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Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

Center for a Stateless Society & raquo; Towards an agorist-syndicalist alliance

Center for a Stateless Society & raquo; Towards an agorist-syndicalist alliance

"Konkin's entire theory speaks only of the interests and concerns of self-employed marginal classes. The large mass of people are full-time salaried workers; Are people with regular jobs. Konkinism has nothing to say to these people. Therefore adopting Konkin's strategy, in this field alone, would be a dead end for the libertarian movement. We can not win if there is no possibility to speak to the concerns of the mass of wage earners in this and other countries. "[1]

And so goes the criticism of Murray Rothbard towards philosophy Of the agorism to which SEK3 responded with a good chuckle before pointing out that many people in the working class were already taking part in counter-economic activities, from not reporting all their income on their tax forms to paying someone in black for mowing. Despite this, Rothbard's criticisms are still repeated today, especially within anti-capitalist circles. Which is ironic since many anti-capitalist anarchist circles also take part in counter-economic activity in practice. However, these criticisms are not without some truth, which leads some agoristas to wonder if agorismo is not in need of some update. After all, Konkin himself believed that agorism was a living philosophy.

So, if not all activities have to be strictly black or gray to be considered counter-economic, then where does this leave things such as cooperatives and collectives of workers or even radical syndicalism and newer forms of > Alt-labor ? Do not they challenge corporate and state power in meaningful ways, moving more power into the hands of the individual rather than coercive authorities? Rothbard himself pointed out that most, if not all corporations, rely on illegitimate property rights and therefore should be appropriated by the workers - the wage earners whom Rothbard claimed that agorism could do nothing for them - who invested their time , Work and energy in running daily operations, but is not this just a form of trade unionism? Karl Hess defended a combination of such tactics as a practicing agorist, both vertically and horizontally, and was a A member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a labor union more than one hundred years old that offers a refreshing rivalry to the business union model exploiting groups such as the AFL-CIO while advocating syndicalist tactics. And such tactics seem to praise one another in theory and practice, offering a significant challenge to corporate and state power, while ideological boundaries between free-market anarchists and socialist anarchists also intersect. In fact, many free-market libertarians apart from Hess have made such alliances with alt-labor organizations and unions.

"In an agorist society, the division of labor and the self-respect of every worker ... probably It will eliminate the traditional business organization (especially the corporate hierarchy, an imitation of the State and not of the market). Most of the companies will be independent contractor associations, consultants, and other companies. Many may only be an entrepreneur with all their services, computers, suppliers and customers - even Konkin could not help but realize the exploitative nature of the corporate hierarchy, Believing that it was something of the last remnants of feudalism and that if the individual were truly respected, the bosses would slowly become a thing of the past. In a truly liberated market, workers' unions would be allowed to operate just like any voluntary association, and groups such as the IWW would show us a way to unionize without asking the state to pay.

As the late Konkin said:

"Sometimes the terms" free enterprise "and" capitalism "are used to mean" free market. " Capitalism means the ideology (ism) of capital or capitalists. Before Marx appeared, the pure free-market Thomas Hodgskin had already used the term capitalism as pejorative; The capitalists were trying to use coercion - the state - to restrict the market. Capitalism, then, does not describe a market but a form of statism ... ". (3)

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So why do not we openly defy capitalism and the state? Why not draw from the combined examples of Rothbard, Konkin and Hess to inspire us on how to make agorism more attractive to "the great mass of wage earners in this and other countries"? Why do not we reach and form an agorist-syndicalist alliance?

[1] Rothbard, Murray. Konkin on the libertarian strategy .

[2] Konkin, Samuel. Neolibertarian Manifesto .

[3] Konkin, Samuel. Agorist Handbook .

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