The State Is Negan, Part III

The Walking Dead comic series and the television show based on it contain many themes which are of interest to the student of both libertarian philosophy and reactionary thought. The character Negan, who appears in the Season 6 finale and is the primary antagonist in Seasons 7 and 8, is one of the most obvious allegories in recent memory for the nature of the state. Let us examine the third part of his character arc to see how he and his underlings deal with a developing hostile challenge to their rule. As we will see, there are many lessons to be learned for those who seek either to abolish state power or to wield it oneself. This part of the article series will cover the time period following Rick’s decision to resist Negan (Episode 709) up to the battle in Alexandria (Episode 716). Reluctant Warriors I In Episode 709, Alexandria, the Hilltop, and the Kingdom begin their resistance. The episode begins with Gabriel watching the gate in Alexandria at night. He leaves his post, fills crates with food and weapons, drops his Bible on the pantry floor loads them into a car, and leaves. A dark figure is seen in the passenger seat as Gabriel drives away. Jesus and many people from Alexandria meet with Gregory in Hilltop. Gregory refuses to fight the Saviors, but upon leaving his office, the group finds others in Hilltop who will fight. The discussion turns to tactics. Daryl proposes bombing the Saviors’ compound, while Tara objects that this may kill innocent civilians. Rick suggests returning to Alexandria. Jesus reveals a walkie-talkie taken from the Saviors that can be used to spy on their movements, then proposes they visit the Kingdom, which they do. After meeting Richard and Alvaro, two Kingdom guards, the group enters the Kingdom. They are reunited with Morgan, who informs them that he found Carol but that she has gone. Rick’s group then meets King Ezekiel and his tiger Shiva. Rick makes the case for war while Morgan advises non-violence. Ezekiel invites them to stay the night while he deliberates. During the night, Benjamin finds Carol in the woods, who gives him advice on being quiet and sends him home. Ezekiel puts Benjamin’s brother Henry to bed, then Benjamin asks Ezekiel to help fight the Saviors. The next morning, Ezekiel declines to fight but offers asylum to Daryl so that the Saviors will not find him. Dejected, the group leaves. Outside, Rick and Richard discuss matters, both realizing that while they lack numbers, they are making the Saviors stronger by paying tribute to them. Rick convinces Daryl to stay and try to change Ezekiel’s mind. As the group returns to Alexandria, they encounter a roadblock of cars set by the Saviors, which they move. They then find a tripwire and explosives, which they appropriate for their own use. They hear on the walkie that Negan is looking for Daryl and see a large herd of zombies coming, so they hurry in order to get back home and avoid the zombies. Rick decides to keep the zombies on the highway in case they can be useful later. Accomplishing this endangers some of the group, but everyone survives and goes home. Moments after returning home, Simon arrives with some Saviors and says he is looking for Daryl. They search and find nothing, noting only that the pantry looks bare. After the Saviors leave, Rick asks Aaron about the pantry. He and Tobin tell Rick about Gabriel’s actions. Rosita accuses Gabriel of theft, but Rick defends him. Rick finds Gabriel’s Bible on the floor, then finds a note from him in the inventory book that says “BOAT.” Rick and Aaron go to the boat where they found supplies earlier. They find a trail of footprints that lead to a parking lot. A large armed group surrounds them as Rick smiles. * * * * * Let us begin with Gregory, the weak and treacherous leader of Hilltop. He, like many people in positions of power today, is unfit for leadership on his own merits, and is accordingly the puppet of a higher authority. He knows on which side his bread is buttered, and that the people of Hilltop will probably remove him in favor of Maggie if not for the threat of what Negan might do to them if such removal were effected. Naturally, Rick’s group sets about building an alternative power structure to serve their interests. Speaking of elites and rebellion, Jesus recognizes the need to have at least one more community leader on board with the plan, and so hopes to recruit Ezekiel. It is natural for someone in Ezekiel’s position to be cautious of such plots to overthrow the established order, as the Kingdom has a better deal with the Saviors than do the other communities. From his perspective, Rick is an unknown quantity who should not be entrusted with full allegiance as yet, but Ezekiel does offer a token gesture by protecting Daryl. Rick is wise to convince Daryl to stay and whisper in Ezekiel’s ear in the hopes of slowly warming him to the idea of revolution. Of course, a wise rebel leader will also work on the lieutenants of the elites that one hopes to bring on board, as Rick does with Richard. The decision to bring Morgan along was questionable, as his arguments for a nonviolent resolution both undermine the chances of bringing Ezekiel into their plot and are out of place in the ultraviolent context of Negan’s actions. The discussion between Tara and Daryl is an important one that any serious revolution must contemplate. Will a war effort be total, or will there be rules of engagement that one will not cross, even if it means failing the mission? Many treatises have been written throughout history debating the merits and demerits of each position, and reaching a definite conclusion here is outside the scope of this article, but the particular context of The Walking Dead clearly