The Reluctant Anarchist – by Joseph Sobran

Here is an interesting article by Joseph Sobran and his gradual realization of the illegitimacy of the State:

The Reluctant Anarchist
by Joseph Sobran

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One response to “The Reluctant Anarchist – by Joseph Sobran

  1. David Mitchell

    I wonder if Mr. Sobran has ever read Albert Jay Nock’s excellent book, “Our Enemy, the State” (1935).

    Nock wrote: “It is interesting to observe that in the year 1935 the average individual’s incurious attitude was towards the phenomenon of the State is precisely what his attitude was towards the pehomenon of the Church in the year, say, 1500.” Has it gotten any better since then?

    He also wrote: “The State is not . . . a social institution administered in an anti-social way. It is an anti-social institution, administered in the only way an anti-social institution can be administered, and by the kind of person who, in the the nature of things, is best adapted to such service.”

    He then asked: “[W]hat can be done against the State’s progress in self-aggrandizement? Simply nothing.” That is, there will be an end, at some time in the future, but it will be, as history has shown, a collapse of empire.