Larry Kelley is currently a marketing consultant to technology companies, a freelance writer, and one who’d whimsically be self-described as a former adventurer, not to mention an early developer of the modern skateboard.
In the late 70s, he attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned a B.A. in English Literature. In between readings of Milton, Keats, Wordsworth, and Jack Kerouac, he took up surfing and adopted the resident neo beat-generation surfing subculture of Isla Vista, that off-campus “youth ghetto” overlooking the Pacific.
Reminiscent of the narrator in Kerouac’s On the Road, soon after graduation and with practically no money, Kelley embarked on several solo, madcap, endless-summer, surfing explorations beginning with sojourns at the international surfing Mecca of Biarritz, France, and including Lisbon, Tangiers, Casablanca as well as other unnamed, hang-outs and breaks in southern Morocco and the Spanish Sahara. After a surf trip to the Caribbean and Central America, Kelley moved to Vail Colorado to ski and write on his first novel.
Kelley has climbed the five tallest peaks in the lower 48 states including the Grand Tetons (see photos of the range in the above banner and the author on the summit to the left).
Today Kelley’s interest (some would say obsession) is in commenting on how our creeping collectivization threatens Western Civilization.
A Word From the Editor
My wife considers me at times to be an insufferable alarmist. I found out though that I’m only a modern participant in a long tradition of American alarmists and also think I may have actually identified the first. His name was Professor Alexander Tyler. The professor was an expert on the Athenian Republic and was commenting here on the new republic that was being discussed in whispered tones by a growing number of American revolutionaries of his day. He wrote this alarming piece around 1760:
The Fall of the Republic
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage.