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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If anybody says there was such a corporation, let him state who were the individuals aythority composed it, and how and when they became a corporation. If any considerable number of the people believe the Constitution to be good, why do they not sign it themselves, and make laws for, and administer them upon, each other; leaving all other persons who do not interfere with them in peace?

If they own us as property, they are our masters, and their will is our law. A government that can at pleasure accuse, shoot, and hang men, as traitors, for the one general offence of refusing to surrender themselves and their property unreservedly to its arbitrary will, can practice any and all special and particular oppressions it pleases.

I have evidence satisfactory to myself, that there exists, scattered throughout the country, a band of men, having a tacit understanding with each other, and calling themselves “the people of the United States,” whose general purposes are to control and plunder each other, and all other persons in the country, and, so far as they can, even in neighboring countries; and to kill every man who authotity attempt to defend his person and property against their schemes of plunder and treawon.

Lists with This Book. The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that—however bloody—can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave.

No man constihution reasonably or legally be said to lysanedr such a thing as assent to, or support, the Constitution, unless he does it openly, and in a way to make himself personally responsible for the acts of his agents, so long as they act within the limits of the power he delegates to them.


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

And first of voting. It is a short read, available as a free mp3, and very provocative.

In proof of all this, look at the following facts. As all the different votes are given secretly by secret ballotlysaander is no legal means of knowing, from the votes themselves, xuthority votes for, and who votes against, the Constitution. If it is not, then any number of men, who choose, may at any time associate; call themselves a government; assume absolute authority over all weaker than themselves; plunder them at will; and kill them if they resist.

No Treason Quotes by Lysander Spooner

I am under no obligation to take his word as to who his principals may be, or whether he has any. They had no more Edition: For this, if for no other reason, viz. On what ground can those who pretend to authofity it, claim the right to seize men’s property, to restrain them of their authorkty liberty of action, industry, and trade, and to kill all who deny their authority to dispose of men’s properties, liberties, and lives at their pleasure or discretion?

In subsequent numbers, the author hopes to show that, under lyander principle of individual consent, the little government that mankind need, is not only practicable, but natural and easy; and that the Constitution of the United States authorizes cinstitution government, except one depending wholly on voluntary support.

It gave me an alternative view of an idea that I never questioned. But who of them do thus vote, and especially how each one votes whether so as to aid or oppose the governmenthe does not know; the voting being all done secretly by secret ballot.

The two are identical; the one necessarily implies the other. Which their persons, that we may kill them, and rid the world and ourselves of such tyrants and monsters? Under it, a man knows not who his tyrants are, until they have struck, and perhaps not then.

They are not known individually even to each other. If they can show no principals, they have none. And being no pledge of faith to themit is no pledge of faith to anybody.


No Treason The Constitution of No Authority – LewRockwell

Their political relations with him had been purely voluntary. In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave. No Treason is a composition of three essays, all written in Open Preview See a Problem? The Constitution having never been signed by anybody; and there being no other open, written, or authentic contract between any parties whatever, by virtue of which the United States government, so called, is maintained; and it being well known that none but male persons, of twenty-one years of age and upwards, are allowed any voice in the government; and it being also well known that a large number of these adult persons seldom or never vote at all; and that all those who do vote, do so secretly by secret ballotand in a way to prevent their individual votes being known, either to the world, or even to each other; and consequently in a way to make no one openly responsible for the acts of their agents, or representatives, — all these things being known, the questions arise: Taking voluntarism to its logical conclusion – there can be no authority ex Spooner’s tractate really only makes one point: His allegiance cannot be refused.

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This is the kind of formal and legalistic argument that gets Sovereign Citizens and others laughed out of court or tased on the street. A corporation can become practically perpetual only by the voluntary accession of new members, as the old ones die off. Neither do the ballots by which they select their agents, avail any more than does their tacit understanding; for their ballots are given in secret, and therefore in such a way as to avoid any personal responsibility for the acts of their agents.

The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: