Mandeville, LA -Lysander Spooner is known as an opponent of the Constitution but that description isn't accurate as a scholarly & sober reading of this tract, Treason Pt I will confirm. Rather, Spooner was a defender of the right of self determination and the right of men to choose their own forms of government, just as Patrick Henry and company announced to their countrymen they should do in 1774 - 1788. In "Treason" Spooner demolishes the legitimacy of the North's war of….Continue
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What Dryden said was this, "Great wits are oft to madness near allied"; and that is true. It is the pure promptitude of the intellect that is in peril of a breakdown. Also people might remember of what sort of man Dryden was talking. He was not talking of any unworldly visionary like Vaughan or George Herbert. He was talking of a cynical man of the world, a sceptic, a diplomatist, a great practical politician. Such men are indeed to madness near allied. Their incessant calculation of their own brains and other people's brains is a dangerous trade. It is always perilous to the mind to reckon up the mind. A flippant person has asked why we say, "As mad as a hatter." A more flippant person might answer that a hatter is mad because he has to measure the human head. - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy