"It can be discouraging learning that the best path to freedom is through black market activity. Black markets seem dangerous, reckless, and unnecessary. But many already participate in black and gray markets unknowingly.

Some examples include: Farmers markets and flea markets; Buying things on Craigslist and paying cash; Working for cash and not reporting it to the IRS (“under the table”);
Subletting (renting out an extra room in your house or apartment, or renting from someone in such a manner without reporting it); Barbers, stylists, mechanics, tattoo artists, phone unlock and repair, electricians, plumbers, manual laborers, Uber drivers, free agent taxis, street vendors, and babysitters who all frequently work for cash “off the books”; Buying things with Bitcoin; Illegal drug purchases; Returning to one’s country or state from abroad with prohibited goods (“smuggling”); Trading goods and services as favors and not using money at all (“bartering”); Backyard gardening; Keeping livestock without proper zoning and permits.

Getting involved in black and gray markets is economically empowering, and allows greater accessibility to a wider variety of products and services. Prices in black and gray markets are sometimes lower and more negotiable. More competition means more choice. This is not only good for the consumer, but also the producer, who finds himself with a larger clientele. Black and gray markets offer life-saving accessibility to otherwise difficult to procure goods and services, as in the case where a person is able to buy a gun and skirt state-mandated waiting periods and background checks.

Agorism itself may be a relatively new philosophy, but it is a part of a timeless tradition of rebellion that’s been present throughout history, with many fascinating examples.

Taking a page from libertine historian Thaddeus Russell, author of A Renegade History of The United States, the Italian Mafia is a main reason why gay clubs were first able to open in many cities, most famously Stonewall in New York City. Stonewall was also known for its ethnic diversity, attracting Blacks and Latinos as well as Italians when it was purchased in 1966 by Fat Tony, a mafioso working with the Genovese family. The economic incentive to operate these clubs made entrepreneurs in the Gambino and Genovese crime families indifferent to the social stigma involved. And because of this, an ostracized community found a safe space to express their individuality and unique culture."

(via https://c4ss.org/content/41294)