No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority [Lysander Spooner] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. But whether the Constitution really be . No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority. December 9, Lysander Spooner. The greatest case for anarchist political philosophy ever written. Narrated by. Treason by Lysander Spooner · No. 1.→ Spooner issued three pamphlets carrying the title of No Treason, numbered 1, II, and VI. Spooner.
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Even voting, Spooner argues, is not consensual itself, because each potential voter is faced with the choice of either voting, ho makes him a master of others, or abstaining, which makes him a slave of those who do vote. Spooner was an outspoken abolitionist writing The Unconstitutionality of Slavery in and advocate of universal freedom and natural rights, but had been horrified by the brutality of the war, and the lack of legitimate constitution tresaon for violently conquering people who wanted to leave a federation that had been consensually joined only by their ancestors.
The principle, on which the war was waged by the North, was simply this: The state, by contrast, jabs the treadon in your ribs and demands continual tribute and uses hired goons to extract it and at no risk to the elites who control governments.
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Even then, only those who voted for an American politician could be said to have consented to the Constitution, not those who voted against, and only for the span of time he voted for every two years, for example.
If I made him uncontrollable by me, and irresponsible to me, he is no longer my servant, agent, attorney, or representative. 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.
For this, if for no other reason, viz. 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. 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.
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The first and second numbers of this series were published in If it does not really sponer on that basis, it has no right to exist; and it is the duty of every man to raise his hand against it.
The other is when a naturalized citizen recites his pledge of allegiance.
But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful. If a man is my servant, agent, or attorney, I necessarily make myself responsible for all his acts done within the limits of the power I have intrusted to him. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
They lydander men of the same nature as minorities. I’m not sure what to think of his arguments and whether our society could exist without it.
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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.
On the contrary, it is said to be considered that, without his consent having ever been asked a man finds himself environed by a government that he cannot resist; a government that forces him to pay money, render service, and forego the exercise of many of his natural rights, under peril of weighty punishments.
Hence they ordinarily have no mode either of exercising, or of making known, their individual membership, otherwise than by giving their votes secretly for certain agents to do their will.
With money they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. The Constitution also enables them to secure the execution of all their laws, by giving them power to withhold the salaries of, and to impeach and remove, all judicial and executive officers, who refuse to execute them.
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They cannot be said to be given to any man, or body of men, sponer individuals, because no man, or body of men, can come forward with any proof that the oaths were given to them, as individuals, or to any association of which they are members. They may, with more reason, be supposed to have voted, not to support the Constitution, but specially to prevent the tyranny which they anticipate the successful candidate intends to practice upon them under color of the Constitution; and therefore may reasonably be supposed to have voted against the Constitution itself.
While each of Spooner’s three essays claims voidance of the Constitution, each lysahder on specific aspects. 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. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it.
They can contrive to bring about a sufficient understanding to enable them to act in concert against other persons; but beyond this they have no confidence, and no friendship, among themselves.
If they did not consent, it was of no validity. And that reason is, that we do not make ourselves responsible lysanrer their acts.
The power of the elites is supported by servile, fawning citizens, who are quite happy to rob their neighbours. They do indeed pretend to treasno large tracts of wild lands, lying between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and between the Gulf of Mexico and the North Pole. He sees, too, that other men practice this tyranny over him by the use of the ballot.