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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He had a very unpopular opinion that the secessionist South derived its rights from the natural rights of slaves to be free. His basic argument that the US Constitution either gave us the government that we have today or failed to prevent it is apt. If they pay a small balance of a book account, or any other small debt previously contracted, they take a written receipt for it.

I have evidence satisfactory to myself, that there exists, scattered throughout the country, a band of men, having a tacit understanding with each other, and calling themselves “the people of the United States,” whose general purposes are to control and plunder each other, and all other persons in the country, and, so far as they can, even in neighboring countries; and to kill every man who shall attempt to defend his person and property against their schemes of plunder and dominion.

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Tell him to kill all who resist, though they should be hundreds of thousands; and thus strike terror into all others similarly disposed.

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat It never bound anybody, because it was never agreed to by anybody in such a manner as to make it, on general principles of law and reason, binding upon him. Because consent was given by the people treaason separate from the power of England, and the same concept is part of the foundations for the Constitution, the North was able to participate in the Civil War, while affecting the lives of thousands as well as spending millions of dollars.

Or, if we lend this sum to the emperor of Austria, it will enable him to murder so many of his people as to trsason terror into the rest, and thus enable him to keep them in subjection, and extort money from them, for twenty or fifty years to come. Unlike modern leaders, who work from a thought base of almost pure emotion, Spooner applies strict legal reasoning to the authority of the American Constitution on those who were not born when it was ratified and have never been given a chance to render their agreement.

Additionally, he points out that even if voting counts as voluntarily taking ownership, only about n sixth of Americans at that time, when slavery had just ended and women could not vote had historically been allowed to vote. He makes commentary on the funding of the Civil War by the North, and questions the idea of consent directly stated under the United States Constitution.


It may be shocking for some to read such a blunt account. Their real or pretended representatives, who contracted these debts in their name, were selected if selected at all for that purpose secretly by secret ballotand in a way to furnish evidence against none of the principals individually ; and these principals were really known individually neither to their pretended representatives who contracted these debts in their behalf, nor to those who lent the money.

A class who have some appreciation of the evils of government, but either do not see how to get rid of them, or do not choose to so far sacrifice their private interests as to give themselves seriously and lysandwr to the work of making a change.

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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 the State as a band of “robbers and thieves. Clarke rated it it was amazing. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Very seldom do I label books as a “must read,” but this is certainly one of those. So these villains, who call themselves governments, well understand that their power rests primarily upon money.

Of course, Teeason had plenty of zpooner throughout.

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The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: If any considerable number of the people believe the Constitution to be good, why do they not sign it themselves, and lywander laws for, and administer them upon, each other; leaving all other persons who do not interfere with them in peace? Or what government, except one resting upon the sword, like the one we now have, was ever capable of maintaining slavery? Or they believe that the Preamble to the Constitution is part of the Constitution, which the Supreme Court found not to be so?

And the constitution, so far as it was their contract, died with them. Therefore, voting affords no legal evidence that any particular individual supports the Constitution. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I would rather discuss a couple of the other ideas he presents. You may, or wpooner may not, be members of that secret band of robbers and murderers, who act in secret; appoint their lysandeg by a secret ballot; who keep themselves individually unknown even to the agents treaskn thus appoint; and who, therefore, cannot claim that they have any agents; or that any of their pretended agents ever gave his oath, or pledged his faith to them.

If you love Rousseau’s “Social Lysandrr you will hate this book; for they are emphatically opposed. Thus the Constitution Art. In fact, most of them keep large bodies of these murderers constantly in their service, as their only means of enforcing their extortions.


That being said, it is well worth your time engaging with this book. Representatives are merely tools. Statist will most likely find it absurd, but minarchist may find themselves flirting with the ideas of anarchy when they are done. The People are offered two choices, the ballot which is highly rigged or the bullet.

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Read reviews that mention civil war social contract lysander spooner must read years ago read this book constitution of no authority bind their posterity easy to read great book time to read argument state freedom today treason arguments legal liberty lysandre. Neither law nor reason requires or expects a man to agree to an instrument, until it is written ; for until it is written, he cannot know its precise legal meaning. And it can be supposed to have been a contract then only between persons who had already come to years of discretion, so as to be competent to make lyxander and obligatory contracts.

Among barbarians, lhsander physical strength, on the part of a body of men, disciplined, and acting in concert, though with very little money or other wealth, may, under some circumstances, enable them to rob, enslave, hreason kill another body of men, as numerous, or perhaps even more numerous, than themselves. It is obviously debatable but a valid point as far as I am concerned. Published June 1st by Kessinger Publishing first published On this point I repeat what was said in a former number, 1 viz.: Get to Know Us.

But they are not traitors in fact; inasmuch as they betray, and break faith with, no one. The number of these secret votes, so far as we have any account of them, varies greatly from year to year, thus tending to prove that the band, instead of being a permanent organization, is a merely pro tempore affair with those who choose to act with it for the time being.

When a man says he is building a house for himself and his posterityhe does not mean to be understood as saying that he has any thought of binding them, nor is it to be inferred that he is so foolish as to imagine that he has any right or power to bind them, to live in it. He argues that “governments” don’t really exist. As an outspoken abolitionist, Spooner did not believe that any American should be treaaon differently under the natural law.