Lysander Spooner

Lysander Spooner (January 19, 1808 – May 14, 1887) was an American individualist anarchist. He was also an abolitionist, entrepreneur, essayist, legal theorist, pamphletist, political philosopher, Unitarian, writer and a member of the First International.[1]

Lysander Spooner
Born(1808-01-19)January 19, 1808
Athol, Massachusetts, United States
DiedMay 14, 1887(1887-05-14) (aged 79)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
OccupationEntrepreneur and writer
SubjectPolitical philosophy
Notable worksNo Treason, The Unconstitutionality of Slavery

Philosophy career
Era19th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolIndividualist anarchism
Main interests
Natural law

Spooner was a strong advocate of the labor movement and anti-authoritarian and individualist anarchist in his political views.[2][3] His economic and political ideology has usually been identified as libertarian socialism and mutualism.[4][5][6][7] His writings contributed to the development of both left-libertarian and right-libertarian political theory within libertarianism in the United States.[8][9][10]

Spooner's writings include the abolitionist book The Unconstitutionality of Slavery and No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority, which opposed treason charges against secessionists.[11][12][13] Spooner is also known for competing with the Post Office with his American Letter Mail Company. However, it was closed after legal problems with the federal government.[4][14]