I’ve always considered the Lord of Columbia (LoC) as setting the stage for a Libertarian manifesto, taken from Ron Paul’s book, The Revolution: A Manifesto, which I read back in 2012.
Now, there are many forms of Libertarians, so not all Libertarians would agree with my work just as not all Libertarians agree with Paul’s work. I’m molded from the Ron Paul fashion and thus far there are only two statements of his many statements I’ve ever disagreed with, but I won’t hash on politics.
Today, I want to give some examples as to how these books operate as Libertarian despite the presence of war, which most Libertarians are collectively against, except for cases where war takes place on one’s own land.
Therefore, most of us condemn US intervention overseas while some have defended American intervention in nations like Venezuela, which is really heating up today.
So, some Libertarian-minded people might be put off by my work due to the fact war does exist within it, but bear in mind, war takes place on the home front, and not 3,000-6,000 miles away. In fact, enemy soldiers in LoC, the Southpoint Empire, are the invading party.
Flip over to Neo Skyehawk, and the Tamurians are always guilty of instigating war with sovereign nations beyond their borders.
How Libertarianism is Present in LoC
I’ve often stated the political message is present in LoC and I’m very open about it, especially in today’s world where politics can trigger even the least aggressive souls.
I’m also aware that my series’ will likely be turnoffs to both the mainstream Left and Right, or Democrats and Republicans entirely, and this is okay. If there’s something I’ve learned, it’s that not a single book or book series is right for everyone.
Some might take the series’ as me making an argument for a Libertarian, and its two closely related cousins, Voluntarist and Anarchocapitalist society, but it’s really more of myself expressing my viewpoint on the subject.
Examples of Libertarianism in Northern Knights include the following, which takes place in Libertarian North Columbia:
*Sound currency and lack of central banking.
*Open carry (I know this one will cause controversy, but again, Libertarians means lack of central government).
*Lack of public funding for schools, hospitals, etc.
*Voluntary military and lack of police force. There are zero of either, just voluntary coalitions.
*Zero foreign intervention.
*Open borders from the north, since dystopian South Columbia has closed off the border to North Columbia.
*No welfare state, only charities and voluntary benefits.
*Minimal taxation; 10% flat tax among all citizens and social classes.
*Zero and criminalized collusion between big business (big pharma, corporations, NGOs) and government. No lawmaker is bought.
*Open competition in the marketplace with zero regulation from government and 100% regulation from the people, allowing and forcing businesses to come up with the most innovative products, provide fair wages and benefits due to the number of competitors to retain employees, and competing for peoples’ money.
*The Bill of Rights in the US Constitution also comes into play, especially Amendments IV, V, and VI.
*Racial and ethnic diversity is okay, and multiculturalism may exist in an individual standpoint, but values of North Columbia, listed above, must be embraced. Other values include:
*Freedom of speech in all forms, except when on another’s property, which protects individual property rights.
*Seizure of land via eminent domain is illegal.
*Drugs are decriminalized.
*Regional rights, sort of like states rights, reign supreme over federal laws and strong, central-planning, unlike the case in America today.
*Freedom of educational choice; chartered schools, for-profit, and other forms of private schools exist. The near-monopoly of public schooling is obsolete.
*I mentioned free trade earlier, and all trade is voluntary.
*Disputes are solved in forms of diplomacy, except in the case of a foreign invader encroaching the land.
*Open competition in the energy sector.
The First Trilogy
Okay, so the first trilogy in LoC, which consists of Northern Knights, Swords of Destiny, and Missing in Columbia is just the first trilogy, or season, in the LoC Series. Therefore, what is seen above may not be fully realized (but is present) in the trilogy. However, as I write my first drafts of Books IV, V, and VI, the viewpoints and values expressed above become more prevalent.
So, even if you read through my works and may not see the Libertarian/AnaCap/Voluntarist views at first glance, don’t be disappointed, as the arc is just as much as my numerous character arcs throughout the series.
Do You Agree?
Something I also tell others from the get-go is that I’m not here or writing this series to force my views on anyone. Instead, I like to think of it as sharing my views and giving others perhaps a new way of thinking if they want something more than just the two mainstream Right Wing and Left Wing ways of thought.
I personally would never force my views on anyone, because I don’t like it when others force their views on me. So, with that in mind, I invite you all to take a quiz here so you can see for yourself where you stand politically and whether you agree with my views.
As you can see just below the sub-heading, I took a screenshot of my results so I could share with you where I stand in a political party sense.
It also shows that for the 2020 Presidential Election, I don’t agree with any mainstream candidate, though I have taken a liking to Democrat Tulsi Gabbard due to her stance on foreign policy, which really resembles that of Ron Paul, even if I’m not hot on her domestic policy, but she’s repeatedly stated foreign policy is one of the top agenda’s she’s running on.
My dream, however, would be for Congressman Justin Amash to run as a Libertarian despite the fact he is currently a registered Republican, as I truly believe he will provide a legitimate Third-Party candidate, which here in the US, we’re starving for Third-Parties to break our current duopoly.