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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While each of Spooner’s three essays claims voidance of the Constitution, each emphasizes on specific aspects. The Constitution has no inherent authority or obligation. Knaves, a numerous and active class, who see in the government an instrument which they can use for their own aggrandizement or wealth. And it was, therefore, virtually a part of the contract, that the money should be repaid only from the proceeds of these future robberies and murders.

So in that sense, though I find his arguments very persuasive, I think they may be in danger of being missed by someone unable to get over his constant refrain of referring to the State as a band of “robbers and thieves. Neither can exist without the other. Each one can say for himself: Return to Book Page.

On this principle, and from this motive, and not from any love of liberty, or justice, the money was lent in enormous amounts, and at enormous rates of interest. Dec 06, Manuel rated it liked it Shelves: The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, da “The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: How shall we defend ourselves and our property against them?

Why didn’t anyone show this to me when I was in high school or college? It is rather a measure of necessity imposed upon them by others, than one of their own choice.

No Treason is tough reading, not because the it is hard to follow, but because for most people, myself included, the content is jarring, hard to refute, and goes against a lifetime of beliefs. Those who vote for the unsuccessful candidates cannot properly be said to have voted to sustain the Constitution. Open despotism is better than this.


No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

Statist will most likely find it absurd, but minarchist may find themselves flirting with the ideas of authorit when they are done. Back to No Treason No 2 Back to online library. Imagine having to sign a document every time you entered into an agreement with anyone.

What is this but absolute, irresponsible power? Of the one-sixth that are permitted to vote, probably not more than two-thirds about one-ninth of the whole population have usually voted. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it.

For example, those who would use it for legal plunderand those who do not really understand it, or else they would not support it. And not one of them probably ever would have signed it in any way to bind himself by it, as a contract.

But it would not, therefore, be a legitimate inference that the government itself, that crushes them, was one which they had voluntarily set up, or even consented to.

And the so-called sovereigns, in these different governments, are simply the heads, or chiefs, of different bands of robbers and murderers. I never knew you, as individuals, and of course never promised you that I would pay over to you the proceeds of my robberies.

This fact proves that these pretended uathority of the people, of everybody, are really the agents of nobody.

The ostensible supporters of the Constitution, like the ostensible supporters of most other governments, are made up of three classes, viz.: The following are some of the provisions of the Massachusetts statute: He knows it only through its pretended agents. It is merely given to the winds. He fails to see that most masses DO consent to being “robbed and murdered”, by taking part in voting, patriotism, war games and other distractions, quite willingly. On the contrary, it is to be considered that, in an exigency into which he had been forced 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.

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Even though this was written during the civil war era, Spooner lays out a clear argument in this work of literature that will definitely have you questioning authority.

Constitutkon savages, mere physical strength, on the part of one man, may enable him to rob, enslave, or kill another man.

I highly recommend this if you want to learn about the real roots of statist political control. As everybody who supports the Constitution by voting if there are any such does so secretly by secret ballotand in a way to avoid all personal responsibility for the acts of his agents or representatives, it cannot legally or reasonably be said that anybody at all supports the Constitution by voting. First of all, much if not rhe of Spooner’s argument rests on the belief that every contract needs to be physically signed in full form by publicly disclosed parties in order to be valid.

My will is law: In proof of all this, look at the following facts.