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11/07/2018Lysander Spooner

Since each person votes for different reasons, we can't morally say that the outcome of an election binds people to any specific law or policy.

Original article (excerpted from No Treason No. VI: The Constitution of No Authority): "On Voting".

Narrated by Matt Pritchard.

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Lysander Spooner

Lysander Spooner (1808–1887) is the American individualist anarchist and legal theorist known mainly for setting up a commercial post office in competition with the government and thereby being shut down. But he was also the author of some of the most radical political and economic writings of the 19th century, and continues to have a huge influence on libertarian thinkers today. He was a dedicated opponent of slavery in all its forms — even advocating guerrilla war to stop it — but also a dedicated opponent of the federal invasion of the South and its postwar reconstruction. See Let's Abolish Government, a collection selected personally by Murray Rothbard as Spooner's best work.

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