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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The two are identical; the one necessarily implying the other. If any one denies my right, let him try conclusions with me. Now, what is true in Europe, is substantially true in this country. Jun 02, A. Jul 09, Sean rated it liked it Shelves: On general principles 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

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The single despot stands out in the face of all men, and says: For this reason I would not suggest it for light reading, but instead suggest you read it with pen in hand so you can make notes. 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: He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villanies as these. 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.

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. Mar 20, Tiffany Davidson rated it it was amazing.


Spooner explains in his colourful and inciteful way This is a classic analysis of the illegitimacy of the state. And their first care is to maintain their credit with them; for they know Edition: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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If, consttution, Congress have that absolute and irresponsible law-making power, which the Constitution—according to their interpretation of it—gives them, it can only be because they own us as property. He had a very unpopular opinion that the secessionist South derived its rights from the natural rights of slaves to be free. And law and reason both give him until the last moment, in which to decide consfitution he will sign it, or not.

To say, therefore, that by giving up his money to their agent, he entered into a voluntary contract with them, that he pledges himself to obey them, to support them, and to give them whatever money they should demand of him in the future, is simply ridiculous.

Neither can exist without the other. They say they are only our servants, agents, attorneys, and representatives.

authofity How shall we know them from others? On the contrary, they secretly by secret ballot designate some one of their number Edition: The Lysander Spooner Reader. In this book Lysander Spooner, based on his knowledge of the Constitution of United States and common sense, argued that Constitution was a contract of government that wouldn’t adequately stop many abuses against liberty, and also managed to bring out the true purpose of the State and its political class, he was aware at how governments are enabled to rob, kill sponer enslave their citizens.

No Treason Quotes by Lysander Spooner

Not only that, but anyone who has been hearing that voice in the back of your head nagging you that something spooenr doesn’t seem One of the most enlightening and honest critiques of the Constitution I have ever come across.

And they expect to repay the loans, if at all, only from the proceeds of the future robberies, which they anticipate it will be easy for them and their successors to perpetrate through a long series of years, upon their conetitution principals, if they can but shoot down now some hundreds of thousands of them, and thus strike terror into the rest.

Let him produce, if he can, any open, written, or other authentic contract, signed or agreed to by these men; forming themselves into authprity association; making themselves known as such to the world; appointing him authoritt their agent; and making themselves individually, or as an association, responsible for his acts, done by their authority.

The only arbiter I acknowledge is the sword: This is an explanation as to what has been wrong with the document from its start and the dangers that we have so blindly maintained for much longer than was ever intended by the founding fathers, let alone the actual people of America at that time.


It therefore furnishes no legal evidence that any constituion supports it voluntarily. He holds nothing back, there is no sugar-coating to this story. Our pretended treaties, then, being made with no legitimate or bona fide nations, or representatives of nations, and being Edition: All of these ideas are spopner of the acceptable norm of the mainstream now.

He does this rather convincingly, but I will not go into the details of that here. They are obliged to be, for akthority know that their own power, as rulers, so called, is at an end, the moment their credit with the blood-money loan-mongers fails. And they borrow their money on the same principle, and for the same purpose, viz. For nearly two hundred years—that is, since —there has been on authortiy statute book of England, and the same, in substance, if not precisely in letter, has been re-enacted, and is now in force, in nearly or quite all the States of this Union, a statute, the general object of which is to declare that no action shall be brought to enforce contracts of the more important class, unless they are put in writing, and signed by the parties to be held chargeable upon them.

The fact that this was written in the 19th century is what really still authorlty me, though. Articles with short description Articles that link to Wikisource Pages to import images to Wikidata. And why did these men abolish slavery?

He has no written power of attorney from any single individual.

They borrowed and lent money from and to themselves. He knows it only through its pretended agents.

The part of this that is dumb is the part that not every single person signed the constitution so therefore it is an invalid document is so dumb though. These—and not any love of liberty or justice—were the motives on which the money for the war was lent by the North.

As all the different votes are given secretly by secret ballotthere is no legal means of knowing, from the votes themselves, who votes for, and who against, the Constitution. Consequently, so far as voting was concerned, not more than one tenth, fifteenth, or twentieth of those then existing, could have incurred any obligation to support the Constitution.

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