Agorist youth cadre incentives

10 October 2009 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in mind control | 6 Comments »

Via Jim Davidson:

I’ve been re-reading Heinlein’s novella, The Man Who Sold the Moon. It occurs to me that agorism needs some ways to involve children.

I’m thinking of an essay contest, or series of contests, posting small gold and silver prizes, about topics like “what is money” and “why is freedom great” and “what’s wrong with government” and “why not go to the Moon privately this time.” Essay contests, art contests, video contests, audio contests, songwriting contests, etc.

Also, some years ago, L. Neil Smith and Scott Bieser had an idea for a space scouts manual that would encourage boys and girls to get interested in space again. I never found the money to make that into a project. But it does seem like there are many practical “merit badge” type activities one could arrange to earn points and badges and certificates of achievement.

Perhaps one could call it “the Agorism achievement society” or something on those lines? Let the young agorists form their own clubs and troups and such.

I’m reminded by the recent story of the young girl whose lemonade stand in Riverside park was banned on account of not being a permitted business that agorism can be of interest to all ages.

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  1. 6 Responses to “Agorist youth cadre incentives”

  2. By MerryMonk on 10 October 2009

    Jim and Mike, you have a very cool idea!
    The idea reinforces the essence of economics: “That which gets rewarded gets done.”

    A way to let people have fun competing publicly is to use YouTube’s contest capabilities. People post competitive videos, viewers rate them to determine winners, and the results are interesting, creative, and often bizarre (but fun to watch)

    Most of the contestants are young and look like they are having a blast. This idea could provide the catalyst for some really creative energy.

    Here are two examples: Infowars sponsored a video contest to put up the infamous “Obama Joker” poster …go to YouTube and search on “Infowars poster contest” there an amazing number of entrants…and they looked like they were all having fun poking fun of our Great Leader.

    For a quite different type of contest go to where 3M sponsors their “You stuck it Where?” contest. Thousands of entrants from all over the world entered. I met a guy from 3M who told me it was the best Post-It note marketing they have had in several years.

  3. By Gilligan on 10 October 2009

    Cool. Perhaps this Agorist Youth Brigade could create a video as a response to this heinous video, created by the terrorist Canada Revenue Agency (Canada’s IRS):

    It’s so easy to refute.

  4. By Jim Davidson on 10 October 2009

    Okay, cool, we have three ounces of silver pledged by individuals wanting to participate in making this go. Excellent!

    With regard to names, I invite people to name things as they please. I like “youth cadre” and I do not like “youth brigade.” Of course, everyone is free to use whatever names and labels they see fit. Suit yourself.

    Here is my thought on cadre: It has two primary definitions. “1. A nucleus of trained personnel around which a larger organization can be built and trained;
    2. A tightly knit group of zealots who are active in advancing the interests of a revolutionary party.” Or a member of such a group. These from

    I regret if my concerns about militarism took one word from Gilligan’s post and caused me to extemporise too much.

    I like the idea of a video contest in opposition to state videos. The state has a bunch of evil videos about how drugs are bad m’kay. These would also be good to respond against.

    Brigade, on the other hand, is more definitely military. “A military unit consisting of a variable number of combat battalions or regiments.” Ibid.

    It seems to me to be mistaken to use military terms for peaceful groups. It also seems like one of those after-effects of people encountering statism for years and years. We don’t want brigadier generals. If I want anything from other people it is for each of them to be a sovereign individual just as she pleases. I have been against militarism all my life.

  5. By MerryMonk on 11 October 2009

    Gilligan: Thanks, the Canadian Revenue Agency video is a interesting example of the enemy putting the video contest concept to work.

    Jim: This seems like fun! Many things to do: It seems to me we need three things (at least) before naming the contest:
    1. We need to define a clear objective of EXACTLY what part of the insanity of the state we want to mock.
    2. We need to pick one fun-to-do, catchy, cool, common “something” that needs to be in every video in the competition. This choice will help with telling us what we could name the contest.
    3. We need to figure our prizes we should offer the contestants. This brings up the possible idea of sponsors..maybe a gold coin company like Monex, AmerGold etc.

    Maybe some of the readers of this site have ideas for the goal and a contest name?

    It seems to me that once we choose a specific goal then we are better able to name it.

    I liked the way 3M used the “You stuck it Where?” name for their contest. The name automatically makes me want to see…”Where did they stick it?”

    I do not think that we need to overtly target young people in the naming of the contest…I think that would be a turn-off to many of them no matter what youth-related name we chose.

    imho, if you say something is for kids..they feel talked-down to. The defining characteristic of most teens is that they want to be treated/respected as adults. They LOVE to prove that they beat adults at anything.

    I think the younger people just naturally are the main ones that are really into video contests that are cool. The people making the videos for were mainly teen-agers in the clips I watched.

    Full disclosure: Even though I have I have helped organize many offline contests, I have never helped set up a video contest on YouTube and I have no proof that any of the above thoughts are any good. However, I like this idea and I am willing to help. It should be fun!

  6. By DixieFlatline on 12 October 2009

    No offense, but there are too many tenured (privilege seeking) professors and other libertarian big talkers who call themselves agorists, but do not directly take agorist action.

    If I had a nickel for everyone who called themselves an agorist while having only one revenue stream that funds the state through source deductions …

    Call it anything but agorism please. Heck, just disassociate it from brands, and let the activity speak for itself.

  7. By Jim Davidson on 13 October 2009

    Brad, I’ll call it whatever I like. I don’t care whether you want me to use the word agorism. I’ll use it, just as I please. And I won’t use the term “libertarian socialism.”

    If that bothers you, tough.

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