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

It was never signed by anybody, and apparently has no obligation, and never had any obligation, as a contract. If I gave him absolute, irresponsible power over my property, I gave him the property. As a conjecture, it is probable, that a very large proportion of those who vote, do so on this principle, viz. They are not known individually even to each other. But he really knows nothing. Because consent was given by the people to separate from the power of England, and the same concept is part of the foundations for the Constitution, the North was able to participate in the Civil War, while affecting the lives of thousands as well as spending millions of dollars.

They could have bound nobody that should have come after them, and no property subsequently created by, or belonging to, other persons. And it was to enforce this price in the future — that is, to monopolize the Southern markets, to maintain their industrial and commercial control over the South — that these Northern manufacturers and merchants lent some of the profits of their former monopolies for the war, in order to secure to themselves the same, or greater, monopolies in the future.

For reasons not necessary to be explained, the sixth is now published in advance of the third, fourth, and fifth. All of these ideas are outside of the acceptable If I had read this book 10 or even 5 years ago the ideas would have blown my mind, but many of these ideas are familiar to me either by hearing them discussed in libertarian podcasts or because I logically came to the same conclusions based on the NAP.

All this we had professed for nearly a hundred years.

It’s very entertaining and easy to read; and it will certainly be something that I will read multiple times. Many never vote at all. Who compose the real governing power in the country? Return to Book Page.

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner

Furthermore, this secret band of robbers and murderers, who consfitution the real borrowers of this money, having spooher legitimate corporate existence, have no corporate property with which to pay these authorityy.

In the years prior to writing No TreasonLysander Spooner had already expressed his disapproval of slavery in his essay The “Unconstitutionality of Slavery”, considered a “comprehensive, liberitarian theory of constitutional interpretation” [3] by many abolitionists of his time. It gave me an alternative view of an idea that I never questioned. He had a very unpopular opinion that the secessionist South derived its rights from the natural rights of slaves to be free.


It is easy to defend aggression against the life, liberty and property of citizens when it is done in the name of the “people” – even when the “people” have never actually agreed to anything the state, in its capacity as the self-appointed representative of the citizens, does.

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And when we have found this thing, which the constitution dare not name, we find that the constitution has sanctioned it if at all only by enigmatical words, by unnecessary implication and inference, by innuendo and double entendre, and under a name that entirely fails of describing the thing.

He has heretofore written much, thw could write much more, to prove that such constitktion the truth. With money they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. Why didn’t anyone show this to me when I was in high school or college? We will lysandee to no Constitution, except such an one as we are neither ashamed nor afraid to sign; and we will authorize no government to do anything in our name which we are not willing to be personally responsible for.

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It is so in Europe, and it is so in this country. Among savages, mere physical strength, on the part of one man, may enable him to rob, enslave, or kill another aithority. It g This little book is an essay broken up into 3 parts which are legitimacy of constitutlon 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”.

It is, in fact, no proof at all. Certainly, neither the whole people of the United States, nor any number of them, ever separately or individually contracted to pay a cent of these debts. Bringing no credentials, I have a right to say he has no such authority even as he claims to have: Therefore these pretended agents cannot legitimately claim to be really agents.

When these traitors shall have thus been taught our strength and our determination, they will be good loyal citizens for many years, and pay their taxes without a why or a wherefore. It is like lending money to slave traders, or to common robbers and pirates, to be repaid out of their plunder. Furthermore, the law everywhere probably in our country, as well as in England, requires that a large class of contracts, such as wills, deeds, etc.

Lists with This Book. It never bound anybody, because it was never agreed to by anybody in such a manner as to make it, on general principles of law and reason, binding upon him.


Taking voluntarism to its logical conclusion – there can be no authority except one based on mutual agreement and consent – Spooner’s philosophy I almost said “spoonerism”, but that means something different is rationally sound and sharply critical of the high and mighty conshitution and supremely empty and self-serving – rhetoric of the defenders of state power. This programme having been fully arranged and systematized, they put their sword into the hands of the chief murderer of the war, and charge him to carry their scheme into effect.

If, therefore, Congress have that absolute and irresponsible law-making power, which the Constitution—according to their interpretation of it—gives them, it can only be because they own us as property.

Having no corporate property with which to pay what purports to be their corporate debts, this secret band of robbers and murderers are really bankrupt. This book was subversive in its time and at some point it keeps being subversive nowadays. And, when their authority is denied, the first use they always make of money, is to hire soldiers to kill spoonner subdue all who refuse them more money.

Therefore, in order or a government to work, consent needs to be present from the people.

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 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 that he is just as free not to be protected, and not to pay tax, as he is to pay a tax, and be protected.

They say to the person thus designated: It is generally supposed that great frauds are often committed in depositing them. They are not only criminal in themselves, and therefore void; but they are also void for the further reason that they are given to nobody. With money they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. The power of the elites is supported by servile, fawning citizens, who are quite happy to rob their neighbours. There being no legal proof of any man’s intentions, in voting, we can only conjecture them.

This is another amazing book. 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 fear or compulsion of their husbands.