The statement “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize” is often falsely attributed to Voltaire. It actually originated from an essay by Kevin Alfred Storm in 1993.

Kevin Alfred Strom

Kevin Alfred Strom (born August 17, 1956) is an American white nationalist, neo-Nazi, Holocaust denier, white separatist and associate editor of National Vanguard. Strom resigned from National Vanguard in July 2006, but rejoined in 2012.

In 2008, Strom pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 23 months in prison, of which he served four months.

Early life and activism

Kevin Alfred Strom was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1956.

After encouraging his hatred of communism, a high school teacher informed him about the John Birch Society where Strom reputedly first met members of the National Alliance led by the neo-nazi William Luther Pierce and abandoned the JBS because, he said, members of the societ… Continue Reading (5 minute read)

12 thoughts on “The statement “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize” is often falsely attributed to Voltaire. It actually originated from an essay by Kevin Alfred Storm in 1993.”

  1. Mujokan

    Always see quotes wrongly attributed to Voltaire, Einstein, Churchill, Franklin, Jefferson, da Vinci, etc. etc. that make no sense for their personality or their times. They end up on those “famous quotes” sites that have no fact-checking and circulate around forever.

  2. JohnDickCockerfeller

    So the guy who came up with a phrase commonly used against Jews is a Pedophile Neo-Nazi. Who would’ve thought

  3. Young_Cato_the_Elder

    So the true illuminati were the dead babies we made along the way?

  4. nidarus

    To those saying that being a Nazi doesn’t make this observation wrong, here’s the full quote:

    > To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize? We all know who it is that we are not permitted to criticize. We all know who it is that it is a sin to criticize. Sodomy is no longer a sin in America. Treason, and burning and spitting and urinating on the American flag is no longer a sin in America. Gross desecration of Catholic or Protestant religious symbols is no longer a sin in America. Cop-killing is no longer a sin in America – it is celebrated in rap “music.” The degradation of beautiful young girls in disgusting pornography is no longer a sin in America. The killing by the multiple millions of the next generation in the womb is no longer a sin in America. But anti-semitism is the ultimate sin in America. But as things get worse and worse, we are losing our fear of this silly word. We all know who it is that controls the wealth of our nation through their exchanges and counting-houses in New York. We all know who it is that has deformed the minds of two generations of Americans with their television programs.

  5. Jackcooper

    You mean Nazi Kevin Alfred Storm which completely changes the quote

  6. stinking_badgers

    So Dolly Parton and Mr. Rogers? I’m good with that.

  7. Originalwookie

    Damn those kids with leukemia!

  8. Redwardon

    Looks like gay black women are in charge.

  9. ngwoo

    I always knew children with leukemia ruled the world from the shadows

  10. gooch_pressa

    Anything you find profound was first said by Bruce Lee or Marylin Monroe.

  11. _Desolation_-_Row_

    Man’s name apparently is spelled ‘Strom’, not ‘Storm’.

    Given the summary of his biography, I’d rather attribute the quotation to anyone else in the world but this one. It sounds exactly like he would like to be one who cannot be criticized.

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