"For a government to declare a vice to be a crime, and to punish it as such, is an attempt to falsify the very nature of things. It is as absurd as it would be to declare truth to be a falsehood, or falsehood a truth."
by:
Lysander Spooner
(1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist
Source:
Vices are Not Crimes, A Vindication of Moral Liberty (1875).
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Lysander Spooner was a RABID adolitionists. His main contribution was the collapse of America's greatest invention: Federalism. In "freeing" the slave they ensalved us all under the yoke of a general government. Which is now a far cry from what the Framers intended. Because of him an those like him, We got a Lincoln at a time when the country needed a Wilberforce............ As yourself a simple qestion; What did the Abolitionists have to abolish to be successful? They make Bernie Madoff look like a petty thief.
 -- Anonymous, Easthampton, NY     
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    You can not legislate morality.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    It's true how radicals like Spooner helped the Feds to begin taking all power to themselves. Federal power is a great cancer that just keeps growing.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    The statement is absolutely correct and a foundation of the statist theocracy that now infests this land.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Absolutely true. I am afraid Anon from Easthampton is out to lunch -- not even commenting on the quote. Spooner was an abolitionist indeed -- and he wanted to abolish more than one type of slavery...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Kimo, USA      
    Isn't "Lysander Spooner" a great name. This quote is right on target.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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