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Our Enemy, the State:
Including "On Doing the Right Thing"

by Albert Jay Nock

ISBN 0914156012 / 9780914156017 / 0-914156-01-2
Publisher Free Life Editions
Language English
Edition Softcover
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This 1935 classic sees the development of the modern state as the struggle between state power and social power, for "If we look beneath the surface of our public affairs, we can discern one fundamental fact, namely: a great redistribution of power between society and the State." Includes the essay "On Doing the Right Thing."

"Nock's Our Enemy, the State is a great and seminal work, in which Nock, in his justly renown style, introduces the vital libertarian concepts of 'State power' and 'Social power,' and applies them to American history. 'Social power' is people freely creating and voluntarily exchanging and interacting, and is responsible for Western prosperity and civilization. 'State power' is the age-old process by which force and theft combine to cripple and confiscate the fruits of Social power. Nowhere can the reader find a clearer or more forceful portrayal of the libertarian position." -- Murray Rothbard [via]