No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority. December 9, Lysander Spooner. The greatest case for anarchist political philosophy ever written. Narrated by. No Treason has ratings and 56 reviews. Marcus said: Long before the the Civil War started, Lysander Spooner was a strong abolitionist and was extreme. No Treason, Vol. VI.: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner. No cover available. Download; Bibrec.

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Not only the nominal debt and interest — enormous as the latter was — are to be paid in full; but these holders of the debt are to be paid still further — and perhaps doubly, triply, or quadruply paid — by such tariffs on imports as will enable our home manufacturers to realize enormous prices for their commodities; also by such monopolies in banking as will enable them to keep control of, and ajthority enslave and plunder, the industry and trade of the great body of cohstitution Northern people themselves.

They had been such accomplices for a purely pecuniary considerationto wit, a control of the markets ocnstitution the South; in other words, the privilege of holding the slave-holders themselves in industrial and commercial subjection to the manufacturers and merchants of the North who afterwards furnished the money for the war.

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No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner

Being against the Civil War as a conflict for union, when it should have been about slavery, and witnessing the hardships brought along by the Reconstruction EraSpooner felt the Constitution completely violated natural law; thus, it was voided. It is not only plainly impossible, in the nature of things, that they could bind their posterity, but they did not even attempt to bind them. They cannot be said to be given to any man, or body of men, as individuals, because no man, or body of men, can come forward with any proof that the oaths were given to them, as individuals, or to any association of which they are members.

I am therefore ready to take this oath, and to co-operate with all others, similarly selected, who are ready to take the same oath.

The third part consstitution sure to interest any libertarian and be a very thought provoking idea to anyone unfamiliar with the idea “taxation is theft”. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber.

It only says, in effect, that their hopes and motives in adopting it were that it might prove useful to their posterity, as well as to themselves, by promoting their union, safety, tranquility, liberty, etc. For this reason, whoever desires liberty, should understand these vital facts, viz.: Would we accept a slave owner who said that a majority of his slaves consent to work for him, so he does not need the consent of all of them?

And they are personally as much unknown to the agents they select, as they are to others. They say to the person thus designated:. The question of force, liberty, and the State needs to be more thought about today, and this book does an excellent job of presenting this issue. It would not alter the case at all to say that, among these hundred thousand persons, in whose presence the oath was taken, there were two, three, or five thousand male adults, who had secretly — by secret ballot, and in a way to avoid making themselves individually known to me, or to the remainder of the hundred thousand — designated me as their agent to rule, control, plunder, and, if need be, murder, these hundred thousand people.


Views Read Edit View history. If he resists the seizure of his property, call upon the bystanders to help you doubtless some of them will prove to be members of our band. If it is not, then any number of men, who choose, may at any time associate; call themselves a government; assume absolute authority over all weaker than themselves; plunder them at will; and kill them if they resist.

Thus the Constitution Art. He makes a good comparison between a highwayman looter and the government in saying that atleast a highwayman doesn’t try to make you think he’s there to protect you, unlike our beloved government.

Spoonet this is avowedly the only reason for the ballot: Spooner contended that the Civil War was less about freeing the slaves than it was cpnstitution maintaining the union. With money they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money.

No Treas Long before the the Civil War started, Lysander Spooner was a strong abolitionist and was extremely active in supporting efforts to free the slaves. As much as I’d love this to be a sound critique of the state, I cannot overlook the weaknesses of this lengthy self-absorbed rant. He had a very unpopular opinion that the secessionist South derived its rights from the natural rights of slaves to be free.

What makes them slaves is the fact that they now are, and are always hereafter to be, in the hands of men whose power over them is, and always is to be, absolute and irresponsible. Still a fantastic book, though and I would recommend to anyone who is just starting to explore libertarianism. If, for example, I vote for lysanfer officer who is to hold his office for only a year, I cannot be said to have thereby pledged myself to support the government beyond that term.

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Jun 21, Lucian rated it really liked it. But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The Constitution of No Authority That’s a very interesting inference since I voted for a candidate with no chance of winning in part because he would Interesting Quotes: Who the spoonet were, individuallywho cast these votes, I have no knowledge, for the whole thing was done secretly. Spooner, of course, was also an anarchist.

The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, da “The fact is that the government, like a autyority, says to a man: All political power, so called, rests practically upon this matter of money.

Sponer we lend a hundred millions sterling to the queen and parliament of England, it will enable them to murder twenty, fifty, or a hundred thousand people in England, Ireland, or India; and the terror inspired by such wholesale slaughter, will enable them to keep the whole people of those countries in subjection for twenty, or perhaps fifty, years to come; to control all their trade and industry; and to extort from them large amounts of money, under the name of taxes; and from the wealth thus extorted from them, they the queen and parliament can afford to pay us a higher rate of interest for our money than we can get in any other way.


And this they call equal rights! Furthermore, we know, historically, that only a small portion even of the people then existing were consulted on the subject, or asked, or permitted to express either their consent or dissent in any formal manner. That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not want; and that resistance, on consritution part, makes them traitors and criminals.

It is only lysahder this way that most of the so-called governments of Europe are maintained. It is merely given to the winds. No open, avowed, or responsible association, or body of men, can say this to him; because there is no such association or body of men in existence. The idea of voting is brought up in this part where he defends his belief that voting does not necessarily give consent to living under the constitution.

A tacit understanding between A, B, and C, that they will, by ballot, depute D as their agent, to deprive me of my property, liberty, or life, cannot at all authorize D to do so.

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They the Rothschilds thus soon get back their money, with great profits; and are now ready to lend nl in the same way again to any other robber and murderer, called an emperor or king, who, they lyzander, is likely to be successful in his robberies and murders, and able to pay a good price for the money necessary to carry them on.

For all the reasons that have now been given, voting furnishes no legal evidence as to who the particular individuals are if there are anywho voluntarily support the Constitution.

He states it as a matter of fact. That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted for a moment, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support.

Many vote only once in two, three, five, or ten years, in periods of great excitement.

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

Spooner spends little time defending the idea that people can only be governed by consent. Knaves, a numerous and active class, who see in the government an instrument which they can use for their own aggrandizement or wealth. As long as there is no imminent danger present because of one’s beliefs against the government, everyone’s voice should be respected.

Yet that is the most that could ever be said of the Constitution. Plainly the reason for absurd and inconsistent conduct is that they want the Constitution, not solely for any honest or legitimate use it can be of to themselves or others, but for the dishonest and illegitimate power it gives them over the persons and properties of others.