Samuel Konkin (8 July 1947 – 23 February 2004) was the author of the publication New Libertarian Manifesto and a proponent of a political philosophy which he named agorism. He was an initiator of the Agorist Institute.
Konkin rejected voting, believing it to be inconsistent with libertarian ethics. He likewise opposed involvement with the Libertarian Party, which he regarded as a statist co-option of libertarianism.
Konkin presents his strategy for achieving a libertarian society in his aforementioned manifesto. Since he rejected voting and other means by which people typically attempt social change, he encouraged people to withdraw their consent from the state by devoting their economic activities to black market and grey market sources, which would not be taxed or regulated. Konkin called “transactions on these markets, as well as other activities that bypassed the State, ‘counter-economics.’ Peaceful transactions take place in a free market, or agora: hence his term ‘agorism’ for the society he sought to achieve.” He also strongly opposed the idea of intellectual property.
Konkin was editor and publisher of the irregularly-produced New Libertarian Notes (1971–1975), the New Libertarian Weekly (1975–1978), and finally New Libertarian magazine (1978–1990).
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