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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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Open Preview See a Problem? The enslaved people are, of course, forced to bo and pay all these murderers, as well as to submit to all the other extortions which these murderers are employed to enforce. This poses as a problem, as the Constitution states that its creation was based under everyone’s consent; therefore, everyone should have a say in what goes on with the state.

The only excuse they had for taking these so-called corporate promises of, for individual loans by, the same parties, was that they might have some apparent excuse for the future robberies of the band that is, to pay the debts of Edition: 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.

The oaths of the tax-gatherers and treasurers of the band, are, on general principles of law and reason, of no validity. The only arbiter I acknowledge is the sword: He then tallies all people who might claim to support the constitution, making a case for why each general grouping of them do not actually support it or have the capacity for informed consent.

They lend money to be expended in robbing, enslaving, and murdering their fellow men, solely because, on the whole, such loans pay better than any others. The maxim applies here, that what does not appear, does not exist.

For all the reasons that have now been given, voting furnishes no legal evidence as to who the particular individuals are if there are anywho voluntarily support the Constitution.

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. This extremely legalist approach is simply not applicable to the real world. He argues that a social contract like the Constitution, one that is not explicitly agreed to like every other contract which must be signed, cannot be binding. If I gave my oath to anybody, I gave it to other persons than you.

This is the kind of government we have; and it is the only one we are likely to have, until men are ready to say: How shall we defend ourselves and our property against them?

Until all this can be shown, no one can say that, in any legitimate sense, there is any such association; or that he is their agent; or that he ever gave his oath to them; or ever pledged his faith to them. And it is only by virtue of such a designation that I am now here to act in concert with other persons similarly selected in other parts of the country.


When these great lenders of blood-money, like the Rothschilds, have loaned vast sums in this way, for purposes of murder, to an emperor or a king, they sell out the bonds taken by them, in small amounts, to anybody, and everybody, who are disposed to buy them at satisfactory prices, to hold as investments.

If they do not own us as property, they are not our masters, and their will, as such, is of no authority over us. For he logically proves that our government is a secret combination of murderers and thieves. This is a classic analysis of the illegitimacy of the state. On this principle, and from this motive, and not from any love of liberty or justice, the money was lent in enormous amounts, and at enormous rates of interest. This custom was established ages ago, when few men could write their names; when a clerk—that is, a man who could write—was so rare and valuable a person, that even if he were guilty of high crimes, he was entitled to pardon, on the ground that the public could not afford to lose his services.

If they can show no principals, they have none. Not only the nominal debt and interest—enormous as the latter was—are to be paid in full; but these holders of the debt are to be paid still further—and perhaps doubly, triply, or quadruply paid—by such tariffs on imports as will enable our home manufacturers to realize enormous prices for their commodities; also by such monopolies in banking as will enable them to keep control of, and thus enslave and plunder, the industry and trade of the great body of the Northern people themselves.

If I gave him absolute, irresponsible Edition: In fact, most of them keep large bodies of these murderers constantly in their service, as their only means of enforcing their extortions. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

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Second, his claim that no one has ever ‘signed’ the US constitution or had it signed by his duly appointed attorneys is only partially true and spoonner say it is partially true is already quite charitable. I take the responsibility of my acts: Thus the Constitution Art.

The corporation can exist past the lifespan of its original owners, but only by people taking ownership of it voluntarily over time, not by some kind of forced ownership by descendents. Mar 20, Tiffany Davidson rated it it was amazing.

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner

The Rothschilds, and that class of money-lenders of whom they are the representatives and agents,—men who never think of lending a shilling to their next-door neighbors, for purposes of honest industry, unless upon the most ample security, and at the highest rate of interest,—stand ready, at all times, to lend money in unlimited amounts to those robbers and murderers, who call themselves governments, to be expended in shooting down those who do not submit quietly to being robbed and enslaved.


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.

They borrowed and lent money from and to themselves. How can a document that nobody has signed or voted for maintain authority over anyone? Section 4 then restates the question “What is implied in a government resting on consent?

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If you will not pay us our price give us control of your markets for our assistance against your slaves, we will secure the same price keep control of your markets by helping your slaves against you, and using them as our tools for maintaining Edition: As a necessary consequence, those who stand ready to furnish this money, are the real rulers. Just like many Americans were not fond of the British Crown, many newly established Americans did not agree with the doctrine of the newly formed American government.

He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to constiitution it for your own benefit. You are fools, as well as villains. The result of this bloodshed was that while the authorityy were freed, the surviving Southerners were no longer free to withdraw from the bonds of a government that no longer acted as their agent.

This is the kind of formal and legalistic argument that gets Sovereign Citizens and others laughed out of court or tased on the street. And they are personally as much unknown to the agents they select, Edition: Many never vote at all. If they have done so, they can have done so in only one or both of these two ways, viz.

It is of no obligation, not merely because it is intrinsically a criminal one, but also because it is given to nobody, and consequently pledges my faith to nobody. Not knowing who his principals are, he has no lysandwr to say that he has any.

One way to think of it is to ask yourself–if you were born into a country with an extremely repressive constitution would you accept its authority to oppress you solely by virtue of your being born into the geographical area authlrity which the constitution claimed to exert authority? The necessity for the consent of “the people” is implied in this declaration.