Just to note: 2 years ago, the self-proclaimed “Paul McCartney” of Agorism mocked my anonymity because it more or less denied him the ability to compare my relative status to his as means to dismiss my critique of his Glenn Beck shilling. Not only was this clown guilty of the logical fallacy of the argument from authority, but as someone who was at one time actively involved on the production side of “black market activity,” I found it a bit ironic that this supposed co-inventor of “agorism” was criticizing anonymity. Frankly, from my experience, if you wanted a profile template for people to avoid if you are actively engaged in the “production side” of things, that person would be it. It was just a reminder of why I have never been able to take agorism, promoted as a form of “revolutionary activity,” seriously.
Recently, it appears that a former contributor of c4SS had participated as a drug informant as a means to ameliorate possible punishment of a drug charge. This has brought out the wolves. Obviously, there are violations of personal duties this person had with respect to the people this person “ratted out” but violations to the “cause”? Please…Are you paying taxes? Do you maintain your proper papers, “drivers license, social security card, etc.? Do you have a bank account? Do you pay for your transactions in the state approved currency? Do you watch movies, TV, etc? In other words, are you more or less in compliance with the organs of the State. Of course you are. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to operate. You would either be in jail or out in the woods somewhere. The very act of communicating with others on any meaningful scale is an indication that you are in compliance.
We all know that if that if a sufficient number of people refused compliance, then the State could not persist. But why does it continue to persist? Anthony de Jasay wrote a classic, “The State,” which tried to explain why the State persists even when everyone hates it, including the so-called “ruling class.” The reason why the State persists, the reason why you do not opt out of compliance(in any meaningful way) is the same reason why individual agents turn police informants. The problem of revolution(and reform) is very real and serious problem. It is largely an intractable problem. Any delusions of agorist revolution are comic book fantasies.
Indeed, the public pronouncement of agorism as a revolutionary strategy, a strategy predicated on “crime” as a means, and a publicly articulated orthodoxy of non-cooperative silence with the cops, sets it up as a trivial, slam dunk RICO Statute conspiracy case if agorism was ever deemed an actual threat by the State. In fact, it’s so easy, because it is so open, that it could be applied to take down the libertarian movement as a criminal conspiracy. Konkin was right about one thing: it would definitely be sold out by a professional libertarian class.
The over-arching theme of this blog is the empirical, positive problem with the State: it acts largely as a conspiracy against reform. And its ends(objective) largely appear to be to make revolution an intractable problem(self-preservation). The solution to the problem of revolution, I believe, is an entrepreneurial problem, but this solution is not agorism. That is, the solution is not to make “the market” an ends-related device, something as a device for a consistent application of theory to every action, as necessary means to bring about a “libertarian society.” It is this kind of stuff that turns something into a cult. And it explains why you have people ranting about people being a traitor to the cause, gossip about “slutty” sexual mores, moral self-righteous commentary about the incompatibility of “liberty and libertinism,” etc.
I’m not in the business of defending police informants, but I am in the business of cutting down bullshit impersonal moral obligation claims. People don’t engage in black market transactions(e.g. drugs) to demonstrate a principle of consistency or to play a role in bringing about a “free society. They do it to derive utility. In the case of drugs, they do it to get high. These are the ends of market agents….