The Criminality of the State

January 1, 2007

Albert Jay Nock:

Here is the Golden Rule of sound citizenship, the first and greatest lesson in the study of politics: you get the same order of criminality from any State to which you give power to exercise it; and whatever power you give the State to do things for you carries with it the equivalent power to do things to you. A citizenry which has learned that one short lesson has but little more left to learn.

Read the essay from here.

Another great essay from Nock: Life, Liberty, and … which can be found from the introduction to his book Our Enemy, the State.