Before it was cool: The Anime Murray RothbardSubmitted by BurningsiriusΩ™ on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 18:13
Hey guys as many of you all know, I am a giant anime fan. I see recommendations for several documentaries, books, ext. So, I decided to throw my hat into the recommendation ring with Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Before this became an anime, this was a best selling novel series. The author has tons of legit awards for his writing skill. He basically specializes in Romance of the Three Kingdom style novels which Legend of the Galactic Heroes is related too. (in the fact it has strong willed competent admirals/generals, dynamic story, ext) So before you all go, geez it is a cartoon, take a look at the credentials in the link at the end of this recommendation. Animation, especially then, allowed for starships and such to even be viewed in terms of it being a show.
This show is insanely smart and can be appreciated by fans of Ron Paul. The story is set in the 35th century. There is a Galactic Empire who rules with an iron fist on one side of the Galaxy. On the other, there is the Free Planet Alliance a very corrupt democracy. The two are in a battle for supremacy for their respective ways of life. Two military leaders rise up (one on each side) to make history and turn tide of battle forever.
This series was made during the 80s way before our beliefs became very popular. Several of our points are made in this series. The nature of the state, war, 'conspiracies', ext.
Yang Wenli (the man on the side of the Free Planet Alliance) is very much like Ron Paul in terms of his political career. He is hesitant to take up the reigns of responsibility handed to him, but does so in the best manner imaginable. Here is Yang almost directly quoting Rothbard on the nature of the State and Society. He is also given the perfect set up by a hardcore statist.
Antiwar protestors are killed in the Free Planet Alliance by 'terrorists' (agent provocateurs who are aligned with the President).
Oh and this universe even has its own form of the Bilderburg group who pulls the strings on both sides from behind the scenes. Also of note, Yang has a love interest who is the leader of the anti-war faction running for Congress, and he accidentally gave his endorsement to her vs her warmongering counterpart the establishment was pushing on him. Yang is a war hero not for killing people, but saving an entire solar system's population from a direct Imperial assault.
You will find that the personalities of the Empire's military are just as great. All are cream of the crop. They have been stonewalled to the nobility, and thus find the admiral on the Empire's side Reinhard von Lohengramm who is on the rise to power by his own merits.(Though the aristocracy thinks it is because of his sister's ties to the Kaiser, his sister is the Kaiser's concubine) They place their hopes in him so that they too may rise as he rises. Reinhard envisions a perfect empire ruled by merit (a meritocracy basically). The two visions clash on the battlefield.
This is not to mention the excellent military strategies and tactics. I know many here who, though are anti war, love analyzing military strategy. Legend of the Galactic Heroes will satisfy you.
Do some Google-fu to find it. It is not that hard. I won't give the link here, but I will give the wiki article because it is a very sound and verified article by me.
Writing about this, makes me want to re-watch it again. I am so stoked.