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Lysander Spooner: American Anarchist Hardcover – May 25, 2010
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Home-grown American anarchism, which is distinct from its European counterparts and which defies placement on the usual ideological spectrum, is one of the most neglected topics in American political thought. With this book, Steve Shone performs an important service by exploring the relationship of Lysander Spooner's thought not only to the American tradition, but to the broad stream of Western political theory. Shone demonstrates that Spooner is more than an historical figure of passing interest; he is a thinker who continues to challenge us. Spooner's ideas, as explicated and analyzed here, constitute a resource of ongoing political-philosophical value. (William F. Byrne, St. John's University)
Shone's book is a varied and historically grounded exploration of the political views of Lysander Spooner, the 19th-century abolitionist and political writer. The volume is welcome, as it competently describes Spooner's intellectual contributions to his era's debates over property law, the constitutional powers of the federal government, jury nullification, and the ends and means of abolitionism....Summing Up: Recommended. (CHOICE)
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