Lysander Spooner, No Treason. No. II. The Constitution [] The whole authority of the Constitution rests upon it. If they did not consent, it was of no validity. Lysander Spooner, No Treason. No. I. (Boston: Published by the Author, ). If that principle be not the principle of the Constitution, the fact should be known. That two men have no more natural right to exercise any kind of authority over . No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority. December 9, Lysander Spooner. The greatest case for anarchist political philosophy ever written. Narrated by.

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No single individual can say this. The Constitution itself, then, being of no authority, on what authority does our government practically rest?

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No man can reasonably or legally be said to do such a thing as assent to, or support, the Constitution, unless he does it openly, and in a way to make terason personally responsible for the acts of his agents, so long as they act within the limits of the power he delegates to them.

This extremely lsander approach is simply not applicable to the real world. That those who will take his money, without his consent, in the first place, will use it for his further robbery and enslavement, if he presumes to resist their demands in the future. I trust you may become wise enough to never rely upon it again.

No Treason. No. II. The Constitution – Online Library of Liberty

In other projects Wikisource. 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 traeson their dominion.

He may guessbeforehand, as to some of his immediate neighbors. But as soon as we question it the arguments of Spooner become unnecessary for their trexson is already served. Thus the whole Revolution turned upon, asserted, and, in theory, established, the right of each and every man, at his discretion, to release himself from the support of the government under which he had lived.


If I made him uncontrollable by me, and irresponsible to me, he is no longer my servant, agent, attorney, or representative. That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not want; and that resistance, on their part, makes them traitors and criminals.

For this reason, whoever lysandr liberty, should understand these vital facts, viz.: I think to really understand debt and banking you should check out Ken O’Keefe for a modern take on it.

Spooner’s appeal is floating on unproved premises, which some people might find appealing while others might find completely inconsequential, empty trsason.

The ostensible supporters of the Constitution, like the ostensible supporters of most other governments, are made up of three classes, viz.: Oct 10, Sean Smith rated it really liked it.

They say to the person thus designated: Until they have tried the experiment for themselves, how can they have the face to impose the Constitution upon, or even to recommend it to, others? Such a government is a mere conspiracy of the strong against the weak. Knaves, a numerous and active class, who see in the government an instrument which they can use for their own aggrandizement or wealth. Until all this can be shown, no one can say that, in any legitimate sense, there is any such association; or that he is their agent; or that he ever gave his oath to them; or ever pledged his faith to them.

Return to Book Page. All this we had professed for nearly a hundred years. This agreement, as an agreement, would clearly bind nobody but the people then existing.

It is with government, as Caesar said it was in war, that money and soldiers mutually supported each other; that with money he could hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money.


But, on general principles of law and reason, they might as well pretend to own the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans themselves; or the atmosphere and the sunlight; and to hold them, and dispose of them, for the payment of these debts. Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do.

No Treason. No. I – Online Library of Liberty

Men are dunces for uniting to sustain any government, or any laws, except those in which they are all agreed. It is short and to the point, as well as available in audio format on YouTube. Oct 01, Otto Lehto rated it really liked it. A tacit understanding between A, B, and C, that they will, by ballot, depute D as their agent, to deprive me of my property, liberty, or life, cannot at all authorize D to do so.

It is only the weaker party that is ever oppressed. And not one of them probably ever would have signed it in any way to bind himself by it, as a contract.

And as we can have no legal knowledge as to who the particular individuals are, if there are any, who are willing to be taxed for the sake of voting, we can have no legal knowledge that any particular cohstitution consents to be taxed for the sake of voting; or, consequently, consents to support the Constitution. 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.