About Kelly James

activist, author, revolutionary, philosopher, Objectivist, Voluntaryist, anti-establishment, non-conformist, iconoclastic liberty loving individualist, freeman, and rebel with a cause.

Thanks, But No Tanks – City Council Presentation

This is the future that the continued militarization of the Keene Police Department holds for the citizens of Keene. One only needs to watch the news or read a newspaper for further proof that a BearCat truly has no proper place in a peaceful society. As a government accountability activist in Arizona, I have closely witnessed the development of several up close and personal examples of police militarization and high level “government” corruption. One such instance took place when infamous Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio teamed up with reality actor Steven Seagal for an extra special episode of Steven Seagal: Lawman, the actor’s current A&E gig. They raided the home of Jesus Sanchez Llovera because, as a chicken farmer, he was suspected of “cockfighting”, which is illegal in the state of Arizona. Seagal drove the MCSO tank into Llovera’s home, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. The Llovera family’s dog was executed in the raid, as were the chickens the raid was supposedly executed to protect.

Another example of the effects of a growing police state on a community was the murder of two time veteran and father Jose Guerena by the SWAT team in Tuscon, AZ. On the morning of May 5th, 2011, Guerena’s wife Vanessa saw men dressed in all black standing outside her home with automatic weapons. She screamed for her husband, who subsequently woke up and grabbed his gun, telling his wife to take their four year old son and hide in the closet. Unfortunately, the armed gang of thugs surrounding the Guerena’s home shot at him 71 times and left him there for dead; after surviving Iraq and Afghanistan, Jose Guerena bled to death on the floor of his own home, at the hands of his own government, as his wife and son watched in horror. The safety on his weapon had never even been deactivated.

Finally, one only needs to look at the violence initiated against the peaceful people at Occupy protests across the country for proof that militarization of police has no place in peaceful society. On the first night of the Occupy Phoenix protests in October, I along with a few hundred other protestors were directed to an enclosed park where we were told we could spend the night. As the evening wore on, we began to notice that the park was surrounded by hundreds of police vehicles and that police were setting up a tear gas truck. They had decided that we could not spend the night after all, and the incident ended with an army dressed in full black military gear and face masks turning off all power to the park and kidnapping 45 individuals in the dark. It was just as intimidating as they intended it to be and an experience I won’t soon forget.

Sadly, this is the reality of police militarization. It is also worth mentioning the question of who is paying for all of this? One only has to look at each and every one of their tax records to answer that. A large portion of the federal tax you pay goes to national defense, and is trickling down from the federal government to protect from “enemies foreign and domestic” thus initiating a war against anyone who is tired of having their rights violated, their freedoms stolen, and their property “repossessed” by the United States Government. The irony lies in the fact that we as a people are actively participating in our own destruction through both the legitimization and funding of our own slavery. As free human beings we have a moral obligation to withdraw our support of and consent to tyranny. I moved to Keene to escape the effects of police militarization and we must not allow this in our city.  Personally, I neither support nor consent to a BearCat being driven through my backyard nor through that of my peaceful neighbors.  I genuinely hope that the entire city of Keene will serve as an example for the rest of the country and have the courage to say “Thanks, but no tanks”.

Kelly vs the TSA – Don’t Strip Our Rights (Official Video)


Thank you to Beau Davis of Keene for creating such a great video of the demonstration I participated in at the Manchester airport last Friday.

I plan to return to the Manch airport next Thursday, Feb. 2 to do it again…this time with a surprise guest 😉

Here is the text to the TSA outreach literature that I was handing out.


Rebel With A Cause – How I Become A Voluntaryist


I was always a rebel.

One of my earliest memories is of my mom telling me that touching the hot iron would result in burning my finger. Subsequently, I attempted to touch the iron with just my fingernail. Much to my disappointment, I got burned, but the experience didn’t dissuade my affinity for questioning the status quo and inventing innovative ways to subvert authority. My parents are both employed at institutes for “higher” education and always emphasized that earning good grades, going to a good (preferably Ivy League) college, and getting a good job is the way to achieve a good life. To them, such values are intrinsic and thus uniformly the best thing for every individual. I had different ideas. Continue reading

Chalk The Entire System


For everyone who has asked me why I did it, and for Wes, who is in the Valley Street cage for doing what he thought was right.

Last Monday, January 9, I was arrested at the Manchester District Court for chalking “Free Ademo” on the front of the building, right under the sign that says “Manchester District Court”. I began creating my artwork on the wall as soon as I arrived at the courthouse, late as usual for the sentencing of my friends Ademo Freeman from CopBlock.org and Wesley G, a liberty activist from Manchester. Everyone was already inside, yet I decided to go ahead and exercise my freedom of expression although I knew there was a possibility I would face the criminal gang members (LEO’s) on my own. Fortunately, my friends came to the rescue as you can watch in the video below.

