How to Become an Agorist and Fight the State in 7 Easy Steps

keep-calm-and-practice-agorismThis list is presented in the interest of keeping resources out of the hands of the State and their accomplices in business by minimizing participation in the state economy by doing business in the informal economy whenever possible.

Buy Used

Buying used can often mean great savings, but it also means that the money you spend isn’t going into state or corporate hands. (craigslist, physical yard sales and local yard sale websites and facebook groups, farmers markets (also useful for soaps), thrift stores (you can often ask for a discount by way of tax exemption in these types of stores),

Use an Alternative Currency

Bitcoin, precious metals, bartering, local voluntary currencies are all ways to impede the States ability to tax and track your purchases. These are used preferentially to legal tender.

Grow your Own

Food. Personal gardening and farming can reduce your dependence on the state economy and ensure that your food is what you think it is, unlike that processed and treated in factory farms. Not having to buying food will reduce your grocery bill as well which further deprives the state of resources in the form of sales tax you would have paid on the product. A goat can provide 150lbs of meat per year and an average of 2 quarts of milk which can be drank, used in cooking, and made into cheese or soap. Even if you don’t have much land, you can take advantage of urban gardening and permaculture techniques to reduce your “government footprint”

Get off the Grid

Utility companies are often state owned, or at the very least take advantage of arbitrary property titles and monopoly status. Earth ships are around the same price as regular houses but have the benefit of having no electric or water bills. The buildings are designed to generate the electricity they need to operate and have their own water supply, both completely independent of the local utility company. Decentralized energy generation is achieved with a combination of solar and wind generation, along with building position, and insulation. Rainwater collected and purified in cisterns and ground based well water provide a source of water independent of the state economy.

Another great benefit of the earth ship is that it is constructed largely of recycled material, IE material that you can get for free, again avoiding the tax burden.

Quit Your Job.

Working in the state run economy enables the state to tax your income and manufacture your consent in a number of government programs including Social Security Insurance, Medicare, and Affordable Health care Act (ObamaCare). The government has an interest in having you believing that you can’t make a living without a job. It is not true. Take cue’s from illegal immigrants in the US; working under the table for cash. Freelance work is available in writing, coding, and graphic design. Self employment work in construction, painting, pressure washing, landscaping, and other handyman skills can be used for cash. This income is supposed to be reported to the state, but if it is paid in cash or bitcoins, how will the authorities ever know?

Peaceful Duplication

Since the IP debate has been settled for sometime, another way to not spend money so as to keep resources out of the hands of the State and corporations that benefit from state enforced intellectual poverty (in this case, media, broadcasting, film, and music industries, and patent war profiteers Apple and Microsoft) is to use bittorrent or other file sharing networks to download content. Almost any digital information can be acquired; music, films, ebooks, and computer programs.

Ditch Consumerism

Part of the agorist lifestyle is to spend as little money as possible in the state economy. That means becoming a producer. Still, there will be many things that can not currently be gotten through the informal economy (although most things can be bought used at least). Live frugally and avoid planned obsolescence. One example is using a straight razor instead of disposables (Alternatives to disposable consumer products).

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An AnarchObjectivist’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is the story of a group of anarcho-capitalists, led by inventor John Galt, who struggle against and eventually destroy the state and its allies in business. The anarcho-capitalists establish a private voluntaryist association, which they call Galt’s Gulch that they use as a secret base for their attacks on the state and state economy. One method the group uses is the revolutionary libertarian ideology known as agorism. The second method used by the anarcho-capitalists is the more traditional anarchist tactic of direct action. The underlying principle of the anarchists action is the removal of consent of the governed.

In Atlas Shrugged the anarcho-capitalists establish a private voluntaryist association called Galt’s Gulch. Voluntaryism is a libertarian philosophy that holds that all forms of human association should be voluntary. Typically, voluntaryists use the non-aggression principle as a basis for their political positions.

Explaining the volutaryist values of Galt’s Gulch, anarcho-capitalist Midas Mulligan says, “We are not a state here, not a society of any kind – we’re just a voluntary association of men held together by nothing but every man’s self-interest. I own the valley and I sell the land to the others, when they want it. Judge Narragansett is to act as our arbiter, in case of disagreements. He hasn’t had to be called upon, as yet. They say that it’s hard for men to agree. You’d be surprised how easy it is – when both parties hold as their moral absolute that neither exists for the sake of the other and that reason is their only means of trade.”

