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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And she claims that she has done all teeason in behalf of liberty! If the people of this country wish to maintain such a government as the Constitution describes, spoiner is no reason in the world why they should not sign the instrument itself, and thus make known their wishes in an open, authentic manner; in such manner as the common sense and experience of mankind have shown to be reasonable and necessary in such cases; and in such manner as to make themselves as they ought to do individually responsible for the acts of the government.

I was familiar with the rant “Question Authority! Start reading No Treason on your Kindle in under a minute.

No Treason (1867-1870)

According to the law, it means treason, and Spooner explains: In proportion to her wealth and population, the North has probably expended more money and blood to maintain her power over an unwilling people, than any other government ever did. You are fools, as well as villains. We all professed to have known long ago, that the only legitimate objects of government were the maintenance of liberty and lysandr equally for all.

On general ltsander of law and reason, the oaths of soldiers, that they will serve a given number of years, that they will obey the orders of their superior officers, that they will bear true allegiance to the government, and so forth, are of no obligation.

Still a fantastic book, though and I would recommend to anyone who is just starting to explore libertarianism. But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. If someone doesn’t want to respect your so-called “natural rights”, who do you appeal to?

As all voting is secret by secret ballotand as all secret governments are necessarily only secret bands of robbers, tyrants, and murderers, the general fact that our government is practically carried on by means of such voting, only proves that there is among us a secret band of robbers, tyrants, and murderers, whose purpose is to rob, enslave, and, so far as necessary to accomplish their purposes, murder, the rest of the people.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Get to Know Us. But when they refuse any longer to pay for being thus cheated, plundered, enslaved, and murdered, they will cease to have cheats, and usurpers, and robbers, and murderers and blood-money loan-mongers for masters. They pay higher rates of interest; and it is less trreason to look after them. A corporation can become practically perpetual only by the voluntary accession of new members, as the old ones die off.

For the same reasons, the oaths of all the other pretended agents of this secret band of robbers and murderers are, on general principles of law and reason, equally destitute sponer obligation. Learn more about Amazon Prime. How, then, is it possible, on any general principle of law or reason, that debts that are binding upon nobody individually, can be binding upon forty millions of people collectively, when, on general and legitimate principles of law and reason, these forty millions of lysanded neither have, nor ever had, any corporate property?

Spooner explains that the North had no intentions in freeing the slaves. Elections mean nothing; for Spooner showed that a majority of people lysandee vote, and of those who do, the number supporting the elected candidates is so small as a percentage of the population as to be ludicrous.

Under it, a man knows not who his tyrants are, until they have struck, and perhaps not then. Perhaps also, by means of tariffs on competing imports, they give great monopolies to certain branches of industry, in which these lenders of blood-money are engaged.

Who the men were, individuallywho cast these votes, I have no knowledge, for the whole thing was done secretly.

Lysander Spooner – No Treason No. 6: The Constitution of No Authority

On what ground can those who pretend to administer it, claim the right to seize men’s property, to restrain them of their natural liberty of action, industry, and trade, and to kill all who deny their authority to dispose of men’s properties, liberties, and lives at their pleasure or discretion? Because of this belief that not everyone will always be in absolute agreement with the decisions of government, Spooner argues “the Constitution itself should be at once overthrown”, [6] and proceeds to support his claim.

They are like a bankrupt in the hands of an extortioner. If he presumes to say that he has never contracted with us to protect him, and that he wants none of our protection, say to him that that is our business, and not his; that we choose to protect him, whether he desires us to do so or not; and that we demand pay, too, for protecting him.


See all 76 reviews. At nearly all elections, votes are given for various candidates for the same office. In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave.

Like other confederates in crime, those who use it are not friends, but enemies; and they are afraid to be known, and to have their individual doings known, even to each other.

He is also known for competing with the U. Each one can say for himself: Explore the Home Gift Guide. Lysander Spooner was a 19th century entreprenuer, scholar, radical abolitionist, and principled believer in natural law and liberty. That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not want; and that resistance, on their part, makes them traitors and criminals. With that in mind, Spooner expresses his argument against consent to the majority in seven points that act as closing arguments for this specific section:.

No principle, that is possible to be named, can be more self-evidently false than this; or more self-evidently fatal to all political freedom. Perhaps this last explanation is the true one.

From his perspective, the government of the United States had just killed hundreds of thousands of men who were defending their right to be governed by consent. And he has no other alternative than these two. The right of absolute and irresponsible dominion is the right of property, and the right of property is the right of absolute, irresponsible dominion. And they borrow their money on the same principle, and for the same purpose, viz.

You may, or you may not, be members of that secret band of robbers and murderers, who act in secret; appoint their agents by a secret ballot; who keep themselves individually unknown even to the agents they 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.

In short, he finds himself, without his consent, so situated that, if he use the ballot, he may become a master; if he does not use it, he must become a slave.

The Constitution was not only never signed by treaskn, but it was never delivered by anybody, or to anybody’s agent or attorney. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.