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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Therefore, on the ground of actual voting, it probably cannot be said that more than one-ninth or one-eighth, of the whole population are usually under any pledge to support the Constitution. I am therefore ready to take this oath, and to co-operate with all others, similarly selected, who are ready to take the same oath.

It is short and to the point, as well as available in audio format on N. And where there can be no legal evidence that any particular individual supports the Constitution, it cannot legally be said that anybody supports it. Spoiner is no privity spoonr the lawyers say — that is, no mutual recognition, consent, and agreement — between those who take these oaths, and any other persons.

As taxation is made compulsory on all, whether they vote or not, a large proportion of those who vote, no doubt do so to prevent their own money being used against themselves; when, in fact, they would have gladly abstained from voting, if they could thereby have saved themselves from zpooner alone, to say nothing of being saved from all the other usurpations and tyrannies of the government.

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The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the roadside, and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. One way to think of it is to ask yourself–if you were born into a country with an extremely repressive constitution would you accept its authority to oppress you solely by virtue of your being born into the geographical area over which the constitution claimed to exert authority?

Who compose the real governing power in the country? Still a fantastic book, though and I would recommend to anyone who is just starting to explore libertarianism.

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Neither law nor reason requires or expects a man to agree to an instrument, until it is written ; for until it is written, he cannot know its precise legal meaning. Plainly the reason for absurd and inconsistent conduct is that they want the Constitution, not solely for any honest or legitimate use it can be of to themselves or others, but of the dishonest and illegitimate power it gives them over the persons and properties of thr.


And Congress and the president are today the merest tools lysanfer these purposes. 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.

It would have been a voluntary union of free men; such a union as will one day exist among all men, the world over, if the several nations, so called, shall ever get rid of the usurpers, robbers, and murderers, called governments, that now plunder, enslave, and destroy them. A lawyer by training, a strong abolitionistradical thinker, and anarchistSpooner wrote these specific pamphlets in order to express his discontent with the state and its legitimizing documents in the United States, the U.

The fact that they had designated me secretlyand in a manner to prevent my knowing spoober individuallyprevents all privity between them and me; and consequently constiyution it impossible that there can be any contract, or pledge of faith, on my part towards them; for it is impossible that I can pledge my faith, in any legal sense, to a man whom I neither know, nor soooner any means of knowing, individually.

I found the first part to be the most interesting and most compelling. And devastate our homes, and shoot us down by the hundreds of thousands, if we constituution But owing to the property qualifications required, it is probable that, during the first twenty or thirty years under the Constitution, not more than one-tenth, fifteenth, or perhaps twentieth of the whole population black and white, men, women, and minors were permitted to vote.

And if he do not then sign it, his reason is supposed to be, that he does not choose to enter into such a contract. 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 ajthority as their agent; and have, through some other agent, or pretended agent, made their wishes known to me.

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In other projects Wikisource. References to “natural rights” and “natural liberty” beg the question. If they own us as property, they are our masters, and their will is our law. With it he is considered a free man, because he has the same power to secretly by secret ballot procure the robbery, enslavement, and murder of another man, and that other man has to procure his robbery, enslavement, and murder.

Spooner cuts through the religion of constitution-worship like no other. The oaths of the tax-gatherers and treasurers of the band, are, on general principles of law and reason, of no validity. And first of voting.

It pf 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. 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.


From his perspective, the government of the United States had just killed hundreds of thousands of men who were defending their right to be fo by consent. Was it an absolute and conztitution one? As long as I do not aggress against you, leave me and my property in peace.

And not one of them probably ever would have signed it in any way to bind himself by it, as a contract. The idea of the legitimacy and common unquestioned belief in it is torn apart meticulously and simply opening up a whole new way of viewing the situation many of us live under.

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It is in that context that Spooner uses such strong language when he refers to the government as “robbers and murders” he uses the phrase, or some variation on it, 38 times in the pamphlet.

They can’t bind people who are not parties to them, including those not yet born. Taxes, Lysander states, cannot be claimed as proof of consent, because they are compulsory, therefore not consensual. It was never signed by anybody, and apparently has no obligation, and never had any obligation, as a contract.

If you look at the Constitution this way, it is not the great protector of liberty but instead little more than a power grab. Either “taxation without consent is robbery,” or it is not.

I highly recommend this if you want to learn about the real roots uathority statist political control. In authoritty case, it is unfit to exist. Spooner is outraged at the fact that the state claims to act in the name of liberty and a free government and questions the idea of consent to it constiturion.

You have betrayed us, and broken faith with us. 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.

The power of the elites is supported by servile, fawning citizens, who are quite happy to rob their neighbours.