"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when open."
Thomas Dewer (Scottish distiller)
Founder & Editor: D. William Norris
D. William Norris was born in England but studied in France where he met his wife Valerie. Although holding a German passport, she was born in the Ukraine. William graduated from Birmingham University, England with an M.A. He still speaks a little French but is fluent German apart from his native English. He is currently learning Russian to stave off complete madness. After spending some years working in Austria and Germany, he returned to the UK and became a college lecturer also translating German books until he retired. William and his wife have travelled widely in Poland and Ukraine and know eastern Europe well. Relaxation: gardening; classical music; learning languages; literature.
“In some ways Authentic Comment was conceived in anger ― anger at the wrecking of my beloved country by those who have been at the helm over the past few decades, motivated it would seem by obsessive self-interest, possessed of a narcissistic arrogance they care nothing for our people; anger at those writers, commentators and journalists, who filled with self-loathing, have denigrated everything and anything of value; anger at those plunderers who have raped our country and stolen our wealth yet walked free; anger above all at myself for having done nothing while everything fell apart. It is never too late to do something and I was much encouraged by Edmund Burke’s words: ‘Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.’ This is my ‘little’. I am reminded, an angry man is almost always a most dangerous one.” ― DWN
Authentic Comment seeks to provide an in-depth commentary on world events, including features and stories not always found on Western mainstream news channels. Featured are articles, videos, translations. Many items are original, others are culled from sources sharing our general perspective. We have no ties to any political movement or organisation and represent no particular political ideology, right or left. We receive no grants charitable or otherwise and are totally independent
Current events are often difficult, if not impossible, to understand without some knowledge of the past and what has led up to them. It is important to have an historical perspective, but also to appreciate the ideas and the culture behind world events. It is our aim to provide some help in this direction. At the moment many articles have been culled from other websites by kind permission. It is hoped to increase the number of original articles as time progresses.
Areas of special interest:
American history and expansionism in the twentieth century; the European Union; Germany; Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe; suppression of Christianity in western democracies and around the world; political and corporate corruption, particularly in the UK; problems related to immigration and Islam; political philosophy, the western understanding of 'democracy'; ancient and modern Turkey.
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“England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles, it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during ‘God Save the King’ than of stealing from the poor box.” – George Orwell