If only AJN could see us now, eh? He lived a mere four months past the death of Franklin Roosevelt, whose New Deal and other political excesses Nock shot down like clay pigeons at a gun club. What has happened in the United States since he left us attests to his perception and insight.
There — the mantle lamp is lit. Darkness hates the light and will try to extinguish it. Meanwhile, wander in from the shadows, gawk, study, converse, contribute, and take away what inspires you.
Selected articles are featured in the menu at the top and bottom. Numerous other articles have been published here. Some are presented through this page. All are listed in the Archive below.
In Chapter One of Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, Albert Jay Nock remarked on what he called invincible ignorance. Forty-four years later, Carlo M. Cipolla outlined the Five Basic Laws of Human Stupidity. The two concepts go hand-in-hand…
In an early episode of The Beverly Hillbillies, which first aired on television in 1962, Jed Clampett comes into the kitchen — I think it was at the cabin in the Ozarks, but I could be wrong — and he tells Granny that Mr. Drysdale told him they’re going to pay him in some new kind of dollars. Grannie scoffs and says: “There ain’t no new kind of dollars.” Jed turns to Jethro and asks: “What’d he call them, Jethro?” Jethro replies: “Million dollars.”
What we have, compared with 1962, is a new kind of dollars, but the effect is quite the opposite of what it was for the Clampett family…
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