The Last, Whole Introduction to Agorism?

“It is the policy of the Revolutionary Agorist Cadre to deal with foreigners. Assuming they also wish to deal with us. Your other questions assume we are – or intend to become – a government. But we are agorists: propertarian anarchists. Our prosperity to date has come from following agoric principles we generally adopted. Why would we abandon market principles we have found efficacious in favor of hegemonic ones that have led society after society into ruin?”

Dr. Merce Rampart

 


As beautiful as a proposed libertarian strategy as it is, agorism is not without its faults. Seldom is there any genuine criticism of agorist theory or practice that is not just some regurgitation of political crusading by controlled schizophrenics who are emotionally invested in some sort of collective-movementism. Unfortunately, it would be a disservice to agorists not to offer a critique in good faith regarding their chosen approach to the problem of statism. Continue reading

An Agorist Primer

“You can be convicted of violating laws that don’t exist – as plenty of ‘tax criminals’ have been. Ask the IRS for copies of the laws you’re allegedly breaking and they’ll respond with legalistic gobbledegook. I have a friend who once testified as an expert witness in a tax case. Her expertise? Grammar. On the stand, she diagrammed a mega-monster sentence from the tax code and proved the alleged regulation couldn’t be obeyed – because it literally had no meaning in the English language. Still, people get arrested for disobeying it…[b]ottom line, you’re no longer a law-abiding citizen. There are too many laws to abide. And it doesn’t matter whether they call’em laws, rules, regulations, or something else altogether. You break them altogether. With laws like these, who even wants to be a law-abiding citizen?”

Claire Wolfe

 

 

Following up on the New Libertarian Manifesto, SEK3 elaborates upon agorism as a libertarian strategy, which hinges upon letting the black market choke the State into a well-deserved abolition. Setting the tone for the rest of this primer, Konkin defines agorism thusly:

 

“Agorism is the consistent integration of libertarian theory with counter-economic practice; an agorist is one who acts consistently for freedom and in freedom.”

 

By firmly insisting upon ends-means consistency (aka, integrity), SEK3 advocates for grey & black market trading as the means for achieving personal liberty. Unfortunately, if people aren’t willing to abstain from political crusading (as the voluntaryists demand is the minimum baseline for anti-political activity), then they sure as hell ain’t ready for agorism. Continue reading

[A] New Libertarian Manifesto

“Liberty depends on laws and their interpretations, and so is easily destroyed…laws and their interpretations often change…Big Brother already has 60 million laws and regulations or so. If all laws were consistently enforced, almost every man, woman and child would be in prison for one or more violations. But Big Brother can only extort so much taxes to hire bludg and build spy devices. And taxes are already to – or beyond – the point of diminishing return. Each additional rule to be enforced means existing rules get enforced less.”

Rayo (1983)

 

 

Agorism, simply defined, is a libertarian strategy that seeks to abolish the State through grey and black market trading. Etymologically, the very word “agora” means an open marketplace; in other words, an unlicensed, unregulated, untaxed, laissez-faire freed market. Samuel Edward Konkin III (aka, SEK3) birthed agorism in 1980 with the publication of the shortest manifesto I’ve ever read to date. Continue reading

Human Action!

“The origin of money is…entirely natural and thus displays legislative influence only in the rarest instances. Money is not an invention of the state. It is not the product of a legislative act. Even the sanction of political authority is not necessary for its existence. Certain commodities come to be money quite naturally, as the result of economic relationships that were independent of the power of the state.”

Carl Menger

 

 

Four and a half years ago, a reader of mine commented that I should study praxeology, which is the science of human action. As a skeptical empiricist, facts and evidence are important to me, yet, they cannot tell the entirety of the truth about a particular topic. Sometimes, logical deductions are more valuable than spending large and inordinate amounts of time and effort conducting never-ending research and studies that mostly tell you what is already knowable about the world, not just through hard-won personal experience, but also an extrapolated understanding of humanity through a truthful evaluation of one’s own values and actions.

Much like Ayn Rand’s fictional magnum opus, examining Ludwig von Mises’ non-fiction magnum opus could go in a lot of different directions, and it’s not just due to the sheer length of it. For my purposes of this report, I will focus on those highlights that really illuminated my understanding of economics more so than it already has been. Much like his other work Liberty & Property, Mises never fails to impart to me the dangers of economic illiteracy insofar as it impacts the human condition (such as it is). Continue reading

How Nonviolent Struggle Works?

