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- into Russian: Символика рыночного анархизма. Translation complete.
Submitted for translation by anarchofront 30.10.2011
Published 5 years, 6 months ago.
A small number of free-market libertarians have embraced symbols which represent the convergence of anarchist (non-state) and libertarian (free-market capitalist) traditions. These ones are the most popular.
Gold-black bisected flag
The 'black-and-yellow' or 'black-and-gold' flag is used by anarcho-capitalists and other market anarchists. Like other anarchist flags, this flag is bisected diagonally. The right half in black is for anarchy and the yellow is intended to symbolise gold, a commodity of exchange often used in marketplaces unrestricted by state intervention. The flag was first used in public in Colorado in 1963 at an event organised by Robert LeFevre at Rampart College.
Circle-A with Dollar Sign
The circle-A symbol representing anarchism with an added dollar sign representing free market capitalism. This is the latest creation (2010) in anarcho-capitalist symbolism.[original research?]
The ama-gi is an ancient Sumerian cuneiform word meaning "freedom" or "liberty," the first known usage of the concept in writing. Ama-gi literally means "return to the mother," i.e. freed.[not in citation given]
The Libertatis Æquilibritas (Latin for "the Equilibrium of Liberty") is a symbol created by Per Bylund used by some adherents of anarcho-capitalism. It is based on the Circle-A, but symbols such as the yin/yang symbol, and the dollar sign are also present. The Circle-A represents the total liberty and freedom only available in anarchist society, whereas the yin/yang represents the perceived balance of a totally free market. The dollar sign represents capitalism in the free-market sense and the natural right to private property. It serves to distinguish anarcho-capitalists from the rest of the anarchist movement, which largely opposes capitalism.
V for Voluntary
The V for Voluntary symbol (also Voluntary V or Voluntary victory) was created in 2007 and is a play on the phrase 'V for Vendetta'. But where 'Vendetta' stresses vengeance and violence, 'Voluntary' stresses peace and looking forwards.
The colors yellow (or gold) and black have the same meaning as used in the anarcho-capitalist flag. The shape at the top of the symbol represents a handshake, which is the most typical expression of a voluntary agreement.
The circle-V has also caught on among voluntaryists, it consists of the capital letter "V" enclosed in a circle. It is related to the well-known Ⓐ but with a V to symbolize the voluntaryist philosophy behind the anarchist ideal. The circle-V can be written with the Unicode encoding 24CB: Ⓥ. In addition, the "(V)" can be used to quickly represent the circle-V on a computer.
* Anarcho-capitalist literature
* Anarcho-syndicalist symbolism
* Anarchist symbolism
1. Rothbard, Murray N., The Betrayal of the American Right (2007): 188
2. Liberty Fund, Inc. Our Logo, Amagi
3. The Sumerians: Their History, Culture, and Character, Samuel Noah Kramer, 1971.
4. Per Bylund discusses the new symbol in an article originally published at Anti-State.com, http://www.perbylund.com/the_library_libertatis.htm
5. The New Symbol of Anarchism. Retrieved 27 March 2007
Anarchism Symbols at Anarchism.net
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