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New Libertarian Manifesto

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New Libertarian Manifesto -- The 25th Anniversary Edition, by Samuel Edward Konkin III (1947-2004), brings the groundbreaking work back into print. First published in October, 1980, the Manifesto is the most concise treatise on Counter-Economics and Agorism available to the public. Five chapters encompass Konkin's unique view of libertarianism: I. Statism: Our Condition; I ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Kopubco (first published 1980)
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Benjamin Virnston
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Agorism inspired the tattoo on my chest, as well as my personal philosophy. This book and the system of revolutionary market anarchism it promotes offer the clearest route to individual freedom I have yet discovered. This system and strategy complement Rohbardianism perfectly, and in fact seems more Rohbardian than even Murray--due primarily to Rothbard being bogged down in
Libertarian Party politics in his later years. (No disrespect intended. Rothbard will forever remain my favorite philosopher
Andrew Allison
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
This is a wonderfully radical piece of work that I am only ashamed that I had not read sooner. Certainly there are some flaws to this piece but it is perhaps the most interesting libertarian piece on strategy I have every read. I have a few short words about each chapter.

Chapter 1: This was incredibly well written. The first two sentences echo my favourite libertarian quote of all time. Konkin writes, "We are coerced by our fellow human beings. Since they have the ability to choose to do otherwi
Eduardo Gavín
Dec 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
En el top 5 de majaderías que he leído en mi vida. y he leído a Bakunin, Lenin o Hitler. Pues el mismo tono mesiánico, psicótico y cursi.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't like this one very much. It was way too short to effectively argue for its ideas. The style also wasn't that great, it was the typical call-to-action that you can read in every pamphlet, not particularly bad, but also not particularly good. It isn't Common Sense.

As an alternative, I would recommend An Agorist Primer. It's at once more better presented and way better argued.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A short and truthful book that will push libertarianism in the right direction, which is agorism, and non-statism.
Logan Albright
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: economics
This book contains some extremely interesting ideas relating to the proper strategy for liberty. Unfortunately, Konkin's style is that of the zealot and will probably alienate the unconverted. ...more
M. M. J. Miguel
Una mezcla de momentos brillantes y absurdos. Hay una fiel idea que gira en torno a la libertad y al individualismo, pero también una peligrosa y poco pragmática forma de ver la vida, que no se deslinda mucho de otras ideas autoritarias. No debe ser tomado al pie de la letra más allá de sus bases teóricas y breves reflexiones sobre el papel del individuo contra la violencia en cualquiera de sus formas.
Bryce Eickholt
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: political
It's certainly interesting and parts may be useful but I find it unlikely that things would go as he planned. If nothing else it's good for a backup plan or something used sparingly in times of desparation. It's more of a way to sneak around the state than to get rid of it. Also as someone that lives in the middle of nowhere I find it would be a lot harder to put this stuff in action without living in a big city where you can have your own agorist community. ...more
David Coelho
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The slogan "Agora Anarchy Action" can be rephrased into "Agora=Anarchy+Action"
Konkin beautifully explains how to peacefully end the legalized theft of the masses (taxation), and thus live in a truly peaceful society.
Michael’ Witthuize
Oct 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
As my role model Lenin said: “So long as the state exists there is no freedom. When there is freedom, there will be no state.” Yet I can not bring myself to sympathise with this inaccurate piece of melodrama.
Aidan Barr
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-own
I thought that SEK3's philosophy was interesting and compelling. I especially like the idea that libertarians must use libertarian means to achieve libertarian ends. ...more
Amy T.
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ended up listening to this on YT. It is worth repeating!
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesująca z historycznego punktu widzenia polemika SEKa3 z Rothbardem.
Dmitry E. Balashnikov
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not exactly the most descriptive book. Any libertarian could (essentially) provide this books content if you give them 10 minutes to explain their ideology. This book doesn't really argue why either. So in other words: in order to understand what this books is about you need to already know more about libertarianism than this book explains. If you know nothing about agorism, I guess this is a good book to start with but I don't know if it is worth spending any money on it. ...more
May 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
Bro, if you want to evade taxes just do it. You don't need to "create" a while ideology to pretend it's something higher.
Incentivezing pirating is great. The rest is just wishful thinking
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a very vague plan of action from Konkin, I'm glad that this was written, the best of the book is the introduction to the term "Agora", but the ideas here are general and simplistic.


The prologue written by Jesus Huerta de Soto, increases the hype to maximum levels, to finally just give something that feels like a compilation of ideas that try to move to action, but without any particular action proposed.
Chris Concannon
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: agorism
The basic concepts of Agorism are not ones that I would agree with in whole, but Konkin's thoughts on starving the State through counter-economics have been very insightful to me. All in all, was underwhelmed with both this work and his Agorist Primer though. They were surprisingly small. Was expecting a bit more meat behind these works seeing as how they've been foundational in spawning the Agorist movement. ...more
Fabricio Terán
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Básicamente un ensayo corto sobre estrategia. Para leer en una tarde, esencialmente la propuesta es la misma de otros libertarios radicales sobre una sociedad en que la justicia y la seguridad dejan de ser monopolio del estado y son servicios ofrecidos en un mercado. Como filosofía política no representa ninguna aportación, lo interesante del pequeño libro es pensar la estrategia política de forma distinta a como lo hacen las estrategias de partidos electorales, con destellos de genialidad de có ...more
Adrián Sánchez
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
En esta obra se presenta una propuesta más activa para los libertarios la cual es denominada Agorismo, se trata de actuar bajo lo que se conoce como Contra-Economía bajo los mercados negro y gris para evadir y en el largo plazo eliminar la intervención estatal, la obra es un buen aporte al movimiento libertario y anarcocapitalista.
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