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Lysander Spooner (1808 - 1887)

Lysander Spooner was a late nineteenth century anarchist. The American anarchist movement provided a crucial step in the development of libertarian philosophy, coming between the American abolitionists and the Austrian School economists.

Spooner's classic work, No Treason, attacks the moral authority of government, supporting instead a system of voluntary agreements.

Spooner was a Massachusetts lawyer active in the abolitionist and anarchist movements. In challenge to the newly established U.S. postal monopoly, he set up his own post office, the American Letter Mail Company. While he was forced out of business by government prosecution, his model of competition forced the Post Office to lower its stamp rates for the first and only time in its history.

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