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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Most of them have been dead forty, fifty, sixty, or seventy years. On general principles of law and reason, it cannot be said that the government has any voluntary supporters at all, until it can be distinctly shown who its voluntary supporters are.
Even then, only those who voted for an American politician could be said to have consented to the Constitution, not those who voted against, and only for the span of time he voted for every two years, for example. Spooner mentioned that those who were non-accepting of the government of the United States faced a type of slavery. When a man says he is building a house for himself and his posterityhe does not mean to authoriity understood as saying that he has any thought of binding them, nor is it to be inferred that he is so foolish as to imagine that he has any spooer or power to bind them, to live in it.
Without this privilege, a man is considered a slave; but with it a free man! The two are identical; the one necessarily implies the other. And if they are nobody’s agents, they are themselves individually responsible for their own acts, and for the acts of all whom they employ.
Either “taxation without consent is robbery,” or it is not. They are just as relevant today as they were more than years ago when he made them. I committed my robberies on my own account, and for my own profit.
No pretended agent therefore can ever know by whose ballots he is selected, or consequently who his real principles are. So when a man says he is planting a tree for himself and his posterityhe does not mean to be understood as saying that he has any thought of compelling them, nor is it to be inferred that he is such a simpleton as to imagine that he has any right or power to compel them, to eat the fruit.
You collected that money as our agent, and for our uses; and you swore to pay it over to us, or to those we should appoint to receive it. To ask other readers questions about No Treasonplease sign up. To suppose that they would do so, is just as absurd as it would be to suppose that they would take his money without his consent, for the purpose of buying food or clothing for him, when he did not want it.
How shall we find these men?
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Dec 03, Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 01, Otto Lehto rated it really liked it. And all oaths that purport to be given to such an association are necessarily given only to the winds.
The most they can say, in answer to this question, is, that some half, two-thirds, or three-fourths, of the male adults of the country have a tacit understanding that they will maintain a government under the Constitution; that they will select, by ballot, the persons to administer it; and that those persons who may receive a majority, or a plurality, of their ballots, shall act as their representatives, and administer the Constitution in their name, and by their authority.
And it is of no importance whether I called him master or servant, agent or owner. Moreover, a written instrument must, in law and reason, not only be signed, but must also be delivered to the party or to some one for himin whose favor it is made, before it can bind the party making it.
Return to Book Page. Why didn’t anyone show this to me when I was in high school or college? So far as I am concerned, then, these two, three, or five thousand persons are a secret band of robbers and murderers, who have secretly, and in a way to save themselves from all responsibility for my acts, designated me as their agent; and have, through some other agent, or pretended agent, made their wishes known to me.
It only says, in effect, that their hopes and motives in adopting it were that it might prove useful to their posterity, as well as to themselves, by promoting their union, safety, tranquility, liberty, etc.
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 strongly believed in the idea of natural lawwhich he also described as “the science of justice,” which he defined as “the science of all human rights; of all man’s rights of person and property; of constltution his rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. I never knew you. A tractate really, but presents a cogent argument.
He argues that it is a natural right to belong where one desires, and that allows for direct, indirect, or constituttion involvement of one’s government. No one, by voting, can be said to pledge himself for any longer period than that for which he votes.
And those whose supported candidate loses can’t really be considered to have bindingly supported the Constitution, as they lost, and anyway some may vote specifically with the intent of undermining the Constitution.
And ot authority they are exercising is simply their own individual authority; and, by the law of nature the highest of all laws anybody injured by their acts, anybody who is deprived by them of his property or his liberty, has the same right to hold them individually responsible, that he has to hold any other trespasser individually sploner.
But Spooner can nonetheless stand on his own, and he is not difficult to understand. Refresh and try again. It is so in Europe, and it is so in this country. Or, if we lend this sum to the emperor of Austria, it will enable him to murder so many of his people as to strike terror into the rest, and thus enable him to keep them in subjection, and extort money from them, for twenty or fifty years to come.
And the only reason why they conetitution never been asked to sign it, has been that it has been known that they never would sign it; that they were neither such fools nor knaves as they must needs have been to be willing to sign it; that at least as it has been practically interpreted it is not what any llysander and honest man wants for himself; nor such as he has any right to impose upon others.
On general principles of law and reason, the oaths of soldiers, that they will serve a given number of years, that constitition will obey the orders of their superior officers, that they will bear true allegiance to the government, and so forth, are of no obligation.
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In either case, it is unfit to exist. He knows it only through its pretended agents. First of pysander, much if not most 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.