Agorism for Political Agnostics

Agorism for Political Agnostics
It has been reported that someone [I’ve never heard of] has decided voting is a scam.

Some people can really only take so much of the political process before they give up on the system entirely.

This is especially true in modern times, where every candidate is pro-war and pro-establishment.

Obama was the last hope for many people who thought a politician could change things, but when Obama brought more of the same, some people became awake to the reality that politicians are usually con artists and that the entire political system is a scam.

Even P. Diddy, the rapper formerly known as Puff Daddy, admitted in a recent interview that voting is a scam.

This is ironic considering Diddy was the figurehead of the “Vote or Die” movement, which encouraged young people to vote for nearly a decade.

P. Diddy Abandons “Vote or Die” Movement, Says Voting Is A “Scam” – John Vibes – 24 Oct 2015

The report recommends something [I’ve never heard of] called Agorism instead of voting.

Instead of political action, engaging in agorism (building your own non-governmental solutions) is the best way to create real change in the world.

Agorism is a strategy of noncompliance that uses counter-economics and underground markets as a way of keeping power in the hands of the people, thus slowly diminishing the power and relevance of the control structure.

Growing food, using Bitcoin, teaching children through alternative education, running small businesses without licenses, bartering, and starting community currencies are all examples of agorist activities.

P. Diddy Abandons “Vote or Die” Movement, Says Voting Is A “Scam” – John Vibes – 24 Oct 2015

Wikipedia informs me that Agorism is a libertarian social philosophy.

Agorism is a libertarian social philosophy that advocates creating a society in which all relations between people are voluntary exchanges by means of counter-economics, thus engaging in a manner with aspects of peaceful revolution.

I am also told Agorism was invented by two guys [I’ve never heard of] in 1975 [who weren’t Cheech and Chong].

It was first proposed by libertarian philosopher Samuel Edward Konkin III in 1975, with contributions partly by J. Neil Schulman.

Samuel Edward Konkin III (8 July 1947 – 23 February 2004), also known as SEK3, was the author of the publication New Libertarian Manifesto and a proponent of a political philosophy which he named agorism.

Konkin was also notable for his style of dress: “To show his anarchist beliefs, he dressed completely in black, a color associated with that movement since the late nineteenth century.”

Joseph Neil Schulman (born April 16, 1953 in Forest Hills, Queens, U.S.) is a novelist who wrote Alongside Night (published 1979) and The Rainbow Cadenza (published 1983) which both received the Prometheus Award, a libertarian science fiction award.

He is writer of the Twilight Zone episode “Profile in Silver”, first broadcast on CBS March 7, 1986.

Cheech and Chong

Agorism even has its own manifesto which has become something [I’ve never heard of] called a “black market best-seller” after the author was told “Don’t get it right, get it written!”

New Libertarian Manifesto is a libertarian philosophical treatise by Samuel Edward Konkin III.

The work was first printed by Anarchosamisdat Press in October 1980, and subsequently by Koman Publishing Co. in February 1983 and by KoPubCo in 2006.

Konkin declared the book to be a “black market best-seller”.

Dedication to Chris R. Tame who told me, “Don’t get it right, get it written!”

New Libertarian Manifesto by Samuel Edward Konkin III

Click to access NewLibertarianManifesto.pdf

More importantly, Agorism has its very own revolutionary battle cry.

“Agora! Anarchy! Action!”


Agorism is revolutionary market anarchism.

In a market anarchist society, law and security would be provided by market actors instead of political institutions.

Agorists recognize that situation can not develop through political reform.

Essentially, Agorism is something that I have heard of called the Shadow Economy [aka Black Economy].

Agorists recognize that situation can not develop through political reform.

Instead, it will arise as a result of market processes.

As the state is banditry, revolution culminates in the suppression of the criminal state by market providers of security and law.

Market demand for such service providers is what will lead to their emergence.

Development of that demand will come from economic growth in the sector of the economy that explicitly shuns state involvement (and thus can not turn to the state in its role as monopoly provider of security and law).

That sector of the economy is the counter-economy — black and grey markets.

Therefore, Agorism is one of the most popular political movements in Europe with an active membership that accounts for [on average] almost 20% of European GDP.

European Shadow Economy
The dynamics of the black economy
Time of Malta – John Cassar White – 21 June 2012

I guess the revolutionary battle cry of Agorism is also pretty popular in the States.


All together now: “Agora! Anarchy! Action!”

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2 Responses to Agorism for Political Agnostics

  1. In other words, “Capitalism”.

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