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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Views Read Edit View history. Jun 14, Sean Rosenthal rated it liked it Shelves: On general principles of law and reason, the treaties, so called, which purport to be entered into with other nations, by Edition: In Europe, the nominal rulers, the emperors and kings and parliaments, are anything but the real rulers of their respective countries.

The maxim applies here, that what does not appear, does not exist. If this subject interests you, I recommend beginning with The Law by Bastiat, and then tackling this piece. The only arbiter I acknowledge is the sword: Oddly they were not so strange in the 19th and especially the late 18th century in the US, though Spooner definitely took them to the extreme, but logical conclusions. He has the same right Edition: What happens to the people who do not believe in the ideals that established the United States?

A short thought provoking work which will definitely get your brain thinking.

No Treason. No. VI. The Constitution of No Authority – Online Library of Liberty

If someone doesn’t want to respect your so-called “natural rights”, who do you appeal to? Certainly no man, or body of men, could pledge it for him, without his consent; and no man, or body of men, have any right to presume it against him, when he has not pledged it, himself. It utterly fails to prove that the government rests upon the voluntary support of any body.


Refresh and try again. It would only indicate that the supposed welfare of their posterity was one of the motives that induced the original parties to enter into the agreement.

I committed my robberies on my own account, and for my own profit. Even voting, Spooner argues, is not consensual itself, because each potential voter is faced with the choice of either voting, which makes him a master of others, or abstaining, which makes him a slave of those who do vote. His main argument fell under the idea that slavery was not mentioned in the Constitution:.

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

It may be shocking for some to read such a blunt account. 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.

When he writes this: The state is worse than a highway bandit as at least the thief is willing to risk od and after stealing your money will leave you be. For this reason, whoever desires liberty, should understand these vital facts, viz.: Natural law, as Spooner saw it, was to be part of everyone’s life, which includes the rights given at birth: The law holds, and reason authlrity, that if a written instrument is not signed, the presumption must be that the party to be bound by it, did not choose to sign it, or to bind himself by it.


Spooner, of course, was also an anarchist. 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 One of the most enlightening and honest critiques of the Constitution I have ever come across. There are now, I think, four or five millions of these professional murderers constantly employed by the so-called sovereigns of Europe.

But this tacit understanding admitting it to exist cannot at all justify the conclusion drawn from it. In either case it is unfit to exist.

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For still another reason they are neither our servants, agents, attorneys, nor representatives. All of these ideas are outside of the acceptable norm of the mainstream now.

What is the motive to the secret ballot? Spooner, a lawyer, starts “No Authority” by examining its potential validity as a binding contract, pointing out that the US Constitution could have no inherent, lasting authority, except as a contract between men, and that it only claims to be one between the people existing when it was written.