By Michael S. Rozeff
July 16, 2013
A great many Americans who are dissatisfied with various facets of America’s political system, laws, rights, and justice system think that a solution is somehow to go back to the original Constitution. They do not understand that the original Constitution is a major cause of the present woes and troubles. One man who recognized and explained this and related developments many years ago is Albert Jay Nock in his 1935 book, Our Enemy the State.
My intent in what follows is to present a few of Nock’s important ideas in brief statements. All occasional observations of my own are placed in brackets.
Every increase in State power necessarily accompanies a decrease in social power.
Increases in State power reduce the disposition among people to use social power and indoctrinate the idea that social power is no longer called for.
As State power increases, private enterprise decreases.
The State uses contingencies of crisis and misfortune to increase its power, which in turn develops the habit of acquiescence in the people.
The centralization of power in Washington and in the hands of the Executive are signs of the increase in State power in America, as are the expansion of State bureaucracies and the erection of poverty into a permanent political asset to politicians.
When the State enacts “progressive” social legislation, this increases State power and reduces social power.
The State in America was brought into being in 1789 by a coup d’état.
The American system is nominally republican but actually imperial. The power of the ballot is empty. Parties compete for control of State power. They do not compete on grounds of actually reducing State power.
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