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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No Treason Quotes

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. It is utterly absurd to pretend that debts to the amount of twenty-five hundred millions of dollars are binding upon thirty-five or forty millions ni people, when there is not constitutionn particle of legitimate evidence—such as would be required to prove a private debt—that can be produced against any one of them, that either he, or his properly authorized attorney, autnority contracted to pay one cent.

And it can be supposed to have been a contract then only between persons who had already come to years of discretion, so as to be competent to make reasonable and obligatory contracts. The enslaved people are, authorify course, forced to support and pay all these murderers, as well as to submit to all the other extortions which these murderers are employed to enforce.

Consequently such an oath or contract can be of no obligation. And this maxim is as applicable to treason as to any other crime.

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

The maxim applies here, that what does not appear, does not exist. For still another reason they are neither our servants, agents, attorneys, nor representatives. They are just as relevant today as they were more than years ago when he made them.

Dec 06, Manuel rated it liked it Shelves: And not one of them probably ever would have signed it in any way to bind himself by it, as a contract.

Who, of our neighbors, are members of this secret band of robbers and murderers? Section 2 then poses the question: Either “taxation without consent is robbery,” or it is not.


Without this privilege, a man is considered a slave; but with it a free man! At most, it is only a pledge of faith to an unknown band of tue and murderers, whose instrument for plundering and murdering other people, I thus publicly confess myself to be. Which their property, that we may destroy it?

They are understood to be received and counted by certain men, who are themselves appointed for that purpose by the same secret process by which all other officers and agents of the band are selected.

In fact, most of them keep large bodies of these murderers constantly in their service, as their only means of enforcing their extortions. Their political relations with him had been purely voluntary. This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat 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 to support the Constitution.

This is a classic analysis of the illegitimacy of the state.

It would be a sufficient answer for the others to say: Hence they dare not be known, and have their individual doings known, even to each other. Individually they furnished money for a common enterprise; taking, in return, what purported to be corporate promises for individual loans. Jan 02, Zach Boyle rated it it was amazing.

If it is not, then any number of men, who choose, may at any time associate; call themselves a government; assume absolute authority over all weaker than themselves; plunder them at will; and kill them if they resist. Spooner addresses the position that the constitution and government is authoritative because the votes of the majority support it by questioning how elections held by secret ballot can pretend to have any power over a person’s life and property.

On the contrary, it is to be considered that, in an exigency into which he had been spooned 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.

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. For still another reason they are neither our servants, agents, attorneys, treaspn representatives. In short, the North Edition: And it was only by means of these loans that the objects of the war were accomplished.


And why are these men so ready to lend money for murdering their fellow men? The principle, on which the war was waged by the North, was simply this: He holds no punches, even to the point where he openly advocates defensive violence against agents of the State.

No Treason. No. I – Online Library of Liberty

The two are identical; the one necessarily implies the other. He is also known for competing with the U. My will is law: They are given to nobody; but only to spooneg winds. He has the same right to resist them, and their agents, that he has to resist any other trespassers. This idea was conetitution dominant one on which the war was carried on; and it is the dominant one, now that we have got what is called “peace.

Lysander Spooner – No Treason No. 6: The Constitution of No Authority

The number of these secret votes, so far as we have any account of them, varies greatly from constitufion to year, thus tending to prove that the band, instead of being a permanent organization, is a merely pro tempore affair with those who choose to act with it for the time being. All this we had professed for nearly a hundred years. But although these men are individually unknown, both to each other and to other spponer, it is generally understood in the country that none but male persons, of the age of twenty-one years and upwards, can be members.

You may, or you may not, be members of that secret band of robbers and murderers, who act in secret; appoint their agents by a secret ballot; who keep themselves individually unknown even to the agents they thus appoint; and who, therefore, cannot claim that they have any agents; or that any of their pretended agents ever gave his oath, or pledged his faith to them.

It answered my purposes at the time. It is a true one now.