an expert on Nock. I respect your opinion and wouldn't insist I'm right about this. But throughout OETS and many of his essays on the US govt. and foreign govt.s, Nock points out how the state (the higher governmental structure) has always and will always aggrandize more power to itself which indicates a belief that minarchy or "limited govt." is an impossibility. I get the impression that Nock differentiated between "govt." and the state due to the general hysterical reaction of most people to the idea of anarchy. He had to explain that "rules" and peaceful communities could exist without the state...iow, you can have "govt." under anarchy. If he hadn't done so, his anti-state book would've been dismissed out of hand.
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