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.

Author: Shalabar Faele
Country: Eritrea
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Medical
Published (Last): 21 December 2011
Pages: 308
PDF File Size: 13.19 Mb
ePub File Size: 11.71 Mb
ISBN: 986-2-89756-946-6
Downloads: 96221
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Vudojas

The fact that many Americans did not agree with the government of the United States questions the idea of unanimous consent.

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. If you thought I was fool enough to allow you to keep yourselves concealed, and use me as your tool for robbing other persons; or that I would take all the personal risk of the robberies, and pay over the proceeds to you, you were particularly simple.

Lysander Spooner – No Treason No. 6: The Constitution of No Authority

A provocative and interesting way of thinking of the Constitution in the context of ourselves and it’s authority over us. These governments are formed simply by the consent or agreement of the strongest party, that they will act in concert in subjecting the weaker party to their dominion.

Neither do the ballots by which they select their agents, avail any more than does their tacit understanding; for their ballots are given in secret, and therefore in such a way as to avoid any personal responsibility apooner the acts of their agents.

No pretended agent therefore can ever know by whose ballots he is selected, or consequently who his real principles are.

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. But nothing of that kind can be said now, if the principle on which the war lysandeer carried on by the North, is irrevocably established. Neither are a people any the less slaves because permitted periodically to choose new masters. It was also, in the eye of the law, only as separate individuals, each acting for himself, and exercising simply his natural rights as an individual, that the people at large assented to, and ratified the Declaration.

Second, his claim that no one has on ‘signed’ the US constitution or had it signed by his duly appointed attorneys is only partially true and to say it is partially true is already quite charitable. These are questions that must be answered, before men can be free; before they can protect themselves against this secret band of robbers and murderers, who now plunder, enslave, and destroy them. They do nothing towards proving that the governments themselves are ,ysander or that they ought to be sustained, or even endured, by those who understand their true character.


Nearly a hundred years ago we professed to have got rid of all lysanser religious superstition, inculcated by a servile and corrupt priesthood in Europe, that rulers, so called, derived their authority directly from Heaven; and that it was consequently a religious duty on the part of the people to obey them.

The Constitution No Treason No. The Constitution of No Authority That’s a very interesting inference since I voted for a candidate with no chance of winning in part because he would follow the Constitution whereas the Democrats and Republicans ignore it. View all 8 comments. Spooner, of course, was also an anarchist.

Don’t have a Kindle?

Contracts can only bind the parties that sign them. And this they call equal rights! He explains the mechanics of money-lending to nations. Consequently we have no proof that any very large portion, even of the actual voters of the United States, ever really and voluntarily consented to the Constitution, even for the time spooer.

The meaning of this is: These loan-mongers, like the Rothschilds, laugh in their sleeves, and say to themselves: What is the motive to the secret ballot? And a party is at perfect liberty to refuse to deliver a written instrument, after he has signed it.

Anatomy of the State. They were his equals, owing him no allegiance, obedience, nor any other duty, except such as they owed to mankind at large. Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. Spoonwr logic is complex and deals with many of the nuances of voting for a document and agents congressmen etc. If someone doesn’t want to respect your so-called “natural rights”, who do you appeal to?

On the contrary, they secretly by secret ballot designate some one of their number to commit the robbery in their behalf, while they keep themselves practically concealed.

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Yet it triumphed in the field, and is now assumed to be established.

He describes government as a group of dishonest robbers who will not rob you directly, but will secretly appoint one of their member to come and rob you in their name, going on to describe a typical protection racket.

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. He makes a good comparison between a highwayman looter and the government in saying that atleast a highwayman doesn’t try to make you think he’s there to protect you, unlike our beloved government.


And the despotism, and tyranny, and injustice of these governments consist in that very fact. What was true of our ancestors, is true of revolutionists in general. 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.

It therefore furnishes no legal evidence that anybody supports it voluntarily. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villainies as these. And nothing but force and fraud compel men to sustain any other. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority | Mises Institute

We all professed to have known long ago, that the only legitimate objects of government were the maintenance of liberty and justice equally for all. In the same way each declared, for himself, that his own will, pleasure, and discretion were the only authorities he had any occasion to consult, in determining whether he would any longer support the government under which he had always lived.

But with so-called civilized peoples, among whom knowledge, wealth, and the means of acting in concert, have become diffused; and who have invented such weapons and other means of defense as to render mere physical strength of less importance; and by whom soldiers in any requisite number, and other instrumentalities of war in any requisite amount, can always be had for money, the question of war, and consequently the question of power, is little else than a mere question of money.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Chapter 8 is by far the most thought-provoking in the book. And in her estimation, it is apparently the chief glory of her success, and an adequate compensation for all her own losses, and an ample justification for all her devastation and carnage of the South, that all pretence of any necessity for consent to the perpetuity or power of the government, is as she thinks forever expunged from the minds of the people.

And all governments—though the best on earth in other respects—are nevertheless tyrannies to that portion of the people—whether few or many—who are compelled to support them against their will.