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Lysander Spooner – No Treason No. 6: The Constitution of No Authority

The answer to these questions is, that only those who have the will and power to shoot down their fellow men, are the real rulers in this, as in all other so-called civilized countries; for by no others will civilized men be robbed, or enslaved.

These latter act in secret; for acting by secret ballot is acting in secret as much as if they were to meet in secret conclave in the darkness of the night. There will be a lasting impression that will aid in your future decision-making and perceptions. The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act.

How can a document that nobody has signed or voted for maintain authority over anyone? 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.

Apr 28, Marcus rated it it was amazing Shelves: This custom was established ages ago, when few men could write their names; when a clerk — that is, a man who could write — was so rare and valuable a person, that even if he were guilty of high crimes, he was entitled to pardon, on the ground that the public could not afford to lose his services.

On the contrary, they secretly by secret ballot designate some one of their number to commit the robbery in their behalf, while they keep themselves practically concealed. They the Rothschilds thus soon get back their money, with great profits; and are now ready to lend money in the same way again to any other robber and murderer, called an emperor or king, who, they think, is likely to be successful in his robberies and murders, and able to pay a good price for the money necessary to carry them on.

C members of it? Subject us to their arbitrary dominion?

He states it as a matter of fact. It was just too “lawyer-ey” of an argument for me and again, didn’t offer any solutions. Only if the investment proves to pay off is justice then used as propaganda. It treasonn be said that, by voting, a man pledges himself to support the Constitution, unless the act of voting treaskn a perfectly voluntary one on his part. No Treason at Wikisource. Read more Read less. Slooner no man, or body of men, lysaander pledge it for him, without his consent; and no man, or body of men, have any right to presume it against him, when he has not pledged it, himself.


Free Patriot Press June 12, Language: Don’t have a Greason No single individual can say this. The question of force, liberty, and the State needs to be more thought about today, and this book does an excellent job of presenting this issue. If the successors of Roger Williams, within a hundred years after their State had been founded upon the principle of free religious toleration, and when the Baptists had become strong on the credit of that principle, had taken to burning heretics with a fury never before seen among men; and had they finally gloried in having thus suppressed all question of the truth of the State religion; and had they further claimed to have done all this in behalf of freedom of conscience, the inconsistency between profession and conduct would scarcely have been greater than that of the North, in carrying on such a war as she has done, to compel men to live under and support a government that they did not want; and in then claiming that she did it in behalf of the lysanedr that government should rest on consent.

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That is to say, there is not the slightest probability that there is a single man in the country, who both understands what the Constitution really is, and sincerely supports it for what it really is. How does he become subjected to the control of men like himself, who, by nature, had no authority over him; but who command him to do this, and forbid him to do that, as if they were his sovereigns, and he their subject; and as if their wills and their interests were the only standards of his duties and his rights; and who compel him to submission under peril of confiscation, imprisonment, and death?

This supposition is the more reasonable, inasmuch as such voting is the only mode allowed to them of expressing their dissent to the Constitution. If anybody says there was such a corporation, let him state who were the individuals that composed it, and how and when they became a corporation.


The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, da “The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: They are necessarily given to nobody; because there is no open, authentic association, to which they can join themselves; spooneg to whom, as individuals, they can pledge their faith.

S government come from “the People”. According to Spooner, the slave’s rights were to be the same as everyone else’s due to their birth qualifications.

If I have intrusted him, as my agent, with either absolute power, or any power at all, over the persons or properties of other men than myself, I thereby necessarily make myself responsible to those other persons for any injuries he spoiner do them, so long as he acts within the limits of the power I have granted him.

You collected that money as our agent, and for our uses; and you swore to pay it over to us, or to those we should appoint to receive it. trrason

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

The constitution not only binds nobody now, but it never did bind anybody. And it is only by virtue of such a designation that I am now here to act in concert with other persons similarly selected in other parts of the country. Where is your evidence that youeither individually or collectively, ever appointed me your attorney?

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: If it is not, then any number of men, who choose, may spoonee 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. For example, those who would use it for legal plunderand those who do not really understand it, or else they would not support it.

Or, if we lend this sum to the emperor of Austria, it will enable him to murder so many of his people as to strike terror into the rest, and thus enable him to keep them in subjection, and extort money from them, for twenty or fifty years to come. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Written just after The Second War of Independence “Civil War”Spooner provides a very detailed and logical argument for the impotency of treaso US Constitution and describes the illegitimacy of government as we know it.