Discussing the subject of Southern Secession and the Draconian and very unconstitutional means Lincoln used to suppress it and showing that suppression to be money motivated, M A Johnson, an aol group member, posted this from Lysander Spooner in a group a number of years ago:
Spooner also hits upon the true reason for Lincoln's war, namely, the need to keep money flowing into the federal treasury via enforcement of the protective tariff:
All political power, so called, rests practically upon this matter of money. Any number of scoundrels, having money enough to start with, can establish themselves as a "government"; because, with money, they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort more money; and also compel general obedience to their will. It is with government, as Caesar said it was in war, that money and soldiers mutually supported each other; that with money he could hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. So these villains, who call themselves governments, well understand that their power rests primarily upon money. With money they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. And, when their authority is denied, the first use they always make of money, is to hire soldiers to kill or subdue all who refuse them more money.
The love of money is the root of all evil. And it is omnipotent government which is best able to carry out the evil plans of those who love money.
I would add to this that money need not always resort to soldiers. Buying “intellectuals" to cloak their crimes in garb of "reason" or “progress" can sometimes reduce the need for soldiers by quelling the masses through the narcotic effect of well developed though meaningless and fallacious rhetoric.
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