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

Lysander Spooner Quote

“That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support.”

Lysander SpoonerLysander Spooner
~ Lysander Spooner

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

OK, I like it. I guess that would expose lifer politicians for who they really are. There would be a lot less debt.

jim k, Austin, Tx

I love quotes by this man, He always got it right.

Mann, Kalamazoo

Accurate enough, although "That no government" might be more appropriately stated: 'That no human being ...'

Anonymous, Reston, VA, US

too many ill-defined terms to have any meaning as a valuable quote

E Archer, NYC

Absolutely. This is the very definition of a republican representative government with the individual sovereigns at the top, not the bottom.


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