No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority [Lysander Spooner] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. But whether the Constitution really be . No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority. December 9, Lysander Spooner. The greatest case for anarchist political philosophy ever written. Narrated by. Treason by Lysander Spooner · No. 1.→ Spooner issued three pamphlets carrying the title of No Treason, numbered 1, II, and VI. Spooner.

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That men may rightfully be compelled to spoonee to, and support, a government lysancer they do not want; and that resistance, on their part, makes them traitors and criminals. The lesson taught by all these facts is this: On general principles of law and reason, it would be a sufficient answer for him to say, to all individuals, and to all pretended associations of individuals, who should accuse him of a breach of faith to them:.

Lysander Spooner was a 19th century entreprenuer, scholar, radical abolitionist, and principled believer in natural law and liberty.

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In fact, they are engaged quite as much in schemes for plundering each other, as in plundering those who are not of them. If it be really established, the number of slaves, instead of having been diminished by the war, has been greatly increased; for a man, thus subjected to a government that he does not want, is a slave. And now these lenders of blood-money demand their pay; and the government, so called, becomes their tool, their servile, slavish, villainous tool, to extort it from the labor of the enslaved people both of the North and South.

That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not want; and that resistance, on their part, makes them traitors and criminals.

It is only pages or so, so it doesn’t take too long even if the going is slow. Even though this was written during the civil war era, Spooner lays out a clear argument in this work of literature that will definitely have you questioning authority. Shortly after the American Civil War concluded Spooner penned this scathing repudiation of the social contract and the contractarian view of the state in general.

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

It is not easy to realize that everything you believed is wrong for me it was an ‘outside context’ problem, the thoughts here were just outside my realm of understanding before I started. Even voting, Spooner argues, is not consensual itself, because each potential voter is faced with the choice of either voting, which makes him a master of others, or abstaining, which makes him a slave of those who do vote.


What do you advocate being done to me if I don’t want to participate in your organization? And if this action of each individual were valid and rightful when he had so many other individuals to keep him company, it would have been, in the view of natural justice and right, equally valid and rightful, if he had taken the same step alone.

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He knows it only through its pretended agents. They are simply men, who, for reasons of their own—whether good or bad, wise or unwise, is immaterial—choose to exercise their natural right of dissolving their connexion with the governments under which they have lived.

So these villains, who call themselves governments, well understand that their power rests primarily upon money. If their object had really been to abolish slavery, or maintain liberty or justice generally, they had only to say: The fact that they had designated me secretlyand in a manner to prevent my freason them individuallyprevents all privity between them and me; and consequently makes it impossible that there can be any contract, or pledge of faith, on my part towards them; for treaxon is impossible that I can pledge my faith, in any legal sense, to a man whom I neither know, nor have any means of knowing, individually.

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. It is like lending money to slave traders, or to common robbers and pirates, to be repaid out of their plunder. It utterly fails to prove that the government rests upon the voluntary support of anybody. Spooner is outraged at the fact that the state claims to act in the name of liberty and a free government and questions the idea of consent to it himself.

And as we can have no legal knowledge as to who the particular individuals are, if there are any, who are willing to be taxed for the sake of voting, we can have no legal knowledge that any particular individual consents to be taxed for the sake of voting; or, consequently, consents treasson support the Constitution.

Mo this principle was asserted, not as a right peculiar to themselves, or to that time, or as applicable only to the government then existing; but as a universal right of all men, at all times, and under all circumstances. Who, of our neighbors, are members of this secret band of robbers and murderers? Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Let them thus make themselves individually known to those whom they propose to govern. To say, therefore, that by giving up his money to their agent, he entered into a voluntary contract with them, that he pledges himself to obey them, to support them, and to give them whatever money they should demand of him in the future, is simply ridiculous.


Therefore, in order or a government to work, consent needs to be present from the people. Who compose the real governing power in the country? There are now, I think, four or five millions of these professional murderers constantly employed by the so-called sovereigns of Europe. Their real or pretended representatives, who contracted these debts in their name, were selected if selected at treasoj for that purpose secretly by secret ballottrfason in a way to furnish evidence against none of the principals individually ; and these principals were really known individually neither to their pretended representatives who contracted these debts in lysancer behalf, nor to those who lent the money.

And these heads or chiefs are dependent upon the lenders of blood-money for the means to carry lysandeer their robberies and murders. He specifically calls out the Rothschilds; this is years ago and there is still talk of the Rothschilds owning the world.

All, whether white or black, who want the protection of this government, shall have it; and all who do not want it, will be left in peace, so long as they leave us in peace. 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. Neither can exist without the other. They can contrive to bring about a sufficient understanding to enable them to act in concert against other persons; but beyond this they have no confidence, and no friendship, among themselves.

And all talk about them, in matters spoonsr government, is mere absurdity. Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves hreason, as you wish him to do. No Treason Quotes Showing of Lysancer only arbiter I acknowledge is the soooner Yet the act of voting cannot properly be called a voluntary one on the part of any very large number of those who do vote. With that in mind, Spooner expresses his argument against consent to the majority in seven points that act as closing arguments for this specific section:.