Our Enemy the State by Albert Jay Nock

Just revisiting this summary / review I wrote a while back about one of my favorite books – I mentioned it on the air last show….

I recently found Our Enemy the State, by Albert Jay Nock, under a chair in my kids’ playroom–I must have bought it long ago and misplaced it. I flipped the book open to a chapter: “Politics and Other Fetiches,” and despite the unpromising chapter heading I was immediately riveted. Although written in 1935, Our Enemy the State provides an eye-opening analysis of the true nature of the State. This short book–only 88 pages–is packed with huge concepts, historical analysis and staggering observations which reveal to the reader not only that the State is a tool designed solely to bestow privilege, but also that one’s own social conditioning runs deep. In particular, Nock’s discussion of the American colonial period forced me to realize that the ideological myth of the State still defines important aspects of my understanding of history. (This is a humbling admission from a dyed-in-the-wool anarcho-capitalist such as I!)

Our Enemy the State is divided into six chapters, each with a subject that could easily fill a volume, but I will only touch briefly on the major points.

Social Power vs. State Power. Nock explains that the balance between social power and State power is a zero-sum game and that Continue reading ==>

One thought on “Our Enemy the State by Albert Jay Nock

  1. THE ENEMY IS THE STATE, NOT ONLY DO THEY WANT US THE WEAR THE MARK OF THE BEAST, THEY PLANS FOR US, WE DO NOT WANT, AND THAT IS TO TURN US INTO CYBORGS, AND MAKE US THINK THIS IS THE NATURAL PROCESS OF EVOLUTION. NATURALLY WE KNOW THAT SATAN IS BEHIND THIS. ALSO, IF A PERSON DOES NOT TURN THEMSELF INTO A CYBORG THEY WILL WANT TO MURDER US. THERE IS EVEN CREEPY FEATURES PUT INTO THE GOOGLE GLASS, WHO EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE, AND EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU ARE EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DAY, WHEN LIFE WAS JUST LIFE AND MACHINES WERE JUST MACHINES? THEY ARE EVEN TRYING TO PROMOTE THAT LIFE IS NOT NORMAL, AND WE A PIECE OF NOTHING, IF WE ARE NOT MACHINE. TRANSHUMANISM IS HERE AND THEY ARE ON THEY WAY TO FORCE IT DOWN EVERY LIVING SOUL. THERE ARE MORE STAGGERING OBSERVATIONS TO COME!

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