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No Treason by Lysander Spooner
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Aug 31, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: politics, culture-and-society
Read in August, 2009

More of a political tract rather than a "proper book" this was still a fantastically enlightening read. A a contemporary account of the post-Lincoln's War era that gives such a refreshing perspective over the bland lifeless dogma that counts these days as our official national history of the time. As was once written: The victor writes the history.

Mr. Spooner did not stand apart from all his contemporaries in the abolistionist movement in not being a fan of Lincoln's use of force to compel behavior but without going back to the source documents you would never guess that from the lockstep national myopia that exists today politically, culturally and academically.

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Lysander Spooner
“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”
Lysander Spooner, No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

Reading Progress

06/11/2009 page 10
20.83% ""The Constitution not only binds nobody, but it never did anybody""
08/06/2009 page 20
41.67% "A powerful argument so far against any presumed authority implied by the US Constitution."
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