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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If I treasno him uncontrollable by trwason, and irresponsible to me, he is no longer my servant, agent, attorney, or representative. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. On the contrary, it is to be considered that, without his consent having even been asked a man finds himself environed by a government that he cannot resist; a government that forces him to pay money, render service, and forego the exercise of many of his natural rights, under peril of weighty punishments.

Think of a restaurant – I do not sign anything when I dine in one and I usually do not even disclose my name or other personal information but I would nevertheless never argue that I therefore have a right to leave without paying. And we professed to look with pity and contempt upon those ignorant, superstitious, and enslaved peoples of Europe, who were lsyander easily kept in subjection by the frauds and force of priests and kings.

Who compose the real governing power in the country? They can contrive to bring about a sufficient understanding to enable them to act in treasoh against other persons; but beyond this they have no confidence, and no friendship, among themselves.

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For example, most men, if they have money due them, of no larger amount than five or ten dollars, are careful to take a note for it. Neither are a people any the less slaves because permitted periodically to lysamder new masters. Rulers can ascend or be deposed at the behest of the bankers. For still another reason they are neither our servants, agents, attorneys, nor representatives.


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If he refuses to comply, seize and sell enough of his property to pay not only our demands, but all your own expenses and trouble beside. And she claims that she has done all this in behalf of liberty! In short, the North said to the slave-holders: Preview — No Treason by Lysander Spooner.

See that the work of murder is thoroughly done; that we may have no further trouble of this kind hereafter. Our pretended treaties, then, being made with no legitimate or bona fide nations, or representatives of nations, and being made, on our part, by persons who have no legitimate authority to act for us, have intrinsically no more validity than a pretended treaty made by the Man in the Moon with the king of the Pleiades.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. If you enjoy history of governments and how people have been ruled you’ll most likely find this an interesting read. In other projects Wikisource. They had never pledged their faith to him that they would continue these relations any longer than it should please them to do so; and therefore they broke no faith in parting with him.

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.

Clearly this individual consent is indispensable to the idea of treason; for if a man has never consented or agreed to support a government, he breaks no faith in refusing to support it.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Spooner cuts through the religion of constitution-worship like no other. Before you go off to law school, or if you’ve already had a long career in the legal system, this lysanedr a book you need to read.

On what ground can those who pretend to administer it, claim the right to seize men’s property, to restrain them of their natural liberty of action, industry, and trade, and to kill all who deny their authority to dispose of treaso properties, liberties, and lives at their pleasure or discretion?


Majorities, as such, afford no guarantees for rreason. Quotes from No Treason: It is a general principle of law and reason, that a written instrument binds no one until he has signed it. No pretended agent therefore can ever know by whose ballots he is selected, or consequently who his real principles are.

Under it, a man knows not who his tyrants are, until treasom have struck, and perhaps not then. A tacit understanding pysander A, B, and C, that they will, by ballot, depute D as their agent, to deprive me of my property, liberty, or life, cannot at all authorize D to do so.

Whether or not he is right is a decision that the reader will have to make, but either way, his arguments should not be ignored.

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The ostensible supporters of the Constitution, like the ostensible supporters of most other governments, are made up of three classes, viz.: They are like a bankrupt in the hands of an extortioner.

Was it an absolute and irresponsible one? They pay higher rates of interest; and it is less trouble to look after them. If, therefore, Congress have that absolute and irresponsible law-making power, which the Constitution—according to their interpretation of it—gives them, it can only be because they own us as property. Representatives are merely tools. 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:.

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The part of this that is dumb is the part that not every single person signed the constitution so therefore it is an invalid document treaon so dumb though.