Friday, October 29, 2004

Lysander Spooner on the EU Constitution

If any considerable number of the people believe the Constitution to be good, why do they not sign it themselves, and make laws for, and administer them upon, each other; leaving all other persons (who do not interfere with them) in peace? Until they have tried the experiment for themselves, how can they have the face to impose the Constitution upon, or even to recommend it to, others? Plainly the reason for absurd and inconsistent conduct is that they want the Constitution, not solely for any honest or legitimate use it can be of to themselves or others, but for the dishonest and illegitimate power it gives them over the persons and properties of others. But for this latter reason, all their eulogiums on the Constitution, all their exhortations, and all their expenditures of money and blood to sustain it, would be wanting.
(No Treason No. 6)

Today, the EU Constitution, subject to ratification by member states, was signed.
In my opinion, this is the beginning of the end for the European Union as it exists today, because the Constitution is unlikely to be passed unanimously, resulting either in underhand dealings to force its content through, or a reversal of the statist trend, toward a union based on little more than a free market.

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