John Galt further expresses support for the non-aggression principle in his speech, saying “Whatever may be open to disagreement, there is one act of evil that may not, the act that no man may commit against others and no man may sanction or forgive. So long as men desire to live together, no man may initiate—do you hear me? no man may start—the use of physical force against others.”

The primary tactic the anarcho-capitalists use to fight against the state is the revolutionary libertarian ideology agorism (referred to in Atlas Shrugged as “The Strike”) developed by libertarian philosopher Samuel Edward Konkin III. Konkin outlined his philosophy in the 1980 book “The New Libertarian Manifesto.” The Anarcho-capitalists of Atlas Shrugged highlight the issue of consent of the governed (referred to as “the sanction of the victim”) which they use as a theoretical basis for their agoristic ideology. On the topic of agorist theory, John Galt says, “I am speaking to those of you who desire to live and to recapture the honor of their soul. Now that you know the truth of the world, stop supporting your own destroyers. The evil of the world is mode possible by nothing but the sanction you give it. Withdraw your sanction. Withdraw your support. Do not try to live on your enemies’ terms or to win at a game where they’re setting the rules. Do not seek the favor of those who enslave you, do not beg for alms from those who have robbed you, be it subsidies, loans, or jobs, do not join their team to recoup what they’ve taken by helping them rob your neighbors.”

“[Agorism] advocates the goal of bringing about a society in which all relations between people are voluntary exchanges by means of counter-economics. Agorists [employ] such methods as education, direct action, alternative currencies, entrepreneurship, self sufficiency and most importantly counter-economics.” The heroes of Atlas Shrugged employ all of these methods to lead to the destruction of the state.

  • Education: The Strikers meet with prominent industry leaders to encourage them to strike and/or take their companies out of the state economy.
  • Alternate currency: “That’s the money we use here,” he said. “It’s minted by Midas Mulligan… We don’t accept any other currency in this valley.”
  • Autarky: Most of the strikers, formerly leading high class lifestyles as industrial CEO’s, became farmers. Energy independence achieved through decentralized use of Galt’s Motor. Midas Mulligan: “The valley is almost self-supporting.”
  • Black markets: As opposed to state markets, the strikers go out of their way to avoid material support of the state. Midas Mulligan: “And as to the goods that we can’t yet produce, I purchase them from the outside through a pipe line of my own. It’s a special agent, a man who does not let my money reach the looters.”
  • Disregard of illegitimate law: Wherever the state is blind and relies on voluntary adherence to its demands, the strikers are oblivious to it. In their secret Galt within the geographical boundaries of Colorado and the United States, nobody volunteers taxes or submission to regulatory bodies.

The heroes of Atlas Shrugged also employed direct action against the state and its allies. Examples include:

  • Ellis Wyatt’s destruction of state-appropriated “Wyatt Oil” fields.
  • Francisco D’Anconia’s sabotage of D’Anconia Copper and manipulation of the stock market to intentionally destroy the profits through political graft of American crony capitalists as well as his destruction of D’Anconia Copper on the day it was nationalized.
  • Ragnor Danneskjold’s destruction of state-owned cargo vessels and the factory of crony capitalist Orren Boyle of Associated Steel.
  • Midas Mulligan’s theft of state property and redistribution of funds to the taxpayers.
  • John Galt’s takeover of public broadcasting for dissemination of an anti-statist message.
  • The anarchists’ assault on the government facility, the “State Science Institute,” involving the execution of a government employee, for the purpose of liberating John Galt who was being held as a political prisoner.
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Food Safety in a Free Society

Food Safety in a Free Society.

A combination of factors would provide an expectation of a high degree of food safety in a free society.

Grow Your Own

For those who are competent enough agriculturally, growing your own food provides one method of ensuring a high level of food safety, as you can personally ensure that your standards are met. This method is the most basic of ensuring food safety (and availability), which can be utilized in conjunction with, or in the absence of, any of the others.

