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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Still a fantastic book, though and I would recommend to anyone who is just starting to explore libertarianism. He was a radical even within radical abolitionist circles. The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. On the contrary, it is to be considered that, in an exigency into which he had been forced by others, and in which no other means of self-defence offered, he, as a matter of necessity, used the only one that was left to him.

The only arbiter I acknowledge is the sword: I think he sums up non-anarchists those who support the idea of government as being necessary well when he says they come in three groups: That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not soponer and that resistance, on their part, makes them traitors and criminals.

Not only that, but anyone who has been hearing that voice in the back of your head nagging you that something just doesn’t seem right about the way thing are and are being run. Think of a restaurant – I do not sign anything when I dine in one and I usually do not even disclose my n As much as I’d love this to be a sound critique of the state, I cannot overlook the weaknesses of this lengthy self-absorbed rant.

It is under such compulsion as this that taxes, so called, are paid. In either case it is unfit to exist. In short, the industrial and commercial slavery of the great body of the people, North and South, black and white, is the price which these-lenders of blood money demand, and insist upon, and are determined to secure, in return for the money lent for the war.

No pretended agent therefore can ever know by whose ballots he is selected, or consequently who his real principals are. These latter act in secret; for conztitution by secret ballot is acting in secret as much as if they were to meet in secret conclave in the darkness of the night. They can’t bind people who are not authoriyt to them, including those constituyion yet born. It has been a heavy influence on my own work: Still another of the frauds of these men is, that they are now Edition: The whole authority of the Constitution rests lysajder it.


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 lysandfr any fear or compulsion of their husbands.

However, he believed slavery was more important, and found it outrageous that the North allowed for the institution of slavery by not finding ways of ending it in the South.

My oath was given to others, with whom you have nothing to do; or it was idle wind, given only to the idle winds. If the instrument meant to say that any of “the people of the United States” would be bound by it, who did not consent, it was a usurpation and a lie.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Its preamble implies that the powers of the U.

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Plainly the reason for absurd and inconsistent conduct is that they want the Constitution, not solely for any honest or legitimate use it can be of to themselves or others, but of the dishonest and illegitimate power it gives them over the persons and properties of others. It is in that context that Spooner uses such strong language when he refers to the government as “robbers and murders” he uses the phrase, or some variation on it, 38 times in the pamphlet. And law and reason both give him until the last moment, in which to decide whether he will sign it, or not.

You promised us that you would do so; and now you have forfeited the oath you gave to comstitution. It has no authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and man. This is another amazing book. May 21, Mendel rated it really liked it Shelves: And devastate our homes, and shoot us down by the hundreds of thousands, if we resist? If I made him uncontrollable by me, and irresponsible to me, he is no longer my servant, agent, attorney, or representative.

You can’t just move out to the woods or I guess you can but that’s not a solution for everyone so what is it? He then describes a scenario in which people who resist subjugation might be killed, even by the spioner of thousands. They could have bound nobody that should have come after them, and lysandef property subsequently created by, or belonging to, other persons.

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. And nobody is under any obligation to constittion it. In the first place, they do not, like him, make themselves individually known; or, consequently, take upon themselves personally the responsibility of their acts.

Views Read Edit View history. If they doubt his ability to make his murders successful for constiuttion his power, and thus extorting money from his people in future, they dismiss him as unceremoniously as they would dismiss authoriy other hopeless bankrupt, who should want to borrow money to save himself from open insolvency.


And being no pledge of faith to them, it is no pledge of faith to anybody. The gross number of these secret votes, or what purports to be their gross number, in different localities, is occasionally published.

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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. He sees further, that, if he will but use the ballot Edition: Long before the the Civil War started, Lysander Spooner was a strong abolitionist and was extremely active in supporting efforts to free the slaves. First of all, much if not most of Spooner’s argument rests on the belief that every contract needs to be physically signed in full form by publicly disclosed parties in order to be valid.

The Constitution of No Authority That’s a very interesting inference since I voted for a candidate with no chance of winning in part because he would Interesting Quotes: It is obvious, too, that if these alleged principals ever did appoint these pretended agents, or representatives, they appointed them secretly by secret ballotand in a way to avoid all personal responsibility for their acts; that, at most, these alleged principals put these pretended agents forward for the most criminal purposes, viz.: None of the voters in this country appoint their political agents in any open authentic manner, or in any manner to make themselves responsible for their acts.

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 over which the constitution claimed to exert authority?

You have betrayed us, and broken faith with us. The necessity for the consent of “the people” is implied in this declaration.

The man to whom he would most naturally fly for protection, may prove an enemy, when the time of trial comes.

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How shall we find these men? It is also generally understood that all male persons, born in the country, having certain complexions, and in some localities certain amounts of property, and constitytion certain cases even persons of foreign birth, are permitted to be members.

It can therefore be of no more validity as a contract, than can any other instrument, that was never signed or delivered.