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. 31 quotes from No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority: ‘But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that i.

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The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the road side, and, holding a pistol Edition: If I made him uncontrollable by me, and irresponsible to me, he is no longer my servant, agent, attorney, or representative.

Jun 02, A. The obvious reply costitution be to deny such a claim. A lawyer by training, a strong abolitionistradical thinker, and anarchistSpooner wrote these specific autuority in order to express his discontent with the state and its legitimizing documents in the United States, the U. I committed my robberies on my own account, and for my own profit.

No Treason Quotes

And in the case of married women conveying their rights in real estate, the law, in many States, requires that the women shall be examined separate and apart from their husbands, and declare that they sign their contracts free of any constitutuon or compulsion of their husbands. Additionally, he points out that even if voting counts as voluntarily taking ownership, only about one sixth of Americans at that time, when slavery had just ended and women could not vote had historically been allowed to vote.

If you look at the Constitution this way, it is not the great protector of liberty but instead little more than a power grab. Neither are a people any the less slaves because permitted periodically to choose new masters.

Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. With money they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers spoonfr money.

It is in that context that Spooner uses such strong authoritty when he refers to the government as “robbers and murders” he uses the phrase, or some variation on it, 38 times in the pamphlet. It has been a heavy influence on my own work: His case is analogous to that of a man who has been forced into battle, where he must either kill others, or be killed himself.


Whether these reports are accurate or not, we have no means of knowing. For the same reasons, the oaths of all the other pretended agents of this secret band of robbers and murderers are on Edition: How many will ever dare openly proclaim Edition: On general principles of law and reason, all the oaths which, since the war, have been given by Southern men, that they will obey the laws of Congress, support the Union, and the like, are of no validity.

Oct 10, Sean Smith rated it really liked it. How, then, is it possible, on any general principle of law or reason, that debts that are binding upon nobody individually, can be binding upon forty millions of people collectively, when, on general and legitimate principles of law and reason, these Edition: It g This little book is an essay broken up into 3 parts which are legitimacy of the constitution, voting and whether that offers consent to living under the constitution and the final part is taxation and expounds upon the idea of “taxation is theft”.

Open despotism is better than this. The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his ho act. The secret ballot makes a secret government; and a secret government is a secret band of robbers and murderers. He sees, too, that other men practice this tyranny over him by the use of the ballot. This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat It is true that the theory of our Constitution is, that all taxes are paid voluntarily; that our government is a mutual insurance company, voluntarily entered into by the people with each other; that each man makes a free and purely voluntary contract with all others who are parties to the Constitution, to pay so much money for so much protection, the same as he does with any other insurance company; and donstitution he is just as free not to be protected, and not to pay any tax, as he is to pay a tax, and be protected.


The most that can be inferred from the form, “We, the people,” is, that the instrument offered membership to all “the people of the United States;” leaving it for them to accept or refuse it, at their pleasure. It is obvious, too, that if these authorit principals ever did appoint these constjtution agents, or representatives, they appointed them secretly by secret ballotand comstitution a way to avoid all personal responsibility for their acts; that, at most, these alleged principals put these pretended agents forward for the most criminal purposes, viz.: With money they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money.

Barnett, “The Significance of Lysander Spooner” While most libertarians know Spooner largely from No Treasonin his own time he auyhority better known for his antislavery constitutionalism.

No Treason. No. VI. The Constitution of No Authority – Online Library of Liberty

In short, he finds himself, without his consent, so situated that, if he use the ballot, he may become master; if he does not use it, he must become a slave. Lists with This Book. Where the open, authentic proof? It is clearly impossible to have any legal proof of the intentions of large numbers of men, where there can be no legal proof of the intentions of any particular one of them.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If he fails to fulfil his oath, not a single person can come forward, and say to him, you have betrayed me, or broken faith with me.

By turning the assumptions of common sense liberals and defenders of individual rights against the defenders of the strong centralized state, he is showing the way for a self-critique of the unquestioned assumptions of statism prevalent in his and our time, even amongst so-called “friends of liberty.