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Albert Jay Nock
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Philosopher
    (October 13, 1870-August 19, 1945)
    Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
    Libertarian philosopher, journalist, and author
    Editor of ‘The Nation’ and ‘The Freeman’
    Wrote ‘The Myth of a Guilty Nation’ (1922), ‘Jefferson’ (1926), ‘Our Enemy, The State’ (1935), ‘Free Speech and Plain Language’ (1937) and ‘Memoirs of a Superfluous Man’ (1943)
    He was so secretive about his past that ‘Who’s Who in America’ was unable to find out his birth date.
    He abandoned his wife and two children (and a career as an Episcopal priest) to become a journalist.
    He claimed he voted in only one presidential election in his life, when he cast a write-in vote for Jefferson Davis.
    He complained about the New York Public Library being ‘infested with Jews, Turks, infidels, and heretics.’
    His response to accusations of anti-Semitism: ‘Someone asked me years ago if it were true that I disliked Jews, and I replied that it was certainly true, not at all because they are Jews but because they are folks, and I don't like folks.’
    H.L. Mencken said of his editorials, ‘They were well-informed and sometimes even learned, but there was never the slightest trace of pedantry in them.’
    He opposed all forms of totalitarianism.
    Despite his disdain for Communism, he criticized American intervention in the Russian Civil War.
    He wrote, ‘The surest way to make our youth suspect that there may be something to Communism would be for the government to outlaw it.’

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