“If this system were broken up, obviously the reason for the State’s existence would disappear, and the State itself would disappear with it.”
“With this in mind, it is interesting to observe that although all our public policies would seem to be in process of exhaustive review, no publicist has anything to say about the State system of land-tenure. This is no doubt the best evidence of its importance.”
Nock added in a footnote:
The French school of physiocrats, led by Quesnay, du Pont de Nemours, Turgot, Gournay and le Trosne — usually regarded as the founders of the science of political economy — broached the idea of destroying this system by the confiscation of economic rent; and this idea was worked out in detail some years ago in America by Henry George. None of these writers, however, seemed to be aware of the effect that their plan would produce upon the State itself.
Perhaps, then, this idea (supported to a greater or lesser extent by, among others, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Milton Friedman, William F. Buckley Jr., Clarence Darrow, Martin Luther King Jr., Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, John Dewey, Aldous Huxley, Ralph Nader, etc.), rather than Thomas Jefferson’s “Ward System” or Lysander Spooner’s “Trial By Jury,” is the one thing needful, from which these other necessary and essential reforms would naturally follow.