Trust

Another solution is doing business with local farmers (whose business practices you can personally inspect) for groceries. Farmers markets and the local butcher can provide a level of trust in the product, as long as you know the person to be ethical, given your knowledge of them. From this stand point, it would be valuable to get to know these people so that you can personally evaluate their business ethics.

Profit Motive and the Law of Constant Dealings

Negative experiences with a company decreases the likelihood of return business (it is cheaper to keep a customer than gain a new one from a marketing perspective, in addition to the lost revenue from lost sales) and referrals (word of mouth [experience/reputation based] advertising is the cheapest and most effective). Because of this companies would find it in their interest to provide their customers with valuable products, not selling diseased, rotted, contaminated, or otherwise undesirable food.

Referrals

A person can ask trusted (trustworthy) friends and family and those whose opinions you value (IE you think they know what they are talking about through experience with them, personally) about good places to shop and eat.

Private Food Industry Associations

Private Food Industry Associations are organized to promote certain standards in food safety practices. Industry professionals set standards and enforce inspections (Either by inspectors hired directly by the association or by contracting with independent private inspectors.) to promote compliance with those standards as a condition of membership. Consumers will look for businesses affiliated with such associations as a guarantee of quality, which gives the company financial incentive to be a member of a respectable association, and therefore abide by its standards.

Standards Set by the Free Market

Consumers are able to vote for standards for food safety (whether promoted by an association or individual) with what they choose to purchase, and so food safety standards will be determined by the free market as associations seek to provide standards that will gain them the largest market share. Competition between these will also provide an expectation of a high degree of value from their service.

Consumer Reports Magazines

Professionals will review establishments and specific products, and sell those opinions to consumers as they do currently on sites such as consumerreports.org. Again, Competition between these will provide an expectation of a high level of value (within different price ranges, lifestyles, standards, etc) from their service.

Consumer Opinion Websites.

Aggregated consumer opinion sites like Yelp.com provide another avenue for evaluating and rating food merchants, where consumer experiences are cataloged and shared.

Other Organizations

An organization such as the Better Business Bureau does a more general kind of rating that examines the basic business practices of a company, including the company’s response to customer complaints (resolved, unresolved, etc), the number of complaints received over a given period of time (as the quality of a venue can change over time, for better or worse). Membership in such an organization is dependent on maintaining an acceptable (according to the bylaws of the association) level of consumer complaints. Non-membership doesn’t mean that a business will not be evaluated by the organization.

If Something Goes Wrong

In the event that a customer is sold a poor product, they can expect to be compensated. This fact will further ensure that companies will seek to provide a high standard of service and offer to resolve disputes internally, as many companies do through return policies.

Property Rights

Since purchasing is essentially a transfer of title of ownership, if I buy a what I think is a disease free ham, I receive the title of ownership of that ham. However, if I, in fact, receive a diseased ham, I am still owed the ham I have the title to; a non-diseased ham. Therefore, I would have the right to the healthy ham, and if the grocer is not cooperative, I am likely to win in arbitration. (knowledge of which is likely to influence the grocers decision to cooperate.)

Medical Bills

The offending company would also be liable for medical expenses. If I pay out of pocket for healthcare, I should be reimbursed by the company. Any dispute would be handled by a Dispute resolution organization and arbitration.

Another option is that any medical costs incurred by the diseased ham would be paid for by my health insurance provider, who could then seek compensation on my behalf.

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Crimes of the American Regime

The United States Government has imposed laws abridging the right to free trade beginning with the Sherman Anti-Trust Act and has misinterpreted the commerce clause to justify intruding into every economic decision made by Americans.

The United States Government has legalized the initiation of force to steal the wealth of its citizens via taxation, imposing a graduated scale of taxation which penalizes ability, effort and ambition.

Acting in accordance with the communist principle “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” the United States Government has used that stolen income to support ‘entitlement‘ programs such as welfare, unemployment insurance, social security, medicaid, housing subsidies, and food stamps.

The United States Government has forced its citizen to financially support and attend a government education system.

The United States Government has sacrificed the lives of its soldiers, not in defense of this nation, but in humanitarian and ‘nation-building‘ missions.

The United States Government has in the past imposed conscription on its citizens and to this day reserves the option to do so.

The United States Government has nationalized roads, transportation, electricity, water, and sewage.

