Comics and Liberty: How Basic Libertarian Principles Parallel Comic Lore

There is a largely missed connection between the comic medium, particularly the superhero genre and stories from the two big publishers Marvel and DC, and the philosophies associated with libertarianism. Everything from the non-aggression principle (NAP), individualism, civil liberty, voluntary action and in some cases/stories to individuals versus the State. In fact, one could say that the parallels between the two are almost too spot on.

Anyone with a basic understanding of pop culture can easily identify the very nature of volunteer action and connect that with superheroes. I’d be surprised if you’ve never heard the phrase “With great power, comes great responsibility” and not instantly know what it’s from and what that quote is presenting. You don’t even have to just use Spider-Man to present the idea of voluntary action. Use Batman, use Superman, use Wonder Woman, The Flash or Daredevil,  and really any of the majority of comic heroes can easily be substituted in and out as examples for voluntary philosophies. Voluntary action is in the very nature of the medium’s stories and individuals using their unique abilities towards a public good, doing a service voluntary of the state through individual actions.

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