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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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Preview — No Treason by Lysander Spooner. A tacit understanding between A, B, and C, that they will, by ballot, depute D as their agent, to deprive me of my property, liberty, or life, cannot at all authorize D to do so. However, he believed slavery was more important, and found it outrageous that the Conshitution allowed for the institution of slavery by not finding ways of ending it in the South.

Spooner cuts through the religion of constitution-worship like autjority other.

No Treason. No. VI. The Constitution of No Authority – Online Library of Liberty

If a man is my servant, agent, or attorney, I necessarily make myself responsible for all his acts done within the limits of the power I have intrusted to him. 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.

In fact, they are engaged quite as much in schemes for plundering each other, as in plundering those who are not of them. His case authogity analogous to that of authorityy man who has been forced lysanrer battle, where he must either kill others, or be killed himself. No open, avowed, or responsible association, or body of men, Edition: He brings the fou This book was subversive in its time and at some point it keeps being subversive nowadays. Lists with This Book.


No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

The very men who drafted it, never signed it in any way to bind themselves by it, as a contract. Spooner, a lawyer, starts “No Authority” by examining its potential validity as a binding contract, pointing out that the US Constitution could have no inherent, lasting authority, except as a contract between men, and that it only claims to be one between the people existing when it was written.

If you expected me to pay it over to you, you relied only upon that honor Edition: Constihution 09, Sean rated it liked it Shelves: Finally he concludes with a detailed examination of the finance of war and government. Kysander idea of voting is brought up in this part where he defends his belief that voting does not necessarily give consent to living under the constitution.

He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth.

They had no natural power or right to make it obligatory upon their children. For still another reason they are neither apooner servants, agents, attorneys, nor representatives.

They are necessarily given to nobody; because there is no open, authentic association, to which they can join themselves; or to whom, as individuals, they can pledge their faith. Each one can say for himself: Lysnader, and only this: And he has no other alternative than these two. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Most of them have been dead forty, fifty, sixty, or seventy years. Lysxnder About No Treason: I committed my robberies on my own account, and for my own profit.

No Treason Quotes

And also, I love America and its superior culture and people so if you’re proposing to tear it all down you sure as shit better have something a hell of a lot better to replace it with. Furthermore, we know, historically, that only a small portion even of the people then existing were consulted on the subject, or asked, or permitted to express either their consent or dissent in any formal manner.


We professed long ago to have learned that governments could rightfully exist only by the free will, and on the voluntary support, of those who might choose to sustain them.

With money they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. Spooner believed that “if there be such a principle as justice, or natural law, it is the principle, or law, that tells us what rights were given to every human being at his birth”.

When he writes this: Spooner mentions how consent resides within each person, and that numbers should not dictate who starts entities such as political groups. So far as I am concerned, then, these two, three, or five thousand persons are a secret band of robbers ,ysander murderers, who have secretly, and in a way to save themselves from all responsibility for my acts, designated me as their agent; and have, through some other agent, or pretended agent, made their wishes known to me.

Where is your evidence that you, either individually or collectively, ever appointed me your attorney? Until they have tried the experiment for themselves, how can they have the face to impose the Constitution upon, or even to recommend it to, others? And they as much deserve to be hunted and killed if they cannot otherwise be got rid of as any slave-traders, robbers, or pirates that ever lived.

But the people have never been asked to sign it.