
I Believe in Common-Sense Too, Obama: I'm Buying More Guns
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Alex R. Knight III 2008-12-15 03:00
Exclusive to STR In an article published on December 8th by the Chicago Sun-Times, Barack Obama was quoted as saying the following: "I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the Second Amendment," Obama said at a news conference. "Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven't indicated anything different during the...
Ready for Revolution?
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Alex R. Knight III 2008-12-07 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 8, 2008 According to Gerald Celente, you'd better be. Celente is the CEO of Trends Research Institute, who in mid-November made public his prediction that by 2012, America will witness mass food riots, squatters rebellions by the homeless, tax rebellions by the economically strapped, and even pockets of armed resistance as economic conditions worsen.
Libertarians, the Party's Over
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Alex R. Knight III 2008-11-04 16:00
Exclusive to STR November 5, 2008 This is an open letter to any and all 'Libertarian' Party folks; those of you who are still clinging desperately to the notions that libertarians will someday be electable candidates for office, and that by engaging and subsequently entering the political system, you can then dismantle, reduce ' or even eliminate it altogether ' from within.
Dark Thoreau: Another Side to Henry David
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Alex R. Knight III 2008-10-30 16:00
Exclusive to STR October 31, 2008 Happy Halloween, everyone. I thought I might take this opportunity to share with you a book by Walter E. Bridgman, Dark Thoreau (University of Nebraska Press, 1982). Strike The Root seems the best venue for this, of course -- and on what better day?
With Government, You've Already Lost
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Alex R. Knight III 2008-09-29 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 30, 2008 It doesn't have to be anything as dramatic as being dragged into court on criminal charges, though that certainly qualifies. It might be a routine traffic stop, whether or not the cop issues you a fine. It might be a nastygram sent via the U.S. postal monopoly from the IRS . It may only be one of those absurd forms the U.S. Census Bureau mails to us every...
Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign
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Alex R. Knight III 2008-09-23 15:00
Exclusive to STR To my disgust, there's one down at the end of my driveway at the time of this writing. Well, okay, it's really only half my driveway, even though I own the land immediately adjacent to either side of it. It's shared with my seasonal neighbor, who shall remain anonymous, and who departs for Florida every year before the snow begins to fly here in Vermont. Not that I envy him '...
Thoreau: Anarchist, Minarchist, or Individualist?
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Alex R. Knight III 2008-02-28 16:00
Exclusive to STR Was Thoreau an anarchist, a minarchist, or merely an aloof individualist to whom the State was an at-hand example to be used in illustrating further philosophical points? I'd like to re-examine Thoreau thusly. Perhaps the first place to turn one's attention in this regard is 'Resistance to Civil Government' ' or, 'Civil Disobedience' if we defer to Thoreau's later title. At the...
Barry Cooper, You Are a Hero
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Alex R. Knight III 2008-02-24 16:00
Exclusive to STR February 25, 2008
The NRA: Friend of Freedom, or Foe of Firearms?
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Alex R. Knight III 2008-02-07 16:00
Exclusive to STR February 8, 2008 From a recent solicitation letter I received from the National Rifle Association in order to increase membership, I excerpt the following quote: 'We actively work to fight anti-gun media bias by encouraging law-abiding gun owners like you to stand tall and defend our freedoms without apology or compromise.'
Socialism Does Not Exist
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-09-23 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 24, 2007 Let's take a brief trip back to high school civics class (yes, I know it was likely a government school, but I'm sure not to blame for that) and review the four major known systems of economics: 1. Communism: In this model, both ownership and operation of all means of production lies exclusively in the hands of the State.
Don't Burn Your Bra, Just Stop Wearing It
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-08-22 15:00
Exclusive to STR As filmmaker Aaron Russo (The Rose, Trading Places, most recently America: Freedom To Fascism) tells it, he was sitting around sipping drinks with Nick Rockefeller when the latter asked him what he thought the whole Women's Lib movement, culminating in the early 1970s, had been about. Russo responded that he thought it was mostly about equal pay for equal work and universal...
Put the Monster in the Cornfield
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-08-12 15:00
Exclusive to STR August 13, 2007 As resident horror/sci-fi/fantasy buff here at STR , I'd like to draw to your attention an old and rather famous Twilight Zone episode. It's the one about a small rural town in Ohio , a town every single bit as Norman Rockwell as the early 1960s in which it fictitiously existed. A serene, peaceful, sleepy place to live. Until the monster came to town.
