Libertarian strategy proposed by Samuel E. Konkin III that strives to achieve a voluntary society via non-political means


Agorism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Agorism is a political philosophy founded by Samuel Edward Konkin III and developed with contributions by J. Neil Schulman that holds as its ultimate goal bringing about a society in which all 'relations between people are voluntary exchanges – a free market.' The term comes from the Greek word 'agora,' referring to an open place for assembly and market in ancient Greek city-states. Ideologically, it is a term representing a revolutionary type of free-market anarchism, Schulman integrated the idea of counter-economics into Konkin's libertarian philosophy, which is the advocacy of untaxed black market activity, which agorists say will lead to development of private defense force sufficient to protect private property and liberty from the state to the point where such protection is strong enough to overthrow the state. ..."

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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
"Political libertarianism, at least for Konkin, was a contradiction in terms, libertarians being opposed to politics in principle. Agorism instead emphasizes the importance of building the 'counter-economy,' libertarian economic institutions and enterprises existing outside of the legal strictures of the dominant framework characterized by state intervention and coercion. Agorists regard this counter-economy as a form of nonviolent direct action, a method of simultaneously challenging and evading state power, in the process building a free society based on the principles of unrestricted voluntary exchange."
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
"For a few years in the late '80s, he found enough funding to open a small suite of offices in a downtown office building in Long Beach, California for his own libertarian think tank, the Agorist Institute. The name, 'Agorist,' was derived from the ancient Greek word agora, meaning open marketplace. ... Most of these people [in the Counter-Economy], Sam argued 'are acting in an agorist manner with little understanding of any theory.' They "are induced by material gain to evade, avoid, or defy the State."


New Libertarian Manifesto [PDF], by Samuel Edward Konkin III, 1980
Electronic version available at; contents: Preface - Statism: Our Condition - Agorism: Our Goal - Counter-Economics: Our Means - Revolution: Our Strategy - Action: Our Tactics


Charles "Rad Geek" Johnson chats it up with MHD about Agorism, by Charles W. Johnson, The Motorhome Diaries
Johnson explains agorism and counter-economics, including an example relating to intellectual property (at 1:20)
New Libertarian Manifesto, by Samuel Edward Konkin III, 29 May 2009
Narrated by Mike Gogulski, includes text of manifesto