Albert Jay Nock: Pessimism About Education by State or Market

  • Kevin Currie-Knight
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)


Albert Jay Nock (1870–1945) was a news magazine writer and social critic who wrote, among other things, a book called Theory of Education in the United States. For Nock, an anarchist who favored laissez-faire capitalism, state education was an impermissible intrusion on individual liberty less suited to true education than to training good workers. Yet, influenced by Matthew Arnold, Nock was equally skeptical that private enterprise could provide the kind of truly good (because rigorous and scholastic) education Nock believed customers would not want.

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  • Kevin Currie-Knight
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  1. 1.East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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