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ebook: Samuel Edward Konkin III — An Agorist Primer

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Ideas evolve and grow. At some point, an idea con-
nects with so many other concepts that it becomes
central to a way of thinking — an ideology.
At some state of an ideology’s life, between its
birth and death, it reaches a level of maturity such
that someone is motivated to divert his efforts from
expanding it outward and upward and begins to
look downward. That is, the theoretician pauses to
pass on the knowledge to those not specializing in
theoretical development. Perhaps the theoretician
is reminded for whom he developed the ideology in
the first place.

Agorism is a way of thinking about the world
around you, a method of understanding why things
work the way they do, how they do, and how they
can be dealt with — how you can deal with them.

Agorism was meant to improve the lot of everyone,
not a chosen elite or unwashed underclass. Hence an
introductory work that presents ideas without going
through the long intellectual history and conflict of
competing ideas that produced them. As the creator
of agorism, it is most incumbent on me first to at-
tempt to reduce it to basic intelligibility. I hope my
efforts find some small reward.

Samuel Edward Konkin III
The agora (Ancient Greek: Ἀγορά, Agorá) was a central spot in ancient Greek city-states. The literal meaning of the word is "gathering place" or "assembly". The agora was the center of athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city.[1] The Ancient Agora of Athens was the best-known example, birthplace of democracy.

Early in Greek history (10th century–8th century BC), free-born male land-owners who were citizens would gather in the agora for military duty or to hear statements of the ruling king or council. Later,

the agora also served as a marketplace

where merchants kept stalls or shops to sell their goods amid colonnades.