New Libertarian Manifesto

by Samuel Edward Konkin III

Koman Publishing, 1983

Dedication to Chris R. Tame who told me, "Don't get it right, get it written!"

Acknowledgments above all to

Ludwig Von Mises,
Murray N. Rothbard,
Robert LeFevre,
and their sources.

1st Printing by Anarchosamisdat Press - October 1980
2nd Printing by Koman Publishing Co. - February 1983
Printed at Morningrise Printing


Contents:

Preface

I. Statism: Our Condition

Libertarianism v coercion. The nature of the State. Constituents of libertarianism and diversity of Movement. The State strikes back: anti-principles. Ways and not-ways to Liberty. Betrayal and response, action over all.

II. Agorism: Our Goal

Consistency of ends, of means, of ends and means. Portrayal of agorist society. Restoration theory: restitution, time loss and apprehension cost; inherent advantages. Agorism defined. Objections countered.

III. Counter-Economics: Our Means

Micro activity and macro consequences. Agorists: counter-economists with libertarian consciousness. The purpose of "Establishment" economics. Step by step backward from agorism to statism (for theoretical purposes). Black and grey markets: the unconscious agora. "Third," "Second," and "First" World Counter-Economic status and grossest examples. Counter-Economics in all fields of commerce even in North America, some exclusively counter-economic. Universality of Counter-Economics and reasons for it. Limitation of counter- economics and reasons. The role of the intelligentsia and Establishment media. Failure of counter-cultures and the key to success. Steps from statism to agorism and the risk of market protection. The fundamental principle of counter-economics. The reason for inevitable growth of agorist counter- economic sub-society.

IV. Revolution: Our Strategy

Self-aware counter-economics enough but some burn to do more - fight or support struggle. Combativity inadequate without strategy. Phases of agorist growth decide appropriate strategy. Tactics that are always appropriate. New Libertarian Alliance as association for entrepreneuring Liberty. Libertarian creed is constraint of New Libertarian tactics. Phase 0: Zero-Density Agorist Society. Raise consciousness. Phase 1: Low-Density Agorist Society. Radical caucuses and Libertarian Left. Combat anti-principles. Anticipate crises of statism. Phase 2: Mid-Density, Small Condensation Agorist Society. The State to strike back but restrained by agorist contamination. NLA appears as its sustenance arrives. Accelerating revolutionary conditions. Phase 3: High- Density, Large Condensation Agorist Society. Permanent crisis of statism. Need to crush counter-economy grows as ability wanes. Anti-principles greatest threat. The State's final strike: Revolution. Strategy includes delaying tactics and counter-intelligence. Correct definition of (violent) Revolution. Phase 4: Agorist Society with Statist Impurities. Collapse of the State and simultaneous dissolution of NLA. Home!

V. Action: Our Tactics

Some tactics listed. Tactics must be discovered and applied in context. Activist = entrepreneur. Where we are not (then). Opportunity from collapse of statist Left. Opportunity from premature party sell-out. The concluding challenge. New Libertarian pledge and rousing finish: Agora, Anarchy, Action!


Praise for the New Libertarian Manifesto:

"Konkin's writings are to be welcomed. Because we need a lot more polycentrism in the movement. Because he shakes up Partyarchs who tend to fall into unthinking complacency. And especially because he cares deeply about liberty and can read-and-write, qualities which seem to be going out of style in the libertarian movement."

Murray N. Rothbard, Ph.D.

"I am delighted to see the Konkin Manifesto and can applaud it in general for its position respecting consistency, objective and method...I believe it will have and deserves to have a compelling influences upon members of the 'old' left."

Robert LeFevre


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