“Anno Phoenicis,” meaning “Year of the Phoenix,” was established at the start of 2017 to protest the world situation in the era of Donald J. Trump and Brexit through selling T-shirts and other merchandise. The name is a reference to 2017, or its equivalent in the Chinese calendar, which is the Year of the Fire Rooster, or Fire Bird. The phoenix is a symbol of rebirth, and particularly rebirth from a crisis situation, such as the one we now face. The liberal international order has faced numerous threats from politicians in the U.S. and other countries over the decades, but none can compare that posed by the narcissistic, xenophobic, atavistic, compulsively mendacious demagogue who now occupies the White House.
As the founder of Anno Phoenicis, I believe that is the duty of liberal-minded people everywhere to oppose demagogues and dictators, and to stand up for personal freedom, democracy, and human rights.