2017 Art Contest Winner – Youth Category!

The team here at libertopia (which consists of Lewis and Julie) are proud to announce the Youth Category winner of our 2017 libertarian Art Contest (the Adult Winner will be announced soon)! Find the details of the 2017 Art Contest right here.

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J117 says about his art, “I made it to symbolize how the Empire from Star Wars has Stormtroopers, which are kind of like a police force that claims to keep order in that galaxy. Except they are murdering and killing people they don’t like. And then the police (in real life) are also saying they’re about keeping order, but are sometimes murdering and killing people who haven’t done anything wrong too. Plus they are like a military, wearing masks and having powerful weapons against normal people.”

J117 wins a congratulatory certificate featuring his art (which we will mail to him), an icon to use on his portfolio site, and a $5 gift certificate!

If you missed out this year, don’t worry – we’re planning on hosting another libertarian / voluntaryist / ancap art contest next year! Also, a big “THANK YOU” goes out to those individuals who contributed their unique libertarian art and writing for this contest!

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!

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Abrams and Star Wars Ep. 9? Sigh. I miss George Lucas.

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Disclaimer: The following post doesn’t have much to do with libertarianism, voluntaryism or anarcho-capitalism, but it has a lot to do with creativity, artistry and just having fun. Which is what this site is also all about. Plus, it’s Star Wars. 

It was a long shot, but after Disney dumped Colin Trevorrow, I honestly hoped the notorious G.L. (George Lucas) would make a grand return to direct Star Wars Episode 9. It would have been such a poetic way to tie up the whole saga, but with Disney running the show – who knows if it will actually end at 9. Maybe more like 29. But now we’ve got JJ Abrams in the director’s seat again. Sigh. Yes, I miss George Lucas.

Star Wars 9: J.J. Abrams will Direct (from The Independent: Sept 12, 2017)

It’s no secret, but I wasn’t much of a fan of Episode 7. I don’t know if that makes me a grumpy old Gen Xer at this point, but in a lot of ways I think I enjoyed the Prequels even better than the New Hope retread that was The Force Awakens. I mean, at least the Prequels were George’s story, and they added a lot to the universe – even if I didn’t love all the acting within them. But it was a lot more than that. Episode 7 under JJ Abrams felt off to me. The story pacing, the missing Han, Luke and Leia reunion, the death of Han, the lack of visual depth (in architecture, art and technology), a lack of diverse alien creatures, the lack of interesting planetary environments, a poorly told political story, laughable villains and a derpy Starkiller Base that I STILL don’t get how it works. I wasn’t a fan of Mary Sue Rey, and I wasn’t especially thrilled with temper tantrum hair-boy Kylo Ren either. However, in all fairness, Poe and Finn were cool, and Han was pretty great until he died (grumble). And the starship graveyard on Jakku was perhaps the most visually interesting portion of the movie, with Maz Kanata ’s castle a feeble second.

Rogue One on the other hand I absolutely LOVED, and it restored quite a lot of faith in Disney captaining this ship. The entire cast of Rogue One was amazing, and Jyn Erso is a favorite. There was TONS of visual depth, interesting planetary locations, lots of neat aliens, cool tech and a great story that clicked perfectly with Episode 4. Plus, it added a whole new layer of awesome-sauce to Darth Vader, the greatest movie villain of my child-hood, as well as some amazing scenes with Grand Moff Tarkin and the Death Star.

I’ve been optimistic about Episode 8, hoping that perhaps it will bring some level of depth to the weak-sauce story dribbled out to us in Episode 7. There does appear to be more visual dimension and scale in 8, so who knows. Maybe Disney is starting to figure this whole Star Wars thing out, and Abrams will actually be able to tell a story that doesn’t end up like Episode 7, Star Trek or Lost. At this point, we’re kind of like the Rebellion in the Empire Strikes Back. It may look awfully dark when faced with the might of the Empire, but we still have hope. So hope my friends. Hope.

Thoughts about Star Wars, EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 (which was disappointing in lacking proper couch co-op), or the upcoming release of Battlefront 3? Let us know! Also, be sure to check out the rest of what we’ve got right here in Libertopia! There’s a great illustrated book for 99 cents, an awesome store full of unique shirts and other cool stuff you won’t find ANYWHERE else, and great libertarian artist interviews, cartoons and so much more!

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Libertopia talks Equilibrium at Actual Anarchy Podcast!

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The team at Libertopia (which consists of myself Lewis Liberman, and Julie Wilder), once again had the honor of appearing on Actual Anarchy to talk with the show-hosts about the AWESOME 2002 sci-fi movie Equilibrium! We had a ton of fun chatting about this movie, which is perhaps even more relevant NOW than it was when it came out 15 years ago… especially with all that censorship of art and free speech that seems to be happening everywhere these days. And of course, since art is kind of our thing here at Libertopia, I created the above piece of Equilibrium fan art incorporating some themes from the movie.