indicates total war, as Negan is an existential threat. The walkie that Jesus acquired from the Saviors demonstrates the importance of spying and gathering intelligence. Without this advantage, Rick’s group would not know how to stay away from Savior patrols. The group also shows good judgment in appropriating explosives and tripwires that the Saviors placed, as well as by using a zombie herd to block a road that the Saviors could use. It is important to impair the enemy in whatever way possible. Finally, Rick trusts and defends Gabriel when others do not, treating him as innocent until proven guilty. This may come from his former life as a police officer or from his experience as leading the group; likely both. It is important to trust one’s subordinates to accomplish important tasks, even if they sometimes do so by questionable means. Reluctant Warriors II In Episode 710, the uneasiness before battle continues. The episode begins with a tribute meeting between Ezekiel and the Saviors. Gavin, the lead Savior, says their tribute is small but accepts it. Richard and Jared come to an armed standoff, but Richard backs down at Ezekiel’s command. Morgan stops Jared from attacking Richard again, then Jared attacks Morgan, then Benjamin attacks Jared. Ezekiel orders his people to stop fighting. Once back at the Kingdom, Ezekiel admonishes Benjamin for being too eager to fight. Daryl asks Morgan why he tolerates the Saviors, saying that Carol would want to fight if she knew about Negan’s murders of Glenn and Abraham. Morgan agrees, adding “that’s why she left.” Later, Daryl and Richard discuss killing the Saviors while practicing archery. They leave for a hidden camper in the woods, where they discuss making war against the Saviors and moving Ezekiel to fight. Daryl discovers that Richard’s plan is to get Carol killed by Saviors in order to anger Ezekiel, which angers Daryl enough to threaten to kill Richard if this plan is enacted. The episode then picks up where the last one left off at The Heaps, where Rick’s group is surrounded by the Scavengers, a new group. Rick speaks to Jadis, a woman who leads the Scavengers, asking to see Gabriel. He is brought out, and Rick says that killing his people will anger the Saviors. He asks for help against the Saviors, but Jadis refuses. After a fight breaks out, Jadis takes Rick to the top of a trash heap. Thus begins a test, as Rick is pushed down into a pit with a zombie that has been covered in armor and spikes. Rick sustains hand and leg wounds, but kills the zombie. Jadis throws Rick a rope to climb out of the pit, then agrees to help Rick fight in return for one third of the Saviors’ supplies. Scavengers load the supplies that Gabriel took into Rick’s car. Gabriel thanks Rick for the rescue and for believing in him. Rick responds that enemies can become friends. Rosita argues against going home, saying they need to find guns for the Scavengers. Tara responds that Rick and Aaron need medical attention. Michonne asks Rick about where to look for guns. Rick asks Tara, but she does not mention the armed women she met in Oceanside. Ezekiel and Jerry deliver food to Carol. She tells them to go, then Daryl arrives, who she is much happier to see. Carol tells Daryl that she left because she didn’t want to lose anyone and wanted to stop killing, but she would have to kill the Saviors if they killed anyone she loved. Daryl decides not to tell her about Glenn and Abraham. After dinner, Daryl hugs her and leaves. In the Kingdom, Daryl sits next to Shiva’s cage. He informs Morgan that he found Carol and asks him to convince Ezekiel to fight. Morgan refuses, after which Daryl decides to return to the Hilltop. The next morning, Morgan watches him leave and sees Richard watching as well. * * * * * Here, we witness further evidence that Negan is not a competent sovereign. Lack of respect for one’s vassals breeds discontent, and his lieutenants clearly treat the Kingdommers with contempt. The Saviors only get away with this for so long before matters escalate and Ezekiel decides that war must be waged, and oppression in the real world is no different. As Frederick Douglass wrote, “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” The tension between Richard and Daryl illustrates a problem that is always present within revolutionary movements. People will make plans of their own, sometimes without consulting with their fellow revolutionaries and even throwing them under the bus in some cases, as Richard plans to do with Carol. This can not only disrupt long-term strategies, as will be seen later, but can lead to splinters within the revolution when fights over leadership occur or hostility over perceived or actual betrayals boils over. When Rick deals with the Scavengers, we once again see a hesitant leader who wants proof of Rick’s mettle. Jadis is far more open and direct about what will bring her on board, while Ezekiel does not show his cards. Of course, one must always be cautious of the establishment, who may demonstrate greater character, resolve, or ability, or may simply make a better offer. In any martial effort, it is natural for some people to have mental breakdowns. Horror at the sight of blood and guts can cause this, but this is all but absent this long after the apocalypse, with almost all such people being zombies or zombie food. However, slower-onset cases in which one sees so much death and destruction that one simply cannot handle any more still occur. It is important to recognize the signs of this and handle such people with care, as Daryl does for Carol. Tara’s refusal to tell Rick about Oceanside and the useful weapons they possess is important, but will be discussed later when the issue resurfaces. Read the entire article at

