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ISAIAH'S JOB by A.J. Nock
« on: December 30, 2004, 09:21:38 pm »

The following excerpt is from an essay by A.J. Nock titled Isaiah's Job:

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There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it."

What do we mean by the masses, and what by the Remnant?

As the word masses is commonly used, it suggests agglomerations of poor and underprivileged people, laboring people, proletarians. But it means nothing like that; it means simply the majority. The mass-man is one who has neither the force of intellect to apprehend the principles issuing in what we know as the humane life, nor the force of character to adhere to those principles steadily and strictly as laws of conduct, and because such people make up the great, the overwhelming majority of mankind, they are called collectively the masses. The line of differentiation between the masses and the Remnant is set invariably by quality, not by circumstance. The Remnant are those who by force of intellect are able to apprehend these principles, and by force of character are able, at least measurably, to cleave to them. The masses are those who are unable to do either.

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ISAIAH'S JOB by A.J. Nock
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2005, 12:49:02 am »

Great description!

Remnant is a proud tag to wear like Outlaw, Gulcher, etc.
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2005, 02:01:04 am »


"Ah," the Lord said, "you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it."

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The fascination--as well as the despair--of the historian, as he looks back upon Isaiah's Jewry, upon Plato's Athens, or upon Rome of the Antonines, is the hope of discovering and laying bare the "substratum of right-thinking and well-doing" which he knows must have existed somewhere in those societies because no kind of collective life can possibly go on without it. He finds tantalizing intimations of it here and there in many places, as in the Greek Anthology, in the scrapbook of Aulus Gellius, in the poems of Ausonius, and in the brief and touching tribute, Bene merenti, bestowed upon the unknown occupant of Roman tombs. But these are vague and fragmentary; they lead him nowhere in his search for some kind of measure of this substratum, but merely testify to what he already knew a priori--that the substratum did somewhere exist. Where it was, how substantial it was, what its power of self-assertion and resistance was--of all this they tell him nothing.
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2005, 03:37:42 pm »

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2005, 10:48:46 am »

I enjoy reading Nock. I've been, with this reminder, thinking on his warnings. It's very unlikely that mass-man will be awakened by the writings of our freedom minority. Even Claire, as accomplished and talented as she is, will prolly not break through. Our ~70 active of 600 signed up indicates the size of the minority. Prolly stay that small too. So, I look to my gulch and work with a small group of friends & fellow travelers. Thus, the niceness of knowing about at least our ~70.
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2010, 08:23:52 pm »

Bump!
I need to read this occasionally, it gives me peace when in need.
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2011, 10:41:19 pm »

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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2011, 09:46:01 pm »

What’s an Outlaw to Do?

I read this piece by C.W. today and thought about Nock's Remnant.

Good stuff.

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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2011, 10:09:57 pm »

There:
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We are a silent army

An army of the mind. An army without hierarchy, without officers,
without commands. We are an army of the intellect and the spirit
that can never be targeted, bombed, or shot into submission.
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The remnant... the mental militia... many forms, many guises, aways us...
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Re: ISAIAH'S JOB by A.J. Nock
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2011, 08:50:06 am »

My son is 30 years old and has two children aged three and one.

He has recently "aprehended" as Nock puts it, what is going to happen and he is frightened and worried.  Not for himself, but for his children.

He is informed and aware, and that is worth a lot.

All I can tell him is that we do not get to chose the cards we are dealt, only how we play the hand.  He intends to raise and educate his children to prepare them for an economic collapse and what may result.

All this gets me down sometimes.  A parent ought to be able to hand off a better world to his children and grandchildren.

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« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2011, 03:38:38 pm »

Knowing 'stuff', character, time preference, or?

Time to Get Rich
                  by Gary North

    ...
    Professor Philip Zimbardo has studied the long-term effects of
    time perspective in children. Beginning with studies begun over
    two decades ago by a colleague, Zimbardo has tracked the lives
    of an early group of children. He has concluded that a child's
    future-orientation-- the psychological ability to defer
    gratification-- is a major indicator of future success in a
    child's life.
    ...
    The person who is willing to defer present consumption for
    the sake of future income is in a strong position in society.
    He has the internal make-up necessary for building capital in
    the broadest sense.
    ...


My son is 30 years old and has two children aged three and one.

He has recently "aprehended" as Nock puts it, what is going to happen and he is
frightened and worried.  Not for himself, but for his children.

So too here. 'We' the oldsters who write here to give a hint to those younger. We won't
be alive for the coming tyrannies. Your 30yo can be happy cause hr can see it at 30. 'We'
didn't until 50-60-70. His kids will grow up seeing/knowing it. Even better for them. Many
others will be blind to their culture.

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He is informed and aware, and that is worth a lot.

All I can tell him is that we do not get to chose the cards we are dealt,
only how we play the hand.  He intends to raise and educate his
children to prepare them for an economic collapse and what may
result.

All this gets me down sometimes.  A parent ought to be able to
hand off a better world to his children and grandchildren.

I repeat the above... and add soft times make for soft people. It's
better to be alive and interested in surviving...aware, looking,
figuring,...

And of course, regards as well,
-J
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Re: ISAIAH'S JOB by A.J. Nock
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2011, 08:43:42 pm »

Time to Get Rich by Gary North

Early this morning, I emailed a link to this piece by Gary North to my son along with sage advice, e.g. do as I say, not as I did (alluding to North's comments regarding "If I had known at 18 what I know now...).

You and I appear to be operating on the same frequency.

Regards

Jim
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Re: ISAIAH'S JOB by A.J. Nock
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2011, 09:02:07 pm »


http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north-arch.html

North LRC Archive - almost 1,000 entries

I've found him to be interesting.


Regards, J
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« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2011, 09:14:18 pm »

I hit LewRockwell every morning.  Always read G. North.

Thought about subscribing to North's newsletter but did not want to part with the coin.

Instead I just avoid debt - probably what his newsletter recommends.

Regards

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« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2011, 09:20:21 pm »

I hit LewRockwell every morning.  Always read G. North.

Thought about subscribing to North's newsletter but did not want to part with the coin.

Instead I just avoid debt - probably what his newsletter recommends.

Same wavelength. LRC is a daily read.  www.Mises.org next.
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