Time in a Bottle: American POWs Left Behind in Vietnam
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-07-02 15:00
Exclusive to STR July 3, 2007 It was, I suppose, otherwise a typical overnight for me; listening to Coast To Coast AM in the wee hours of this past May 30th. The subject matter, however, was such as I had not visited since at least the 1980s, when Rambo-type movies were in vogue -- Uncommon Valor (loosely based on true events) is one which comes to mind. It all made for great cinema, though...
The Day After
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-03-25 15:00
Exclusive to STR March 26, 2007 It was nothing like the ABC -TV special from November of 1983 (save one element) -- but it was November. 2008. The day before the presidential elections, to be specific. That one element was the use of Soviet-era "suitcase nukes." Within bare minutes of each other, four of them detonated in various parts of the country. Though three of them occurred in...
Welcome to Anderson, Alaska!
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-03-21 16:00
Exclusive to STR March 22, 2007 Here's what you won't find here: there is NO: sales tax; "income" tax (Alaskans won't buy into the Feds' fraud--bravo to them!); property tax (that's right--absent any mortgage, you own your home and land free and clear!); gun control (though Alaska does ban certain types of "exotic" shotgun ammunition; Vermont is one up on the Last Frontier there). What you...
Sedition Against Tradition
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-03-06 16:00
Exclusive to STR March 7, 2007
Chuck Schumer, You Are the Essence of Evil
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-02-26 16:00
Exclusive to STR February 27, 2007 Senator Schumer: I'll cut right to the chase. First off, I'll not refer to you as the "Honorable Charles Schumer," since there is not a single manner -- not one -- in which that adjective can possibly apply to you.
UFOs: What Does Government Know?
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-02-25 16:00
Exclusive to STR February 26, 2007 Well, here's what I know: I've never seen an unidentified flying object in my life. Yet I still believe they exist . . . whatever they may be. Certainly the number of sightings and reports -- going back centuries, and at the time of this writing we are witness to a global rash of them -- indicate some substance to the overall phenomenon. In truth, however,...
Laws! Huh! (Good God Y'all) What Are They Good For?
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-02-06 16:00
Exclusive to STR February 7, 2007
Jim Morrison: Eternal Enemy of the State
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-02-01 16:00
Exclusive to STR February 2, 2007
I Talk to the Wind
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-01-31 16:00
Exclusive to STR February 1, 2007 "I talk to the wind/My words are all carried away /I talk to the wind /The wind does not hear/The wind cannot hear." So sang King Crimson way back in 1969, and these lyrics are especially poignant (if considerably more vile) when we substitute "bureaucrat" for "wind." Go ahead and do that right now and see what I mean.
Time to Sunset 'Daylight Saving Time'
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-01-28 16:00
Exclusive to STR January 29, 2007
There, Like the Weather
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-01-25 16:00
Exclusive to STR January 26, 2007
Leave Government Alone!
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-12-31 16:00
Exclusive to STR January 1, 2007 Perhaps no one institution receives more derision on a more consistent basis, and yet somehow manages to carry on virtually unabated. This stands as either a testament to its noble heroicism, or evidence of a kind of Luciferian immortality. It all depends, I suppose, on where you think mankind stands. Either way, we ought to leave government alone.
Back Where We Started (Here We Go 'Round Again)
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-12-17 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 18, 2006
A Machiavellian Matrimony
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-12-13 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 14, 2006 Not for me. Of course, as I close in on 38, I'm still a bachelor which means no matrimony yet of any kind. I doubt it's in the cards. Here's why:
The Terror of Television
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-12-12 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 13, 2006
Authority Is the Problem
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-12-04 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 5, 2006 It occurred to me just recently that I've done some pretty amazing things in my life. That may well be said of many human lives, but as a bellwether by which you might gauge for yourself, here's a sampling: I have . . . * scripted two radio ads which were recorded by a once-famous Hollywood actor. * nearly backed into and stepped on the foot of another...
Chasing Rabbits: My First Experiments With Hallucinogens
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-11-12 16:00
Exclusive to STR November 13, 2006 'And if you go chasing rabbits, and you're sure you're going to fall, tell 'em a hookah smoking character has given you the fall . . . call Alice . . . when she was just small . . . .' ~ From 'White Rabbit' by Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow, 1967)
We Owe Caesar Nothing
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-11-07 16:00
Exclusive to STR November 8, 2006
The 'Live Free Or Die' Lie: Why I Chose Political Exile in Vermont
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-11-05 16:00
Exclusive to STR November 6, 2006
This Is the Me Generation
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-10-17 15:00
Exclusive to STR October 18, 2006 We had better terminology back then, I think, to describe what we thought was wrong with the world. Anomie. Urban malaise. Existential grief of the 20th Century. Increasing lack of empathy. Ethical or racial ramifications of social dysfunction. Tedious words for tedious times. Encounter-group catchphrases. Yoga session buzzwords.
