Lysander Spooner, No Treason. No. II. The Constitution [] The whole authority of the Constitution rests upon it. If they did not consent, it was of no validity. Lysander Spooner, No Treason. No. I. (Boston: Published by the Author, ). If that principle be not the principle of the Constitution, the fact should be known. That two men have no more natural right to exercise any kind of authority over . No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority. December 9, Lysander Spooner. The greatest case for anarchist political philosophy ever written. Narrated by.

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Certainly, neither the whole people of the United States, nor any number of them, ever separately or individually contracted to pay a cent of these debts. But they were not traitors in fact, whatever he or his laws may have called them.

What is the motive to the secret ballot? No one, by voting, can be said to pledge himself for any longer period than that for which he votes. They are men of the same nature as minorities.

The beginning of this starts out as a warning. No open, avowed, or responsible association, or body of men, can come forward and say to him: He sees further, that, if he will but use spooneer ballot himself, he has lysamder chance of relieving himself from this tyranny of others, by subjecting them to his own.

The most that these members of Congress can say, in favor of their appointment, is simply this: The obvious reply would be to deny such a claim.

No Treason. No. I – Online Library of Liberty

Still less, if possible, has it been any thing more than a merely voluntary association, during pleasure, between the succeeding generations, who have never gone through, as their fathers did, with so much even as any outward formality of adopting it, or of pledging their faith to support it.

No man can be my servant, agent, attorney, or representative, and be, at the same time, uncontrollable by me, and irresponsible to me for his acts. They themselves were not only part and parcel, but the very life and soul, of this secret band of robbers and murderers, who borrowed and spent the money.

It has no authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and man. 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.

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Imagine having to sign a document every time you entered into an agreement with anyone. The whole law-making power is given to these senators and representatives [when acting by a two-thirds vote] 5 ; and this provision protects them from all responsibility for the laws they make.

That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted for a moment, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support.

No Treason at Wikisource. But these men who claim and exercise this absolute and irresponsible dominion over us, dare not be consistent, and claim either to be our masters, or to own us as property.

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The Constitution of No Authority. He makes a good comparison between a highwayman looter and the government in saying that atleast a highwayman doesn’t try to make you think he’s there to protect you, unlike our beloved government. And let them thus openly take the legitimate responsibility of their acts.

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 entrusted to him.

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

Apr 28, Marcus rated it it was amazing Conatitution It would be a sufficient answer for the others to say: Oddly they were not so strange in the 19th and especially the late 18th century lysanded the US, though Spooner definitely took them to the extreme, but logical conclusions. And it was only by means of these loans that the objects of the war were accomplished. 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.

Of course it had no validity, except as between cojstitution who actually consented. Such a government is a mere conspiracy of the strong against the weak.

This band of robbers and murderers, who were the real principals in contracting these debts, is a secret one, because its members have never entered into any open, written, avowed, or authentic contract, by which they may be individually known to the world, or even to each other.


How can we know which are their houses, that we may burn or demolish them? You collected that money as our agent, and for our uses; and you swore to pay it over to us, or to those we should appoint to receive it. If, in defending his property, he should kill any of our band who are assisting you, capture him at all hazards; charge him in one of our courts with murder; convict him, and hang him.

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner

To be a member of this secret band of robbers and murderers is esteemed a privilege and an honor! Third, Spooner’s style is severely lacking, as demonstrated by his obsessive use of the phrase “secret band of murderers and thieves” in about every third sentence of this pamphlet. A government is like a church, or any other institution, in these respects. Where the open, authentic proof?

No Treason Quotes Showing of And it was, therefore, virtually a part of the contract, that the money should be repaid only from the proceeds of these future robberies and murders.

If they buy even a small bill of goods, paying for it at the time of delivery, they take a receipted bill for it. When these traitors shall have thus been taught our strength and our determination, they will be good loyal citizens for many years, and pay their taxes without a why or a wherefore.

On the contrary, they secretly thw secret ballot designate some one of their number to commit the robbery in their behalf, while they keep themselves practically concealed. And we are so insane, or so wicked, as to destroy property and lives without limit, in fighting to compel men to fulfill a supposed contract, which, inasmuch as it has never been signed by anybody, is, on general principles of law and reason — such principles as we are all governed by in regard to other contracts — the merest waste of paper, binding authoority nobody, fit only to be thrown into the fire; or, if preserved, preserved only to mo as a witness and a warning of the folly and wickedness of mankind.

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