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No Treason: The Anarchist Classic with a New Introduction

Narrated by: Ayrton Parham
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Classics, Non-fiction

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Summary

Lysander Spooner was one of slavery’s fiercest enemies. As a lawyer, he offered free legal services to escaped slaves, defending them in court. He advocated smuggling guns to slaves, with which to overthrow their masters, and take possession of their property. “Give the Slave-holders, then, a taste of their own whips.”    

Yet when the Civil War erupted, Spooner wasted no time in opposing the Union’s war against the Confederacy. After the war, when Northern troops occupied the conquered Southern lands, purging their governments of the warped scaffolding that had propped up slavery for centuries, Spooner called them the enemies of freedom.   

What odd logic could harmonize these seemingly dissonant opinions? What philosophy could possibly despise slavery, and despise Abraham Lincoln?   

The answer lies in the essay before you, Lysander Spooner’s most influential work: No Treason.

Here you will find many unorthodox, and certainly unpopular, perspectives. Many notions, foundational to our concept of democracy, will be questioned, and the solutions offered will undoubtedly run against the grain of our upbringing, and everything we’ve been told about freedom.   

He’ll advocate peace and violence, the rule of law, and anarchy.  

You may not be convinced, but you will certainly be interested.

©2019 Ayrton Parham (P)2019 Ayrton Parham

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  • colby
  • 04-08-19

This book is a juggernaut.

The ideas espoused by Lysander Spooner shake ones current beliefs to their foundation. If this isnt one of the greatest arguments for anarchism then i dont know what would be.

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  • devon
  • 16-07-19

I HAVE SEARCHED FOR THE WORDS FOR A LONG TIME

IT HAS TAKEN ME 20 PLUS YEAES TO KNOW THE WORDS TO THE EVIL I HAVE FELT AROUND ME. THE INDOCTRINATION NEVER TOOK. AND I KNEW THERE WAS THIS SHADOW AROUND US. THAT COWARD men WITH BADGES WERE NOTHING MORE THAN THE THUGS OF OLD ROBBING, RAPING, MURDERING ONLY ACCOUNTABLE TO THEMSELVES. THAT "government" WAS NOTHING MORE THAN THE ORGANIZATION OR CULT OF SAID MEN. I WISH IT HAD NOT TAKEN 25yrS TO KNOW THESE WORDS. BUT IT IS MY GOAL THAT THE NEXT 25yrs I MAKE SURE 500 MORE WILL AT LEAST KNOW.THE WORDS.

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