Samuel Edward Konkin III
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Born(1947-07-08)July 8, 1947
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
DiedFebruary 23, 2004(2004-02-23) (aged 56)
Other namesSEK3
Notable work
New Libertarian Manifesto (1980)
Spouse(s)Sheila Wymer
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
American philosophy
Canadian philosophy
SchoolAgorism
Left-Libertarianism
Austrian School
Main interests
Political philosophy
Economics
Notable ideas
Agorism
Counter-Economics
Grey market/Black market distinction
Left-wing interpretation of the thought of Murray Rothbard
Minarchism (coining the term)
Influenced

Samuel Edward Konkin III (8 July 1947 – 23 February 2004), also known as SEK3, was an American libertarian philosopher and Austrian school economist. As the author of the publication New Libertarian Manifesto, he was a proponent of a political philosophy he named agorism.

Personal life

Konkin was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to Samuel Edward Konkin II and Helen Konkin. He had one brother named Alan. He married Sheila Wymer in 1990 and had one son named Samuel Evans-Konkin. The marriage ended soon afterward.[1] Although he was an atheist, Konkin was a lifelong fan of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.[1]

Konkin was also notable for his style of dress: "To show his anarchist beliefs, he dressed completely in black, a color associated with that movement since the late nineteenth century".[2]

On 23 February 2004, Konkin died of natural causes in his apartment in West Los Angeles, California. He was buried alongside his father in Edmonton, Alberta.[1]

Political opinions

See also: Agorism and Counter-Economics

Konkin considered libertarianism radical. He was an initiator of the Agorist Institute.

Konkin rejected voting, believing it to be inconsistent with libertarian ethics. He likewise opposed involvement with the Libertarian Party, which he regarded as a statist co-option of libertarianism. He was an opponent of influential minarchist philosopher Robert Nozick, and referred to Nozick's devotees as "Nozis".[2]

Konkin presents his strategy for achieving a libertarian society in his aforementioned manifesto. Since he rejected voting and other means by which people typically attempt social change, he encouraged people to withdraw their consent from the state by devoting their economic activities to black market and grey market sources, which would not be taxed or regulated. Konkin called "transactions on these markets, as well as other activities that bypassed the State, 'counter-economics.' Peaceful transactions take place in a free market, or agora: hence his term 'agorism' for the society he sought to achieve."[2] He also strongly opposed the idea of intellectual property.[2][3]

Konkin was editor and publisher of the irregularly-produced New Libertarian Notes (1971–1975), the New Libertarian Weekly (1975–1978), and finally New Libertarian magazine (1978–1990), the last issue of which was a special science fiction tribute featuring a Robert A. Heinlein cover (issue 187, 1990).

Konkin was an opponent of imperialism and interventionism.[4]

Controversies

In her book Anarchism: Left, Right, and Green, political theorist and anarcho-syndicalist, Ulrike Heider accused Konkin of endorsing historical negationism in his dealing with the Institute for Historical Review,[5],where he served on the Board of Directors, which included allotting advertisement space to the IHR in New Libertarian,[6] and writing a positive review of James J. Martin's book on Raphael Lemkin, which was published by the IHR.[7] Konkin personally rejected Holocaust denial, but defended the IHR because he believed its freedom of speech was being suppressed.[5][8]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "A Fannish Tribute to Samuel Edward Konkin III". www.pulpless.com.
  2. ^ a b c d Gordon, David (2011-04-01) Sam Konkin and Libertarian Theory, LewRockwell.com; accessed October 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Samuel Edward Konkin III Copywrongs, EnemigosdelEstado.com
  4. ^ "El Salvador: The War to Come".
  5. ^ a b Heider, Ulrike (1994). Anarchism. San Francisco: City Lights Books. ISBN 978-0-87286-289-0.
  6. ^ "New Libertarian #11". KoPubCo. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  7. ^ Konkin, Samuel (1984), Thrusting the Stake into Lemkin's Bleeding Heart
  8. ^ "The Last, Whole Introduction to Agorism" (PDF). Papers of the Libertarian Left. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2022. Retrieved 4 May 2022.