Anarchist’s Progress

WHEN I was seven years old, playing in front of our house on the outskirts of Brooklyn one morning, a policeman stopped and chatted with me for a few moments. He was a kindly man, of a Scandinavian blonde type with pleasant blue eyes, and I took to him at once. He sealed our acquaintance […]

On Doing the Right Thing

This wonderful collection of essays by Albert Jay Nock, first published in 1928, includes his “Anarchist’s Progress,” “Thoughts on Revolution,” “The Decline of Conversation,” and other classics by this great American essayist and influential libertarian thinker. This book has been very difficult to find, but now appears in this special Mises Institute series. On Doing […]

Our Enemy, The State

Introduction Half a century ago, as I was struggling to articulate a social and political philosophy with which my inner voices could find approval, I discovered one of my earliest introductions to what has since come to be known as libertarian thought. I had read—and enjoyed—classical philosophers John Locke,  John Stuart Mill, the Stoics, and […]

A Biography of Albert Jay Nock

Reprinted from The Triumph of Liberty by Jim Powell American individualism had virtually died out by the time Mark Twain was buried in 1910. “Progressive” intellectuals promoted collectivism. “Progressive” jurists hammered constitutional restraints as an inconvenient obstacle to expanding government power, supposedly the cure for every social problem. “Progressive” Theodore Roosevelt glorified imperial conquest. “Progressive” President Woodrow […]

Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

Review provided by Mises Albert Jay Nock, perhaps the most brilliant American essayist of the 20th century, and certainly among its most important libertarian thinkers, set out to write his autobiography but he ended up doing much more. He presents here a full theory of society, state, economy, and culture, and does so almost inadvertently. […]