Think Tanks, Not War
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-10-16 15:00
Exclusive to STR October 17, 2006
Anarchism: Atheism, Agnosticism or Faith?
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-09-07 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 8, 2006
Coast to Coast, We Could Use More Anarchy
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-08-27 15:00
Exclusive to STR August 28, 2006
Anarchism and Alcohol
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-08-23 15:00
Exclusive to STR August 24, 2006
The Trouble With Star Trek
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-08-22 15:00
Exclusive to STR August 23, 2006
The Iconography of Evil
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-11-30 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR If you ever want an irrefutable indication of what’s wrong with America today, I suggest you have a look at some of the iconography government is putting out there – symbolism, if you will.    It has long been a known psychological principle that symbols and icons are a powerful yet subtle means to instill certain emotions and...
The Ballad of Cullen Mutrie
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-04-19 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR It’s made national news by now, and so the information I’m getting is from the Washington Post: Apparently, around 6 p.m. on April 12th, members of the New Hampshire Drug Task Force went to serve a search warrant on Cullen Mutrie of Greenland. They were ostensibly searching for steroids, and if they found any in Mutrie’s...
Can Voluntaryism Fix the Machine?
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-10-09 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR The much vaunted libertarian journalist and commentator H.L. Mencken once wrote: “I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.”   I don’t consider it a stretch at all to say that this is how any voluntaryist worthy of the title feels. But statists – left, right, and...
Technological Transmogrification: Collapsing Government Via the Internet and Beyond
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-10-28 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Karl Hess once said that historically, technological innovations always changed societies more than voting ever did, and without doubt he remains correct. All the evidence shows this to be true. Fire gave humanity the ability to survive the elements in greater numbers, and transition from the Stone to Iron Age. The printing press enabled Lutherans to...
Vandals
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-12-31 08:24
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR This is one of those columns I’d hoped to never have to write, the kind that’ll probably get other libertarians pointing fingers at me and preaching about all the things I could’ve done differently, but here’s what happened – or has, so far. I moved to a different residence here in Vermont back in November, and along...
To Vote or Not to Vote? I’d Rather Go Fishing
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-10-30 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III.   Exclusive to STR   There resides here in southern Vermont a radio personality and newspaper columnist who prefers to simply go by the handle of “Fish” (no, it’s not Abe Vigoda living out a retirement fantasy in the Green Mountains), who in the October 26th edition of the Brattleboro Reformer began his column titled “To Vote or...
Not Mainstream, Just Consistent
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-01-22 07:43
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR An article from April of last year that just came to my attention is one that I find both astonishing and encouraging in scope. It was published by no less than Forbes magazine, and its author, Lawrence Hunter, according to the accompanying bio, was a “former staff director of the congressional Joint Economic Committee, former vice president...
New World Rising (Book Review #3)
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-03-04 07:13
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Most of us, of course, are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s November 13, 1789, statement that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Federal judge William Pauley, in a February 19th ruling in Manhattan, referenced Franklin’s quote in connection with the holding of offshore bank accounts by Americans when...
An Armed March on Washington? MUST READ
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-05-07 05:52
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Perhaps never before have I encountered a proposal within Liberty Movement circles that has generated more controversy faster and further than Adam Kokesh’s planned July 4th march on Washington, District of Criminals, in which he states that himself and the other participants “will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to...
The Violent Libertarian
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-05-15 07:34
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR I suppose I had wanted to begin this essay talking about a piece published back in January by Jay Bookman, “Second Amendment is Not License for Treason, Armed Revolt.” I further suppose I had wanted to point out how, from a libertarian/market anarchist/voluntaryist perspective, it matters little what any amendment in any government...
The Violent Libertarian, Part 2
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-06-12 07:50
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR In the first part of this train of thought, I focused on my own past personal travails in order to shine a light on what I perceive as an unrealistic and undue degree of self-ascribed perfectionism in libertarian circles. Perhaps as a result, perhaps for other reasons, that essay has to date generated very little comment or controversy. However that...
