I did a crash course in agorism for a panel at PorcFest. Specifically, I read the New Libertarian Manifesto. (Thanks to the reader who pointed me to it.) I liked a lot of it, especially the fact that Konkin
dedicated it gave special acknowledgements to Mises, Rothbard, and LeFevre. (This shocked me; I had no idea he was so hip-deep into a “right-winger” like Mises.)
However, I have two major complaints:
(1) Typos. The book is littered with them. And this was the second edition. Did Konkin not want to make an editor his wage-slave?
(2) The suspiciously Marxist-sounding recommendations for how we will achieve the new libertopia:
Each step from statism to agorism requires a different strategy; tactics will differ even within each step. There are some rules which will apply in all stages.
Under all circumstances, one recruits and educates. Given typically confused individual acquaintances who consider a counter-economic act, encourage them to do it. If they are intelligent enough and not likely to turn on you, explain risks involved and return expected. Most of all, educate them by your example to the extent you can let them know.
All “Library Libertarians” you know, those who profess some theoretical variant of libertarianism but eschew practice, should be encouraged to practice what they preach. Scorn their inaction, praise their first halting steps towards counter- economics. Interact with them more and more as trust grows with their competence and experience.
Those already in counter-economics whom you meet can be “let in on” the libertarian philosophy that you hold, that mysterious belief you hold which keeps you so happy and free of guilt. Drop it nonchalantly if they feign lack of interest: wax enthusiastic as they grow more curious and eager to learn.
Self agorism by example and argument. Control and program your emotional reactions to exhibit hostility at statism and deviationism, and to exhibit enthusiasm and joy at agorist acts and the State’s setbacks. Most of these tactics will come with routine but you can check yourself to polish a few things.
Finally, co-ordinate your activities with other New Libertarian activists. At this point, we arrive at the need for group tactics and organization.
Sorry, fans of Konkin, but that part I put in bold gives me the creeps.