LYSANDER SPOONER THE CONSTITUTION OF NO AUTHORITY PDF

One of his ancestors, William Spooner, arrived in Plymouth in He was the second of nine children. His father was a deist and it has been speculated that he purposely named his two older sons Leander and Lysander after pagan and Spartan heroes, respectively. He argued that "no one has yet ever dared advocate, in direct terms, so monstrous a principle as that the rich ought to be protected by law from the competition of the poor".

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One of his ancestors, William Spooner, arrived in Plymouth in He was the second of nine children. His father was a deist and it has been speculated that he purposely named his two older sons Leander and Lysander after pagan and Spartan heroes, respectively. He argued that "no one has yet ever dared advocate, in direct terms, so monstrous a principle as that the rich ought to be protected by law from the competition of the poor".

From here, agents were dispatched who traveled on railroads and steamboats and carried the letters in hand bags. Letters were transferred to messengers in the cities along the routes which then delivered the letters to the addressees. Although Spooner had finally found commercial success with his mail company, legal challenges by the government eventually exhausted his financial resources. His book The Unconstitutionality of Slavery , published in , contributed to a controversy among abolitionists over whether the Constitution supported the institution of slavery.

The disunionist faction led by William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips argued that the Constitution legally recognized and enforced the oppression of slaves as in the provisions for the capture of fugitive slaves in Article IV, Section 2. He used a complex system of legal and natural law arguments in order to show that the clauses usually interpreted as supporting slavery did not in fact support it and that several clauses of the Constitution prohibited the states from establishing slavery.

Even Senator Albert G. In , Spooner circulated a "Plan for the Abolition of Slavery", calling for the use of guerrilla warfare against slaveholders by black slaves and non-slaveholding free Southerners, with aid from Northern abolitionists. He published several letters and pamphlets about the war, arguing that the Republican objective was not to eradicate slavery, but rather to preserve the Union by force.

Seward and Senator Charles Sumner , who often criticized slavery yet would not attack it on a constitutional basis and who pursued military policies seen as vengeful and abusive. In contrast, the Northern states were trying to deny the Southerners that right through military force. He argued that the right of the states to secede derives from the natural right of slaves to be free.

In Trial by Jury, he defended the doctrine of jury nullification which holds that in a free society a trial jury not only has the authority to rule on the facts of the case, but also on the legitimacy of the law under which the case is tried. This doctrine would further allow juries to refuse to convict if they regard the law by which they are asked to convict as illegitimate. Indeed, except by his sponging capital and labour from others".

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The Constitution of No Authority

Overview[ edit ] A lawyer by training, a strong abolitionist , radical thinker, and anarchist , Spooner wrote these specific pamphlets in order to express his discontent with the state and its legitimizing documents in the United States, the U. The framers of the United States government also saw natural law to be a good basis for the creation of the Constitution. Its preamble implies that the powers of the U. S government come from "the People".

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No Treason

The Constitution has no inherent authority or obligation. It has no authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and man. And it does not so much as even purport to be a contract between persons now existing. It purports, at most, to be only a contract between persons living eighty years ago.

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