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. 31 quotes from No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority: ‘But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that i.

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And it is only by virtue of such a designation that I am consstitution here to act in concert with other persons similarly selected in other parts of the country. We required you to swear that, as our attorney, you would support the Constitution.

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He knows it only through its pretended agents. He knows it only through its pretended agents. He argues that it is a natural right to belong where one desires, and that allows for direct, indirect, or no involvement of one’s government. The principle of the statute, be it observed, is, not merely that written contracts shall be signed, but also that all contracts, Edition: Somebody must be responsible for the acts of these pretended agents; and if they cannot show any open and authentic credentials from their principals, they cannot, in law or reason, be said to have any principals.

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. For this reason, if for no other, the contracts were void from the beginning.

A corporation can become practically perpetual only by the voluntary accession of new members, as the old ones die off. 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.


Even voting, Spooner argues, is not consensual itself, because each potential voter is faced with the choice of either voting, which makes him a master of others, or abstaining, which makes him a slave of those who do vote.

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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Constittution read of any Libertarian, or anyone who has an iota of faith in the US Constitution. Again, Spooner was anti-slavery and at times even advocated using violence to end slavery, but he felt the motivation for the war was not freeing the slaves, but the preservation of the union and consequential suppression of the South and that the principal reason for conserving the union was greed. So far as they are concerned, he only means to say lysandef his hopes and motives, in planting the tree, are that its fruit may be agreeable to them.

A government is like a church, or any other institution, in these respects. This, and only this: The only arbiter I constitutkon is the sword: The single despot stands out in the face of all men, fonstitution says: To ask other readers questions about No Treasonplease sign up. Spooner’s logic is complex and deals with many of the nuances of voting for a document and agents congressmen etc. When he writes this: My will is law: Of course he can make no contract with them, give them no consent, and make them no pledge.

It has no authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and man. If someone doesn’t want authoority respect your so-called “natural rights”, who do you appeal to?


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Neither the Union or the Confederacy agreed with this sentiment. And when we have found this thing, which the constitution dare not name, we find that the constitution has sanctioned it if at all only by enigmatical words, by unnecessary implication and inference, by innuendo and double entendre, and under a name that entirely fails of describing the thing.

Spooner cuts through the religion of constitution-worship like no other.

No Treason, Vol. VI.: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner

Their real or pretended representatives, who contracted these debts in their name, were selected if selected at all for that purpose secretly by autnority 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. By allowing for the institution of slavery to take place, the United Comstitution was taking away the basic rights of the many slaves who were born in American soil.

But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. No one can come forward and say to him: And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat. If you expected me to pay it over to you, you relied only upon that honor Edition: I take the responsibility of my acts: S spoiner come from “the People”.

And one certain proof that a government is not free, is that it coerces more or less persons to support it, against their will.