"...only those who have the will and the power to shoot down their fellow men, are the real rulers in this, as in all other (so-called) civilized countries; for by no others will civilized men be robbed, or enslaved."
Lysander Spooner
(1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist
No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority
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An astute in the obvious, observation !
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Right on and don't you just love his name.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    The Founders nobly endeavored to deliver us from government of, by and for the sociopath.

    For a comparatively brief, brilliant moment, they were successful in their efforts.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    Spooner's views on self-employment are great !
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    Unfortunately true, and unlikely to ever change in humankind. The thief and murderer are to be prepared against -- easy prey attract them. It's because of this that people form townships for mutual protection and prosperity. For the same reasons, people do not create rulers over themselves to exploit -- they may still end up being conned into it though, and they will always need to maintain enough power to keep the government in check.

    The Clinton's come to mind -- frankly a lot of Democrats' histories are starting to come out as nothing short of gangsters.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Spooner's sentiments toward northern aggression. Brilliance is captured again and again, from generation to generation. As we stand testament here in this blog. There must be a need for the binding rules of natural law.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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