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The memoirs of a superfluous man

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Published by University Press of America in Lanham, MD .
Written in English

    Places:
  • United States
    • Subjects:
    • Nock, Albert Jay, 1872 or 3-1945.,
    • Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.,
    • Educators -- United States -- Biography.

    • Edition Notes

      Reprint. Originally published: South Bend, Ind. : Gateway Editions, 1964.

      StatementAlbert Jay Nock.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsPS3527.O2 Z469 1983
      The Physical Object
      Paginationxvi, 326 p. ;
      Number of Pages326
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL3179259M
      ISBN 100819133094
      LC Control Number83021840
      OCLC/WorldCa10072553

      Nock died of leukemia inat the Wakefield, Rhode Island home of his longtime friend, Ruth Robinson, the illustrator of his book, "A Journey into Rabelais' France". Not only does he oppose universal suffrage, he opposes universal literacy. Hence the mind which has attentively canvassed this record is much more than a disciplined mind, it is an experienced mind. Spencer's Social Statics, published inhad shown me that under such a government as he contemplated,—a government divested of all power to traffic in economic advantage, — injustice and oppression would tend to disappear. Several of these men have enjoyed well deserved revivals--F. It was not that the idea of democracy was bad, in fact it might very well be the best possible system, but Nock understood that it is a mistake to expect too much of it

      Cicero told the unvarnished truth in saying that those who have no knowledge of what has gone before them must forever remain children; and if one wished to characterise the collective mind of this present period, or indeed of any period,—the use it makes of its powers of observation, reflection, logical inference,—one would best do it by the one word immaturity. Chapter 4 In this remote, isolated, unsightly region, a wilderness of stumps and sand-barrens, and in a settlement so new which seemed to have no more stability than a mining-camp, one would have expected to find only the ill-favoured and repellent social life of an American frontier town. Nock argued that the distinction of education and training had been destroyed because the meanings of equality and democracy had been perverted. Socrates could not have got votes enough out of the Athenian mass-men to be worth counting, but Eubulus easily could, and did, wangle enough to keep himself in office as long as the corrupt fabric of the Athenian State held together.

      His persistence in calling them as he sees them makes his writing a joy to read though, I should note, his book cannot be embraced without qualification, particularly the sections which discuss race relations. I could see how "democracy" might do very well in a society of saints and sages led by an Alfred or an Antoninus Pius. Carnegie with his tariffs or the "railway-magnates" with their land-grants; but the same results seemed as likely to follow where small capitalists or non-capitalists were in a similarly privileged position. Crunden considers quite important, and, in a way, it is. The singularity and permanence of the dictionary point towards a third quality which is the reason for its existence: the dictionary speaks with authority. Having arrived at the time in his life when he is a consumer of literature, in this chapter Nock denounces what he sees as the scourge of universal literacy.


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The memoirs of a superfluous man book

Chapter 5 The literatures of Greece and Rome comprise the longest, most complete and most nearly continuous record we have of what the strange creature known as Homo sapiens has been busy about in virtually every department of spiritual, intellectual and social activity.

On the question of whether he has inherited certain traits genetically or through the medium of his early childhood, Nock does not take a position. It has come, as Emerson says, into a feeling of immense longevity, and it instinctively views contemporary man and his doings in the perspective set by this profound and weighty experience.

By some odd freak of chance this was not the case.

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His earliest memories are of a basement filled with bits of literary salvage, including the New England Primer, old newspapers, and scattered alphabet blocks.

With these words Voltaire ends his treatise called Candide, which in its few pages assays more solid worth, more informed common sense, than the entire bulk of nineteenth-century hedonist literature can show.

Each shift brought about the same consequences to the individual, and they all alike bore testimony to the truth of Paine's saying, that "the trade of governing has always been a monopoly of the most ignorant and the most vicious of mankind.

All the evidence I could turn up tended with unfailing regularity to this conclusion. Apparently, Bryan had no one else he could trust. But our society had an overtone as well. As against a Jesus, the historic choice of the mass-man goes regularly to some Barabbas. The Left's critique of this kind of rampant capitalism, that it could never provide enough for all, has proven to be quite wrong.

It was not that the idea of democracy was bad, in fact it might very well be the best possible system, but Nock understood that it is a mistake to expect too much of it Critic H. Buckley Jr. I do not remember what subject was under discussion at the moment; but whatever it was, it led to Mr.

As has already been pointed out, the newspaper goes through many editions, but the quality of plurality embraces both form and subject matter. The burden of the book is to prove American war propaganda to be false. In the mids, a small group of wealthy American admirers funded Nock's literary and historical work to enable him to follow his own interests.

If you do not wish to join me in reading the book itself, I intend that my future essays still be worth your attention. Nock argued that the distinction of education and training had been destroyed because the meanings of equality and democracy had been perverted.

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