What is Agorism to Me?
Agorism is, to me, the lifestyle of minding your own business and living life in harmony with others (for the most part that means not actively being aggressive toward those around you). That also means that you are not asking for permission to engage in any activity that doesn’t require the use of others property.
In practice, as I think about it, there seems to be some problems. Like common-use roads, utilities, and other actual things that are taken for granted today. How do you handle electricity distribution, clean water supplies, sanitary sewers and the like?
Ostensibly, today in the United States most of these are (un)regulated granted monopolies (think telecommunications including infotainment services and electrical utilities) or wholly managed by local governments (water and sewer where septic tanks and wells are not in use).
In the case of water, sewer, and power people who are served by such have no way of opting out. In fact, with the wholesale adoption of the International Building Code, almost all dwellings must be serviced by at least a common power utility.
How then do you opt out? And if it wasn’t wholesale mandated, what would an Agorist system even look like?
I wish I could answer these questions. As someone who grew up relying on these systems saying, “No, I would like to provide myself with at least some of these things and opt out of the mandatory system.” presents quite a radical change. It requires a lot of planning and self-education and a whole lot of work. I need to have reliable systems in place before I can even begin to consider opting out.
When you are so invested in something, it is hard to let go (sunk cost fallacy ftw) however whether you are into prepping or self-sufficiency or not it pays to always reevaluate your needs and situation.
Do I really need for someone else to provide me with something that I can more easily and reliably provide for myself? Is what I am invested in worth keeping? Is it worth letting go? What is the cost/benefit
And once that analysis is completed, what are the hurdles to opting out (if that is the conclusion you came to) of the system? Is it possible in the first place or would it require relocation?
There is so much to consider it can seem daunting. However if you break down the process of dealing with the problem into manageable pieces then you can also tackle the solutions in manageable pieces. There is no one saying that if you come to accept the Agorist philosophy that you have to go live in the woods with nothing until you either die or figure out how to survive (and if someone is telling you that, don’t listen).
I am coming into this philosophy with a left arm I can’t do much with ever again, morbidly obese and with very little capital. However I am working on tackling pieces of my problems so that I can at least have little victories to build upon. My wife is helping as much as she can, and we are both raising a daughter. Progress is slow but there is progress. Victory is inevitable. Whether we get there tomorrow or 1,000 tomorrow’s from then doesn’t really matter.
Study, contemplate, ask questions, debate respectfully. When it comes time to make a decision, you will be better off with information at your disposal. Keep good notes. Share what you learned.
All of this goes toward, I think, what agorism is. Living life as fully informed and self-sufficiently as possible. No one is going to hold your hand. Agorism isn’t easy, but then again neither is life.
Choose how you are going to live, and choose wisely. You – and those who rely on you – are going to be the one reaping the consequences good or bad.