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Lysander Spooner vs Abe Lincoln

February 23, 2012

Dr Thomas DiLorenzo has done it again! I’m sure smoke is coming out of Morris Dees’ nose. Tim Wise is surely losing his mind. In his latest post on Lew Rockwell’s blog, Dr DiLorenzo, author of The Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked, uses the provocative title ‘Lysander Spooner, Neo-Confederate.’ Of course, ‘Neo-Confederate‘ is the term that the Southern Poverty Law Center and other Left-wing, anti-Southern organisations use for Southern nationalists. Dr DiLorenzo uses their term and applies it tongue-in-cheek to the nineteenth century New England individualist anarchist Lysander Spooner, who strongly opposed both slavery and Lincoln’s suppression of Southerners’ natural right of self-determination.

Dr DiLorenzo writes:

The great nineteenth-century Massachusetts libertarian abolitionist Lysander Spooner despised Lincoln and his administration with a red hot passion. Here’s one example of what he thought of the Dishonest Abe regime, from The Lysander Spooner Reader (p. 49):

“The principle, on which the war was waged by the North, was simply this: That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not want; and that resistance, on their part, makes them traitors and criminals.”

“No principle, that is possible to be named, can be more self-evidently false than this; or more self-evidently fatal to all political freedom. Yet it triumphed in the field, and is now assumed to be established. If it really be established, the number of slaves, instead of having been diminished by the war, has been greatly increased; for a man, thus subjected to a government that he does not want, is a slave.”

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  • VA

    Thanks for linking to that piece. I had not seen it at the Lew Rockwell blog, though I read there now and then.
    Spooner was one of my Yankee kinsmen (on my mother’s side) of whom I am proud, along with Ambrose Kimball. Although I don’t agree with all of Lysander Spooner’s views, he was right in his criticism of Lincoln’s regime.

  • The New Silence Dogood

    Lysander Spooner was/is great.



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