Agora! Dialexis! Ia Ia Cthulhu fhtagn!

I’ve been looking for a label for my particular political orientation.

“Left-libertarian,” “left-Austrian,” and so forth are fine, and I happily use them, but each of them really designates a genus more than a species.

Chris Sciabarra and Sam Konkin horribly merged together by a tragic transporter accidentAgorist” is a bit more specific, but without a qualifier it seems both too narrow (suggesting a stricter adherence to orthodox Konkinism than I can really boast) and too broad (inasmuch as it doesn’t capture my particular quirk of seeking an integration of libertarianism with traditional lefty struggles against racism, patriarchy, and the like).

So, thought I, maybe Agorism plus a qualifier. But what? One possibility is “Left-Agorism,” but that doesn’t really specify what’s more lefty about it. Another possibility is “Dialectical Agorism,” which does suggest (at least for readers of Sciabarra) an integration of Agorism with broader concerns – but it doesn’t specify lefty concerns (even though “dialectical” does have a lefty flavour). Combining them would yield “Dialectical Left-Agorism” – admirably specific on the one hand, butt-ugly on the other.

Maybe I’ll split the difference by alternating between them. Okay, let it be so. Henceforth I am a Dialectical Agorist. That’s right, I said a Dialectical Left-Agorist.

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0 Responses to Agora! Dialexis! Ia Ia Cthulhu fhtagn!

  1. Tim December 17, 2006 at 2:57 am #

    Okay I understand what agorism means (thanks for the link), and I more or less know what ‘left’ means in the context, but I don’t understand the “dialectical” moniker in this case. Some kind of marxist hegelian thing or have I got it wrong?

  2. Administrator December 17, 2006 at 12:42 pm #

    Here’s a brief introduction:

  3. MDM December 18, 2006 at 11:09 am #

    Hey, don’t forget exploitation among those dia-lefty concerns!

  4. Tim December 18, 2006 at 9:30 pm #

    Thanks for the link!

  5. Rad Geek December 19, 2006 at 4:17 am #

    Personally, I like “anarchism.”

    If someone needs to know the details, I refer them to my blog.

  6. Academician December 19, 2006 at 7:45 pm #

    Dialectical agorism seems good to me. Since you’re already using a qualifier to separate yourself from strict Konkinism, you can specify the more explicitly lefty concerns when explaining the distinction.

    On a side note, I wonder if you plan on addressing Dr. Reisman’s rather appalling defense of Pinochet. I was surprised to see such a display on the LvMI blog.

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