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Land of the Free by x-vegan-x Land of the Free by x-vegan-x
I started this a while ago and thought I'd finish it off and post it up here.

This isn't an anti-America rant. This is an anti-capitalism rant, using the american flag to respresent what I'm trying to portray, as the majority of America is highly consumer-orientated. Had the British flag been so appropriately designed, I would've used that one to avoid the sharp lashings of those who hate american critique :D so apologies there...

I guess when I originally made this I wanted to show that democracy is not real. I'm talking about highly capitalised countries - the USA and UK. Using the American idea that the citizens live in freedom and have freedom of speech and the like, I want to challenge this view.

I don't believe democracy or freedom exist because of personal experience... I don't believe it exists because capitalism does not allow it.

The interests of capitalism are purely one thing; PROFIT. Nothing else matters; the environment, or the creatures that inhabit it. Capitalism goes hand-in-hand with our governments and thus, anything that challenges this giant monster will be squashed as soon as possible. The government is in complete control, and the idea that anyone has freedom to stand up for what they believe in is a complete facade.

I came to this conclusion after deciding to use my right to free speech, and test the democracy system here in the UK. We are apparently entitled to demonstrate our opinions about something we disagree with, yet whip out a banner for an entirely peaceful protest and the emergency services (999) are called, the police requested, and up they pop - battons, video cameras, riot vans and all. Uhm, I thought expressing our opinion in a form of democratic protest was legal? It's actually not, as the police will deliberately try and find something to arrest you for - graphic photos on a banner, noise pollution of a megaphone, trasspass of a company's property... techinically even standing near the premises is somehow a breach of this Great British Law.

Aside from the world of demonstrations, I also wanted to depict that even though people may believe they are "free", I think that under capitalism you are always a slave while you submit to its values; materialism, selfishness and money, money, and.. oh I nearly forgot - money. Because I personally don't see these as having any worth at the end of the day - being happy is more valuable than any amount of those little pieces of metal and paper with some persons' face stamped on it.
Companies need to sell products. But actually, we can be happy with what we need and should be content with the wonderful things we already have. But this doesn't generate money. Since we only have a limited number of needs, companies invent a product then market it as if you "need" it... I find this particularly dispicable. People want to subscribe to these ridiculously materialistic lifestyles as they think this is what they need to satisfy themselves and make them happy.. yet to do so they need stressful jobs with hugely long hours to pay for all of it. What's the point of spending all of your time working for these possessions when you're never around to 'enjoy' them anyway? How can anyone want to spend more time with their briefcase than their family? Thus my point is, the overworked nation are unhappy because of the system they are trapped in.. that's why 25% of all drugs prescribed on the NHS are anti-depressants (the government don't want anyone to look into the actual cause of their depression, they'd much rather drug everyone up with a quick cure to stop them questioning!)...

I could go on forever. This has turned into an essay and it really wasn't supposed to. I still feel I've left out half the picture here but I can't help thinking anyone reading this is now probably drooling into their keyboard with a digestive biscuit stuck to their forehead :D

I'l definitely shut up now, but I haven't written this for a debate or a flaming, although I'm sure I'll get both, I just wanted to express my stance on a few things :)
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WeicxMan1013 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Land of the free?
More like, land of the fee.
sbarr12 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
The usa is not the land of the free
Random-Artist-1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012   Digital Artist
very true!
AceofAces80 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Random-Artist-1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012   Digital Artist
hon, thats not the point of the drawing
poshjerkins Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
fuck yourself please
toonrama Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
thejackplug Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
borrowed it for a post on [link] Ofcourse we linked the picture to this page, maybe you'll get a few more readers on your story ;) If you don't like your work there, contact us at, and we'll take it off. Great work!


