Albert Jay Nock (1870â€“1944) was an outstanding representative of early twentieth century libertarian thought and advocacy. Even today the libertarian movement, impacted though it is by the subsequent thought of Ludwig von Mises (1881â€“1973), Murray Rothbard (1926â€“1995), Ayn Rand (1905â€“1982) and others, pays a nostalgic tribute to Nock as an early advocate and belletrist.
This paper by Mark Sunwall is an inquiry into whether and to what extent Nock may be considered more than just a brilliant writer and journalist. To what extent may we consider Nock a social scientist? The question probably would not have bothered Nock himself in the least, but it is important to raise in the light of contemporary libertarian theory. FULL ARTICLE