I have to credit the late Albert Jay Nock (d. 1943) with opening my eyes to the nature of "The State" (as opposed to government) with his incisive book, "Our Enemy, The State", available at Amazon* in multiple formats: hardback, paperback, Kindle, and audiobook!
He was born before 1900, so his writing is charming and unique in style. I first discovered his writing by reading "Our Enemy, The State" many years ago, then I moved on to some of his other books: Cogitations, The Disadvantages of Being Educated, Memoirs of a Superflous Man, and The State of the Union. He was once the editor of The Freeman, and those volumes are available, too. Memoirs is also available as a free Google book online, here.
He never sought to found anything like a school or movement or cult, but only to lay out his thoughts as they might be useful to others.
I hope that you enjoy this important American writer. You might begin with Our Enemy, The State, then his Memoirs, then any one of his other books. If you enjoy his writing, you can drop me a note through the "Leave a Comment" link under this blog post.
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