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Lawyer, abolitionist, radical, friend of liberty, one of the most fascinating figures in American history: that was Spooner. A ferocious opponent of slavery, he supported the right of secession. An ardent enemy of statist legislation, he was a brilliant jurist who put his faith in the law. An eloquent foe of prohibition of alcohol or drugs, he offered a moral defense of liberty.
Includes "Vices Are Not Crimes," "Natural Law," "Trial by Jury," "Letter to Thomas Bayard," "No Treason," and the eulogy for Spooner by American individualist-anarchist publisher Benjamin Tucker. -- Tom G. Palmer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Somewhere, sometime a person will open this book not knowing what to expect, but curious about a man with the curious name of Lysander Spooner. I envy that reader, for that was me nearly twenty-five years ago when I encountered No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority.
I could scarcely believe my eyes. Here were ideas radical yet commensensical, subversive yet quintessentially American. Spooner challenged and excited me. Such experiences are rare because truly original thinkers are rare, and you can discover them but once. Alas, my days of innocent discovery are over, the casualty of too much reading. I have read libertarian writers so obscure that even obscure libertarians have never heard of them. I doubt if my future holds many surprises, but it does hold many pleasures. This is one of them: introducing others to Lysander Spooner.
I've since read this book and much more and have come to realize that this man was an intellectual giant.
A fascinating and unique look through 19th century eyes at the right to trial by jury as embodied in the Magna Carta, the US Constitution and english common law.
As Smith notes in his introduction, it's easy to envy someone reading Spooner for the first time the thought-provoking challenge she's about to experience.
It's a very "heavy" book. Alot about law, but very "readable" and thought provoking.Published 1 month ago by jj of jax
If u want an early libertarians take on things, this is the collection for you! Vices are not crimes was particularly goodPublished 2 months ago by Donttreadonme
About 30 years ago I heard of Lysander Spooner as a man who had started his own letter carrying service and had been shut down by the Federal government, which asserted monopoly... Read morePublished 9 months ago by John R. Boren
If you are the typical American who was raised to say the pledge of allegiance in school, trust all those authoritative individuals in your life from the policeman to the... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by whateveryouthink
Maverick Intellectual and way under-rated by history and everything else for that matter! Does any American, 98%+ which are educated in the public school systems, even know that... Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Soothsayer
Few describe it or understand it (liberty and the lie that is government) better than Lysander.Published on January 9, 2007 by Mark Laythorpe
It is a wonder that this man is not more commonly mentioned or taught in schools. I found out about him at a conference I was attending the summer after my 12th grade year (5 years... Read morePublished on June 20, 2006 by Matthew D. Stidle
The previous reviewer claims Spooner's argument against the authority of the Constitution is invalid, since contract law is only possible in the context of a government. Read morePublished on August 27, 2004 by Tom Larson