Proponent of agorism and author of the New Libertarian Manifesto
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  • 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.

    Born

    8 Jul 1947, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    Died

    23 Feb 2004, in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles

    Articles

    Black-Market Activism: Samuel Edward Konkin III and Agorism, by David S. D'Amato, 25 Apr 2015
    Overview of Konkin's life and his two main contributions: agorism and the counter-economy
    "Samuel Edward Konkin III, the creator of the political and economic system known as 'agorism,' was born in Saskatchewan, on July 8, 1947. ... Among important figures in the development of the modern libertarian movement, Konkin stands out in his insistence that libertarianism rightly conceived belongs on the radical left wing of the political spectrum. ... A controversial and eccentric figure in the libertarian movement, Konkin left a legacy of challenging, radical ideas that, due to the connectedness and fluidity of the Internet and virtual, peer-to-peer networks, are perhaps more relevant than ever."
    Jeff Riggenbach on Samuel Edward Konkin III, by Jeff Riggenbach, Freedom Network News, 2004
    Lengthy biographical and memorial essay
    "Make no mistake about it: we have lost a great libertarian, and we will probably not see his like again. Make no mistake about it: we have lost a great libertarian, and we will probably not see his like again. ... By the time he reached the University of Wisconsin later that same year to begin graduate studies in chemistry, he was a confirmed science fiction fan and was particularly enamored of the works of Robert A. Heinlein."
    Samuel Edward Konkin III, by Jeff Riggenbach, 29 Jul 2010
    Biographical essay; including examination of Konkin's ideas on the Counter-Economy; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 20 July 2010
    "Yet there were those who chose to try to make such careers for themselves, even if they were unable to find institutional support for their efforts. One such was a young man from ... the westernmost of what Canadians call the prairie provinces. His name was Samuel Edward Konkin III. He was born in Saskatchewan 63 years ago this month, on July 8, 1947. He grew up in Edmonton, in the neighboring prairie province of Alberta and got his undergraduate education at the University of Alberta, where he first became involved in political activism, serving as head of the Young Social Credit League on campus."

    Writings

    On Political Activism, Reason, May 1977
    Letter to the editor, criticising John Hospers' view that running for political office as part of the Libertarian Party is "the quickest way of getting libertarian ideas known to millions"
    "The paragraph is in your centerfold, and happens to be authored by Dr. John Hospers: 'One fact can hardly be controversial ... it is almost entirely because libertarians have formed a political party whose members ran for office and had their ideas publicized in newspapers, magazines, radio, and television.' The 'fact' is indeed not 'controversial;' it is abject nonsense. I have yet to see any significant label retention from those exposed to Libertarian Party commercials during campaigns; most Americans automatically blank out minor parties."

    Books Authored

    New Libertarian Manifesto [PDF], 1980
    Electronic version available at Agorism.info; contents: Preface - Statism: Our Condition - Agorism: Our Goal - Counter-Economics: Our Means - Revolution: Our Strategy - Action: Our Tactics
    Related Topic: Agorism

    Videos

    New Libertarian Manifesto, 29 May 2009
    Narrated by Mike Gogulski, includes text of manifesto
    Related Topic: Agorism

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