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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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The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the road side, and, holding a pistol Edition: Highly recommended as an example of the power of rhetoric, and the power of internal consistency.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Neither are a people any the less slaves because permitted periodically to choose new masters. So these villains, who call themselves governments, well understand that their power rests primarily upon money.

It would only indicate that the supposed welfare of their posterity was one of the motives that induced the original parties to enter into the agreement.

And, when their on is denied, the first use they always make of money, is to hire soldiers to kill or subdue all who refuse them more money.

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

Written inas the shortest of the three essays, No Treason No. And the Constitution, so far as it was their contract, died with them. Open despotism is better than this.

I have to disagree, however. They lend their money nno this manner, knowing that it is to be expended in murdering their fellow men, for simply seeking their liberty and their rights; knowing also that neither the interest nor the principal will ever be paid, except as it will be extorted under terror of the repetition of such murders as those for which the money lent is to be expended.


Perhaps also, by means of tariffs on competing pf, they give great monopolies to certain branches of industry, in which these lenders of blood-money are engaged. In closing the section, Spooner looks on the idea of voluntary belonging to political parties and groups.

You can’t just move out to lysadner woods or I guess you can but that’s not a solution for everyone so what is it? The question of force, liberty, and the State needs authorit be more thought about today, and this book does an excellent job of presenting this issue. How shall we know them from others? The other is when a naturalized citizen recites his pledge of allegiance. But the slave-holders, either doubting the fidelity of their Northern allies, or feeling themselves strong enough to keep their slaves in subjection without Northern assistance, would no longer pay the price which these Northern men demanded.

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

If I had read this auuthority 10 or even 5 years ago the ideas would have blown my mind, but many of these ideas are familiar to me either by hearing them discussed in libertarian podcasts or because I logically came to the same conclusions based on the NAP.

In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave. No Treason at Wikisource. They had no natural power or right to make it obligatory upon their children. No Treason is tough reading, not because the it is hard to follow, but because for most people, myself included, the content is jarring, hard to refute, and goes against a lifetime of beliefs.

These despicable creatures, who call themselves emperors, and kings, and majesties, and most serene and potent princes; who profess to wear crowns, and sit on thrones; who deck themselves with ribbons, and feathers, and jewels; and surround themselves with hired flatterers and lickspittles; and whom we suffer to strut around, and palm themselves off, upon fools and slaves, as sovereigns and lawgivers specially appointed by Almighty God; and to hold themselves Edition: It is, to all moral intents and purposes, as destitute of obligation as constitutionn compacts which robbers and thieves and pirates enter into with each other, but never sign.


They do indeed pretend to own large tracts of wild lands, lying between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and between the Gulf of Mexico and the S;ooner Pole.

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

Neither is it any answer to this view of the case to say that the men holding this absolute, irresponsible power, must be men chosen by the people or portions of them to hold it. 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. The framers of the United States government also saw natural law to coonstitution a good basis for the creation of the Constitution.

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

Lists with This Book. It is under such compulsion as this that taxes, so called, are paid. Essentially that is what happens with the US constitution, only because it is not considered repressive by most, its authority is generally accepted on these nebulous grounds. Dec 03, Daniel rated it really lysanddr it Shelves: