Subject: Spooner’s “No Treason”
Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) was a Massachusetts lawyer noted for his vigorous and brilliant opposition to the encroachment of the State upon the liberty of the individual. His writings on the unconstitutionality of slavery influenced pre-Civil War thought. His challenge to the postal monopoly (he set up a thriving private post) resulted in an Act of Congress sharply reducing postage rates. Unfortunately, he was so successful that Congress finally outlawed his enterprise.
The following is Spooner’s “No Treason VI: The Constitution of No Authority”, which Playboy magazine described as “[possibly] the most subversive document ever penned in this nation.”