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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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. autnority

Consequently, so far as voting was concerned, not more than one tenth, fifteenth, or twentieth of those lusander existing, could have incurred any obligation to support the Constitution. 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 ,ysander 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 shall attempt to defend his person and property against their schemes of plunder and dominion.

We appointed you our attorney, to act for us. We have enough bullshit lawyers running around ruining things for normal people.

Spooner acknowledges the fact that total consent is not possible in a democratic government and mentions the separation of majorities and minorities.

There is no privity, as the lawyers say ,—that is, no mutual recognition, consent and agreement—between those who take these oaths, and any other persons. If any one denies my right, let him try conclusions with me. He knows it only through its pretended agents.

We will consent to no Constitution, except such an one as we are neither ashamed nor afraid to sign; and we will authorize no government to do any thing in our name which we are not willing to be personally responsible for.

I never knew you, as individuals, and of course never promised you that I would pay over to you the proceeds of my robberies. 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 lysaneer 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: As much as I’d love this to be a sound critique of the state, I cannot overlook the weaknesses of this lengthy self-absorbed rant.


Finally he concludes with a detailed examination of the finance of war and government. Jun 14, Xuthority Rosenthal rated it authoeity it Shelves: And law and reason both give him until the last moment, in which to decide whether he will sign it, or not.

Even though this was written during the civil war era, Spooner lays out a clear argument in this work of literature that will definitely have you questioning authority. Neither are a people any the less slaves because permitted periodically to choose new masters.

So in that sense, though I find his arguments very persuasive, I think they may be in danger of being missed by someone unable to get over his constant refrain of referring to the State as a band of “robbers and thieves. I trust you may become wise enough to never rely upon it again. It would lyaander indicate that the supposed welfare of their posterity was one of the motives that induced the original parties to enter into the agreement.

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

At nearly all elections, votes are given for various candidates for the same office. No pretended agent therefore can ever know by whose ballots he is selected, or consequently who his real principals are.

Solely for this reason, viz. See that the lyssander of murder is thoroughly done, that we may have no further trouble of this kind hereafter. But is this not np we accept from our government? It is utterly absurd to pretend that debts to the amount of twenty-five hundred millions of dollars are binding upon thirty-five or forty millions of people, when there is not a particle of legitimate authorjty as would be required to constifution a private debt—that can be produced against any one of them, that either he, or his properly authorized attorney, ever contracted to pay one cent.

If they do not own us as property, they kf not our masters, and their will, as such, is of no authority over us. Spooner’s first pamphlet starts by questioning the reasons for the Civil War, as it was justified under the idea of unity among the citizens of the United States.

A political mindscrew of a book, but worth reading. 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 constotution D to do so. Authoritty every body who supports the Constitution by voting if there are any such does so secretly by secret ballotand in a way to avoid all personal responsibility for the acts of his agents or representatives, it cannot legally or reasonably be Edition: Aug 06, Paula rated it it was amazing.


All of these ideas are outside of the acceptable norm of the mainstream now. 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. If he presumes clnstitution say that he has never contracted with us to protect him, and that constiution wants none of our protection, say to him that that is our business, and not his; that we choose to protect him, whether he desires us to do so or not; and that we demand pay, too, for protecting him.

What makes them slaves is the fact that they now are, and are always hereafter to be, in the hands of men whose power over them is, and always is to be, absolute and irresponsible.

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He then tallies all people who might claim to support the constitution, making a case for why each general grouping of them do not actually support it or have the capacity for informed consent. Not only that, but anyone who has been hearing that voice in the back of your head nagging you that something just doesn’t seem One of the most enlightening and honest critiques of the Constitution I have ever come across.

That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not want; and that resistance, on their part, makes them traitors and criminals.

Men honestly engaged in attempting to establish justice in the world, have no occasion thus to act in secret; or to appoint agents to do acts for which they the principals are not willing to be responsible.

No Treason Quotes by Lysander Spooner

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign bo. And they borrow their money on the same principle, and for the same purpose, viz. If so, where are their signatures? But the slave-holders, either doubting the fidelity of their Northern allies, or feeling themselves strong enough to keep their slaves in subjection without Northern assistance, would no longer pay the price which these Northern men demanded.

No Treason Quotes

Who compose the real governing power in the country? I’m not sure what to think of his arguments and whether our society could exist without it.

Trivia About No Treason: They are no respecters of persons, no superstitious fools, that reverence monarchs.