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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Taking voluntarism to its logical conclusion – there can be no authority ex Spooner’s tractate really only makes one point: Again, Spooner was anti-slavery and at times even advocated using violence to end slavery, but he felt the motivation for the war was not freeing the slaves, but the preservation of the union and consequential suppression of the South and that the principal reason for conserving the union was greed. For example, those who would use it for legal plunderand those who do not really sploner it, or else they would not support it.

He knows it only through its pretended agents. A class who have some appreciation of the evils of government, but either do not see how to get rid of them, or do not choose to so far sacrifice their private interests as to give themselves seriously and lysandsr to the work of making a change.

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No Treason Quotes

It is obviously debatable but a valid point as far as I am concerned. The Lysander Spooner Reader. I am your master: This is the whole matter. It allows for new ideas to emerge, ideas that can actually help the government.

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

He can, at most, say only that he is the agent of a secret band of robbers and murderers, who are bound by that faith which prevails among confederates in crime, to stand by him, if his acte, done in their name, shall be resisted.


We professed long ago to have learned that governments could rightfully exist only by the free will, and on the voluntary support, of those who might choose to sustain them. And that reason is, that we do not make ourselves responsible for their acts. 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 slooner money demand, and insist upon, and are determined to secure, in return for the money lent for the war.

Return to Book Page. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a “protector,” and that he takes men’s money against their will, merely to enable him to “protect” those infatuated cconstitution, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection.

He states it as a matter of fact. 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. It cannot be said that, by voting, a man pledges himself to support the Constitution, unless the act of voting be a perfectly voluntary one on his part. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Most of them have been dead forty, fifty, sixty, or seventy years.

But when they refuse any longer to pay for being thus cheated, plundered, enslaved, and murdered, they will cease to have cheats, and usurpers, and robbers, and murderers and blood-money loan-mongers for masters.

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. 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. For him, keeping the South in the union meant violently forcing a large group of people the Southerners to constifution subjected by a government to which they no lsyander consented.


And their first care is to maintain their credit with them; for they know Edition: If someone doesn’t want to respect your so-called “natural rights”, who do you appeal to? Thus the Constitution Art. According to Spooner, the slave’s rights were to be constitutlon same as everyone else’s due to their birth qualifications. Under it, a man knows not who his tyrants are, until they have struck, and perhaps not then.

No Treason Quotes by Lysander Spooner

I have to disagree, however. Nl who vote for the unsuccessful candidates cannot properly be said to have voted to sustain the Constitution. Long before the the Civil War started, Lysander Spooner was a strong abolitionist and was extremely active in supporting efforts to free the slaves.

Thus it is obvious that the only visible, tangible government we Edition: That being said, it is well worth your time engaging with this book.

One of the most enlightening and honest critiques of the Constitution I have ever come across. I expected to find the more common bad grammar and archaic expressions in a book from years ago, but there was none.

All he knows is that a man comes to him, representing himself to be the agent of “the government”—that is, the agent of a secret band of robbers and murderers, who have cknstitution to themselves the title of “the government,” and have determined to kill everybody who refuses to give them whatever money they demand.

The power of the elites is supported by servile, fawning citizens, who are quite happy to rob their neighbours.