With massive government debasing of the fiat U.S. Dollar, with mounting decades of hypermilitarism, with the destabilising effects of ever more central planning, could the statist American Empire collapse within the next four years? And if it does, how will citizens cope?
These are the questions aimed to be addressed by a daring new web series, Anarchy in America.
Written and produced by Sky Conway, President of Renegade Studios, Anarchy in America takes place in 2013, in a bankrupt America where “food riots erupt and mobs loot stores.” While preachers on street corners claim this is “Armageddon,” the president addresses the nation on live TV. He declares Martial Law.
I first learned of this project from Laissez-Faire!, a new magazine/catalogue being released by Laissez-Faire Books (which was recently acquired by the International Society for Individual Liberty). In this magazine, Ms. Joyce Brand writes,
In a small coastal community in California, a band of colorful residents rally together to solve social problems from looting to feeding the elderly. This is not utopia but flawed characters struggling to make their community work, battling each other and the remnants of government while building voluntary institutions for currency, charity, protection, and more. But even as freedom takes root, the government returns. State agents with guns demand taxes and obedience. And, then, a tank rolls down the center of Main Street; the federal government has reconstituted (p. 9).
Professor Randy Barnett, author of The Structure of Liberty, is one of the consultants on Anarchy in America.
This show will be released as a series of webisodes at anarchy.tv, each approximating seven minutes in length. Each set of twelve episodes will be “structured like a three-act feature film. … This allows us to consolidate each set of webisodes into movie-length DVDs,” writes the producer, “with extras, to market to a wide audience.”
Production will not begin until enough money has been raised to fund the first three episodes, but once things are under way, “Laissez Faire Books will publish the novelization of the series, and we expect to have graphic books as well. We will have merchandise to sell, such as tee shirts, posters, baseball caps, mugs, etc. There will be 15 second commercial spots available in front of each episode. The DVD sales will bring in more revenue as the series continues, and there is the potential for a cable TV deal.”
All in all, I’m quite excited about the prospect of watching this show.
—Alexander S. Peak