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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Ships from and sold by Amazon. The most they can say, in answer to this question, is, that some half, two-thirds, or three-fourths, of the male adults of the country have a tacit understanding that they will maintain a government under the Constitution; that trwason will select, by ballot, the persons to administer it; and that those persons who may receive a majority, or a plurality, of their ballots, shall act as their representatives, and administer the Constitution in their name, and by their authority.

Neither are a people any the less slaves because permitted periodically to choose new masters.

They can contrive to bring about a sufficient understanding to enable them to act in concert against other persons; but beyond this they What is the motive to the secret ballot? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. These loan-mongers, like the Rothschilds, laugh in their sleeves, and say to themselves: 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.

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. Third, Spooner’s style is severely lacking, as demonstrated by his obsessive use of the phrase “secret band of murderers and thieves” in about every third sentence of this pamphlet.


He argues that a social contract like the Constitution, one that is not explicitly agreed to like every other contract which must be signed, cannot be binding.

No Treason. No. I – Online Library of Liberty

Clearly this individual consent is indispensable to the idea of treason; for if a man has never consented or agreed to support a government, he breaks no faith in refusing to support it. Or what government, except one resting upon the sword, like the one we now have, was ever capable of maintaining slavery?

He begins this work with a brief introductory section about the lysandre between slavery and the Civil War as viewed by the North. In fact, most of them keep large bodies of these murderers constantly in their service, as their only means of enforcing their extortions.

Subject us to their arbitrary dominion? Yet it triumphed in the field, and is now assumed to be established.

May 21, Mendel rated it really trreason it Shelves: He strongly believed in the idea of natural lawwhich he also described as “the science of justice,” which he defined as “the science of all human rights; of all man’s rights of person and property; of all his rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.

This, and only this: At the end of the day, “there was no difference of principle- but only of degree- between the slavery they boast they have abolished, and the slavery they were fighting to preserve; for all restraints upon men’s liberty, not necessary for the simple maintenance of justice, are of the nature of slavery, and differ from each other only in degree.

The numbering of the essays can be tricky.

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Open despotism is better than this. There is no other criterion whatever, by which to determine whether a government is a free one, or not, than the single one of its depending, or not depending, solely on voluntary support. I required you to swear that, as my ylsander, you would support the Constitution. The laws holds, and reason declares, that if a written noo is not signed, the presumption must be that the party to be bound bo it, did not choose to sign it, or to bind himself by it.


There is no true justice. Jul 09, Sean rated it liked it Shelves: The question of treason is distinct from that of slavery; and is the same that it would have been, if free States, instead of slave States, had seceded.

The word subversive means that one is advocating the overthrow of a legally constituted government. Plainly the reason for absurd and inconsistent conduct is that they want the Constitution, not solely for any honest or legitimate use sooner can be of to themselves or others, but of the dishonest and illegitimate power it gives them over the persons and properties of others.

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As all the different votes are given secretly by secret ballotthere is no legal means of knowing, from the votes themselves, who votes for, and who votes against, the Constitution. This idea was the dominant one on which the war was carried on; and it is the dominant one, now that we have got what is called “peace.

Trivia About No Treason: This calls into question how any of us can be expected to adhere to the Constitution when in all other cases contracts have to be read and signed by both parties. As long as this sovereignty is recognized, Spooner’s arguments are weak at best and hopelessly moot at worst. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.