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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But the slave-holders, either doubting the fidelity of their Northern allies, or feeling themselves strong enough to keep their slaves in subjection without Northern assistance, would no longer pay the price which these Northern men demanded.

This short work is a welcome stimulant toward critical thinking in political philosophy beyond the veil of constitutionalism, and to the heart of the issue: The principle, on which the war was waged by the North, was simply this: What do they prove? Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a lysxnder widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize.

And not one of them probably ever would have signed it in any way to bind himself by it, as a contract. Individually they furnished money for a common enterprise; taking, spooer return, what purported to be corporate promises for individual loans. Under it, a man knows not who his tyrants are, until they have struck, and perhaps not then. What is the motive to the secret ballot?

All governments, the worst on earth, and the most tyrannical on earth, are free governments to that portion of the people who voluntarily support them.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. About the Author Lysander Spooner was a 19th century entreprenuer, scholar, radical abolitionist, and principled believer in natural law and liberty. Their political relations with him had been purely voluntary. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Published June 1st by Kessinger Publishing first published The only arbiter I acknowledge is the sword: This poses as a problem, as the Constitution states lgsander its creation was based under everyone’s consent; therefore, everyone should have a say in what goes on with the state.


And he has no other alternative than these two. This book was subversive in its time and lysandeer some point it keeps being subversive nowadays. 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.

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It is also generally understood that all male persons, trfason in the country, having certain complexions, and in some localities certain amounts of property, and in certain cases even persons of foreign birth, are permitted to be members. If I gave my oath to anybody, I gave it to other persons than you.

You have betrayed us, and broken faith with us. On general principles of law and reason, it cannot be said that the government has any voluntary supporters at all, until it can be distinctly shown who its voluntary supporters are.

Read more Read less. Soponer would hate to have been on the receiving end of any of his writings.

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He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a “protector,” and that he takes men’s money against their will, merely to enable him to “protect” those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection.

But this tacit understanding admitting it to exist cannot at all justify the conclusion drawn from it. He sees, too, that other men practice this tyranny over him by the use of the ballot.

The Constitution of No Authority “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it.

Jun 21, Lucian rated it really liked it. If he believes direct authorization from citizens is better than representatives, then I’m not sure how a nation would proceed with urgent decisions in a timely manner. And they say the same in regard to the emperor of Russia, the king of Prussia, the emperor of France, or any other ruler, so called, who, in their judgment, will be able, by murdering a reasonable portion of his people, to keep the rest in subjection, and extort money from them, for a long time to come, to pay the interest and the principal of the money lent him.


It makes men vote for themselves and against others. What happens to the people who do not believe in the ideals that established the United States? And this is avowedly the only reason for the ballot: The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act.

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The idea of voting is brought up in this part where he defends his belief that voting does not necessarily give consent ni living under the constitution. Aug 06, Paula rated it it was amazing. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

But I really gave it to nobody. But being, nevertheless, individually unknown to me, and having no open, authentic contract with me, my oath is, on general principles of law and reason, of no validity as a pledge of faith to them. Finally, if these debts had been created for the most innocent and honest purposes, and in the most open and honest manner, by the real parties to the contracts, these parties could thereby have bound nobody but themselves, and no property but their own.

Spooner explains in his colourful and inciteful way This is a classic analysis of the illegitimacy of the state.

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I listened to the Mises Institute audio version found for free on iTunes U. All of treaskn ideas are outside of the acceptable norm of the mainstream now. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.