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Our Enemy, The State | Albert Jay Nock

I recently read the short book Our Enemy, The State written in 1935 by Albert Jay Nock, a self-described philosophical anarchist.

Nock’s insight into the nature of the State as well as his well-researched analysis of the history of America from when the first Europeans settled there in 1607 through his present time is definitely worth checking out. He ends with predictions about future growth of State power in the United States. As the 21st century reader will notice his predictions have been very accurate so far. I definitely plan on writing a more detailed blog post about this classic  in the future, but for now I just want to get it out there: this is definitely a book worth reading.

A quote from the book that I added to the Quotes page:

[The State is not] a social institution administered in an anti-social way. It is an anti-social institution administered in the only way an anti-social institution can be administered, and by the kind of person who, in the nature of things, is best adapted to such service. [page 37]

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