My Frustration With You Minarchists
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-06-13 06:50
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR It’s not as great as with the out-and-out leftie government lovers, but it’s catching up. In fact, in many ways you’re worse. It’s not your sentiments, for the most part, just your methods. They will change nothing. In fact, they are detrimental. Let’s set aside the fact that any government, however small, violates...
Government Denial Recommended
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-07-31 07:31
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR During my years as a practicing alcoholic, I employed any number of tactics to avoid the ultimately invariable conclusion that in order to solve my numerous problems, I needed to stop drinking altogether. Even long after I had made the inner admission that I was, in all likelihood, suffering from the disease – and I knew or understood very...
Unapologetic Anarchism
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-08-20 06:39
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Last October, a friend of mine from the People’s Republic of Marxachusetts was visiting me here on the slightly more enlightened tax-farm/slave plantation known as Vermont, and the topic of discussion turned to guns. I remarked how different the situations were between where she lived and here in that respect – how in Vermont, no licenses...
A Kingdom of Lies
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-08-22 06:53
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR “People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche Ask virtually any person on the street if they like being lied to, and they will invariably tell you no. Of course – what other answer would you ever expect? But the truth is that people quite obviously do...
Starbucks and Guns
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-09-20 07:06
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR The recent announcement by Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz that the open carrying of firearms in his popular coffee shops is no longer welcome, has elicited quite a range of reactions from both pro and anti-gun groups. Some of it, in fact, has reached a hysterical pitch (as, I suppose, is only to be expected from what is such a hot button...
A Voluntaryist Milestone
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-10-14 07:32
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR One of the very first pieces I wrote for STR dealt with the appearance of a well-noted Voluntaryist on one of the most listened-to talk radio programs around. Marc Stevens’s 2006 appearance on Coast to Coast Live – at the time, a subsidiary show of the famed Coast to Coast AM, with a much earlier broadcasting slot on Saturday nights and...
The Meat of the Matter
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Alex R. Knight III 2014-01-22 08:10
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR I can recall a story that circulated widely throughout the field of work I was in during the early 1990s, involving the owner of a meat processing plant in Nebraska. It seems that this businessman (with help from his paid employees, of course) had produced a load of beef that he then wished to bring to market. In order to do this, however, the meat...
The State Is Out of Date: We Can Do It Better
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Alex R. Knight III 2014-10-09 07:25
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR While there are many books both in and out of print designed to proselytize for a voluntary society to a layman audience, none perhaps have done so while retaining the kind of populist feel present in this offering from author Gregory Sams. Initially published in 1998 in a slightly less expansive form, earlier this year saw the latest edition of The...
How Can You Hate Hitler?
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-06-27 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR And not just in contrast to other tyrants and butchers of the 20th Century, when modern warfare and weaponry for the first time made the extermination of human beings possible on such a massive scale – I’m referring to Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and a few others who were at least indirectly responsible (after all, it was ultimately the masses...
The Invisible Reality
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-02-27 07:21
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Let’s try to unmask and decipher a few things right now, and to make things a bit easier, let’s also take as our example a topic that is front and center stage politically at the time of this writing. In order to get there, however, we’ll have to provide some background. John and Jane and their baby Adam all live together in...
There Will Be No Victorious State
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-07-26 06:54
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR One of the most absurd characteristics of democracy to me is the unspoken yet obviously present belief on the part of all active participants that ultimately, one day, through enough intellectual persuasion – or even underhanded political tactics so often openly engaged in – a single ideology will prevail, trouncing in some final imagined...
The Post Office That Government Built
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-10-18 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR As I continue to do my small part to ultimately wipe government off the face of the Earth forever, I can offer at least two prognostications which, although modest in scope compared to any actual voluntaryist destination, are almost sure to occur in the relatively near future. One, is marijuana legalization – even if only in some heavily taxed...
Vermont's Raw Arrogance
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-11-17 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Of course, it’s already common knowledge for the most part that Vermonters have the temerity to carry firearms without any form of government say-so – even neighboring “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire will not suffer such uppitiness from the mere non-governmental hoi polloi. But another freedom – albeit not nearly...
Government Is a Garbage Dump
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Alex R. Knight III 2010-04-30 02:00
Exclusive to STR   I was recently sent two friendly little notices from the government of Vermont, via the U.S. government’s postal monopoly, to the effect that it was time to fork over some of my money to purchase a new slip of paper and a couple of stickers so as to “register” my automobile, and to purchase a new laminated piece of paper with photo (though in Vermont, the...
