‘But If We Just Kept The Articles of Confederation…’

by | Sep 3, 2020

Eg Ailox0aaviplWhen someone brings up the quote by Lysander Spooner, “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist,” very often they are met with the retort, “the Articles of Confederation had sufficient protections and should have been kept.” While anyone who has read the AOC would agree that individual and local/state liberty was greater under its existence (for less than half the population but the Constitution did nothing to change that), the fact is that the AOC did nothing to stop the coup that was the secret implementation of the Constitution.

Lesson? They’re pieces of paper with no power to prevent tyranny. When a population decides to give away a portion of their liberty for the security of a State, those that are granted the reigns of power will increase it unless the business end of a weapon is constantly pointed at them.


About Peter R. Quinones

Peter R. Quinones is managing editor of the Libertarian Institute and hosts the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast. He released his first book, Freedom Through Memedom – The 31-day Guide to Waking Up to Liberty in November 2017. It reached #4 in the Libertarian Section on Amazon. He has spoken at Liberty Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire and is one of the Executive Producers on the documentary, “The Monopoly on Violence." Contact him at pete@libertarianinstitute.org

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