“The Criminality of the State”

That’s the title of chapter 30 of Albert Jay Nock’s book of essays, The State of the Union.  Here are a few snippets:

“If you give the State power to do something for you, you give it an exact equivalent of power to do something to you.”

“The totalitarian State is the only State; the kind of thing it does is only what the State has always done with unfailing regularity . . . .  The State will unfailingly aggrandize itself . . . first at the expense of its own citizens, and then at the expense of anyone else in sight.”

“[T]he idea that the procedure of the ‘democratic’ State is any less criminal than that of the State under any other fancy name, is rubbish.”

Join us at the Mises Institute’s Supporters Summit on October 10-12 on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina at the oceanfront Omni resort where the theme will be that of Albert Jay Nock’s most famous book, Our Enemy the State.  Who, in this day and age, could argue with that?!


3:39 pm on May 24, 2024