The Role of the Remnant In Building a Free Society

For those prophets for liberty out there who are frustrated with most people’s inability to grasp the possibility of life without the state, libertarian anarchist Albert Jay Nock’s essay titled, Isiah’s Job is a must read.  In the essay, Nock compares the difficulty some messengers of freedom find in spreading the philosophy of liberty to the struggles faced by the Prophet Isiah in his effort to spread the word of the Lord.  Isiah was becoming increasingly frustrated with the masses and their outright disdain for the message he was preaching.  The Lord reminds him that it is in fact the “remnant”, or those who are willing to listen and challenge their beliefs, that is his target audience.  It is the remnant who will survive the societal collapse and begin to build society anew.  The remnant is your target audience.  They are the future and the path to our collective liberation!

So next time you are feeling dreary and drained due to zombie stares and fallacy ridden banter coming your way, remember the prophet Isiah and his mission to awaken the remnant.  It matters not if the masses do not accept the message.  So long as enough of the remnant do, rest assured, we will find freedom!

Full Article: http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/nock3b.html

“In the year of Uzziah’s death, the Lord commissioned the prophet to go out and warn the people of the wrath to come. “Tell them what a worthless lot they are.” He said, “Tell them what is wrong, and why and what is going to happen unless they have a change of heart and straighten up. Don’t mince matters. Make it clear that they are positively down to their last chance. Give it to them good and strong and keep on giving it to them. I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you,” He added, “that it won’t do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life.”

Isaiah had been very willing to take on the job – in fact, he had asked for it – but the prospect put a new face on the situation. It raised the obvious question: Why, if all that were so – if the enterprise were to be a failure from the start – was there any sense in starting it? “Ah,” the Lord said, “you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it.””

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