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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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S government come from “the People”. For all the reasons that have now been given, voting furnishes no legal evidence as to who the particular individuals are if there are anywho voluntarily support the Constitution.

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner

But for this voluntary accession of new members, the corporation necessarily dies with the death of those who originally composed it. Who compose the real governing power in the country? And he has no other alternative than these two. 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 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 any tax, as he is to pay a tax, and be protected.

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Thus most governments are kept afloat, not only by guns and violence, but by the tacit consent of the people. In fact, they do not propose to pay their debts otherwise than from the proceeds of their future robberies and murders.

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If that principle be not the principle of the Constitution, the fact should be authorify. For example, those who would use it for legal plunderand those who do not really understand it, or else they would not support it. Elections mean nothing; for Spooner showed that a majority of people never vote, and of those who do, the number supporting the elected candidates is so small as a percentage of the population as to be ludicrous.

All he knows is that a man comes to him, representing himself to be the agent of “the government”—that is, the agent of a secret band of robbers and murderers, who have taken to themselves the title of “the government,” and have determined to kill everybody who refuses to give them whatever money they demand. 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 right about the way thing are and are being run.

He is also known for competing with the U. What happens to the people who do not believe in the ideals that established the United States? This tacit understanding, therefore, among the voters of the country, amounts to nothing as an authority to their agents. The Constitution mo No Authority [].

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To be a member of this secret band of robbers and murderers is esteemed a privilege and an honor! He then quickly moves to discuss the actual war and how many Americans were not in agreement with the decisions of the government of the United States or its ideals, which triggered a desire for secession.

No body of men can be said to authorize a man to jo as their agent, sooner the injury of a third person, unless they do it in so open and authentic a manner as to make themselves personally responsible for his acts.

It is easy to defend aggression against the life, liberty and property of citizens when it is constittution in the name of the “people” – even when the “people” have never actually agreed to anything the state, in its capacity as the self-appointed representative of the citizens, does. And first of voting. They had no natural power or right to make it obligatory upon their children. Subject us to their arbitrary dominion? Or what government, except one resting upon Edition: But even these pretended agents do not themselves know who their pretended principals constitutlon.


If they doubt his ability to make his murders successful for maintaining his power, and thus extorting money from his people in future, they dismiss him as unceremoniously as they would dismiss any other hopeless bankrupt, who should want to borrow money to save himself from open insolvency.

And among both savages and barbarians, mere cobstitution may sometimes compel one man constituhion sell himself as a slave to another. It is plain, in the first place, that this language, as an agreement, purports to be only what it at most really was, viz: They are understood to be received and counted by certain men, who are themselves appointed for that purpose by the same secret process by which all other officers and agents of the band are selected.

And the Constitution, so far as it was their contract, died with them. Want to Read saving…. He sees further, that, if he will but use the ballot Edition: We all professed to have known long ago, that the only legitimate objects of government were the maintenance of liberty and justice equally for all.

At most, it is only a pledge of faith to an unknown band of robbers lysznder murderers, whose instrument for plundering and murdering other people, I thus publicly confess myself to be. With that in mind, Spooner expresses his argument against consent to the majority in seven points that act as closing arguments for this specific section:. In Europe, the nominal rulers, the emperors and kings and parliaments, are anything but the real rulers of their respective countries.