Jan 062008

A few weeks ago I came across Brad Spengler’s article Distinguishing between anarcho-capitalism and agorism. I’ve been interested in agorism for a while as its proponents claim that it is all about the actual act of living free rather than wasting time attempting to lessen the effects of government on our daily lives. This is a concept that I embrace mightily! However, I’ve yet to be able to find anyone claiming the agorist title actually sharing any way that they are living the philosophy. I tried to leave a comment on Brad’s blog asking what he is doing to live in the agorist utopia so that I could learn from his experience and follow suit. Alas, though there are comments on the blog I could find no way to actually leave one myself.

Brad is apparently a member of something called the Agorist Action Alliance (based on the rather dominant link he displays to their site), so I headed there looking for some real world examples of agorism in action, but they only seem interested in disrupting the Republican National Convention. I’m not sure how attacking and harassing other people is supposed to make me more free. That sounds very much like the government tactics that I, as an anarchist, abhor. I tried following the link on the A3 page to the Agorism FAQ only to find the following-

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What is Agorism?

Hrm… not exactly helpful. Well, there was at least one question posted, so I followed the What Is Agorism? link and received the following wealth of knowledge-

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Hrmm again… Apparently that’s the problem. Agorism doesn’t exist yet. And no one seems interested in actually helping it come into existence. I’ve yet to find an agorist willing to share what personal actions they’re undertaking to live more free. And that’s all I really want. Is there anyone out there flying the agorist flag willing to share what they’ve done to gain some freedom? Or are they all merely too busy spouting their superiority over anarchists and calling others “credentials” into question?

If you’re an agorist, or know of one, please comment and let me know where to find the answer to my simple questions!

  3 Responses to “Are Any Agorists Actually Active?”

  1. The trouble is that agorism alone will not bring freedom to society- because all you’ll end up with is, like in the agorist novel Alongside Night, a constant fight between an agorist enclave and an ever-expanding government that uses that enclave as an excuse for even more expansion.

    Market Anarchy also cannot alone bring freedom. We need a combination of both in order to be successful.

    As for how to be an agorist, I also have no idea. They talk a lot about black markets and such, but I have never seen any helpful guide in that regard.

    Francois Tremblay’s last blog post..Democracy is not choice, democracy is not freedom.

  2. Haven’t read that novel, Francois, but I did just order your book 🙂 It should be here today or tomorrow.

    I was really hoping to hear from one of the agorists (I know at least two visit Philaahzophy occasionally), but I’m not surprised they’re unwilling to answer my questions here. They refuse to answer them on their own blogs as well. ::sigh::

    I guess it’s just a matter of ‘keep on keeping on’ and hope that more people get upset enough to actually start taking action.

  3. I started a Libertarian Study group in Greenbelt Maryland in 1993. The inspiration for our group was Murray Rothbard ideas concerning how to grow the libertarian movement as opposed to the party which had a life of its own. The best way I got from Rothbard was to develop small libertarian cell groups. Our cell group was dedicated to the understanding drawing positions concerning the meaning of ownership. For example we had different camps which supported different theory’s. One supported the traditional Lockean theory, another the Georgist theory, and a third group supported a revamping of Lockean theory which claim theory. The new claim theory as proposed by Tom Fishbeck our theoretian gave the rational for property ownership as intellectual. In order to own land you had to do more than stick a flag in the ground and say it was yours. No you have to give the physical (i.e geographical 3-D) boundaries of your claim, Secondly, you must describe in complete detail the claim. This theory of claim can be applied to any property right landed and other s. All legal defense come from the claim. Because it is so hard to describe property we understand property to fragile and fledgling. Traditionally law and biblical understandings apply in conflict resolution. It has been a long time for me here but I gave leadership over to Tom Fishbeck since I had a different life path. Our understanding is of course open to all non religious. I found the analysis and concluions that we came to were very refreshing. If you want to discuss more e mail me. The revolution which is silent and spoken starts in the mind. Let us sontinue the discussion.

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