Samuel Konkin

Samuel Edward Konkin, III, was an influential libertarian writer, publisher and activist.

He was born in 1947 in Canada , where he also grew up. He studied at the University of Alberta , where he received a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry, and went on to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin , and then New York University , where he earned a MS degree in theoretical chemistry

He was influenced by such writers as Robert Heinlein, C. L. Lewis, Robert LeFevre, and Murray Rothbard. In 1975 Konkin moved to southern California , where he lived until his death in February 2004.

Also known as SEK3, Konkin was the author of  “The New Libertarian Manifesto,” and founder of the Agorist Institute and of the Movement of the Libertarian Left. For some years he was editor and publisher of the New Libertarian magazine In keeping with his libertarian outlook, he fervently opposed US military interventionism in foreign countries, and all forms of state collectivism. He was an ardent defender of free speech and free intellectual inquiry, and he promoted an iconoclastic view of history.

He was a good friend of the Institute for Historical Review. He presented a paper at the Third IHR conference (1981), contributed to the IHR’s Journal of Historical Review, and for years was a member of the IHR Journal’s Editorial Advisory Committee.

Among the close friends who spoke at the memorial service following his death were authors Brad Linaweaver, Victor Koman and J. Neil Schulman, and US Congressman Dana Rohrbacher. He is survived by a son, Samuel Konkin IV


For more about his life, see the sketch by Jeff Riggenbach, posted at

and the tribute by J. Neil Schulman , posted at

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