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Libertopia’s Youth Art Contest 2nd Place Winner!

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Libertopia announces the 2nd Place Winner for our 2018 Youth Art Contest! As part of our mission to help encourage liberty in the arts, the team here at libertopia is extremely proud to announce the 2nd Place Winner for the Youth Category (13 and under) of our 2018 Art and Creative Writing Contest (Find the details of the 2018 Contest right here)! 

Houston, age 11 recently sent us his artwork and explains why his entry applies to a positive understanding of liberty, American Southern history, French History and Scottish history by stating the following: “I colored two Confederate flags: the Blood-Stained Banner and the Battle Flag. To me, there is nothing more pro-freedom than fighting for your home and family, and defending them against invasion and federal tyranny. I know that many people don’t appreciate these flags and think that they represent something bad. But if you really, really understand the War, you know that these are symbols for self-determination and against central authority.”

Houston continues, “The Battle Flag is based upon the St. Andrew’s Cross. It is called the Saltire cross and is named after Andrew the Apostle, who was crucified for his faith on a cross of that shape because he said he wasn’t worthy to be killed in the same way as Jesus. As a Christian, I understand that true liberty here and in heaven can only come through faith in our Lord, so this seemed like a good choice. Plus, it’s the flag the infantry carried onto the fields of battle, so it was the flag of the fighting soldiers – just normal men who risked their lives for kith and kin. Some were rich, some were poor, but all believed in keeping government small and close to home. And lots of these brave Southerners were of Scottish ancestry, which is why the flag looks so similar to the Flag of Scotland.

“And the Blood-Stained is cool because it has the Battle Flag in the corner,” Houston notes. “It was actually the official Third National Flag of the Confederate States of America. The red was added to the edge so it wouldn’t look like a flag of surrender and represents the blood spilled in sacrifice to the cause and also to honor Southerners with French heritage. Some say the design was made to have as little blue as possible since that was the color of the Yankees. That’s awesome!”

“My mom says some libertarians called flags ‘sky cloth.’ But I see them as reminders of history and as things with meaning and purpose. They can be good, or they can be bad, or they can be greatly misunderstood. But to me, these flags mean tradition and live and let live, and are resistance against being told what to do by people and politicians who just don’t care about you, your home, your family, or your rights.”

Thanks Houston, nice job! We also agree that standing up for our homes and communities can indeed an admirable thing. For his work, Houston will receive a certificate, icon for display on social media and prize from our libertopia store. Check out the other Youth winner of our 2018 Art Contest here, as well as our adult winner here! Congratulations to all for sharing their talent and unique vision for this contest. It’s always fun to see what people come up with! See you next year! Questions? Comments? Leave one and let us know what you think!

Source: Libertopia Cartoon – Libertopia’s Youth Art Contest 2nd Place Winner!

