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The New Nock
« on: October 03, 2007, 08:57:17 pm »

The New Slavery: Nock on Spencer

by Albert Jay Nock

    [Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945) was the great American essayist whose anti-statism had a huge impact on the development of American libertarian theory.  This is his introduction to Spencer’s forgotten 1884 classic, The Man Versus the State.]

    "In 1851 Herbert Spencer published a treatise called Social Statics; or, The Conditions Essential to Human Happiness Specified.  Among other specifications, this work established and made clear the fundamental principle that society should be organized on the basis of voluntary cooperation, not on the basis of compulsory cooperation, or under the threat of it.  In a word, it established the principle of individualism as against Statism ... against the principle underlying all the collectivist doctrines which are everywhere dominant at the present time. ..."
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