Author of Our Enemy, The State, founder of The Freeman (1920-24)


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"Albert Jay Nock (13 October 13 1870 - 19 August 1945) was an influential American libertarian author, educational theorist, and social critic of the early and middle 20th century. ..."

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Albert Jay Nock, Forgotten Man of the Right, by Jeffrey A. Tucker, 22 Aug 2002
Albert Jay Nock - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
Hero of the Day - Albert Jay Nock (2), The Daily Objectivist
No U-Turns, by Jack Dennon, 29 May 2006
Related Topics: Constitution of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, Lysander Spooner
"... as Albert Jay Nock points out ... the 'peculiar task' of the delegates ... was to bring about a government in such form as to 'preserve the appearance of actual republicanism without the reality.' ... by providing for 'an exercise of political self-expression by the general electorate which should be so managed as to be, in all essential respects, futile.'"
The Anatomy of the State, by Murray N. Rothbard, 1974
Related Topics: The State, U.S. Bill of Rights, Franz Oppenheimer, Property, War
Examines several attributes of the State, including how it maintains and grows itself and how it deals with other States
"Albert Jay Nock happily termed these contesting forces: 'social power' and 'State power.' Social power is man's power over nature, his cooperative transformation of nature's resources ... State power ... is the coercive and parasitic seizure of this production ... While social power is over nature, State power is power over man."


Isaiah's Job, The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Mar 1997
Extracted from Free Speech and Plain Language, 1937.
The Criminality of the State, The American Mercury, 1939
Related Topic: The State
"... the State's criminality is nothing new and nothing to be wondered at. It began when the first predatory group of men clustered together and formed the State, and it will continue as long as the State exists in the world, because the State is fundamentally an anti-social institution, fundamentally criminal."

Books Authored

UpdMemoirs of a Superfluous Man, 1943
Electronic text available in EPUB format at
Mr. Jefferson, 1926
Related Topic: Thomas Jefferson
Our Enemy, the State, 1935
Related Topic: The State
Electronic text available at "Barefoot's World"
The Disadvantages of Being Educated & Other Essays, 1932