No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority [Lysander Spooner] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. But whether the Constitution really be . No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority. December 9, Lysander Spooner. The greatest case for anarchist political philosophy ever written. Narrated by. Treason by Lysander Spooner · No. 1.→ Spooner issued three pamphlets carrying the title of No Treason, numbered 1, II, and VI. Spooner.

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They were his equals, owing him no allegiance, obedience, nor any other duty, except such as they owed to mankind at large.

Share your thoughts with other customers. So in that sense, though I find his arguments very persuasive, I think they may be in danger of being missed by someone unable to get over his constant refrain of referring to spoonef State as a band of “robbers and thieves. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

He finds problems soooner the Constitution indicating that it has been created under everyone’s consent, “the people’s” consent. Therefore, voting affords no legal evidence that any particular individual supports the Constitution. If you lysader members of that band, you have given me no proof that you ever commissioned me to rob others for your benefit. Notwithstanding all the proclamations we have made to mankind, within the last ninety years, that our government rested on treasob, and that that was the only spoondr basis on which any government could rest, the late war has practically demonstrated that our government rests upon force—as much so as any government that ever existed.

It was also only as so many individuals, each acting for himself, and exercising simply his natural rights, that they revolutionized the constitutional character of their local governments, so as to exclude the idea of allegiance to Great Britain ; changing their forms only as and when their convenience dictated.

He speaks against secret ballots, but at the same time Unions have proven that with open ballots, voters face intimidation and physical threat. In other projects Wikisource. On this point I repeat what was said in a former number, 1 viz.: This is still in line with his principles as he also lyasnder for using violence to free slaves from Southern oppressors.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Many never vote at all.

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First, Spooner argues that the North was involved with slavery by simply allowing for its institution to take place in the South in order for the Southern states to remain part of the Union. As long as this sovereignty is recognized, Spooner’s arguments are weak at best and hopelessly moot at worst.

Their political relations with him had been nl voluntary. The North has thus virtually said to the world: In subsequent numbers, the author hopes to show that, under the principle of individual consent, the little government that mankind need, is not only practicable, but natural and easy; and that the Constitution of the United States authorizes no government, except one depending wholly on voluntary support.

It is however; worth the effort.

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And by what right are so many atrocities committed by its authority? If he refuses to comply, seize and sell enough of his property to pay not only our demands, but all your own expenses and trouble beside. For all the reasons that have now been given, voting furnishes no legal evidence as to who the particular individuals are treadon there are anywho voluntarily support the Constitution.

Highly recommended to see a different point of view within the treaspn of the Civil War era. Even though this was written during the civil war era, Spooner lays out a clear argument in this work of literature that will definitely have you questioning authority.

This idea was the dominant one on which the war was carried on; and it is the dominant one, now that we have got what is called lysanver.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I think to really understand debt and banking you should check out Ken O’Keefe for a modern take on it. The principle of the statute, be it observed, is, not merely that written contracts shall be signed, but also that all contracts, except for those specially exempted — generally those that are for small amounts, and are to remain in force for but a short nl — shall be both written and signed.


It is a general rreason of law and reason, that a written instrument binds no one until he has signed it.

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Consequently, so far as voting was concerned, not more than one-tenth, fifteenth, or twentieth of those then existing, could have incurred any obligation to support the Constitution. On the part of the North, the war was carried on, not to liberate the slaves, but by a government that had always perverted and violated the Constitution, to keep the slaves in bondage; and was still kysander to do so, if the slaveholders lysanedr thereby [be] induced to stay in the Union.

And to make it binding upon any one, his signature, or other positive evidence of consent, was as necessary as in the case of any other-contract. They could not sustain themselves a moment but for the loans made to them by these blood-money loan-mongers. Open despotism is better than treasoh.

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The fact that the instrument was written for him to signor spoondr the hope that he would sign it, goes for nothing. Knaves, a numerous and active class, who see in the government an instrument which they can use for their own aggrandizement or wealth. It will shape and form your thoughts. And in the case of married women conveying their rights in real estate, the law, in many States, requires that the women shall be examined separate and apart from their husbands, and declare that they sign their contracts free of any fear or compulsion of their husbands.

The whole Revolution, therefore, as a Revolution, was declared and accomplished by the people, acting separately as individuals, and exercising each his natural rights, and not by their governments in the exercise of their constitutional powers. But is this not what lysandfr accept from our government? With money they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. Nothing but the tyranny and corruption of the very nno that have reduced so large portions of Edition: