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In this episode, Caleb O. Brown reads part one of Lysander Spooner’s No Treason, in which Spooner attacks the so‐​called ‘social contract.’

This episode features Lysander Spooner’s infamous argument that the Constitution of the United States, and thus the “social contract,” has no legal authority and, properly construed, commands no allegiance from sovereign individuals.

Lysander Spooner’s No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority (written 1867–1870) was in many ways the great man’s greatest contribution to liberal thought and without a doubt the best example of his originality as a thinker. With this inaugural item, we present our listeners one of the most radical, forceful, and influential statements of libertarian anarchism in American history.

This episode was written by Anthony Comegna, narrated by Caleb Brown, and produced by Mark McDaniel.