posted on Dec, 1 2003 @ 08:44 PM
Lysander Spooner, constitutionalist, lawyer, statesman and anarchist. Some quotes by a truly important historical figure. Enjoy.
"If our fathers, in 1776, had acknowledged the principle
that a majority had the right to rule the minority,
we should never have become a nation; for they were in a small minority,
as compared with those who claimed the right to rule over them."
"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."
"The Rothschilds, and that class of money-lenders of whom they are the representatives and agents - men who never think of lending a shilling to
their next-door neighbors, for purposes of honest industry, unless upon the most ample security, and at the highest rate of interest - stand ready, at
all times, to lend money in unlimited amounts to those robbers and murderers, who call themselves governments, to be expended in shooting down those
who do not submit quietly to being robbed and enslaved."
"That every man who puts money into the hands of a "government" (so called) puts into its hands a sword which will be used against himself, to
extort more money from him, and also to keep him in subjection to its arbitrary will.
That those who will take his money, without his consent, in the first place, will use it for his further robbery and enslavement, if he presumes to
resist their demands in the future.
That it is a perfect absurdity to suppose that any body of men would ever take a man's money without his consent, for any such object as they profess
to take it for, viz., that of protecting him; for why should they wish to protect him, if he does not wish them to do so?...
If a man wants "protection," he is competent to make his own bargains for it; and nobody has any occasion to rob him, in order to "protect" him
against his will.
That the only security men can have for their political liberty, consists in their keeping their money in their own pockets, until they have
assurances, perfectly satisfactory to themselves, that it will be used as they wish it to be used, for their benefit, and not for their injury.
That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted for a moment, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it
depends wholly upon voluntary support. "
Difference Between Taxes and Theft
The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to
your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit ... Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. ... He
does not keep "protecting" you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that.