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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Just The Rantings Of A Crazy Old Man

No need at all to think about why Lysander Spooner said:

The ostensible supporters of the Constitution, like the ostensible supporters of most other governments, are made up of three classes, viz.:

1. Knaves, a numerous and active class, who see in the government an instrument which they can use for their own aggrandizement or wealth.

2. Dupes—a large class, no doubt—each of whom, because he is allowed one voice out of millions in deciding what he may do with his own person and his own property, and because he is permitted to have the same voice in robbing, enslaving, and murdering others, that others have in robbing, enslaving, and murdering himself, is stupid enough to imagine that he is a “free man,” a “sovereign”; that this is “a free government”; “a government of equal rights,” “the best government on earth,” and such like absurdities.

3. A class who have some appreciation of the evils of government, but either do not see how to get rid of them, or do not choose to so far sacrifice their private interests as to give themselves seriously and earnestly to the work of making a change.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Kestrel said...

Ah, Spooner. You knew human nature and understood the reality of the situation too well. And the worst sin of all? You were logical and intellectually honest. That's why you were and still are so horribly mocked. People don't want you in their cave telling you about this thing called a "sun."

August 4, 2010 at 5:12 AM  
Anonymous GardenSERF said...

Related to the 3 Kinds of People:

“The world comprises three kinds of people: a small group who make things happen…a larger group who watch things happen, and the great majority who do not even know what is happening.”

http://gardenserf.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/three-kinds-of-people/

August 4, 2010 at 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Dennis308 said...

Oh Damn, I can´t believe it,Ya got to go see GardenSerf´s link.

Why don´t we sharpen their knifes that way it won´t hurt as much when they cut our throats.

Dennis
III
Texas

August 4, 2010 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Pat H. said...

Spooner's The Constitution of No Authority stands as a basic document of the freedom movement.

Spooner had the full measure of the US government long ago, warning us all of what was to come.

A true visionary.

August 8, 2010 at 9:42 PM  

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