Political Theory

Liberty among Mass Men: The Political Thought of Albert Jay Nock


This conference explored the writings of Albert Jay Nock (1870–1945), a crucial though largely overlooked figure in the history of liberty in America. Conferees examined how his ideas regarding liberty and responsibility developed over his life, focusing especially on his views on the State.


From Liberty Fund

The State of the Union

by By Albert Jay Nock
Edited and with a Foreword by Charles H. Hamilton

This collection is the first chosen from Albert Jay Nock’s entire work and the first new collection in nearly thirty-five years. It includes his best-known essays, some outstanding but neglected articles, and previously unpublished material.

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Additional Readings

Crunden, Robert M., eds. Superfluous Men: Conservative Critics of American Culture, 1900-1945. Wilmington, Delaware: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1999.

George, Henry. Progress and Poverty. New York: Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 1935.

Judis, John B. William F. Buckley, Jr: Patron Saint of the Conservatives. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.

Lukacs, John. “Our Enemy, the State?” The Wilson Quarterly (Spring 1996): 108-116.

Nock, Albert Jay. Memoirs of a Superfluous Man. New York: Harper Brothers, 1943.

Nock, Albert Jay. Snoring as a Fine Art and Twelve Other Essays. Rindge, New Hampshire: Richard R. Smith Publisher, 1958.

Oppenheimer, Franz. The State. Translated by John M. Gitterman. New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1922. http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/oppenheimer-the-state (accessed July 7, 2014).