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Ronald Reagan's Remarks "The Myth of the Great Society" 1966

In 1867, Lysander Spooner published the first part of No Treason, an all‐​out assault on the claim that the authority of the United States government rested on consent and that the southern states therefore committed “treason” when they seceded from the Union. Spooner wrote:

 

Manifestly this one thing (to say nothing of others) is necessarily implied in the idea of a government’s resting on consent, viz: the separate, individual consent of every man who is required to contribute, either by taxation or personal service, to the support of the government. All this, or nothing, is necessarily implied because on man’s consent is just as necessary as any other man’s. If, for example, A claims that his consent is necessary to the establishment or maintenance of government, he thereby necessarily admits that B’s and every other man’s are equally necessary; because B’s and every other man’s rights are just as good as his own. On the other hand, if he denies that B’s or any other particular man’s consent is necessary, he thereby necessarily admits that neither his own, nor any other man’s is necessary; and that government need not be founded on consent at all.

 

The American Revolution upheld this principle of individual consent as a universal right, according to Spooner. The “whole Revolution turned upon, asserted, and, in theory, established the right of each and every man, at his discretion, to release himself from the support of the government under which he and lived.” Spooner proceeded, in part two of No Treason, to maintain that the “whole authority of the Constitution” was of “no validity” unless it also was based on the individual consent of those who explicitly agreed to submit to the government it established. But this was not the case. The Constitution “was a usurpation and a lie” in this sense. “The most that can be inferred from the form, ‘We, the people,’ is, that the instrument offered membership to all ‘the people of the United States’; leaving it for them to accept or refuse it, at their pleasure.”

 

The number who actually consented to the Constitution of the United States, at the first, was very small. Considered as the act of the whole people, the adoption of the Constitution was the merest farce and imposture, binding upon nobody.

 

Moreover, those who actually consented to the Constitution could bind nobody except themselves. They could no more make political contracts that obligated future generations than they could make marriage or business contracts that were binding on future generations.

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Posted by Conspiracy Cafe on January 3, 2021 at 9:01 PM 66 Views