Silent Sam Artwork Censored by the Left at UNC

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Wait, what?! How in the world is the attempted destruction and censorship of the “Silent Sam” artwork (in the form of a monument located on the UNC campus) be a libertarian issue? And isn’t that statue dedicated to a bunch of racists who fought an illegal and immoral war against Washington D.C.?

Yeah, you get where I’m going with this. Not long ago, a rabid mob of brain-washed Leftist cry-babies (with a second grade public school understanding of history) toppled a monument dedicated to University of Northern Carolina students who defended their homes, families and communities not from slavery (surprise, surprise), but from invasion and the horrific atrocities allowed under a tyrannical regime. But wait, isn’t this a private property issue? Yeah, it would be if this was a monument that some guy had in his front yard. But this is a publicly funded, supposed institute of higher learning we’re talking about here. And even if it wasn’t, we could still question the bad taste of ripping down things that have artistic or cultural merit.

For example, maybe you’ve seen the movie Equilibrium, a pretty cool flick that deals with this very subject. In the movie it’s awful when we see a tyrannical government control human emotions and burn up books, artwork and other items that have the capability to stir the heart and mind. But then when the Left does it in the real-world, it’s now somehow okay? Crazy. But then again, so is a lot of what’s going on. And sometimes if you can’t do much of anything else, you can at least laugh about it.

Also see: 5 Reasons You Might Be WRONG about Confederate Monuments

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An open letter to His Eminence Blase Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago

Your Eminence,

I’m writing to you in response to a television interview you provided to NBC5 News in Chicago, in which you responded to allegations made by former apostolic nuncio Carlo Maria Viganó that, among other things, Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI, but chose to repeal them. Specifically, you made two specific comments on which I wish to provide feedback. Those comments are:

“The Pope has a bigger agenda. He’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this.”


“Quite frankly they don’t like him because he’s a Latino.”

In light of the crisis in which the Church finds itself (again), and in light of the specific allegations Archbishop Viganó made against Pope Francis, I can’t think of more tone-deaf and counterproductive remarks than these. To not only ignore the allegations because the Pope is somehow too busy, but also insult those who are gravely concerned about the state of the Church as racists, is uncharitable of the highest order.

If it is the case that Pope Francis did not repeal the sanctions imposed on McCarrick, I don’t think it would take too much time out of his busy day r him to clearly and categorically deny it. Rather, he has decided to ignore the allegations. And you have decided to deride those who have the temerity to be concerned about how bishops treat their flocks, including and especially those who wish to enter into the priesthood. In what universe could those remarks be, in any way, acceptable?

If I may be so bold as to humbly offer a suggestion to you, it would be to quickly realize the error of those remarks, apologize for them, and join your brother bishops, including those on the Executive Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who are calling for an investigation into, among other things, the specific allegations made by Viganó. After all, if the Church is to remain on the foundation of Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life, there is no reason to be afraid to learn the truth of the matter.

Sincerely yours,

A Simple Fool

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Episode 91 – The Outlaw Josey Wales (1:03:35)

It is good that warriors such as us should meet in the struggle for life… Or death. It shall be life on this episode of the show where we discuss the Clint Eastwood movie, the Outlaw Josey Wales. This is a Western movie’s movie with plenty of gun-slinging and vengeance to keep you entertained with a great libertarian subplot.

Josey Wales is a simple farmer in Missouri. When a vicious band of Union Red Legs, led by Terrill, burns his home to the ground, killing his wife and son.

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The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western DeLuxe Color and Panavision film set during and after the American Civil War. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood (as the eponymous Josey Wales), with Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Sam Bottoms, and Geraldine Keams.[3] The film tells the story of Josey Wales, a Missouri farmer whose family is murdered by Union militants during the Civil War. Driven to revenge, Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla band and fights in the Civil War. After the war, all the fighters in Wales’ group except for Wales surrender to Union officers, but they end up being massacred. Wales becomes an outlaw and is pursued by bounty hunters and Union soldiers. – Wikipedia

Here is a link to the ClimateRight Air Conditioner that I ‘brojected’ into my office with two old chairs, 6-4×4’s, an old garden hose, and 5 socks:

It works like a dream and took care of the humidity and heat problem I’ve been fighting in my office.  Highly recommended….also will serve well during the upcoming colder turn in the weather as it is also a very efficient heater!