Pieter Leijten.
name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
Nicely done!
A8T Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
i consider myself a free market capitalist but not a crony capitalist pig,nice design on the flag with dollar symbols and barcodes though. :) :)
Hiroshima-Zombie Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
This is just perfect! I totally agree with you, you know, and it's just so *sad* seeing how many people actually believe that capitalism = freedom when all that matters, with capitalism, is how much money you bring to your country, not your happiness/dignity as an individual. Also, what makes me angry is the total brainwashing that students go through: in the US they only learn what can be useful to find a job immediately and make as much money as possible with it, but what about, say, history? Do they even know why it's important to know what happened not only in your own countries, but in the rest of the world too? Also, isn't it a bit hypocrital, calling it the 'Land of the Free' when it was born through the slaughter of countless natives? Why does everyone forget about all those deaths and all the wars that were started for the sake of money? Do people actually know why the US fought in WWII? Do they realize that 'freedom' cannot be exported like that: if it was so easy, why didn't every country adopt democracy right after the Greek came up with it? But if you aren't taught to think with your own head and your eyes *open*, not merely focussed on what's right under your nose, how are you supposed to think about all this?
It makes me laugh how Communism is seen as a form of Fascism or worse that aims to destroy one's individuality: one cannot agree with it, sure, but its principles are very democratic and actually aim to give give back to the people that very dignity that Capitalism took away from them; just because Communist theories go against your own, it doesn't mean that they're LOL evil. What Stalin or Mao did was wrong on many levels, but it doesn't mean that Communism is bad per se: there are countries who use democracy as an excuse to start wars - does that mean that *democracy* is a bad thing? I don't think so. The fact that they keep people from knowing that there are other ways, that thinking differently doesn't equal being stupid or evil, only shows how 'fake' this freedom of theirs is.
Also, why do they support Israel so blindly if they believe in such good principles? Don't they know that they're doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to the Jews? Or, maybe, is it that their financial support is so important that those atrocities can be ignored?
Seeing how the current government is trying to Americanzie my own country makes me so sad. :/
danionica Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
This is the best flag ever! It shows the truth about the US. :P
crzyluke Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
I can't describe the feeling I have right now. I've been looking at art in galleries, deviant, and videos for months and nothing so simple has meant so much to me in a while. To me this work of art has as powerful a meaning as the word love. But in completely different regards. Anyone who is not ignorant, at any age can use logic to determine what you have wrote. But we have many flaws. Great axiom. You are <brave> for this.
Vinare Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Seriously cool! The rebellion begins here! lol!

btw, :flaguk: ftw!
I'm not forgetting you Americans too! :flagus:
dashofdaniel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
What we have now is not capitalism, but corporatism, a form of fascism.

As for capitalism, which can only exist without a State by the way, there is a reason there is a profit. It is because someone has decided to undertake several risks:

1. They have employed someone who is a complete stranger, and they hope that they made the right choice by employing them. The risk here is that the employee will either not do the job they agreed to do or they will do something that costs the employer their reputation and/or business (which is their means of making a living).

2. They have decided to produce a good or offer a service, and they are taking a risk as to whether consumers will purchase that good or service. If the consumer purchases what they offer, then the profit they make is a reward for the risk they took.

Profit is a means for a person to make a living off their labour or by risking investment in the labour of others in the hope of being rewarded. Profit is also used as a means of reinvestment into the business so that it can grow and employ more people or produce more goods or services.

There is nothing inherently wrong with consumerism. It is merely freedom of economic agreement. One party wants something, and another party has that something. They both mutually agree to exchange one commodity for another. The problem comes when people start living beyond their means and start borrowing. However, people have free will and if they choose to do this, then they must accept responsibility for the consequences. That is why people would be better off if they spent less and saved more, but we cannot use violence (ie. the State) to force people to behave the way we want them to.

As for democracy, it is a form of slavery, see [link] .
crzyluke Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Debt is self perpetuating. Democracy is slavery. Politics is primitive. The monetary system is outdated, the only problem is people are too afraid to become so uncomfortable to actually change something.
Intentional ignorance is bliss.Imagine changing one person's would take time and effort and persuasion, Now think about changing the whole worlds life, in what would seem to be over night considering the scale.

An evolution of our recipe for thinking and living has to take place on a grander scale than anything that has ever preceded. There will always be opposition, hate, and, ignorance. The world is a big rubix cube for us as a whole to figure out. That is the purpose of life. To evolve and figure out a harmonious way of life. Not as individuals but as one. To give selflessly each and every person. Forget about our darkest impulses (greed, jealousy) and help one another reach the best way of life.
There does not have to be force. Just persuasion.

This is what a postulate I believe in.
crzyluke Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
This is a postulate I believe in.*
MusicIsMyPassion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Though I don't think Capitalism is evil, it definitely has a lot of flaws that need to be taken care of.

Nice work with this.
dezGusty Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
Congrats on the picture. It can express so much, while being so simple in appearance.
And I think you're right on target with your "rant" as well :peace:. "Free" and "Freedom" are used today with such little meaning behind them. Now everytime you hear some politicians use "freedom" in a speech, open your ears and pay attention: that's true ranting.
RabidLeroy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Student General Artist
Yeh, almost any country feels like a capitalist nation. :salute: God bless your belief in pro-democracy!
Triadbeast Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
interesting. i take it you've never been to America?
Britain is a sorry and poor excuse for anything even remotely attached to 'human rights' or 'democracy'.
i suggest leaving if you can, and you have my deepest condolences if you live in 'Little Pakistan'.
kupo-nut86 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
Wow. Just wow. Power to you.