“People who have held public positions during peace time should not be recruited for the [civilian] resistance movement. It is likely that these individuals will be arrested and subjected to brain washing. They should have no knowledge of the resistance movement, so your organization will not be compromised, nor lose members. Make sure this ‘basic rule of recruitment’ is well known, even to the enemy. Thus you can protect these valuable and courageous people to some degree since the enemy is aware of this policy, his interest in them will diminish. Examples of members unsuitable for the resistance movement are: prominent politicians both active or retired; leading economists, editors, professors, important administration officials. All these persons are too well known to participate in the ‘underground movement.’ They certainly will be shadowed, will be arrested sooner or later, or even executed. For them it is best to join guerrilla units.”

Major H. von Dach Bern

 

 

Satyagraha, simply defined, is using the force of truth alone in convincing opponents the righteousness of one’s cause. Often, suffering is inflicted upon practitioners of satyagraha by their enemies, yet their modus operandi is to stand firm until a mutually agreeable solution is negotiated. There is an assumption at work here that by reaching the conscience of one’s oppressors, satyagrahans are able to persuade them to remedy their grievances because there is, presumably, a limit to how many times, and how severely, each individual has within himself to hurt another man, face-to-face (of course, satyagraha assumes that oppressors have consciences worth appealing to in the first place).

A political scientist known as Gene Sharp has studied so-called “nonviolent struggle” in the attempt to not only comprehend it, but also to gauge its efficacy. Unfortunately, I’m left with the impression that satyagraha has a mean time to harassment (MTH) of exactly zero, because the whole idea of nonviolent struggle is to confront the State directly, as if nonviolent struggle were nothing more than a suicide pact. It’s almost as if satyagrahans throw themselves upon the gears of the State just to end up as nothing more than a pasty mush.

Sharp’s entire book appears to be collective-movementism on steroids, frankly. Considering the very existentiality of disingenuous activists and their fake grievances, it is merited to ask the quite uncomfortable question of, is there more to politics that pure spectacle? Generally speaking, I don’t mindlessly trust so-called “activists” farther than I can throw them, yet much like the politicians they appear to emulate, activists themselves are reminiscent of broken clocks, which by nature are correct twice a day. Continue reading

Only by Blood and Suffering?

“What will happen when the Big Machine is missing pieces? Orders won’t get processed at the Walmart distribution center. The 18-wheelers won’t make deliveries to [grocery] stores. Gas stations will run out of fuel. Some policemen and firemen won’t show up for work, having decided that protecting their own families is their top priority. Power lines will get knocked down in windstorms, and there will be nobody to repair them. Crops will rot in the fields and orchards because there will be nobody to pick them, or transport them, or magically bake them into Pop-Tarts, or stock them on your supermarket shelf. The Big Machine will be broken. Does this sound scary? Sure it does, and it should. The implications are huge.”

James Rawles

 

 

Remember LaVoy Finicum? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t, most people have forgotten about him by now given that it’s been over a year since he died, so it’s an understatement to say that he’s been absent from the news cycle, despite his historic role during the Statist Turf War of 2016 as a member of Citizens for Constitutional Freedom (C4CF), perhaps most infamously as the #TarpMan. Apparently, Finicum wrote a novel so he could earn passive income in order to finance his legal contentions with the Bureau of Land Management, who had already fined him $1,458 before eventually tacking on an additional $5,000.

In many ways, Finicum’s fiction reminds me of James Rawles’ Patriots novel, in that both of them dealt with TEOTWAWKI doom porn scenarios. Unfortunately, it’s almost as if Finicum wrote two different novellas and then squished them together in order to have a single novel; the first half focused on the Bonham siblings (Cat, Dan, HayLee-H, and KayLee-K) bugging out from the cities and getting to the retreat stronghold of their family ranch, whereas the second half was all about how their father, Jake, virtually defeated single-handedly the swarms of government forces during the Long Valley War. By the time Jake is laying waste to public servants attempting to overrun his ranch, the character development invested in the four siblings appears to have been, well, forgotten. Continue reading

The American Income Tax

“The effect of the ability-to-pay doctrine in practice is to discourage production. If an increasing portion of what I earn is taken from me – and that is the intent of the graduated income tax – then my inclination will be to cut down on my earnings. Men work to satisfy their desires, not to pay taxes. There is no sense in keeping my barn full if the highwayman empties it regularly and I have no means of preventing him from so doing…that is the effect of the ability-to-pay doctrine. If we examine the income tax carefully we find that it is not a tax on income so much as it is a tax on capital. When the government takes from me is not what I consume but what I might have saved.”

