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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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I Believe in Common-Sense Too, Obama: I'm Buying More Guns
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Alex R. Knight III 2008-12-15 04:00
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 17:00
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 17:00
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 17:00
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 16:00
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 16:00
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 17:00
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 17:00
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 17:00
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 16:00
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 16:00
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 16:00
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 16:00
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 16:00
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 17:00
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 17:00
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 17:00
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 17:00
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 17:00
Exclusive to STR February 7, 2007
Jim Morrison: Eternal Enemy of the State
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-02-01 17:00
Exclusive to STR February 2, 2007
I Talk to the Wind
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-01-31 17:00
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 17:00
Exclusive to STR January 29, 2007
There, Like the Weather
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Alex R. Knight III 2007-01-25 17:00
Exclusive to STR January 26, 2007
Leave Government Alone!
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Alex R. Knight III 2006-12-31 17:00
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 17:00
Exclusive to STR December 18, 2006
The Iconography of Evil
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-11-30 01:00
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 2012-04-20 00:00
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 2012-10-10 00:00
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 2012-10-29 00:00
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 09:24
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 2011-10-31 00:00
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 08:43
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 08:13
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 06:52
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 08:34
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 08:50
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 07:50
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 08:31
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 07:39
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 07:53
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 08:06
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 08:32
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 09:10
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...
How Can You Hate Hitler?
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Alex R. Knight III 2011-06-28 00:00
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 08:21
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 07:54
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 2012-10-19 00:00
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 01:00
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 03:00
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 01:00
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...
An Armed March on Washington? MUST READ
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-05-07 06:52
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...