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Nock on the Need for Youth to Rebel

August 25, 2008 by

This passage from the Book of Journeyman, appearing in the Freeman, might have been written in the late 1920s or so. The book itself is not so much about politics but literature, art, and culture.

When by chance some of our youngsters do go through the motions of starting something, they set about it so constitutionally and with so much organization-decorum that they remind me a lot more of Methusaleh than of the flaming youth of the Second Empire. I am thinking of the young men’s anti-Prohibition league that I was reading about a while ago. They ought to be planning to get ten thousand of themselves together, make a lot of hooch, and on a stated day peddle it openly on the streets of New York; another day, Boston; another day, Philadelphia; and so on. I say, this is what they should plan to do, and be so hellbent on carrying it out that moderate old constitutionalists like me would have our hands level full with persuading them to take it easy and see first what could be done by less spectacular means–like mobbing a few dry-drinking Congressmen and boiling them in oil, for instance. Then we old men, though we might shake our heads a little and deplore the growing disregard of law ‘n’ order, would at least be convinced that the country had a future; which we doubt at present, unless the rough-neck girls supply it. All the manifestos of the young men’s anti-Prohibition league that I have seen are so well-aged and decorous that I might have written them myself….

What worries me is not the younger generation’s rebelliousness in petty matters, but
their tameness in great matters.


jaqphule August 25, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Bah-rah-bah. Youth is wasted on the young.

And a merry fine humbug to you, too.

Anonymous August 25, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I agree with Nock.

Anonymous August 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm

I agree with Nock.

Bruce Koerber August 25, 2008 at 8:33 pm

There is no doubt that youth can move the world but propaganda can prevent it, at least in the short run.

A secondary outcropping of propaganda is materialism since truth is replaced with objectification.

The idealism of youth is not always matched with the wisdom that comes from experiencing the world and soul-searching. This idealism is then selectively directed by the means of propaganda towards nationalism, racism, socialism, materialism, or similar spiritual and social diseases.

The ego-driven interventionists are the ones responsible for the reprehensible manipulation of people using propaganda. True education is the remedy and we are the ones that have to administer this elixir.

As Mises said: ‘Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.’

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David Ch August 27, 2008 at 3:16 am

‘What worries me is not the younger generation’s rebelliousness in petty matters, but
their tameness in great matters.’

Now that’s a cracker of a quote!

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