4 Responses to Spencer Not Defamed Today!

  1. Black Bloke July 29, 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    Off-topic: Something I just noticed. Randy Barnett points out that the Supreme Court referenced Lysander Spooner in the Heller decision. This is the first time that the SCOTUS has ever done that. http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2008_06_29-2008_07_05.shtml#1214838597

    Does anyone know what Spooner thought of the 14th Amendment? Or did he simply stop talking about the Constitution after No Treason?

  2. William H. Stoddard July 30, 2008 at 8:21 am #

    This makes me think of the interesting book “How the Dismal Science Got Its Name,” which traces hostility to economics in the 19th century to the connection between economics and the antislavery movement; apparently writers such as Carlyle and Ruskin were not so much proslavery as anti-antislavery, finding abolitionists objectionable.

  3. Administrator August 6, 2008 at 10:29 pm #

    I don’t know what Spooner thought of the 14th Amendment; but he often wrote as though the Bill of Rights applied to the states anyway, pre-14th.

  4. Black Bloke August 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm #

    Thanks for the note Roderick. I think it would be fascinating to compare his thoughts on the 14th Amendment to that of most modern libertarians, particularly regarding the citizenship issue.

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