Quote from Lysander Spooner,
"No attempt or pretence, that was ever carried into practical operation amongst civilized men -- unless possibly the pretence of a “Divine Right,” on the part of some, to govern and enslave others -- embodied so much of shameless absurdity, falsehood, impudence, robbery, usurpation, tyranny, and villany of every kind, as the attempt or pretence of establishing a government by consent, and getting the actual consent of only so many as may be necessary to keep the rest in subjection by force. Such a government is a mere conspiracy of the strong against the weak. It no more rests on consent than does the worst government on earth."
Lysander Spooner (more quotes by Lysander Spooner or books by/about Lysander Spooner)
(1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist
No Treason. No. II The Constitution, (Boston: Published by the Author, 1867)
Authority, Consent, Constitution, Government, Power, Treason, Tyranny, Usurpation