When one looks deep into the Lord of Columbia Series, they’ll find an allegory that the anarchocapitalist will enjoy reading. To an extent, anyway.
Now, in the age of capitalism versus socialism, many have come to associate capitalism with an evil meaning and in some cases, they’re spot on, especially in today’s world of cronyism and quid-pro-quos.
However, anarchocapitalism differs in definition.
So what is it, exactly?
We believe in a stateless society and favor self-ownership, private property, and free markets. We also support the idea of a voluntary society which is self-regulatory.
Governmental institutions such as law enforcement, courts, and every single security and first response agency would be privately funded and would compete in the same way as the private sector. Therefore, with competition and lots of it, the monopoly of government would be slashed completely from society.
This would eliminate the need for taxes, which many of us would only be too happy to lower, allowing us to voluntarily invest in services by choice rather than by force, which always comes with the threat of jail time or worse.
Money would also be competitive in an open market. For instance, rather than give the Federal Reserve Bank ownership of money, none of which is backed by anything and decreases in value each year, there would be options. Bitcoin, gold and silver, and anything else that would spring up via open markets would allow for people to choose what they will give and take as tender, rather than the monopolized US dollar that we see today.
We also don’t believe in force. For instance, let’s take mandatory public schooling. We believe in private and/or for-profit schools over public school. While public school can still exist in a voluntary society via voluntary public funding of communities, open competition through markets are key here.
Now, before you all label me as some kind of nut who’s out of touch with reality (as I once labeled others), I’ll leave links to some of my favorite websites and references so you too can browse around for a new way of thought that they won’t teach you in public schools.
When one reads the Lord of Columbia Series, especially Northern Knights and Missing in Columbia when it comes out, the anarchocapitalist allegory sticks out even more. This is done through plot elements, character development, and dialogue, and serves as an alternative way of thought from the crony capitalist and democratic socialist structures that dominate today’s economical thought in America.
Those on the Right argue that crony capitalism is an evil necessity to build and sustain jobs in the marketplace and that the economic inequality is a byproduct of what they believe is the best imperfect system out there.
Those on the Left disagree, arguing that the crony capitalist structure picks and chooses winners and losers and the only way to put everyone on equal footing is via intense taxation of those residing in higher tax brackets, the richest bracket paying between 70% and 90% of total income.
The Anacap, as we call ourselves for short, disagrees with both philosophies and we refer to the capitalism thought of today as cronyism. I’ve even heard some refer to it as corporate socialism, and of course, corporate welfare might be the most accurate term.
While we believe democratic socialists have good intentions, we’re also quick to point that socialism has a spotty track record worldwide, at best. We also point out the force required to carry out such government expansion.
The Lord of Columbia Allegory
I state from the dedication page in Northern Knights that the Lord of Columbia is a Libertarian manifesto, as many Libertarians tend to refer to themselves as Anacaps, including figures such as Ron Paul.
While there is a war fought and the main character starts the uprising, deviating a bit from the Libertarian value of nonaggression, one must remain assured that the conflict takes place on the home front, and not 3,000 to 6,000 miles overseas in an unknown land.
Also, fellow Anacap Murray Rothbard once stated that the only American War that could’ve ever been justified was the American Revolutionary War.
In the story, the Libertarian-minded North Columbia, led by a voluntary citizen force and well-regulated militia called the Freedom Flames follows such values that I listed above. The currency is sound and in the form of metals and minerals. Gun ownership and open carry is rampant while gun safety training is highly encouraged. Competition in the open market is fierce, yet unemployment is low to nonexistent and prosperity is high.
Since the Freedom Flames are a voluntary force, they work in shifts and are paid for via private funding of industry located on the Hocking River, which serves as the border between North and South Columbia.
Let’s get to South Columbia, where our story begins.
South Columbia is a mixture between crony capitalism and socialism. The government of Columbia’s mother country, Southland, Capitol of the Southpoint Empire, picks and chooses winners and losers in industry. They do so through intense regulation of industry which is paid for to members of Parliament via lobbyists in the Southpoint Capitol of Loudon.
One notorious company is called Leis Industries, where Cain Riscattare’s rival Scotty Volt’s father is in constant contact with lobbyists due to his high-ranking position in the company. The prime manufacturer of military vehicle parts, Leis Industries has acquired and eliminated its competition by paying off such politicians in Parliament to create such laws and at the same time, promising them a nice, cozy seat in the corporate offices if they decide to leave the political world behind.
Anarchocapitalists May Call Foul
Yes, a few anacaps might be haters of this work and while the message is clearly in their favor, they might have a problem with say, the aesthetics of the work.
This is one reason why I placed the image up top because I just had to clear something up before someone said something because it will surely happen.
The colors of the anarcho-capitalist flag and logo are black and yellow, which many refer to as black and gold….it’s yellow. Black is a symbol of anarchism and yellow is a symbol for capitalism.
However, in Northern Knights, the enemy’s colors are actually black and yellow, while the good guys, the Columbians, are orange and brown.
One reason for this is because the color orange symbolizes two things that I highly value in the Lord of Columbia Series: Freedom and change. Cain wishes to change Columbia into a free society, so this is where orange became an appropriate color.
Brown represents wholesomeness and healing. Columbia is broken, and it’s Cain’s goal to make it whole and to annex his home in South Columbia into the same values as North Columbia. Since war has broken, South Columbia will soon lay in shambles and is in need of healing.
Therefore, orange and brown made far more sense to me than black and yellow.
Black, on the other hand, symbolizes strength, seriousness, power, and authority. The Southpoint Empire represents all four cornerstones of black. However, yellow represents deceit, which deceives others by concealing the truth.
Knowing this, it was tough for me to justify using black and yellow to represent the good guys and while the two colors do hold positive meanings, orange and brown’s symbolization of freedom, change, wholesomeness, and healing better represented Columbia.
I was also able to relate it to the Browns-Steelers rivalry as a bit of a bonus and for this, another allegory was created almost out of thin air while writing the work. As many in America know, the Browns-Steelers rivalry goes back decades, all the way to 1950. It’s the oldest rivalry in the AFC and was one of the most intense from 1970 to 1995 when the Browns disbanded for three seasons.
When the Browns returned in 1999, their relevance had shattered and since then, the Steelers lead the rivalry 34-6-1, with the Browns last defeating the Steelers in 2014. However, with the recent turmoil in Pittsburgh and the uprising in Cleveland, perhaps the rivalry will flip once more and the Browns will prove their dominance once more.
I hope you all enjoyed this read and at the very least, perhaps opened the mind a little to a third way of thought here in America.