Agorist Communities

I was talking with my friend Jay the other day, and he suggested the idea that what economy really is, is community. I thought about it, and I agreed with what he was saying. I decided to write a blog about it, because I think it’s a great idea. I had actually written a couple of similar blog posts in my personal blog back last year (which you can read about HERE and HERE), in which I talked about the community of Agorists and other small business owners such as myself.
 
There are many things that are a part of having a successful business. For one thing, I think having a good relationship with your customers is the most important aspect of having a business. Customers want to know that you can be trusted to deliver a product or service in a timely manner. Communication is key, because if there are any issues, you need to keep in contact and make sure the customer knows why something may be delayed. If these kinds of issues are dealt with kindly and promptly, the customer is likely to come back. The reason I’m saying these things is because it all ties back to economy being community. I realize that these are things that corporations like to spew, and like to pretend that they are important, and some are even good at providing good customer service. However, we all know that at the end of the day, all corporations are about is money.
 
It’s a valid point, to be sure, to be worried about money, since that’s our livelihood; how we pay our bills. But, I feel that, as an Agorist, people are equally important. Maybe, even more important. Agorists are of a different, higher caliber than those in corporations, since we truly do care about people. We see value in different ways. You can trade a coffee table for a dresser, if you would like. I think what also sets us apart is that we don’t compete with each other. I make jewelry sometimes, and I have a couple of other friends that also make jewelry. We don’t trample over each other and try to steal customers, because we know there’s no need for that. For one thing, we all make different styles of jewelry. We cater to different customers, and we have different customer bases. But you know the amazing thing? In addition to not competing, we all promote each other. We work together. Anything else, and that reminds me of what corporations do: try to undercut the “other guy” and steal customers. That’s the type of business bloodshed that makes me despise corporations. It disgusts me to think that that’s a valid business model, since there’s plenty of business and customers to go around, to make enough profit for business owners to live as they wish.
 
Don’t get me wrong, I understand good competition, but getting dirty isn’t a Voluntaryist way of thinking. If you think about it, trying to steal customers is the opposite of what we try and preach here, in this wonderful society that practices such principles as Voluntaryism and the Non-Aggression Principle. How so? Knowing what another business does and their customers and using that to manipulate customers to taking their business elsewhere is a form of aggression. It’s not physical aggression, but it is aggression, trying to take away someone’s customers in such a way that’s nefarious. It’s potentially taking away from the livelihood of another peaceful person. In fact, this type of behavior reminds me of a corporation, by taking customers away from the smaller businesses, and forcing them out.
 
Yes, there’s value in receiving monetary gains in your business, whether it be FRN, Bitcoin, silver, gold, etc. Of course there is. But, I believe that economy is the same thing as community; meaning, we help each other survive and thrive, because no business owner couldn’t make it without people. Those of us in the same type of business may help others, by giving them ideas and ways to market their business, because we may have different customers and different ways of doing things. At the end of the day, it’s the community that makes your business run.

Introducing…

As a new Don’t Tread on Meme blogger, I thought I would introduce myself, a little bit about agorism as it relates to me, and how I came to be part of such a wonderful community. I started hearing about Anarchism first, and it was really ground breaking for me, and how I think about the world around me. Like so many others, I thought Anarchists were crazy skin heads who throw motlov cocktails at cop cars. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s exactly the opposite, and found myself agreeing with so many of the principles I was learning about, such as the Non-Aggression Principle and Voluntaryism.

I never knew what an agorist was, until after I started hearing about Anarchism. I thought it was an awesome concept to go back to bartering, or doing business however two parties saw value in a particular product or service. I have loved every trade I’ve engaged in. I also started hearing about such alternative currencies as Bitcoin. It became clear to me how important it is to start using such alternative currencies, including using dime cards, once I started educating myself on the current economic system the US engages in, and the reasons it doesn’t work, and will never work. It’s a frightening thought, that the dollar becomes less and less valuable (on purpose!!), and that’s what most people use as currency, without realizing how dangerous this system is.

I found myself wanting to start my own business, because I was tired of the mentality of corporations, and how upper management treats their “lesser” employees. I had always wanted to create things, as I’ve always been very crafty. I made an awesome quilt in high school, I’ve made jewelry in the past, and at one point I even picked up a book on how to make candles. I never did anything with it, however. It just sat around in a box somewhere, until a few months ago. I decided I was going to try. I bought just enough supplies to make 54 candles, and decided to see how it would go. I sold all 54 in just 3 days. I then bought enough to make a bigger batch, and here I am. I called it Savory Scents (also found here on Etsy), and I am now the proud owner of an agorist company that makes soy candles and soap, and I hope to make lotions, bubble bath, shower gel, and perfumes in the future.

Seeing how dangerous this economy is for business owners, I fully intend on making some Savory Scents dime cards, through DTOM. I am also excited to be a blogger here, bringing news and information on other agorists and alternative currencies. And, I just have to say, how wonderful it’s been to work with other agorists such as Iris with Singing Tall Grass (also found here on Etsy) and Jillian with Stateless Sweets. I have loved the trades and business we’ve done thus far, and I look forward to any collaborations and business that may come up in the future. If you’re an agorist, I would love to hear from you! I would like to contribute to the growing agorist community, and spread the word on alternative currencies. I went to Libertopia this year, and it’s my goal now more than ever to make this business work for me, and to help others do the same. It was such a great experience, being around so many like-minded people, and I can’t wait for Libertopia 2013, where I hope to meet all of you!

East Cost Bitcoin Summit

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Selling silver dime cards for Bitcoin!

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I’m testing out the new merchant tools from CoinBase.com. The tools allow you to sell items right from your blog with easy to use payment buttons. I’m selling this silver coin chart designed by Crizzels buttons. The card is for sale for the BTC equivalent of $5.00 USD and will ship for free since I don’t have to pay an extra fee for credit card processing. Shipping in the USSA only at this time and limit one per customer until I can figure out how to collect shipping addresses…. Work in progress…

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#BlackandGoldFriday

If you’re looking for an alternatives to the #blackfriday mania. Check out all the great counter economy deals to be had in the Agora! I listed some of my favorites on the new Agora page linked above but more tax free deals can be made in the Agorist Marketplace.

#blackandgoldCyberMonday update.

Davi Barker has created this flier for a group of us to include in all the orders everyone in the group ships out. If you have any ideas on how to help grow the agora drop me a line. Drew (at) Don’t Tread on Meme (dot) com