Freedom Is Not Found on Paper Recommended
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-02-14 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III   Exclusive to STR   One of the good folks at Gun Owners of Vermont (I like spelling that out much more than the acronym – GOVT – for what should be an obvious reason) recently sent me, along with my 2012 membership card, a piece published not long ago in a small freebie newspaper called The Shopper. It hails out of Ludlow, Vermont, and the...
A Machiavellian Matrimony
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-12-13 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 14, 2006 Not for me. Of course, as I close in on 38, I'm still a bachelor which means no matrimony yet of any kind. I doubt it's in the cards. Here's why:
Violence Begets Violence...and Government Is Violence Recommended
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-01-11 03:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR The recent shootings in Tucson, Arizona, involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, federal judge John Roll, and others has brought a tidal wave of outrage from the mainstream press, with those on the political left railing against what they perceive as the violence-inducing tirades emanating from everyone, apparently, from Michael Savage to Sarah...
I'm a Liberal, You Dirty Radical!
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-01-09 07:49
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR I’d like to share a little something here with you, a recent e-mail exchange I had with a now-former Facebook “friend” of a few years. This individual will remain unnamed here, though I will provide some details. This person is a not untalented filmmaker, photographer, painter, and musician. He has published an autobiography of some...
Government Steve, This Will Not Pass
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-09-08 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III.   Exclusive to STR   There was a pretty good article back in June published at Slate.com by David Weigel. The title was “Live Free or Move: Hanging Out With the Young Kids Who Want to Turn New Hampshire into a Libertarian Paradise.”    It’s a trite label for what was otherwise, in my opinion, a pretty good write-up. Not...
Why I Did Not Create a Vermont Secession Request
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-11-14 06:57
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR At the time of this writing, people from 48 of the 50 tax farms comprising the “United States of America” have created “We the People” web-based petition pages to the White House in Washington, District of Criminals, requesting Obama to peacefully allow their tax farm of residence to have a government entirely independent of...
The Smilers Among You
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-03-05 07:43
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR I don’t know why you do it, any of you, when I talk about or discuss the fundamental issues. It is entirely inappropriate, absolutely irrational. Yet you continue to do it, almost every time. The smiles. The grins. The amused looks – sometimes even outright laughter. It puzzles me, and it frustrates me. I’ll even admit, it upsets...
Political Science Is Junk Science
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-08-28 06:25
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR One of the more amazing aspects of the increasingly untenable farce that passes for education in America today is the widespread availability, at the college or university level, of degrees in Political Science. What is “political science” – if indeed we are to even accept the idea that two such concepts bear any relation to one...
The Urge to 'Do Something'
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Alex R. Knight III 2014-04-10 07:03
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR It’s virtually the mantra of the statist government-believers – those of the Left, Right, and Center – whenever there’s a perceived “crisis.” A mass shooting. Unemployment. A display of racism or gender-bias. A tax-financed school system that fails to actually educate (though why such should baffle anyone is beyond...
No, Society, There Is No Santa Claus
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-11-15 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR  I know that I have likely irked some of you already by writing a Christmas-themed column before we have even gotten to Thanksgiving, but I can at least offer the caveat that it will likely not be near as onerous as the fact that the latest crop of political parasites (with all due respect to Ron Paul) have already ramped up their bids to be...
My Opposition to H. 124
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-01-31 06:59
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Dear Vermont Legislators: It becomes increasingly difficult to know just where to begin since, no matter how many times those of you who repeatedly attempt to impinge upon one of the very foundations of human liberty are presented with a surfeit of facts and evidence demonstrating the counterproductive, dangerous, and frankly, arrogant nature of...
Building Bridges
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-04-19 06:20
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Linda Waite-Simpson, an ultra-left, pro-government “state representative” here in Vermont, recently lamented to local press that her rejected bid to impose sweeping gun control measures upon the residents of the most gun-friendly tax farm out of the 50 was shot down (pun intended) because of the “strong libertarian bent in this...
Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State (Book Review #1)
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-12-18 08:17
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR I can remember my first exposure to David Bergland’s Libertarianism in One Lesson as a freshman in the movement, and how it blew open any number of doors for me at the time. Enter now Gerard Casey’s Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State – a recently published work that I am willing to estimate has already assumed a rightful place in...
The Absurdity of Hating Walmart...and Not Government
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-06-09 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III   Exclusive to STR   It seems to invoke the ire of the dogmatic leftists to no end, the largest corporation on earth; this homegrown business, now global in scope, second in size only to the U.S. federal government. They inveigh against it as if this department store chain were the summary of all total malfeasance – a horrible capitalist-pig...
