Agorism is Risky Business on the Sidewalks of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Near You

Agorism, the idea that we should trade outside the purview of the state in order to bring about a better world, is risky business. But these gentlemen are heroes. These water vendors – and I have seen businesspeople like them all over the world – exemplify the best aspects of humanity. Although they are down on their luck, they refuse to steal or take charity. Instead, they provide something people need at the right place, the right time and the right price.

Which makes it all the more frustrating to hear that police regularly attack them. What happened to American capitalism? The free market? Free association? Free trade? The Las Vegas metropolitan police department couldn’t care less it seems.

These gentlemen are not alone. In Los Angeles, street vendors who prepare the much sought after bacon-wrapped hot dogs are under attack. In Phoenix, similar vendors managed to get special permission from their local state in order to continue.

Similar cases abound. Kudos to Liberty on Tour for bringing these fearless providers to our attention. I like these vendors. I like what they do. They should be allowed to continue until such time as the sidewalks become private property. Given how much they use them, perhaps they should be given an easement!

5 October 2010
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