Lysander Spooner


Born
in Athol, Massachusetts, The United States
January 19, 1808

Died
May 14, 1887


Lysander Spooner was an American individualist anarchist, entrepreneur, political philosopher, abolitionist, supporter of the labor movement, and legal theorist of the nineteenth century. He is also known for competing with the U.S. Post Office with his American Letter Mail Company, which was forced out of business by the United States government. He has been identified by some contemporary writers as an anarcho-capitalist,while at least one writer is convinced that his advocacy of self-employment over working for an employer for wages qualifies him as an anti-capitalist or a socialist, notwithstanding his support for private ownership of the means of production and a free-market economy.

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No Treason: The Constitutio...

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Vices Are Not Crimes: A Vin...

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The Lysander Spooner Reader

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An Essay on the Trial by Jury

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No Treason, Vol. VI. The Co...

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Natural Law, Or, the Scienc...

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The Unconstitutionality of ...

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Let's Abolish Government

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The Spooner Collection: An ...

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A Letter to Grover Clevelan...

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“Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.”
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

“A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.”
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