Two days ago was Spooner’s birthday, and today – by convention – is King’s (though his actual birthday was six days ago).
Spooner and King would have disagreed on a number of issues (most notably the legitimacy of the state), but these two opponents of racial oppression would also have had some important points in common. In particular, both were eloquent defenders of the idea that state decrees in violation of natural justice have no legal authority – that unjust decrees have no claim on our obedience, while just decrees have such a claim only because they are just and not because they are decrees.
In honour of the season, why not read, or reread, Spooner’s Natural Law, or the Science of Justice and King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail?
I purposely chose to ignore Robert E. Lee‘s birthday.
King’s birthday was on the 15th? WHAT!?