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
The Noiseless Revolution
The conversion of social power into State power in the uS has gone a long way at an accelerated rate, but with an “unspectacular” character. Every advance in State aggrandizement has been noiseless and un-alarming—especially to a people notoriously preoccupied, inattentive and incurious. In fact, it has been so unspectacular that its true nature escaped notice, and is not generally understood.
Furthermore, specific arrangements of words have been obstacles to our perception of how far this conversion of power has actually gone. For example, when Hegel’s doctrine is restated by Hitler or Mussolini, it offends us and we congratulate ourselves on our “freedom.” But, as long as he does not formulate that doctrine in those same terms, an American politician may take it further than Mussolini did without being questioned.
With respect to the relationship between the theory and the practice of public affairs, Americans are un-philosophical. They find rationalization to be repugnant and prefer to emotionalize. They are indifferent to the theory of things, so long as they can listen to the patter of their litanies, no inconsistency disturbs them. In fact, they seldom even recognize it as being inconsistent.
Michel Chevalier observed that Americans have “the morale of an army on the march.” An army on the march has no philosophy. It only sees itself as a “creature of the moment.” It rationalizes its conduct only in terms of an immediate end. As Tennyson said, “theirs is not to reason why.” Its conduct is emotionalized by elaborate paraphernalia (flags, music, uniforms, etc.) and the careful cultivation of camaraderie. Its mentality is one of “delayed adolescence”—infantile.
Past American generations elevated this infantilism into a virtue and indoctrinated fellow Americans with the idea that a philosophy is not necessary and that a “concern with the theory of things is effeminate and unbecoming.”
But, this “morale of an army on the march” has brought us where we are and got us what we have. So, if we have accomplished all of this without a philosophy, then a philosophy and the theory of things must not be worth considering. The morale of an army on the march is good enough for us and we are proud of it.
The cause of the current condition of public affairs does not lie with the characteristics of the republican, monocratic, constitutional, collectivist, totalitarian, or Bolshevist State. It lies with the State itself.
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