A nice, but flawed article on Nock by Mr Goldberg. First the good:
He took pride in the fact that he was merely reminding those willing to be reminded that whatever is fashionable and new in the ideas of men is little more than a rebranding effort. We may change the wardrobe of humanity, but not its nature. And yet, to Nock’s exasperation, humanity’s innate folly is the belief that the clothes will somehow remake the man.
And the bad:
Really? The Right is in better shape, by what measure? The size of government has increased dramatically. Failures of government intervention are still seen as failures of freedom even as society becomes ever less free. Even when the Right manages to temporarily roll-back creeping statism, its victories are temporary – changes are never such that government’s form is changed or its powers are lessened.
Mr Goldberg concludes that Nock was incorrect in his assessments. I don’t see how Nock could have been more correct. I don’t think anything about today’s society or form of government would surprise him.
What completely vitiates Mr. Hayek’s work, Mr. Eric Johnston’s, and a whole shoal of others, is that they concede a small and strictly limited measure of State intervention — a sort of five-percent Statism. Apparently, like Mr. Shaw, these writers never heard of the Law of Parsimony, and have no idea of what it can do. If they had even considered the history of this country’s twenty-five years’ experience under the Income Tax Amendment, they would begin to see the reason why their notion is as absurd as the notion of a small and strictly limited implantation of tuberculosis, syphilis, or cancer.