So what is Equilibrium? Just in case you’ve never seen it, here’s a brief summary: In a fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. Emotion is outlawed and human behavior is controlled by a drug, Prozium, that hinders emotion. A government official is in charge of going around and eliminating potential threats to the regime. When the official forgets to take his dose of Prozium, a whole new world is opened up to him and he takes on the establishment that he’s supposed to be working for. Sounds pretty cool, right?

This was a really fun episode, and we had a great time talking about it. If you’ve ever missed just sitting around and talking with your friends about movies or other stuff in our world today, you’ll definitely want to check out this amazing podcast at Episode 40 – Equilibrium (you can also find it on itunes and a bunch of other places too).

Also, be sure to check out the Actual Anarchy page and podcast. There’s a TON of great content on their site, which looks at movies and society in general from a Rothbardian / Anarcho-Capitalist perspective. Don’t miss it! And if you’re a fan of cool graphic design or libertarian / voluntaryist artwork, be sure to check out the rest of what we’ve got right here in Libertopia! There’s a great illustrated book for 99 cents, an awesome store full of unique shirts and other cool stuff you won’t find ANYWHERE else, and great libertarian artist interviews, cartoons and so much more! Check them out before they branded as EC-10 (for emotional content) and forbidden by the State! (that’s an Equilibrium joke)

Also, don’t miss our prior appearance on Actual Anarchy, where we compare and contrast the differences between the 2016 and 1984 Ghostbusters! See it HERE.

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The Snowflake Buddies and the ABCs of Leftism!

snowflake buddies, leftism, parody, satire, graphic design, illustration, awesome illustration, snowflake, funny, lulzGalactic Imperium News Service: The Snowflake Buddies, the smash hit kid’s educational program that espouses leftist propaganda to kids of all ages, is proud to announce their latest book – The Snowflake Buddies and the ABCs of Leftism! Below is just a small sample of the poetic fun that you and your children will have learning about all kinds of special snowflakes and their happy crusade of Statism. Along with fun poems, there’s great illustrations of Antifa Al, Barbara Belle and her pee dumping shenanigans, Commie Carl, Earl the Economist (who is a proud Keynesian man of course) Fran the Feminist and many other cool characters!  Don’t miss out! Download the PDF sample book right HERE!

 

Note, this post is intended as a humorous parody or satire, and a good way to engage in a little poetry too. Enjoy cool graphic design or awesome artwork? Check out the rest of our site for libertarian / voluntaryist / ancap artwork and so much more!

 

 

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Seasteading…the future is now?

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I’ve been reading Seasteading by Joe Quirk and Patri Friedman, and I gotta say…it’s pretty exciting. Yeah, yeah. I get that libertarians, voluntaryists and ancaps are always getting pumped up about the latest cool idea. I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that I was getting super enthused about the efforts regarding Liberland. And while I continue to be hopeful that perhaps someday in the near future Liberland will actually become a reality, Seasteading really seems to be the far more promising prospect of a workable libertarian/voluntaryist community. And the best part? It may be much, much closer than you think!

I was like a lot of people when I first heard of seasteading. You know, the whole science fiction day-dream of underwater colonies or futuristic sea craft, kind of like what may have been found on that old Seaquest DSV from the 90s (used to be cutting edge stuff when I was a kid…sniff). But when I started actually investigating it after hearing a pretty compelling case of it on the Tom Woods Show (which can be found right here at Episode 948), I had to know more. So I bought the book, and have been having myself one heck of a jolly old time reading it. Now, if only I was reading it on a beach in the Bahamas…

And you know? I think it makes sense. As the book points out, there’s already numerous floating cities upon the oceans RIGHT NOW. They’re called cruise ships, and thousands (if not millions) of people can attest to the success that these ships represent in terms of cutting edge technology, safety, comfort of living, significant economic advantages, numerous employment opportunities and plenty of entertainment and leisure activities as well. But even if you were to completely ignore the positive boon to humanity that cruise vessels represent, there’s still numerous shipping lines and oil platforms that successfully provide homes and employment to many as well. Plus, one of the big selling points of Seasteading (in addition to the obvious ones of wealth and freedom), is the capability to offer a green alternative to the extreme pollution and unhealthy lifestyles created by land-based cities.

Additionally, as the authors are quick to point out, many different floating sea colonies may offer many different types of living environments for people. If you don’t like the way things are done in one ocean city, simply move to another. As the intention is for these colonies to be autonomous (free from any land based governments, restrictive bureaucracies, underhanded corporations or the friction that comes from land-based groups of people), a hopeful future for humanity seems to become that much brighter.

Want to know more? Check out The SeaSteading Institute, and enter into a whole new world of great promise for the future 🙂

Note: The above artwork was created by yours truly. It was a fairly quick piece, but it was a lot of fun creating. Feel free to share, or let me know if you have other cool ideas for futuristic sea-related cities!

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Minecraft…libertarian Paradise?

Minecraft, libertarian, game, game review, voluntaryism, ancap, anarcho capitalismIt was a dark time for gaming. Shooters abounded, with the game giants churning out endless sequels to Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Halo and Gears of War. And while some of them could be pretty decent, I yearned for something unique. An open-world style game that allowed me to build, explore and have a cool adventure. Sounds like a great idea, right?

