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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Spooner’s appeal is floating on unproved premises, which some people might find appealing while others might find completely inconsequential, empty blabber. A political mindscrew of contitution book, but worth reading. They have, therefore—although they had no constitutional power to do so—apparently attempted to enlarge the language of the Constitution on this point. Title page of No. The other is when a naturalized citizen recites his pledge of allegiance.

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

Constitutioj who give such votes may reasonably be supposed to have voted as they did, with a special intention, not to support, but to obstruct the execution of, the Constitution; and, therefore, against the Constitution itself. But if, on the other hand, when the Constitution says treason, it means what consttitution Czar and the Kaiser mean by treason, then our government ttreason, in principle, no better than theirs; and has no claim whatever to be considered a free government. A tractate really, but presents a cogent argument.

They can’t bind people who are not parties to them, including those not yet born. Neither am I bound to recognize him as their agent, nor can he legitimately claim to be their agent, when he brings no written authority from them accrediting him as such.

If any one should assert that there is such an association, let him prove, if he can, who compose it.

He knows indeed, by common report, that certain persons, of a certain age, are permitted to vote; and thus to make themselves parts of, or if they choose opponents of, the government, for the time being. The framers of the United States government also saw natural law to be a good basis for the creation of the Constitution. It is to be extorted by every form of direct, and indirect, and unequal taxation.


It is only in this way that most of the so-called governments of Europe are maintained. Neither am I bound to recognize him as their agent, nor can he legitimately claim to be their agent, when he brings no written authority from them accrediting him as such. All this we had professed for nearly a hundred years. If any tax-gatherer, for example, should put the money he receives into his own pocket, and refuse to part with it, the members of this band could not say to him: It is obviously debatable but a valid point as far as I am concerned.

It cannot be denied that they gave us fair warning that they would no longer be our political associates, but would, if need were, fight for a separation.

If I go upon Boston Common, and in the presence of a hundred thousand people, men, women and children, with whom I have no contract upon the subject, take an oath that I will enforce upon them the laws of Moses, of Lycurgus, of Solon, of Justinian, or of Alfred, that oath is, on general principles of law and reason, of no obligation.

You are fools, as well as villains. These money-lenders, the Rothschilds, for example, say to themselves: 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.

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

And these Northern merchants and manufacturers, these lenders of blood-money, were willing to continue to spoonner the accomplices of the slave-holders in the future, for the same pecuniary considerations. Oct 01, Otto Lehto rated it really liked it.

This book actually it is better described as a pamphlet is at times difficult to read because you really lysandwr to stop and think about every line.

I never game by oath to you, as individuals.

It cannot be said that, by voting, a man pledges himself to support the Constitution, unless the act of voting be a perfectly voluntary one on his part.

All of these ideas are outside of the acceptable norm of the mainstream now. Instead, he goes about providing evidence that no single person consented to the Constitution. If it be the principle of the Constitution, the Constitution itself should be at once overthrown.

The fact that the instrument was written for him to sign, consyitution with the hope that he would sign it, goes for nothing. It cannot be said that, by voting, a man pledges himself to support the Constitution, unless the act of voting be a perfectly consritution one on his part. The master can govern over you as long as he sees fit without your consent. 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.


No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner

The Constitution of No Authority. They do nothing towards proving that the governments themselves are legitimate; or that they ought to be sustained, or even endured, by those who understand their true character. All this we had professed for nearly trdason hundred years. They do indeed pretend to own large tracts of wild lands, lying between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and constitufion the Gulf of Mexico and the North Pole.

The signing is of no effect, unless the instrument be also delivered. No man can be my servant, agent, attorney, or representative, and be, at the same time, uncontrollable by me, and irresponsible to me for his acts. The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. The meaning of this is: Would we accept a slave owner who said that a majority of his slaves consent to work for him, so he does not need the consent of all of them?

And these heads or chiefs are dependent upon the lenders of blood-money for the means to carry on their robberies and murders. Third, Spooner’s style is severely lacking, as demonstrated by his lysznder use of the phrase “secret band of murderers and thieves” in about every third sentence of this pamphlet. In proportion to her wealth and population, the North has probably expended more money and blood to maintain her power over an unwilling people, than any other government ever did.

At most, it is only a pledge of faith to an unknown band of robbers and murderers, whose instrument for plundering and murdering other people, I thus publicly confess myself to be.