Crossing the 10% Rubicon
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-01-09 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR A very recent article published in Science Daily reveals the findings of a study that has yielded some very positive information for the Voluntaryist movement. In short, that once an ideology or set of beliefs is fervently held by ten percent of any given group or population, it invariably becomes the predominant philosophy throughout the...
The More We Do To You
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-11-09 07:40
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly." ~Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), physicist Now that the 2012 version of the...
Government Is an Obsolete Idea (and Castro Proves It)
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-08-01 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III   Exclusive to STR   Fidel Castro is one of the only personages within recent memory--and this was while talking to a host of news reporters back in the 1990s--who repeated the Marxist myth that ideally, Communism would eventually make governments disappear. Of course, when then asked when the world could expect to see the Cuban government disappear,...
A Decade of Striking the Root
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-08-09 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III   Exclusive to STR   Although for myself personally, it’s been very close to half that long at the time of this writing. My very first STR column, “The Trouble With Star Trek,” appeared on August 22, 2006. It was the first time I came to recognize the immense power of the Internet. I’d only learned of STR’s...
Why You Can Drive Over 65
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-12-21 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR  I’m not referring to age – though the answer to that, if you qualify, is probably that your eyesight and reflexes are still good enough to get behind the wheel and make it from point A to point B without causing any 20-car pileups or running down any small children. I am referring to the the maximum speed limit cap on most...
Tea Party Anarchists?
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-05-03 06:26
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR On the floor of the U.S. Senate this April 23rd, Harry Reid of Nevada had this to say, on record: “We have a situation where this country has been driven by the Tea Party for the last number of years. When I was in school, I studied government and I learned about the anarchists. Now, they were different than the Tea Party because they were...
Amerika Is FUBAR
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-09-19 07:28
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR There are a lot of people, well-intentioned ones among them (and we know what the road to Hell is paved with, don’t we?), who are still locked into the mindset of playing the government game, as it were. I’ve written quite a bit about that recently myself, and here’s another current essay that sums their misguided and futile efforts...
Government Belief Is Suicide
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-09-23 07:07
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR During my sojourn as an undergraduate student, I had the pleasure of studying under the tutelage of a fine poet. Ben was a likeable enough guy: Literary, musical, humorous, and easy to work with. My study project title that semester was The Craft of Poetry, and so I read and wrote lots of both, which was also agreeable enough. But during our in-...
We Have Nothing to Fear but Government Itself
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-05-23 23:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III Exclusive to STR The recent conviction of Bernard von NotHaus, founder of the Liberty Dollar, which had provided a gold and silver-based alternative form of currency to U.S. government-sanctioned Federal Reserve Notes (pieces of paper backed by nothing of any value whatsoever; thin air) since 1998 demonstrates quite clearly where Amerika currently is. ...
Marijuana Prohibition Will Die of 1,000 Cuts…So Look Out
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-11-16 07:47
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Of the 50 tax farms that comprise America, 16 have governments that will allow prescribed medical marijuana for use by patients suffering from such conditions as glaucoma, anorexia, or cancer. The local rulers of the District of Criminals also recognize such provisions, benign repositories of wisdom that they are. In some of these arbitrary...
Requiem for the Republican Right
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-12-03 07:53
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR The 2012 elections, while of limited interest to Voluntaryists, can still provide us, I believe, with something both instructive and profoundly useful. Not only did Obama win a second term in the Oval Office, but Democrats in general made gains in both the Senate and House (even if Republicans held a slim majority in the latter). Now after you...
Karl Marx: The Most Evil Man to Ever Live
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-02-18 07:05
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR He perhaps fancied himself a liberator, though history has since more than amply demonstrated the utter moral and intellectual bankruptcy of this delusion. From no other philosophical doctrine to date has there yet arisen such a surfeit of sophistry, abuse, tyranny, oppression, corruption, malice -- and even genocide – as has due to the result...
The Voluntaryist Art of Not Debating
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-02-14 07:50
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR That’s right: Not debating. There seems to be a penchant, if not almost insatiable urge among those in our movement to constantly confront and debate those who adhere to one statist philosophy or another. Voluntaryists/Libertarian Anarchists burn up thousands of hours on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and such arguing our case,...
An Armed March on Washington? MUST READ
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-05-07 05:52
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Perhaps never before have I encountered a proposal within Liberty Movement circles that has generated more controversy faster and further than Adam Kokesh’s planned July 4th march on Washington, District of Criminals, in which he states that himself and the other participants “will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to...