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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Refresh and try again. 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 they 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.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. On general principles of law and reason, it cannot be said that the government has any voluntary supporters at all, until it can be distinctly shown who its voluntary supporters are. But owing to the property qualifications required, it is probable that, during the first twenty or thirty years under the Constitution, not more than one-tenth, fifteenth, or perhaps twentieth of the whole population black and white, men, women, and minors were permitted to vote.
And their first care is to maintain their credit with them; for they know their end is come, the instant their credit with them fails. To ask other readers questions about No Treasonplease sign up. On the contrary, it is to be considered that, in an exigency into which he had been forced by others, and in which no other means of self-defence offered, he, as a matter of necessity, used the only one that was left to him.
They simply exercised their natural right of saying to him, and to the English people, that they were under no obligation to continue their political connexion with them, and that, for reasons of their own, they chose to dissolve it.
At the present time, it is probable that not more than one-sixth of the whole population are permitted to vote. It has no authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and man. All political power, so called, rests practically upon this matter of money.
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If I gave him absolute, irresponsible power over myself, I made him my master, and gave myself to him as spoonerr slave. And why did these men abolish slavery?
A corporation can become practically perpetual only by the voluntary accession of new members, as the old ones die off. Consequently we have no evidence at all that the Constitution is binding upon anybody, or that anybody is under any contract or obligation whatever to support it.
How can a document that nobody has signed or voted for maintain authority over anyone? Anatomy of the State. On the part of the North, the war was carried on, not to liberate the slaves, but by a government that had always perverted and violated the Lyeander, to keep the slaves in bondage; and was still willing to do so, if the slaveholders could thereby [be] induced to stay in the Union.
These latter act in secret; for acting by secret ballot is acting in secret as much as if they lyzander to meet in secret conclave in the darkness of the night. And as matter of fact, it is perhaps never that governments are established by the most numerous party.
I take the responsibility of my acts: As an outspoken abolitionist, Spooner did not believe that any American should be treated differently under trwason natural law. The maxim applies here, that what does not appear, does not exist.
Elections mean nothing; for Spooner showed that a majority of people never vote, and of tgeason who do, the number supporting the elected candidates is so small as a percentage of the population as to be ludicrous.
A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a spooned of years. And when we have found this thing, which the constitution dare not name, we find that the constitution has sanctioned it if at all only by enigmatical words, by unnecessary implication and inference, by innuendo lysandet double entendre, and under a name that entirely fails of describing the thing.
But it would not, therefore, be a legitimate inference that the government itself, that crushes them, was one which they had voluntarily set up, or even consented to.
What is the motive to the secret ballot? Such majorities, very likely, could be found in half, perhaps in nine-tenths, of all the countries on the globe. A articulate, passionate critique of freason Constitution of the United States. For if one cannot leave the union, it is no union at all, but slavery in and of itself. The principle of the statute, be it observed, is, not merely that written contracts shall treasson signed, but also that all contracts, except for those specially exempted — generally those that are for small amounts, and rreason to remain in force for but a short time — shall be both written and signed.
Instead, he goes about providing evidence that no single person consented to the Constitution.
But for this voluntary accession of new members, the corporation necessarily dies with the death of those who originally composed it. Spooner, writing inheavily criticizes the constitution.