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Agorist Communities: Protecting Private Property, Voluntary Interactions, and Off-Grid Living



August 28, 2011 – Comments (2)

To build a house in Ananda Village, the community where I was born and raised, it often costs at least $100,000 just to go through the initial regulations and zoning laws before any actual construction. After this beginning regulatory procedure, ongoing state and county inspections during the construction process suck still more funding, time, and energy out of the project. The fact that it’s next to impossible to legally build a house smaller than 950 square feet shows the absurdity of zoning regulations. Government zoning laws, which tend to be local county laws, suck time and energy out of peaceful and productive activities and projects. 

Unfortunately, one of the best defenses to stay out of the reach of government and zoning laws is to have a sound understanding of the legal code. Agorism, the concept of building a free economy detached of the government-controlled system, is not an insurmountable ideal, but it’s important to be practical in your approach. As much as I would love to immediately withdraw myself from the current overreaching government system, it’s not that simple. If you know the law (or have friends who know the law), use that to your advantage. Otherwise, you run the risk of severe penalties passed down through the government (including prison time and crushing fines).

To aid this goal of agorism, build a community of individuals interested in these ideals of agorism, private property, and voluntary action. Find people who share your goals of an agorist economy who also understand the current legal system. Find people who have the skills necessary to maintain a local community. Work together, protect one another (physically and mentally), go off-grid. Find ways to work around the legal blockades discouraging cooperative communities, self-sufficiency, and off-grid economies. We are much stronger together than we are apart.

Doesn’t the thought of living with like-minded individuals dedicated to a high-minded goal sound so meaningful, worthwhile, and fruitful? Cooperative communities of this sort are an excellent tool to demonstrate a superior way of living, and are sure to attract creative and enterprising individuals to their midst. There is not a moment to waste! Governments are desperately working in the face of skyrocketing debt and bankruptcy to maintain their power over peaceful individuals. Corporations continue to monopolize industries through government, preventing enthusiastic local entrepreneurs from entering the marketplace.

With these looming challenges, cooperative communities are surely a step in the right direction for individuals to join together and practice peaceful interaction, daily camaraderie, and creative construction of a new society.

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#1) On August 28, 2011 at 12:25 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

Defeating the thousands (millions?) of abhorrent statist policies like zoning laws is simple in theory but difficult (though not impossible) in practice.  The state (in all its forms, little or big) relies on control of the end factor (which is you).  You are the factor of produciton in the state system.  Voiceless, thoughtless (they hope), interchangeable matter.  In the free market, your labor service may be a factor of production should you chose to hire it out.  In the state system, you are the factor of production whther you like it or not, as control over the limits of your existence are essential to state power.

But control is always a numbers game. It is often said that all tyranny enjoys popular support.  Although that statement is absolutely true, support is engineered and alternatives are concealed.  The key then, as you do here, is to reveal alternatives to state control.

State control does not have to be violently undone.  Nor does it have to be undone by one specific measure.  All measures should be implemented at all levels, from mundane day-to-day operations (e.g refusing to comply with the EPA's absurd light bulb regulations, converting government paper to gold, and bringing up Rothbard at a dinner party when the opportunity strikes) to more grandiose projects like yours.

Keep up the great work.

David in Qatar

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#2) On September 01, 2011 at 1:33 AM, TMFPencils (99.90) wrote:

Hi David,

Thanks, as always, for your comment! It comes down to doing whatever we can to get this monster off our backs. Might as well live and work close to one another to make the ride all the more enjoyable!

You, also, keep up the great work. For liberty!



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