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Lysander Spooner

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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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No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

Legal SystemPolitical Theory

12/09/2015Audio/Video
The greatest case for anarchist political philosophy ever written. Narrated by Matt Pritchard.

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Natural Law, Or The Science Of Justice

Free MarketsLegal SystemPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

08/06/2014Journals
Lysander Spooner has many great distinctions in the history of political thought. For one thing, he was undoubtedly the only constitutional lawyer in history to evolve into an individualist anarchist; for another, he became steadily and inexorably more radical as he grew older. From the time that...

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No Treason, no. 1

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

03/22/2011Audio/Video
Before the civil war, there were some grounds for saying that, at least in theory, our government was a free one — that it rested on consent, writes Lysander Spooner (1808–1887). This audio Mises Daily is narrated by Brad O'Connell...

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No Treason, no. 1

Legal SystemU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

03/22/2011Mises Daily Articles
Before the civil war, there were some grounds for saying that, at least in theory, our government was a free one — that it rested on consent...

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Section I

Legal SystemPolitical Theory

08/12/2010Audio/Video
Narrated by Matt Pritchard.

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