[Personal Note:You have no idea how glad I am to finally finish this series. Sorry for the long gaps between updates but I’ve been very busy. Expect more SMiLE analyses and random one-offs again for the next few weeks.]
One notices many motifs in the political world as they do research, including party iconography or even the clothing choices of various candidates. It’s no coincidence that every Left-Authoritarian state from the USSR to China to North Korea have all used red flags. There’s also a reason why the Libertarian Party in the US uses yellow branding and wear yellow ties in public appearances. Or why Hillary and Bill Clinton wore noticeable purple clothes at her concession speech. And the way news commentators refer to states as red, blue or purple. Branding is a powerful thing that communicates meaning or conveys association between people or groups without having to say a single word.
Red: traditionally, red banners and colors are associated with Leftism, and in particular, Marxism, Socialism and their various offshoots. However in America this is the opposite, and Red is used in conjunction with the Republicans.
Orange: this color is often associated with Christian politics and Distributism
Yellow: classical liberalism, and in more modern contexts, libertarianism.
Green: environmentalism and green politics.
Blue: conservatism and capitalism, except in America where the colors are reversed and it has come to be used by the Democrats and liberals.
Purple: sometimes associated with monarchy due to its connection with the ancient Tyrian Purple. It is sometimes used in association with feminism. Most commonly it is used to denote a mixture of left and right ideas, or a swing state.
White: either truce and pacifism, or absolute monarchy, especially the Borboun Dynasty and Czarist Russia (the Whites in the Civil War.)
Black: black is humorously used to represent either anarchism or its polar opposite, fascism.
Gray: secessionist movements or independent politicians
Pink: LGBT movements, though of course they also use the rainbow flag.
Fascism: Fasces Nazism: Swastika Falangism: Yoke and Arrows Leninism & Stalinism: Hammer and Sickle Trotskyism: Hammer and Sickle with the number 4 Socialism, Democratic Socialism and Social Democracy: Red Rose Liberalism: A bird in flight or a donkey (in association with the Democrats) Libertarianism: Torch Conservatism & Nationalism: Eagle or an elephant (in association with the Republicans) Environmentalism: Sunflower or a globe Anarchism: An “A” and any star or flag that’s black Marxism or Syndicalism: A fist Syndicalism: A black cat (in reference to wildcat strikes), a gear or cog. Technocracy: A gear or cog, yin-yang symbol with white and red coloration. Right-Libertarian: Gadsden Flag (yellow with a snake and the motto “Dont tread on me”) Agorism: “A” with a superscript “3,” black and gray flag with diagonal division Minarchism: yellow and blue flag with a diagonal division Objectivism: Atlas holding up the world Council Communism & DeLeonism: An arm holding a hammer Egalitarianism: Equals sign or the letter E Juche: Sickle, Hammer and paint brush Distributism: dog with a torch in its mouth (“domini cane”) Capitalism: dollar sign and “V” for Voluntarism Transhumanism: H+, Head with a gear on it. Anarcho-Capitalism: yellow and black flag with a diagonal division, “V” for Voluntarism flipped around to make an “A” shape. Anarcho-Communism/Anarcho-Syndicalism: red and black flag with a diagonal division. Anarcho-Primitivism/Anarcho-Environmentalism: green & black flag with a diagonal division Mutualism: orange and black flag with a diagonal division Anarcho-Individualism/Anarcho-Egotism: blue and black flag with diagonal division Anarcho-Transhumanism: indigo and black flag with diagonal division Anarcha-Feminism: purple and black flag with diagonal division Queer Anarchism: pink and black flag with diagonal division Anarcho-Pacifism: white and black flag with diagonal division Free Thought: Pansy Flower (as seen in this series’ header flags I designed)
My Flag Designs & Symbols I “Invented”
Here are flags I’ve designed for many different political ideologies. It was just a fun project I did on and off in my spare time. I wanted to give certain movements that don’t have a set flag (as opposed to, say, Nazism or Marxism-Leninism which do have iconic banners) something striking and memorable. I wanted to set all of the cookie-cutter anarchist flags apart from one another and give each variation more personality.
You’ll notice some unusual symbols in these flags. Several of which I created anew, others I took from other fields (like alchemy or astronomy) and co-opted into a political context.
White Rabbit: Grassroots organizing (since rabbits eat grass.) Circuitry: AI and Automation DMT Molecule: Ending War on Drugs/Embracing Ego Death and Psychedelia Planets: Space Exploration Cube: 3D Printing, thinking outside the box Ship’s Helm: Self-Determination Robotic Grip: Automation Alchemic Symbol for Gold: Capitalism, the Rich Water Pitcher & Trowel: Geoism Astronomy Symbol for Earth: Earth, Private Property, Land Constellation: Collectivism, Strength in Numbers Keys: Christianity Alchemic/Astronomy Symbol for Pallas Athena: Transgenderism White Tree of Gondor: Mankind coming together, Unity
You won’t find these next ones in any of my flag designs, but while compiling this final installment I started thinking about what symbols might be appropriate for different foreign policy ideologies. (Strangely, foreign policy of any kind never seems to get associated colors or icons.) I thought of a Wolf for the Realist-Intervention quadrant since they’re pack animals but individuals still try to be the “alpha” (at least as far as pop science is concerned.) For Realist Isolation I considered a shelled animal like an oyster or hermit crab due to their solitary nature. For Liberal Intervention I thought a eusocial insect like a bee would be most fitting. Finally, Liberal Isolation could be a coral reef, individuals acting alone but still part of a greater whole. Or a triforce-like series of triangles, together making a structure but still autonomous shapes.