Here’s a little background article from True West Magazine that I found an interesting read:

Struggling for a Dream

During the episode, we talked about how the concept of the “Western” has penetrated the social psyche and given us all the impression that the wild west was full of gun-slinging violence, vendetta, family feuds, bank and train robberies, and hanging cattle-rustlers.  Well, apparently, the mostly just Hollywood story-telling, check out this book available on Amazon:

There is an article with the basics available at the Mises Institute:

We called an audible this week and switched over to this movie, but we’ll be back next week with a review of Schooling the World with a special guest, Jack V Lloyd of the Voluntaryist Comic series and the Honest Teacher.  I hope you’ll join us!

Continue reading “Episode 91 – The Outlaw Josey Wales (1:03:35)”

Free Trade vs. Protectionist Tariffs

By Shaheen Mohammadi

Tariff (noun): a tax or duty to be paid on a particular class of imports or exports

US president Donald Trump’s entire economic platform has been that of protectionism and tariffs. With claims of the US population being ripped off by foreign labor and products to justify trade wars and policies to reduce imports, it’s difficult to see any good in Trump’s economic policies, despite his weak push for deregulation (of domestic industry, of course) and lower income taxes. On the 25th of July, 2018, it was reported that Trump is planning to impose a tariff of 25% on nearly $200 billion USD worth of foreign cars. “Are we just going to continue and let our farmers and country get ripped off?” asks Trump.

As Henry Hazlitt explains in the first chapter of his bestselling book, “Economics in One Lesson,” to understand the ramifications of protectionism, one must first learn to see not just the short term effects of a given economic policy, but rather the long term effects of the policy as well. One must also see the effects of economic policies on not just one group of people, but all groups of people. There is no denying that tariffs have a positive effect on protected industries, as well as those employed there and the shareholders of those companies. But what other long term effects do tariffs have? What other groups of people do they effect and how? Continue reading “Free Trade vs. Protectionist Tariffs”