The United States Government has stolen property from its citizens through abuses of eminent domain; thereby seizing millions of acres of its citizens’ land.

The United States Government has violated the second Amendment of its constitution by restricting the ownership of arms, and by allowing the states and localities to do so, and has jailed and massacred people who have stood on their rights as recognized in that Amendment.

The United States Government has perpetrated massacres of its own citizens, most notably at Kent State, Ruby Ridge and Waco, Texas.

The United States Government has imposed laws regulating private issues such as drug use, prostitution, seat belt and helmet laws; and where unable to pass such laws directly has browbeat the state governments into doing so, in an egregious violation of federalism.

The United States Government has imposed further regulations barring private issues among its Service Members, to include homosexual conduct, adultery, and sodomy.

The United States Government has made laws respecting the establishment of a religion by establishing as a national motto “In God We Trust” and placing it on currency, by including the words “Under God” in the official pledge of allegiance, by maintaining a chaplain program in the armed forces, and by funding the ‘faith-based initiates.’

The United States Government has imposed laws restricting medical operations, including some abortions, has regulated other forms of medical care, and has imposed price fixing on healthcare providers in the form of the Medicare program.

The United States Government has nationalized healthcare.

The United States Government has violated the first amendment of its own Constitution by imposing censorship on its citizens with indecency laws and the work of the Federal Communications Commission.

The United States Government has perpetrated the use of warrantless wiretapping against its own citizens.

The United States Government has ‘indefinitely detained‘ its own citizens without charges or trials.

The United States Government has operated secret prisons outside of its own borders, for the purposes of circumventing its own laws.

The United States Government has imposed laws restricting assisted-suicide and suicide.

The United States Government has executed its own citizens without trial.

The United States Government has abolished private property with the imposition of a ‘property tax.

The United States Government has abolished the right to start a business by requiring permits and associated pay offs.

The United States Government has established a swarm of regulatory agency’s to harass its people and eat out their substance, to wit:

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE)
Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
Employment Standards Administration (ESA)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Farm Credit Administration (FCA)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC)
Food and Drug Administation (FDA)
Federal Election Commission (FEC)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EREN)
Federal Highway Administration (FHA)
Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Transportation Security Administration
Federal Trade Commission
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Securities and Exchange Commission

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What is an AnarchObjectivist?

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An AnarchObjectivist is one who accepts the fundamental principles of Ayn Rands philosophy, but rejects her advocacy of minarchism as inconsistent with those basic positions in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics.

The contradiction between the Objectivist Ethics and minarchism

“The basic political principle of the Objectivist ethics is: no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. No man——or group or society or governmenthas the right to assume the role of a criminal and initiate the use of physical compulsion against any man. Men have the right to use physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. The ethical principle involved is simple and clear-cut: it is the difference between murder and self-defense.” – Ayn Rand “The Objectivist Ethics” (emphasis added)

and

“A civilized society is one in which physical force is banned from human relationships—in which the government, acting as a policeman, may use force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use.” – Ayn Rand “Man’s Rights” (emphasis added)

Now, the problem arises when Miss Rand elaborates on the nature of government:

a government holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force.” – Ayn Rand “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business” (emphasis in original)

If a government holds a legal monopoly on the retaliatory use of force, it necessarily initiates the use of force against those whom would seek to start businesses in the arbitration and defense services industries, as well as all those who seek to do business with such persons. If a defense service is not allowed to exist or operate, yet has not initiated the use of force against anyone, and only retaliates against those who have initiated the use of force, those individuals rights have been violated.

A government that holds a legal monopoly on the retaliatory use of force actually initiates the use of force against its citizens, which violates the basic political principle of the Objectivist ethics.

Best Case Scenario

If, under an Objectivist Minarchy, the government did allow competition in the fields of arbitration and defense services,market pressures would render the government obsolete. As such a government would be voluntarily funded (so as not to violate the basic principle), private firms, in a free market, would be able to provide services cheaper and more efficiently than a government could and so would put the government out of business, and lead to de facto anarcho-capitalism.

Resolving the Contradiction

In conclusion, AnarchObjectivists reject the coercive (at worst) and/or obsolete (at best) nature of the state in favor of Voluntaryist solutions to law, arbitration, dispute resolution, and defense

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