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

Lysander Spooner Quote

“And the so-called sovereigns, in these different governments, are simply the heads, or chiefs, of different bands of robbers and murderers.”

Lysander SpoonerLysander Spooner
~ Lysander Spooner

The Constitution of No Authority (Boston: 1870); available on the Lysander Spooner website at

Ratings and Comments

David L Rosenthal

Since I do not know exactly to whom he refers, I don't know whether it's true, but the way he said it just makes appeals to me. And there certainly have been enough of the type that fit the description to make the statement probably true.

Mike, Norwalk

I've enjoyed reading and re-reading Spooner over the years. He has a lot of little sound bites that ring so true (some times you have to read a paragraph or two to get the bite but, its all good)

Joe, Rochester, MI

The "sovereigns" running our country are wrong, yet you'll go along because they just "appeal" to you? Probably in the same way Clinton's, "We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans..." does? After all, who cares about retaining our rights, because it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! NOT!

E Archer, NYC

The sooner we start distrusting our government, the sooner we will make the reforms needed to check their power.

David L Rosenthal

We distrust our government. Fine. Now what? How do we make the reforms that really count? You know what happens to effective reformers in the United States of Soviet America...they lose grey matter through holes opened in their skulls by men on grassy knolls and such. It's one thing to see the cancer, and another to know how to cut it out.

DSK, Falls Church VA

There is no refining murder. You cannot civilize rape. Theft is never in need of new shoes or a fancy hat to make it acceptable. There is no way to reform an institution whose very function and nature is to violate the rights of men, it must therefore be abolished.

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Anonymous    1/21/09

Let them have rope, but just enough. It will all come down soon, and when it does may we be haunted by the words and intentions of those faces on our money.

Ronw13, Yachats Or

Our Liberty and Freedom are not merchandise to be peddled by the money changers ! Period. Get the Picture People, Wake up and smell the Tyranny all around, that suffocates ourselves, our children, and those to come ! Well said, DSK, Falls Church VA. One starts on every grassy knoll from the WH to every state capital, overthrowing the tables of the money changers. What man or woman with any commonsense, military or otherwise would condone being enslaved by any banking institution in concert with a tyrannical democratic Fabian socialistic government. Free the slaves of this once great Republic, at present under siege !


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