The Rise and Fall of the Sturmabteilung

By Benjamin Welton Editor’s note: There is a faction of the contemporary left which denounces anyone who disagrees with them as fascists, Nazis, or “literally Hitler”. I figure that if we will be called such names anyway, then we have nothing to lose by studying real Nazis to see what lessons can be learned from their example. One of the problems that has long deviled the Western Right is that of creating alternatives to the Leviathan state. For the Left, there is no such problem. West German communist Rudi Dutschke told his followers that, in order to win, the Left must take over the institutions of power. The Dutschke model has succeeded in the United States. To see how the Left has overrun American human resources and marketing departments, one need only consider the existence of “woke” corporate capital or the recent banning of Alex Jones for ill-defined “hate speech”. In Europe, the situation is even more dire thanks to the legal reality of “hate speech” laws and the existence of left-wing bureaucracies that think it is a good idea to provide former jihadists with housing and jobs. A mostly disarmed European populace also makes resistance all but impossible, thus giving the Left in Europe safety to pursue their desired population engineering. The Right, on the other hand, always finds itself on the blunt end of the stick when it tries to organize because the Cathedral always views right-wing activism as much more serious threat to its power. This is arguably the most terrible legacy of the 1930s, when mass movements in Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, and Poland seized power and established right-wing dictatorships. For opponents of the Western Right, any mobilization of supporters is seen as one step away from extermination campaigns. Taken together, they belie the inherent weakness within democracy. As Hoppe writes, “As soon as mature members of society habitually express acceptance or even advocate egalitarian sentiments, whether in the form of democracy (majority rule) or of communism, it becomes essential that other members, and in particular the natural social elites, be prepared to act decisively and, in the case of continued nonconformity, exclude and ultimately expel these members from society.”[1] Unless egalitarianism is stamped out, countries will inevitably decline into avarice, sloth, and patterns of elite-backed racial guilt-mongering. Western countries that accept egalitarianism will come to resemble modern France, where government debt to GDP and government spending to GDP are both well over 50 percent. Philosopher Guillaume Faye recently made the point to interviewer Gregoire Canlorbe that “[France] is today more communist than the Soviet Union ever was.” In a country that represents less than one percent of the world’s population, Faye notes that “France represents 15 percent of the world’s welfare state redistribution.” The reason why France’s natural elites (the descendants of those not guillotined in the Revolution) do not rebel is because the French state provides then with the “good life”—wine, cheese, world-class food, and plenty of Internet pornography. In his book The Returned, French journalist David Thomson says that besides its nightmarish immigration policies, France’s problem with Islamic terrorism stems from the fact that the Fifth Republic is the archetype of the decadent and amoral Western “pleasure dome”. The fact that democracies inherently accept egalitarianism, especially mass democracies like the ones currently ruling the United States and Europe, renders them pathologically incapable of expunging communism, whether overt or covert, from their bodies politic. After all, both communism and liberal democracy are predicated on the idea that all men are equal, should be afforded the same rights, and should never be under the thrall of a natural elite. As such, both are revolts against nature. As Murray Rothbard noted in his essay “Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature”, the reason why the Left enjoys such power is because they have been conceded “to have morality, justice, and ‘idealism’” on their side.[2] The Right, because it opposes the Left, is therefore rendered morally repugnant and the enemy of an ill-defined “progress”. The Left gets away with such easy moralizing because they rule over an unnatural state and have convinced the masses that what is unnatural is natural. What is to be done? For both Hoppe and neoreactionaries, the answer lies in creating or restoring a new elite. This makes sense initially, but how can one find such an elite in a society so thoroughly imbued with an egalitarian, democratic ethos? One answer may lie in the history of Germany between the World Wars. During this age of great instability, several right-wing movements came to the forefront via violence, demonstrations, and ingenious political intrigue. Eventually one group, the National Socialist German Workers Party, seized power in 1933 and ultimately drove their nation and many others into the worst war in human history. Despite this horrific end, and despite the hue and cry of the left-wing intelligentsia, the story of these Weimar-era groups in general and the Nazi Sturmabteilung (SA) in particular can teach the Western Right quite a bit about organizing for victory. It is necessary to learn from what they did right. Even more importantly, we need to study what went so terribly wrong. Read the entire article at References: Hoppe, Hans-Hermann (2001). Democracy–The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order. New Brunswick: Routledge. p. 218. Rothbard, Murray (2000). Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature And Other Essays, 2nd ed. Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute. p. 1. Hoppe, p. xiii Jones, Nigel (2012). A Brief History of the Birth of the Nazis. London: Hachette Book Group. p. xii. Ibid., p. xiii Ibid., p. 192 Weber, Thomas (2017). Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 61. Ibid., p. 66. Ibid., p. 102. Ibid., p. 101. Siemens, Daniel (2017). Stormtroopers: A New History of Hitler’s Brownshirts. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. p. 59. Ibid., p. 125. Weber, p. 190. Ibid., p. 300. Ibid., p. 158.

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Libertopia’s 2018 Youth Art Contest Winner!

Silent Sam, libertarian artist, art contest, 2018, youth winner, science fiction, parody artwork, warhammer 40KLibertopia announces the Winner for our 2018 Youth Art Contest! As part of our mission to help encourage liberty in the arts, the team here at libertopia is extremely proud to announce the winner for the Youth Category (13 and under) of our 2018 Art and Creative Writing Contest (Find the details of the 2018 Contest right here)!

The parody artwork features a character from the popular Warhammer 40K table-top game, and also has the text: “Join the Adeptus Patriotus: Serve your God-Emperor Today!” Below a red, white and blue soldier complete with top hat and blaster shooting fireworks and a large bullet bedecked with a federal flag, the text mentions the benefits of serving as an Adeptus Patriotus, which consists of such things as “Constant, Unreasonable War, Prevention of Heretical 3X5 index card burning (a nod to Tom Woods), aggressing against libertarian heretics and defending the imperium of America.

Silent Sam notes that his inspiration came from the table-top game he enjoys and the figures he likes to paint. He hopes to start a blog soon talking about his hobby. He also enjoys playing xbox 360, reading and sometimes listening to the Tom Woods podcast (which can be found here).

Awesome job! Meanwhile, Silent Sam wins a congratulatory certificate featuring his artwork (which we will mail to him), an icon to use on his blog site and a prize from the libertopia store!

