(Speaking spirits speak to me, Show me what I need to see)
In the 1960s I was aware that a form of slavery still exists in the United States of America and that the struggle to free all the people of Earth is still, very much, a unfinished work in progress.
As a kid I experienced it, and again exiting my teen years, and again more recently I have connected with those who had experienced more overt forms of master-slave cultures attempting to maintain its dominance and existence.
Instead of ushering in a new benign form of hierarchy to last for another brief moment in time (as in changing dynasties, and revolutions that give a short lived comfort of liberation), we, People of Earth, usher in our maturation as self-governing adults.
An Age of inner vision and awareness where free people live together on a peaceful and prosperous Earth.
“…those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. I wonder if we have truly, really, internalized the meaning and implications of that statement? Because it strikes me as absolutely self-evident that there have been people in similar situations facing similar problems as we face today, in previous historical eras, and our ignorance of those people and how they dealt with the situation and what they brought to the table is again to our detriment. We are absolutely very much, possibly at risk for what we don’t know and what we remain in ignorance about of our own free-will, because certainly there are an abundance of materials on many thinkers (including Lysander Spooner) that it would best serve us to take a look at. Because, as I say again, we are facing problems that have been faced by generations in the past and it is important that we understand how others have thought about these.” – James Corbett
Published on Jan 25, 2013
SHOW NOTES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=6708
While statists across America (and around the world) were celebrating the inauguration of Obama last weekend, anti-statists celebrated a festive occasion of their own: the 205th birthday of Lysander Spooner. Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we explore the life, works, and thought of Lysander Spooner, lawyer, entrepreneur, Deist, abolitionist, freethinker, and one of the giants of the American anarchist tradition.
|Lysander Spooner Turns 205|
|Origin of the phrase “on the shoulders of giants”|
|A Toast to Lysander Spooner|
|Peace Revolution Episode 053|
|Lysander Spooner and the American Letter Mail Company|
|The Unconstitutionality of the Laws of Congress, Prohibiting Private Mails|
|The Unconstitutionality of Slavery|
|Lysander Spooner and Other Antebellum Radicalism (Tom Woods lecture)|
|No Treason No. VI, The Constitution of No Authority|
|The Constitution of No Authority (audio)|
|Gary Chartier’s Blog (LiberaLaw)|
|Center For a Stateless Society|
|Gary Chartier on The Corbett Report|
|Free Man (original song)|
We’re joined by Gary Chartier of the Center for a Stateless Society for a discussion about the life and work of Lysander Spooner. We talk about Spooner’s American Letter Mail Company, his abolitionist activism, and the development of his anarchist philosophy and his arguments against the state.