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Isaiah's Job (And Yours) [Preaching to the Remnant]
The Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | June 21, 2008 | The late Albert Jay Nock

Posted on 06/05/2013 1:07:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

One evening last autumn, I sat long hours with a European acquaintance while he expounded a political-economic doctrine which seemed sound as a nut and in which I could find no defect. At the end, he said with great earnestness: "I have a mission to the masses. I feel that I am called to get the ear of the people. I shall devote the rest of my life to spreading my doctrine far and wide among the population. What do you think?"

An embarrassing question in any case, and doubly so under the circumstances, because my acquaintance is a very learned man, one of the three or four really first-class minds that Europe produced in his generation; and naturally I, as one of the unlearned, was inclined to regard his lightest word with reverence amounting to awe.

Still, I reflected, even the greatest mind cannot possibly know everything, and I was pretty sure he had not had my opportunities for observing the masses of mankind, and that therefore I probably knew them better than he did. So I mustered courage to say that he had no such mission and would do well to get the idea out of his head at once; he would find that the masses would not care two pins for his doctrine, and still less for himself, since in such circumstances the popular favorite is generally some Barabbas. I even went so far as to say (he is a Jew) that his idea seemed to show that he was not very well up on his own native literature. He smiled at my jest, and asked what I meant by it; and I referred him to the story of the prophet Isaiah......

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: bible; economy; lowinfovoters; society
This essay first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1936. An MP3 version of this article, read by Dr. Floy Lilley, is available for free download.
1 posted on 06/05/2013 1:07:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“since in such circumstances the popular favorite is generally some Barabbas”

Wow, imagine if that happened in America.

“1936”

Is it 1928, 1933 or 1938 right now in America?

Sometimes it looks like all three to me, these days.


2 posted on 06/05/2013 2:32:17 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I went to the Ludwig von Mises Institute FB page and liked it. Very interesting.


3 posted on 06/05/2013 4:10:15 AM PDT by HChampagne
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