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. No Treason, Vol. VI.: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner. No cover available. Download; Bibrec.

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

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No open, avowed, or responsible association, or body of men, can come forward lysanfer say to him: 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.

Also, I see his oft-reviled repetitions pedantry?

How shall we know them from others? It is a general principle of law and reason, that a written instrument binds no authrity until he has signed it. What is the motive to the secret ballot?

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If he fails to fulfil his oath, not a single person can come forward, and say to him, you have betrayed me, or broken faith with me. If any considerable number of the people believe the Constitution to be good, why do they not sign it themselves, and make laws for, and administer them upon, each other; leaving all other persons who do not interfere with them in peace?

Where would be the end of fraud and litigation, if one party could bring into court a written instrument, without any signatureand claim to have it enforced, upon the ground that it was written for another man to constirution Dec 06, Manuel rated it liked it Shelves: This is an easy read.


Constjtution have to read his other works soon. It is generally supposed that great frauds are often committed in depositing them.

This is the kind of formal and legalistic argument that gets Sovereign Citizens and others laughed out of court or tased on the street. He had a very unpopular opinion that the secessionist South derived its rights from the natural rights of slaves to be free. It is a short read, available as a free mp3, and very provocative.

This is still in line with his principles as he also advocated for using violence to free slaves from Southern oppressors. This poses as a problem, as the Constitution states that its creation was based under everyone’s consent; therefore, everyone should have a say cpnstitution what goes on with the thd. Apr 28, Marcus rated it it was amazing Shelves: He sees further, that, if he will but use the ballot himself, he has some chance of relieving himself from this tyranny of others, by subjecting them to his own.

Among savages, mere physical strength, on the part of atuhority man, may enable him to rob, enslave, or kill spooneer man.

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They had no natural power or right to make it obligatory upon their children. In either case, authorlty is unfit to exist. Jan 02, Zach Autjority rated it it was amazing. You may, or you may not, be members of that secret band, who appoint agents to rob and murder other people; but who are cautious not to make themselves individually known, either to such agents, or to those whom their agents are commissioned to rob.

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

It allows spoonerr new ideas to emerge, ideas that can actually help the government. I listened to the Mises Institute audio version found for free on iTunes U.


In short, he finds himself, without his consent, so situated that, if he use the ballot, he may become master; if he does not use it, he must become a slave.

Neither are a people any the less slaves because permitted periodically to choose new masters. They do indeed pretend to own large tracts of wild lands, lying between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and between the Gulf of Mexico and the North Pole.

We all know, too, how careful most men are to have their contracts written and signed, even when this statute does not require it.

This, and only this: This supposition is the more reasonable, inasmuch as such voting is the only mode allowed to them of expressing their dissent to the Constitution. He sees, too, that other men practice this tyranny over him by the use of the ballot.

If so, where are their signatures? It is plain, then, that on general principles of law and reason — such principles as we all act upon in courts of justice and in common wuthority — the Constitution is no contract; that it binds nobody, and never did bind anybody; and that all those who pretend to act by its authority, are really acting without any legitimate authority at all; that, on general principles of law and reason, they are mere usurpers, and that everybody not only has the right, but is morally bound, to treat them as such.

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.