Complicating matters however is the arbitrary nature of bureaucrats who believe it is somehow okay to chalk on horizontal public property, but not vertical public property. And don’t feel stupid, I don’t understand this crap either. In fact, it is impossible to understand because the fraudulent system imposed upon us all makes the law of the land completely and totally arbitrary. Do you realize what this is saying? It is saying that you or I can be thrown in a cage at any time based on laws which are literally being made up as we go along. There is no longer an accepted standard. The prison system is a multimillion dollar industry owned by people who are trading favor for favor with the federal government. They are making millions off of human suffering. It must not continue.

So why did I do it? Because it was the right thing to do. Not because I thought it would keep anyone out of the cage, not because I thought it would change the system, not because I thought it would be good video, not because it was my style of activism, not because I even thought that anyone was watching. I really don’t know how much more clearly I can say it. My friends were going to be sentenced to time in a cage for chalking, so I chalked on the wall of the offending building where this was happening. “The Constitution” might call it a rightful redress of grievances, I consider it my small contribution to moral and proper non-violent demonstration of vigilante justice. As Martin Luther King once said “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”.

The violation of one individual’s rights equals the violation of all individual rights as freedom is both reciprocal and based on the axiom of each of our own lives. Like Martin Luther King, I too have a dream; that in such situations in the future fifty activists, a hundred, a thousand, a million, will peacefully chalk a building in defense of one of our own. The day that happens is the day that we as a people will be truly free.

Join us in the peaceful evolution at ShireSociety.com.

Learn more about chalking freedom at CopBlock.org/chalk

My arrest vid:

Chalking with the Quartzsite Reform Movement, Oct. 1 2011 for National Chalk the Police Day:

Don’t Strip Our Rights

Lenore Zimmerman, of Long Island, was en route to Florida on Nov. 29 when she said she was moved to a private room and forced to remove her clothes by TSA officials. She alleged she wanted to be patted down rather than go through a body scanner because she feared it would interfere with her defibrillator.

“I walk with a walker — I really look like a terrorist,” she told the Daily News. “I’m tiny. I weigh 110 pounds, 107 without clothes, and I was strip-searched.”

Zimmerman says she was also left bleeding in the process after banging her leg against a walker. She said the two female TSA agents showed no sympathy and simply continued with the invasive body search. “My sock was soaked with blood,” the retired receptionist added. “I was bleeding like a pig.”

Bruce Zimmerman, who dropped his mother at the airport prior to the incident, was left fuming. “My mother is a little old woman. She’s not disruptive or uncooperative,” he said, according to MSNBC. “I don’t understand how this happened.”

– Time

Linda Kallish, a 66-year-old diabetic, claims she too was strip-searched at JFK on Nov. 29. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Kallish, who was bound for Ft. Lauderdale via Jet Blue on a 1 p.m. flight, had a glucose monitor that checks her blood sugar every five minutes strapped to one leg and an insulin pump strapped to the other. A female TSA officer allegedly asked her into a private room after setting off the metal detector. Kallish says she was ordered to remove her pants in order to demonstrate both devices.


Ruth Sherman, an 88-year-old frequent flier with JetBlue, has flown from New York to Florida many times, but never has she been taken aside and asked to pull her pants down and show her colostomy bag, as she asserts occurred at Kennedy Airport recently.

Sherman, who was returning home Nov. 28 after celebrating Thanksgiving with family in New York, said her initial X-ray screening apparently showed a bulge from her colostomy bag on the side of her body. Screeners then pulled her aside and gave her a pat-down with their hands, including touching her on her legs and her torso near her breasts and around her arms, she said.

That triggered the screeners to order yet another level of search.

“It was awful,” Sherman told msnbc.com from her home in Sunrise, Fla. “They asked me to come into another room. I said ‘Don’t touch me — you have dirty hands.’ I had on plain sweatpants and a top. They made me pull my sweatpants down with my underwear. They invaded my privacy.



Every year, the TSA violates the natural rights of thousands of American citizens.

They claim it is for our own good (“to keep us safe”) and leave us with a choice between complying with their arbitrary rules or foregoing air travel altogether.

The ability to travel freely is a right, not a privilege. No individual should have to give up their basic right to human dignity in order to travel freely.

What happened to Lenore Zimmerman, Linda Kallish, and Ruth Sherman could happen to anyone. That could be your wife, your mother, your sister, your grandmother. That could be YOU!!!

The violation of one individual’s rights equals the violation of ALL individual rights, and I do NOT consent.

Do NOT allow the TSA, backed by the federal government, to take away your inalienable rights. That means the rights you were granted as your birthright by your very own nature as a human being!

The violation of such basic human rights is IMMORAL and the only way we can fix this is for all of us, as a people, to unite against tyranny.

Fight tyranny. Join the peaceful evolution.







“Why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanised state system presided over by criminals and drunks? Is your spirit already so crushed by abuse that you forget it is your right – or rather, your moral duty – to eliminate this system?” -From Leaflet 3 of the White Rose Society; anti-establishment activists in Nazi Germany, circa 1943)

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