Vices Are Not Crimes: A Vindication

Vices Are Not Crimes: A Vindication In The Midst Of This Endless Variety Of Opinion, What Man, Or What Body Of Men, Has The Right To Say, In Regard To Any Particular Action, Or Course Of Action, We Have Tried This Experiment, And Determined Every Question Involved In It We Have Determined It, Not Only For Ourselves, But For All Others And, As To All Those Who Are Weaker Than We, We Will Coerce Them To Act In Obedience To Our Conclusions We Will Suffer No Further Experiment Or Inquiry By Any One, And, Consequently, No Further Acquisition Of Knowledge By Anybody

Lysander Spooner was an American individualist anarchist, entrepreneur, political philosopher, abolitionist, supporter of the labor movement, and legal theorist of the nineteenth century He is also known for competing with the U.S Post Office with his American Letter Mail Company, which was forced out of business by the United States government He has been identified by some contemporary writer

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  • Paperback
  • 48 pages
  • Vices Are Not Crimes: A Vindication
  • Lysander Spooner
  • English
  • 20 November 2018
  • 9781419192562

10 thoughts on “Vices Are Not Crimes: A Vindication

  1. says:

    It s too bad Daniel Kahneman didn t read this before publishing the last chapter in Thinking, Fast and Slow He rather foolishly declared libertarians are against government nudging us because libertarians believe people don t make mistakes Um, no We are all too well aware of the imperfection of human knowledge We re against other, equally fallible people forcing us to make mistakes of their choosing This was a good little read, especially for someone unfamiliar with what libertarians actually believe rather than the rather ridiculous media portrayal Easily applicable to a number of social issues today taxation, gay marriage, pot legalization, suicide, mandatory insurance purchases, etc Spooner wrote well and keeps the reader s attention.

  2. says:

    Interesting Quotes A government that shall punish all vices impartially is so obviously an impossibility, that nobody was ever found, or ever will be found, foolish enough to propose it The most that any one proposes is, that government shall punishat most a few of what he esteems the grossest of them But this discrimination an utterly absurd, illogical, and tyrannical one What right has any body of men to say, The vices of other men we will punish but our own vices nobody shall punish Nobody but knaves or blockheads ever thinks of making such absurd assumptions as these And yet, evidently, it is only upon such assumptions that anybody can claim the right to punish the vices of others, and at the same time claim exemption from punishment for his own Lysander Spooner, Vices Are Not CrimesThis reminded me of Matthew 7 3 4 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye Or how can you say to your brother, Let me take the speck out of your eye, when there is the log in your own eye

  3. says:

    Pequeno livro, publicado em 1875, em que o autor se op e crescente interven o do governo americano sobre as liberdades individuais, como no consumo de lcool, na pr tica de lutas como o boxe , no jogo e na prostitui o.Spooner defende de maneira inflex vel que v cios, estando seus efeitos circunscritos ao pr prio indiv duo, n o configuram crimes, que por sua vez s o atos que implicam danos a outros.Alguns leitores ter o a impress o de que o autor por vezes exagera nas simplifica es ou faz uso de algumas fal cias l gicas mas a linha geral do texto convence e impressiona pela sua modernidade.

  4. says:

    Una visi n liberal de los vicios en la que de paso se analiza a papa estado y su potestad para actuar en las virtudes vicios de la sociedad A veces de acuerdo, a veces no, pero siempre razonado v a premisas y razonamientos en ocasiones complicados de seguir.Desde la perspectiva europea y en particular espa ola es complicado entender ciertas afirmaciones del autor.

  5. says:

    Poverty and ignorance lead to oppressive rulers it is only the poverty, ignorance, and consequent weakness of the many, that enable the combined and organized few to acquire and maintain such arbitrary power over them I enjoyed this book.

  6. says:

    It was alright, but it seemed like he repeated himself about 30 times.

  7. says:

    Amazing read A pithy book on the distinction between vice and crime, and how to discern which activities ought under natural law to be regulated by the government In this short work Spooner deals with issues of interest in discussions of legalization of recreational drugs, regulation of liquor, suicide, euthanasia, welfare, prison reform, economics, self defense, and mental illness Spooner, based on several statements, believes that man is basically good, an assumption I find hard to vindicate, and would love to see of his defense of this assumption ANYONE who cares about natural law or liberty should take an hour or two and read this book which is available in its entirety online Spooner ought to be taught alongside Emerson and Thoreau.

  8. says:

    Its all in the title Though I agreed with most of his conclusions, I found this book too long winded for the basic summations he made There is definitely food for thought in this book and its worth the short amount of time you will invest in it, but don t expect to be wowed by his literary prowess Its all very mechanical and verbose.

  9. says:

    Based on the title, which truely captured my attention, an analysis of any vice amounts to if an individual considers it to be such, therefore prosecutions for vices will be most unfair due to individual perception

  10. says:

    This is an interesting and well written short booklet In this pamphlet Spooner outlines his opinion on the importance of limiting the state s intervention and warning against misidentifying vices as crimes Clear and often witty it is an easy but worthwhile read.

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