Lysander SpoonerLysander Spooner, (1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist

Lysander Spooner Quote

“The only idea they have ever manifested as to what is a government of consent, is this -- that it is one to which everybody must consent, or be shot.”

Lysander SpoonerLysander Spooner
~ Lysander Spooner

Ratings and Comments

jim k, Austin, Tx

Lysander hits the nail on the head. As L. Neal Smith said, "Government is a Disease Masquerading as It's own Cure."

J Carlton, Calgary

Sort of like voting at gun point?
Which is pretty much how Hitler was "Democratically" elected.
Or Monty Python's Happy Land, where everyone was to be hung by the neck until they "cheered up" LOL. We have WAY too much Government...WAY too many power mongers and control freaks trying to manage us to death...

Matthew, People's Republic of California

This is what Democracy looks like!

Mike, Norwalk

Ahhh yes, welcome to the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land. Excellent observation ! ! ! To the simplest of infractions - if you don't wear a seat belt, such government official will force you to a stop, ask for you papers and then when your consent is not granted, they will shoot you. (-; have a nice day ;-)

E Archer, NYC

Spooner is the the boy who says, "the emperor is wearing no clothes." He points to our true delusion. We grimace, then hope the boy shuts up...


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