quarta-feira, 14 de julho de 2004

Albert Jay Nock

"To take another example, the present state of public affairs shows clearly enough that the State is the poorest instrument imaginable for improving human society, and that confidence in political institutions and political nostrums is ludicrously misplaced.

Social philosophers in every age have been strenuously insisting that all this sort of fatuity is simply putting the cart before the horse; that society cannot be moralized and improved unless and until the individual is moralized and improved.

Jesus insisted on this; it is the fundamental principle of Christian social philosophy.

Pagan sages, ancient sages, modern sages, a whole apostolic succession running all the way from Confucius and Epictetus down to Nietzsche, Ibsen, William Penn, and Herbert Spencer--all these have insisted on it."

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