Frank Chodorov (1954)

 

 

Right from the very beginning, I was pleased to see the following copyleft notice:

 

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This is so awesome that I honestly think that the late Aaron Swartz would be proud. I honestly wish that more content producers within the alternative media would choose from among the market selection of copyleft options available in whatever they think is appropriate for their original works. Continue reading

To Harass Our People

“I don’t think there is any question there would be a national revolt against current federal taxes if the public paid them all on April 15. Withholding provides the key illusion which allows our tax system to function. That’s okay by me because I happen to support most of the federal spending programs.”

Andrew Levine (former IRS lawyer)

 

 

Congressman George Hansen is a rather fascinating legislator. He was a negotiator during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis and he paved the way for the 1978 Marshall v. Barlow’s U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that OSHA cannot warrantless search businesses. Much like his fellow congresscritter Ron Paul, Hansen believed in a hypothetically “limited” government.

Ironically, Hansen is a documented political prisoner. For being convicted of having made false statements (18 USC § 1001), which is a victimless crime, Hansen was subjected to diesel therapy. As a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, diesel therapy is institutionalized torture whereby jailers deny inmates access to a toilet, food, water, and even physical movement by having them tightly shackled and transported fruitlessly for hours or days on end; although Hansen was arguably acquitted due to the 1995 Hubbard v. U.S. case, he is unique for being known as the only congresscritter who was tortured for being politically outspoken. Continue reading

How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It

I am a survivalist, and by nature a survivalist is an optimist…[i]t is difficult to find any well-recommended historian, economist, political scientist, sociologist, or military strategist that will predict that disasters are not inevitable, yet we survivalists dare to be optimistic about the future. We survivalists do not need to predict the probability of disaster any more than we need to predict the sun setting…[t]he survivalist can not lose because his survival preparations will be of value regardless of what the future has in store[t]oday’s survivalist is an asset to his community and to the world and should be proud to say, ‘I am a survivalist.’

James Jones

 

 

Not entirely unlike Objectivism, I’ve had my own experiences with survivalism. Although I never self-identified as an Objectivist, I have described myself as a survivalist in the past, which I wouldn’t say anymore to be true. That being said, I am familiar with the subject matter of emergency prep, given my previous experience as a Boy Scout.

During my survivalist days, I started out as a “Rawlesian” because I honestly thought there were no other options, until I ran across Jack Spirko’s “modern survival” school of thought, which suited me a lot better; for example, I disagreed that “charity is a moral imperative,” yet I agreed that taxation is theft. While things like “civilization is a thin veneer” and “exploit force multipliers” are precepts I think are validly true, following Rawlesianism consistently to the letter is a bit comical to me, to be honest. Given that I’m now pursuing vonuence, let’s just say worrying about doom porn is one thing I don’t do anymore like I used to back in the day. Continue reading

The Prince and the Pauper

“One could even say that there is a fascination with the royals among Americans. The popular British press has claimed that a substantial majority of the crowd in front of the Buckingham Palace on any given in London is American. The popular American press doted on Princess Diana and went into a frenzy when she died. Not a month goes by but that there is an article or television program devoted to the institution of the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II, her children, or grandchildren. Some British friends have commented that Americans sometimes seem more attached to the monarchy than the average Briton.”

William Moody

 

 

Superficiality is an indispensable feature of the servile society. Whether it be political crusading or the promulgation of the “white genocide” myth, unfairly pigeonholing individuals based solely on their physical appearance is truly evocative of judging a book by its cover. What many would consider to be a classic tale of historical fiction, serves as a critique of what is in reality an unjust class system, which is largely based on aesthetics. Continue reading