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Set of essays authored by Lysander Spooner discussing natural law, the science of justice and the validity of the United States Constitution

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Lysander Spooner on the National Debt, by Sheldon Richman, Future of Freedom, Jan 2014
Revised version of "The Goal Is Freedom" column of 27 Sep 2013; analyzes Spooner's severe criticisms of the arguments given for the legitimacy of the United States' public debt
My query ... assumes that Congress operates in a context of legitimacy ... It so happens that in section XVII of his 1870 essay, "The Constitution of No Authority" (Number 6 in his No Treason series), Spooner took up the question of government debt with his signature fresh look. As you might imagine, he left nothing standing. "On general principles of law and reason," Spooner wrote, "debts contracted in the name of 'the United States,' or of 'the people of the United States,' are of no validity." ... Earlier in the essay, Spooner handily disposed of the claim that voting or paying taxes implies consent.
Related Topics: Lysander Spooner, The State
Lysander Spooner, Part 2, by Wendy McElroy, Future of Freedom, Nov 2005
Lengthy biographical and bibliographical essay; from 1852 to Spooner's death, examining An Essay on the Trial by Jury, the No Treason essays and his subsequent influence
Until the Civil War, Spooner had labored to integrate the principles of the Constitution with those of natural law. No Treason ... rejected the idea that anyone was obliged to respect the Constitution.... The first No Treason — subtitled The Suppression of the Rebellion Finally Disposes of the Pretence That the United States Government Rests on Consent — was intended as the first of six pamphlets. But only two more appeared: No. II: The Constitution (1867), and No. VI: The Constitution of No Authority (1870). In introducing VI, Spooner noted that Nos. III, IV, and V did not exist but he did not explain their absence.