Albert Jay Nock
"One finds that we are not actually against an upper class,
because we have one and think highly of it. We are merely against the
formal acknowledgment that we have one."
"So long as the State stands as an impersonal mechanism which
can confer an economic advantage at the mere touch of a button, men
will seek by all sorts of ways to get at the button, because law-made
property is acquired with less exertion than labour-made property. It
is easier to push the button and get some form of State-created
monopoly like a land-title, a tariff, concession or franchise, and
pocket the proceeds, than it is to accumulate the same amount by work."
Following up on an unfinished article by Jeremy Bentham, an essay on how terms such as "individualism," " laissez-faire," "free competition," "capitalism," "democracy" and "republic" are badly misused, often by people who have agendas to obscure.
A rebuke of those who disdain fundamental moral principles.
The difference between liberals, who suppose the state to be
an instrument of social good and see the struggle between labor and
capital, and radicals, who suppose it to be exploitive and see the
battle as against state-sanctioned monopoly.
A general disparagement of utopian reformers, with the exception of Henry George, who "did not contemplate prescription, but, on the contrary, would reduce it almost to zero."
An analysis of how the state arose and what it's original functions were, based heavily on Franz Oppenheimer's The State.
An excellent analysis of the futility of mass-movement
politics, flawed only by an overstated case against political action of
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