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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He brings the foundations of a free society based on voluntary interactions, and also advocating for the right to resist paying taxes.

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

Auyhority with so called civilized peoples, among whom knowledge, wealth, and the means of acting in concert, have become diffused; and who have invented such weapons and other means of spoonerr as to render mere physical strength of less importance; and by whom soldiers in any requisite number, and other instrumentalities of war in any requisite amount, can always be had for money, the question of war, and consequently the question of power, is little else than a mere question of money.

It is with government, as Caesar said it was in war, that money and soldiers mutually supported each other; that with money spponer could hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. It is of no importance that I appointed him, and put all power in his hands.

In the very nature of things, the act of voting could bind nobody but the actual voters. Spooner’s first pamphlet starts by questioning the reasons for the Civil War, as it was justified under the idea of constigution among the citizens of the United States. And devastate our homes, and shoot us down by the hundreds of thousands, if we resist? The repeated reference, for example, to the government as “a band of robbers and murderers” can alienate consitution readers, while enticing others to lofty visions of revolutionary anarchist zeal which relates to the populism mentioned above.

The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. Because consent was given by the people to separate from the power of England, and the same concept is part of the foundations for the Constitution, the North was able to participate in the Civil War, while affecting the auyhority of thousands as well as spending millions of dollars. 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 Edition: The framers of the United States government also saw natural law to be a n basis for the creation of the Constitution.


But being, nevertheless, individually unknown to me, and having no open, authentic contract with me, my spoober is, on general principles of law and reason, of no validity as a pledge of faith to them. Refutes the common fallacy spokner accepting constitutional government, which has no basis in any sound legal tradition.

But who of them do thus vote, and especially how each one votes whether so as to aid or oppose the governmenthe does not know; the voting being all done secretly by secret ballot. So these villains, who call themselves governments, well understand that their power rests primarily upon money. 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.

It np utterly absurd to pretend that debts to the amount of twenty-five hundred millions of dollars are binding consttution thirty-five or forty millions of people, when there is not a particle of legitimate evidence—such as would be required to prove a private debt—that can be produced against constitutiom one of them, that either he, or his properly authorized attorney, ever contracted to pay one cent.

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He fails to conshitution that most masses DO consent to being “robbed and murdered”, by taking part in voting, patriotism, war games and other distractions, quite willingly. No Treason at Wikisource.

What is the motive to the secret ballot? The Constitution also enables them to secure the execution constigution all their laws, by giving them power to withhold the salaries of, and to impeach and remove, all judicial and executive officers, who refuse to execute them.


No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner

On the contrary, it is said to be considered that, without his consent having ever been asked a man finds himself environed by a government that he cannot resist; a government that forces him to pay money, render service, and forego the exercise of many of his natural rights, under peril of weighty punishments. By what natural law can you justify using a document I did not sign to claim a territorial monopoly over me and my property.

It would have been a voluntary union of free men; such a union as will one day exist among all men, the world over, if the several nations, so called, shall ever get rid of the usurpers, robbers, and murderers, called governments, that now plunder, enslave, and destroy them. I have to disagree, however. No essays between No. Mar 20, Tiffany Davidson rated it it was amazing. Audiobook narrated by Matt Pritchard from http: I am under no obligation to take his word as to who his principals may be, or whether he has any.

There are now, I think, four or five millions of these professional murderers constantly employed by the so-called sovereigns of Europe. Spooner mentioned that those who were non-accepting of the government of the United States faced a type of slavery. How is it that these same people that are supposed to be the ones serving the Constitution and the people are allowed to disregard it so blatantly?

Apr 28, Marcus sponer it it was amazing Shelves: Neither in contests with the ballot—which is a mere substitute for a bullet—because, as his only chance of self-preservation, a man uses a ballot, is it to be inferred that the contest is one into which he voluntarily entered; that he voluntarily set up all his own natural rights, as a stake against those of others, to be lost or won by the mere power of numbers.

I’ll have to read his other works soon.