Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A new old essay

I just added Albert Jay Nock's "Isaiah's Job" (1936) to the sidebar. An excellent essay, for these depressing times. The first paragraph describes something familiar to me:
One evening last autumn, I sat long hours with a European acquaintance while he expounded a political-economic doctrine which seemed sound as a nut and in which I could find no defect. At the end, he said with great earnestness: "I have a mission to the masses. I feel that I am called to get the ear of the people. I shall devote the rest of my life to spreading my doctrine far and wide among the population. What do you think?"

I didn't expect Nock's response.

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