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“The goal of agorism is the agora. The society of the open marketplace as near to untainted by theft, assault, and fraud as can be humanly attained is as close to a free society as can be achieved. And a free society is the only one in which each and every one of us can satisfy his or her subjective values without crushing others’ values by violence and coercion”.
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” The Counter-Economy is the sum of all non-aggressive Human Action which is forbidden by the State. Counter-economics is the study of the Counter-Economy and its practices. The Counter-Economy includes the free market, the Black Market, the “underground economy,” all acts of civil and social disobedience, all acts of forbidden association (sexual, racial, cross-religious), and anything else the State, at any place or time, chooses to prohibit, control, regulate, tax, or tariff. The Counter-Economy excludes all State-approved action (the “White Market”) and the Red Market (violence and theft not approved by the State)”.
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Agorism is a peaceful social philosophy that promotes the ideal of all exchanges in society being voluntary, and thus free from all forms of coercion including physical violence.
Rooted firmly in the belief in free market ideals and individual rights, Agorism encourages the peaceful employment of counter-economics as a means by which to withdraw participation and consent to violent and coercive government interference.
The primary tenents of Agorism are as follows:
- Avoidance of state control where possible
Agorism requires a restructuring of your understanding of the political spectrum. Instead of approaching politics based from a “spectrum based” paradigm, Agorists instead take some aspects of both sides of traditional left/right politics whilst blending in aspects of Anarcho-Capitalism.
Agorists do not identify with the party politics played out by the state, believing that this kind of divisive approach only serves to distract from the real issues while the politicians conduct little more than a cash-grab from taxpayers and wreak havoc on what would be otherwise healthy, thriving markets and economies, causing many of the social issues we see over-represented today in many modern states.
Agorism rejects the concept of voting, even for seemingly aligned parties such as the Libertarian Party. Using politics as a means to generate change is not considered moral since this will almost inevitably result in coercion. Instead, Agorists encourage the use economic, market-based approaches to transitioning away from central government control.
According to Samuel Edward Konkin III:
“The Counter-Economy is the sum of all non-aggressive Human Action which is forbidden by the State. Counter-economics is the study of the Counter-Economy and its practices. The Counter-Economy includes the free market, the Black Market, the “underground economy,” all acts of civil and social disobedience, all acts of forbidden association (sexual, racial, cross-religious), and anything else the State, at any place or time, chooses to prohibit, control, regulate, tax, or tariff. The Counter-Economy excludes all State-approved action (the “White Market”) and the Red Market (violence and theft not approved by the State).”
The NAP is the central tenet of Agorism. The NAP simply states that the initiation of force in all forms (except legitimate self-defense) is wrong and immoral.
In simple terms, it’s the real-world embodiment of “live and let live”.
The NAP applies to both individuals, governments and institutions, and serves as a useful test of how free a society or belief structure actually is.
- Employ contractors for cash. Work for cash wherever possible.
- Use cryptocurrencies wherever possible to transition away from FIAT currency.
- Minimize your tax input through diligent accounting practices.
- Lend money privately.
- Support counter-economic businesses such as Uber, Airbnb etc.
- Support Agorist and freedom-oriented news sources, such as Agorism.Me!
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