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"The 'nations,' as they are called, with whom our pretended
ambassadors, secretaries, presidents, and senators
profess to make treaties, are as much myths as our own.
On general principles of law and reason, there are no such 'nations.'...
Our pretended treaties, then, being made with no legitimate or
bona fide nations, or representatives of nations, and being made,
on our part, by persons who have no legitimate authority to act for us,
have intrinsically no more validity than a pretended treaty
made by the Man in the Moon with the king of the Pleiades."

Lysander Spooner
(1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist
The Constitution of No Authority (Boston: 1870)

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