Lysander Spooner: Libertarian Pietist

Lysander Spooner

Only Spooner realized that it would be compounding crime and error to try to use government to right the wrongs committed by another government, writes Murray Rothbard. And so, among his pietistic and moralizing anti-slavery colleagues, only Spooner was able to see with shining clarity, despite all temptations, the stark difference between vice and crime.

He saw that it was correct to denounce the crimes of governments, but that it was only compounding those crimes to maximize government power as an attempted remedy. Spooner never followed other pietists in endorsing crime or in trying to outlaw vice. FULL ARTICLE

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