Criticism is not anti america or anti democracy. Dissent or other thinking is your patriotic RIGHT.
bspender Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
I agree ! Capitalisms kills the world !
bittersweet-funeral Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007   Photographer
lol, purely by coincedence, me and my friend are actually in the middle of writing a song called land of the free, with pretty much the same idea in mind. was the first song we did together, and then we gave up, and we are now trying to finish it. wow lol.
Skrilaxx Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
Fucking Genious.
mere-ambivalence Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Professional Photographer
this is a really great, thought-provoking image.. i think i've seen something similar before as a wheatpaste.. i'd love to see it in place of billboards..

i found this picture from the activist art group here. i think art is one of the most powerful ways we can formulate rebellion against the systems of inequality in the world which people assume are inherently imbedded in our culture, but are most certainly not.

anyways, i'm writing my senior thesis right now about how art is used in activism, because of what a powerful visual medium it is..

if anyone wants to share their thoughts or their activist art with me, then i'd love to talk to you!

my email is: whirlpeas (at) gmail (dot) com

thanks, and happy spring to you all! :)
twisted24-7 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
great work, great idea.
not agreeing with you in total but you really created a piece of art to questions the actual system.
keep it up!

.. got one minute left? check out my gallery!
neojones777 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
Indeed. I am in complete agreement with what this represents. Please, if you would do me the honor of going over my political piece entitled National Flag of the A.W.P.
:flagus: :salute:
poet-punkrocker Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007   Writer
:nod: yup
Fenerismoon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006
I agree with you there. when we go to work for someone, they are paying us to make them more money.
x-vegan-x Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
Thanks... too true :giggle:
AlexRhian Featured By Owner May 21, 2006
Lovely idea for a piece and highly eloquent explanation. I agree with a lot you say.
ChrIslam Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006
Comrade :salute:
x-vegan-x Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006
:highfive: nice to meet you, friend!
jedknox Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005
i like your work. especially the vegan ones. i do think that capitalism is evil...but it has been proven that it is no more so tahn communism.socialism may be nice.
i think you have a nice way of expressing your ideas in your art. a very design like way of doing things.
anyway, keep up the good work.
x-vegan-x Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005
thank you very much - I agree with you in that communism could be as bad as capitalism, but in a different way - true. It's just another form of inequality, which is why I think anarchism would be best, however in my opinion there are too many people for it to work.

Thanks again for checking out my gallery :)
mellow-d Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2005  Hobbyist Artist
I love it, the way it looks like a barcode :)

I've been in the Uk for a year now and haven't been part of a protest, although I have seen on the news that it's pretty much illegal whatever you do here. I remember seeing on TV I think it was last month where the goverment has now made protesting in Westminster completely 100% illegal.

That's pretty damn silly.

I've been involved in a few protests back home in South Africa, some of them legal, some of them illegal, but we were allowed to do it. Granted maybe 20 years ago if you protested you were likely to be shot, but these days its changed for the better.

Love the picture
x-vegan-x Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2005
thanks, I'm glad you liked the picture so much. Yeah it's totally ridiculous making demonstrations illegal - like the one outside Westminster you mentioned - crazy world eh!! Since when is a demo harmful?! The government seriously have something to hide.
mellow-d Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2005  Hobbyist Artist
fact is, the government is now saying, go ahead and demonstrate, as long as its not in front of us...

pretty crazy eh?
active-art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2005
Cool, that there is something political on this site
I like you're deviation very much AND you're story about it.
You're from the U.K. you said, are you a member of the SWP? I thought your story and the ideas of the SWP match quite nicely. :)

Sorry if my english is not so good..

x-vegan-x Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2005
heyy, glad you liked my political rant hehe - no I am not a member of the SWP - is that Socialist Workers Party? Your english is fine by the way! :nod:
active-art Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2005
Yep, the SWP is the socialist workers party. I'm a member of the dutch SWP, so that's why I asked :)
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combatanM Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
You like punk rock...hmm.You know where It came from,do you?Your computer Isn't made of wood,and grass.And at times like these Its best to check yourself before get In trouble.One last think terroist are any better.:picknose:
x-vegan-x Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
Erm, is that some kind of english? Because I couldn't quite understand the disjointed and mangled wording. Try again.
combatanM Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
You don't know what the funk you are talking about,Is that better.:matteo:
x-vegan-x Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
much better, have fun in your vacant and feelingless world! :D
xunderxdosedx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
Um, don't let combatanM get to you. He seems like pretty much of an idiot. Have you seen his page? Nothing but pictures of firearms. You know, like someone compensating for something. :P

Anywho, great work man. I favorited it.
combatanM Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
Not surprize,not at all.
Chelovek Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005  Professional General Artist
I didnt read your anti capistalist rant, sorry, im not much of a reader ( tis a shame. ) but i like the flag.

money money money mooooneey..... moooneeey.
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