Your Friend, the State

PT       2002-06-01 
Albert Jay Nock, an excellent but largely forgotten writer, once wrote a little book titled Our Enemy, the State. I still reread it when Im groggy from absorption in the daily events of politics. It revives me like a slap in the face.
If I were a pagan, I might fancy I heard the Olympian laughter of the gods when modern men think of their rulers as their friends. Common sense would suggest that those who have power over you, and can use it to kill or enslave you, are, more properly speaking, your masters and enemies. Were supposed to think that the system that can extort half our earnings from us is benevolent?