A Condensed Version of: Our Enemy, the State: A Study of Social Power vs. State Power and of the State in Colonial America by Albert Jay Nock.
Compiled and Edited by Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
There is an impression that the growth of State power since 1932 is provisional and temporary—a kind of emergency loan. But any change in the other direction would be without precedent and very unlikely. There is no natural reason for such a change and every reason why one should not occur. (Editor’s Note: Keep in mind that Nock was writing in 1935. Here it is 2007 and State power, relative to social power, is much greater than it was then—strong support of his contention.)
We shall shortly see politically-organized poverty come to be subsidized indirectly instead of directly because the State cannot keep up with the “disposition of the masses to loot their own Treasury.” Therefore, direct subsidy will give way to “social legislation” that will create a multiplex of a wide variety of State-managed indemnities—pensions, insurances, etc. (Editor’s Note: And it has come to pass.) This indirect “social legislation” did not decrease State power. To the contrary, it opened the way for a continuous creation of new State-administered social “programs.”
Also, there is the impression that “recessions” may be brought about by voting a political party out. This idea is based on unsound assumptions. The first is that the “power of the ballot” is what political theory says it is and that the electorate actually has a choice in the matter. This is simply not true. In the imperialistic system, politicians meet now and again for the purpose of deciding what they can “get away with.” The electorate then votes according to their prescriptions. Any assumption that party pledges imply performance is baseless. The underlying faith in “political action” is the erroneous assumption that the interests of the State and those of society are the same. Not so. In fact, they are directly opposite.
Personal government, control of a massive bureaucracy and a huge mass of subsidized voting power are as attractive to one politician as any other—Democrat, Republican, or whatever. There is no point in listening to their words. Their actions reveal that the continuous growth of State power is here to stay. A change of regime through a change of party is illusory. The only party-competition will be for control and management. Closer centralization, furtherance of the bureaucratic principle and larger concessions to subsidized voting-power will be the result. (Editor’s Note: And this too has passed.)
The aim of the collectivists (their fundamental doctrine formulated by idealist philosophers of the last century) is the total extinction of social power. Hitler said, “The State dominates the nation because it alone represents it.” This was popular language for what Hegel said, “The State is the general substance, whereof individuals are but accidents” or Mussolini who said, “Everything for the State; nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.”
The various forms of collectivism, superficially distinguished as Fascism, Bolshevism, etc, are bound by one common, root idea—a complete conversion of social power into State power.
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