On this, Constitution Day, I thought it would be important to highlight Lysander Spooner’s treatise “The Constitution of No Authority,” which makes a number of salient insights into the nature of the so-called law of the land.
- The Constitution is in no way binding in any legal way on anyone but the men who wrote it.
- Therefore, the government it created has no authority over anyone but the men who wrote the constitution.
- Everyone who wrote the constitution is dead, so no one is legally bound to follow the constitution or any entity that it created.
- A person cannot prove he or she took any oath to the constitution under his or her own free because no one may legally administer the oath.
- Voting in elections does not bind one to the constitution, as the ballots cast are secret and no one can prove whom he or she supported.
- Paying taxes is not a mode of consent because they are paid under the penalty of force.
- Actions taken taken under duress or not intentional are not legally binding.
- Therefore, government officials are nothing more than impostors and thieves.
- Their laws are just the pretend scribbles of the pretend government.
- The same facts apply to every other nation that has ever existed.
- Government officials, in reality, are the pawns of industrialists and bankers.
- Therefore, the world is ruled by bands of money lenders, tyrants, murderers.
Whether you accept Spooner’s reasoning or not, this much of what he said about the constitution is true: “That it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it.”