That’s when I came across Minecraft, a procedurally generated world filled with blocks that could be “mined” in order to produce a variety of tools and structures. It sounded awesome, except for one minor problem. It wasn’t available on my Xbox 360. Instead, what WAS available was the independently produced Total Miner, a game of similar design that I quickly fell in love with. Over the next year or so, I’d mine and build my way across countless worlds, filling them with elaborate structures of my own design. I’d also play Fortress Craft, which was a slightly different take – but still pretty great too. And when Minecraft finally arrived on the 360? Yep, you guessed it. I delved in and spent the next two or three years building huge futuristic cities and exploring the mountains, ravines and oceans of whatever world I happened to like the looks of.

Today on my PS4, I still pick it up and play it whenever I want a great couch co-op experience, or just want to spend a little time building and chilling out. In fact while playing recently, I thought about how Minecraft could quite possibly be on of the most libertarian / anarcho capitalist / voluntaryist games out there. I mean, if you’ve also played it, you might know what I’m talking about. The world literally has no government or massive State to oversee all your actions. There’s just you, and your drive to create and explore. Want to build an awesome house in the middle of the ocean, or better yet – under the ocean? You can do it! Want to create a Frank Lloyd Wright style structure in the mountains? Go for it! Enjoy farming, trading with the locals and raising animals? Make it happen! Don’t like the skeletons that keep breaking the non-aggression principal with the nearby peaceful villages at night? You can step in and save the day. No government permit, state board of regulation, imposed statism, or calling the cops.

Of course, you’re also free to behave badly if you want too. For example, if you want to level the entire landscape to build a giant lava spewing toilet, well…it can be done, provided you want to take the time to mine the materials and construct the thing. Or if you want to place a thousand blocks of dynamite in the middle of a peaceful group of derpy looking cows, or build an unsightly dirt tower in the middle of a beautiful valley, yep. You guessed it. You can do that too.

The immensely successful game, which is brightly colored with soothing ambient music, and an environment made entirely out of blocks (including animals and other forms of life), is appropriate for kids and adults. Players can certainly “kill” the creatures found in the game, but there is no blood. And surprisingly in this day and age, there’s no sexual content or foul language either. It’s an extremely accessible and creative game all about building, exploration, self determination, creating your own story – and freedom.

And hey, let’s face it. If libertarian sea colonies or a voluntaryist country happens to take a while to come into fruition here in the real world, at least you can build one in Minecraft. Have fun!

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Orwellian Government in Missouri BANS Monument to Women

kansas city, women, women's rights, feminism, censorship, orwellian, confederate, confederate monument, government, ward parkway, leftism, progressivism,What? Banning a monument to women in this day and age? Surely you jest? No, not at all. For according to sources from Kansas City, Missouri – a monument to women has been identified by the thought police as dangerous to society, and will soon be removed. Not only has this piece of public sculpture been targeted for a trip down the memory hole (that’s a reference to 1984 for all of you who received a substandard public school education), but the expensive cost of it’s removal will doubtless all be done on taxpayer dime.

Sexism? A woman from the area who contacted us recently about this (and who wishes to not be identified for obvious reasons of retribution from the Leftist Secret Police), noted that, “I think it’s pretty ironic that there has been such a push in society lately to recognize women and their contributions to our communities – only to have a case like this where the Left is now seeking removal of a monument to women who sacrificed so much for their community during a time of war.” Nuff’ said. Now the only question is, which feminist group or American veterans organization will take a stand for these ladies? Or is it just not a very profitable cause from a fund-raising standpoint?

Artistic Censorship? The monument, which was created sometime in the 1930’s, is done in an art deco style and features words commemorating the sacrifice of women during America’s unCivil War. However, as it commemorates women who are now perceived to have “the wrong kind of beliefs”, it naturally must be eradicated before some special snowflake is triggered beyond repair. Missouri was one of the most brutal states during this horrible conflict, in which countless women were targeted by an oppressive government. Martial Law was declared here, and homes were burned, women and children were exposed to the elements, husbands, brothers and sons were killed (sometimes through hanging or being shot on the spot), and freedoms were denied. It’s a historical fact that many of these people did not own any slaves, and simply fought to receive justice. But, as we all know, when the Left censors our art – it’s different. Right?

leftism, pacifier, leftist, progressivism, intolerance, snowflake, SJW, social justice warrior, meme, graphic, cartoonRacism? Of course we can now add sexism and censorship of art in this latest fun crusade to destroy history and culture. But what about racism? Well, there’s plenty of documented cases of African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics who served their communities on the side of the South. To remove these monuments, which certainly commemorate their sacrifice as well, is an inadvertent form of racism against these people of the past. Again, ironic. But who says the Left has to make sense?

Thanks government! The monument at Ward Parkway is reportedly currently covered with wood so as not to burn out the eye-sockets of any dainty flowers who might happen to gaze in that direction. It’s said that soon, the local government plans to move it away from public view. See more from the local leftist press – the Kansas City Star – right here (if you want to vomit in your mouth).

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