Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

Memoirs of a Superfluous Man Albert Jay Nock
  • Title: Memoirs of a Superfluous Man
  • Author: Albert Jay Nock
  • ISBN: 9780873190381
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
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    About Albert Jay Nock


    1. American libertarian author, Georgist, social critic of the early and middle 20th century, outspoken opponent of the New Deal.He served as a inspiration for the modern libertarian and Conservative movements He was one of the first Americans to self identify as libertarian alumnusltech ckank Ful


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    1. Hard to know how to rate this It s well written, and it s pretty interesting as a historical document Albert Jay Nock was a significant proto libertarian figure who influenced Ayn Rand among others And taken solely as the rambling, genially cynical blather of an eccentric old codger, it s a lot of fun, although for me that sort of enjoyment ceased long before the book was over But ultimately the book is repetitive, pompous, inane, and confused, and I can t imagine recommending that anyone read t [...]

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    2. Many years ago, I belonged to a debating society, which, among other activities, sponsored formal dinners at which there was much drinking and then singing, from an official songbook of thoroughly not politically correct songs Among them was one, sung to the tune of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, titled God Rot Ye Libertarians It went, God rot ye libertarians, you fill us with dismay Your atheistic tendencies, your anarchistic ways Your flaunted immorality leads innocents astray But you ll get you [...]

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    3. This is a book of ideas that loosely relate to the life of Albert Jay Nock, a libertarian writer, man of letters and prophet of doom A fairly private man, his memoirs were pretty barebones He doesn t say anything about his wife and children, nor does he mention his time as an Episcopal priest He talks about his childhood and education, growing up at the dawn of the 20th century He talks about his publications, books he read and his opinions on war, women s liberation and politics There were seve [...]

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    4. A powerful book As my dad would say This is some heavy shit, potna, you ain t ready for this bwoh This is grown folks reading, rookie lol Nook deemed himself superfluous because he did couldn t accommodate his mind to the interest of the gross national product or the purposes of the nation state A self educated man, raised in Brooklyn and fond of dictionaries, Nook acquired the habit of reading Greek and Latin at the age of eight His memoir is less an account of his life than it is a history of [...]

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    5. Quotes Every person of any intellectual quality develops some sort of philosophy of existence.Whatever a man may do or say, the most significant thing about him is what he thinks.One of the most offensive things about the society in which I later found myself was its monstrous itch for changing people.As a French writer lately remarked, American society is the only one which has passed directly from barbarism into decadence without once knowing civilisation.When the sanctions of law, religion an [...]

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    6. This is one of my absolute favorites Nock is the self educated man who thinks with logic, seeks importance, and acts, within his environment, on that which is important and he is an elitist Nock learned Greek and Latin on his own with limited direction from his father He describes the law of diminishing returns in education Socrates chatting with a single protagonist meant one thing, and well did he know it Socrates lecturing to a class of fifty would mean something woefully different, so he org [...]

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    7. Can I give a book ten stars I guess not, but if I could, this book would merit eleven I must thank Seth for recommending this to me last year I bought a copy Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2007 and began reading it last evening Seth, I cannot thank you sufficiently.Albert Jay Nock 1873 1945 was a maverick journalist who willingly called himself a radical, meaning he favored a return to individual responsibility and liberty, as opposed to statism as espoused, in his day, by President Roosevelt, and [...]

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    8. This book should be required reading before any American is permitted to vote or run for office At bottom it is about human nature and the mistakes of people and governments which cannot or will not see things as they are Being slightly uneducated, I had never heard of the guy until last year while reading Barzun s From Dawn to Decadence You can look him up on to read his biography and a list of his writings All I can say is the book was great and defies traditional labels familiar to those like [...]

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    9. At first I enjoyed it as fresh old Americana, but the precious tone soon began to wear on me Nock has the over confident egotism of an auto didact, and his general pronouncements seem to me almost entirely lacking in merit It is fine to point out that the State grows by swallowing up Society, but when you wish to tear down Society as well, your position becomes, for me, merely frivolous I endorse his position on education that all are not equally equipped for its demands , but he is even too eli [...]

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    10. A nuanced sensibility and profound critique of education, government and society I think I understand his pessimism and intellectual isolation A beautiful book from the most well read person I ve ever encountered.I loved this book so much that I ended up talking about it for almost three hours Check it out youtube watch v gj5youtube watch v 0Pdwoyoutube watch v 3K5oyyoutube watch v 6XtJr

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    11. Nock s memoirs are an engagingly written series of observations of life in the early 20th century that are sure to provoke much thought I found him a bit too pessimistic about the possibility of human improvement but I agree that human improvement is largely a matter of individual initiative I also found his discussion of religion to be almost entirely in agreement with my own views on the subject.

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    12. Very interesting book about life, philosophy, political thought and culture in the USA from 1880 to 1943 I lived my whole live in germany and it is very interesting for me to get first hand information about the history of the USA This makes so much sense than the story that is told in the mainstream media that it is a pure capitalistic country Sometimes the book is a little tedious, but overall it is a must read.

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    13. A life changing book Perhaps the best thing I read in 2014.

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    14. A little too dry for me Interesting views on education though.

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    15. I m reading the Kindle version.

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