Curious to learn more? Want to get in on the fun? Let us know if you’re an artist or creative who would like to be featured in an interview, or have your artwork displayed on our site! Also, be sure to check out our libertarian artists page for our artist interviews and artwork from a variety of different artists in our community! You can also check out Libertopia’s own artwork page here, download our 60 page art ebook at Libertopia: Collection One (which is on sale for 99 cents) or check out our unique t-shirts, coffee cups and so much more over at the libertopia store!

Source: Libertopia Cartoon – Libertopia’s 2018 Youth Art Contest Winner!

How Does the Free Market Allow for Growth?

By Shaheen Mohammadi

How exactly does the free market allow for the citizens of a free society to grow?

Firstly, the free market does not discriminate. It allows people of any creed to be able to go out and achieve, to study what they want, apply wherever they want or to start their own businesses, as there is no systematic legal discrimination against any type of people. Also, as the name might imply, a free market is free of legal regulations (aside from fraud and other non-aggression principle violations of course), many of which make starting and growing a business far more difficult. In fact, these regulations actually help the larger corporations flush out their smaller competition and many a times it’s these very same big businesses that lobby their crony pals in the government for more regulations.

Simply put, in a free market, the businesses which provide the best quality product or service for the lowest price will always end up on top. Competition, which is abundant in a free market, will ensure competing companies are always researching new innovative ways to improve product quality while reducing the costs to keep up with their rival firms to keep a share of the market. This allows for the best products to slowly but surely become affordable to the average consumer. Continue reading “How Does the Free Market Allow for Growth?”

Libertopia’s Best Libertarian Fiction for 2018!

J.L. Pattison, The Island, libertarian author, libertarian fiction, award winning, book, authorLibertopia announces the best libertarian fiction for 2018: As part of our mission to help encourage liberty in the arts, the team here at libertopia is extremely proud to announce the winner for the Adult Category of our 2018 Art and Creative Writing Contest (Find the details of the 2018 Contest right here)! After J.L Pattison sent us a copy of The Island, we read it and found it to be the absolute best new fiction with a very pro-liberty message that we’ve read this year!

“…a man given over to evil can only do so much harm by himself. He can set a fire, shoot a gun, even hijack a plane. But a group of men in the form of an organized government can enslave, starve, and murder millions. Just think of how many people would have survived the twentieth century if Josef Stalin was a man without a government”

The above is possibly one of our favorite quotes from Pattison’s The Island, a book that comes in at about 170 pages and makes for a great read for a teen audience. As a more seasoned reader and advanced libertarian/voluntaryist, I found the book to be a well written story that excels at introducing important libertarian ideas to people who might be coming into them for the first time. With a number of compelling characters, the story is exciting and held my interest, and leads to an unexpected and explosive conclusion that will likely stick with you for a while.

So long story short, if you’re into the X-Files, the Twilight Zone, or just love a good political thriller or conspiracy, you’ll want to give The Island a read. But if you have a teen who loves reading and thinking about social issues, this is a high recommend for a cool Christmas gift for them. In the meantime, here’s hoping for a graphic novel adaptation of this story sometime in the future!

The Island: Agent Sherard Parker never expected to get caught.  His first reconnaissance mission with the DEA was supposed to be simple: infiltrate a small South Pacific island and gather intelligence about its involvement in the international drug trade. But when Parker stumbles upon a hidden airliner reportedly shot down weeks earlier—an act of terrorism that sparked a war—he realizes the island is more than just home to a major drug operation, it’s also part of a conspiracy so evil it could lead to World War III. After being captured, Parker is forced to abandon his original mission for a far more important one: escape from the island and return to his family. Can Parker lead an eclectic band of prisoners in a daring life-or-death escape from their tropical prison, or will those in charge of protecting the island prevail, keeping its dark secrets forever?

To order your very own copy of this highly recommended book, please click on The Island. You can also find another review of the book at Booklovers and at Goodreads. Additionally, if you’d like to read more from J.L. Pattison, be sure to check out his blog here. Meanwhile, J.L. wins a congratulatory certificate featuring his book (which we will mail to him), an icon to use on his blog site and a prize from the libertopia store!

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