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Lysander Spooner and Other Antebellum Radicalism

October 17, 2006 by

I’m in the process of giving a sixteen-lecture course in American history, loosely based on my Politically Incorrect Guide, to the excellent group of retired people who comprise the Auburn University Academy for Lifelong Learners. The Mises Institute is archiving the talks here.

Today (mp3) I spent some time on Lysander Spooner’s book The Unconstitutionality of Slavery, and explained what I think is his quite interesting and unusual, yet strangely compelling, approach to constitutional interpretation.

{ 3 comments }

Jordan October 18, 2006 at 5:37 pm

You are probably already familiar with the work of Randy Barnett, lately of Georgetown Law, on Lysander Spooner.

It’s also worth reading his “Was Slavery Unconstitutional Before the Thirteenth Amendment? Lysander Spooner’s Theory of Interpretation,” Pacific Law Journal 977 (1997) (PDF).

happylee October 18, 2006 at 5:54 pm

Jordan is right to suggest to that Barnett’s article on Spooner is worth reviewing. It is, in my humble opinion, an example of “good Randy” writing on a topic we should all care about: natural rights. (For an example of “bad randy,” see http://randybarnett.com/pdf/moralfoundation.pdf )

Tom Woods October 18, 2006 at 8:51 pm

Yes, I have read the excellent Barnett piece, to which I refer on the mp3.

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