Talk:Lysander Spooner

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destructive of what?[edit]

Spooner also argued that the war ... proved that the rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence no longer held true - the people could not "dissolve the political bands" that tie them to a government that "becomes destructive" of the consent of the governed ....

A relevant phrase in the Declaration is "whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends", i.e. the purposes (ends) for which governments are instituted, namely "to secure these Rights". Was it really Spooner's understanding that "these Ends" meant "the Consent of the Governed"? —Tamfang (talk) 06:26, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

A Mistake in the article[edit]

The article states that "the Liberty Party, ... adopted [Spooner's The Unconstitutionality of Slavery] as an official text in its 1848 platform." However, the Liberty Party only mentions Spooner in their 1849 platform, and does not endorse the text as "official" but merely mentions it. http://alexpeak.com/twr/libertyparty/1849/#22 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.24.237.93 (talk) 01:42, 14 June 2011 (UTC)