Spooner Article Resurrected
Lysander Spooner was the foremost legal theorist of the 19th-century American individualist anarchist movement. His 1882 open letter to Senator Bayard is fairly well-known among Spooner fans; but an 1884 sequel, A Second Letter to Thomas F. Bayard, which originally appeared in Benjamin Tuckers anarchist journal Liberty, is much more obscure; it was omitted (like most of Spooners periodical work) from the Collected Works, and indeed has never (so far as I can determine) been reprinted anywhere else. Now at last I am happy to announce that it is available in the Molinari Institute online library.
I cant claim that this is one of Spooners more important works. Apart from a more than usually irascible tone, it contains little that isnt already covered in the first letter, or still more fully in other works such as No Treason or Natural Law or the Letter to Grover Cleveland. But hey, its Spooner.
And speaking of material from Tuckers Liberty, hurray for Shawn Wilbur! Hes been scanning issues of Liberty (including the one containing this Spooner piece) and placing the PDFs online. Check out what hes got so far.
comments powered by Disqus
- Five Things You Need to Know to be a Better Digital Preservationist
- Book on Losing British Generals Wins American History Prize
- Stanford scholar explores civil rights revolution's positive impact on the South's economy
- Harvard Historian Nancy Koehn on Amazon's Tentacular Reach
- Q&A with historian and author Nick Turse