Essays By Lysander Spooner M-Tech Thesis In Computers
Moreover, no body of men, existing at any one time, have the power to create a perpetual corporation.A corporation can become practically perpetual only by the voluntary accession of new members, as the old ones die off.
Furthermore, we know, historically, that only a small portion even of the people then existing were consulted on the subject, or asked, or permitted to express either their consent or dissent in any formal manner.When a man says he is building a house for himself and his posterity, he does not mean to be understood as saying that he has any thought of binding them, nor is it to be inferred that he is so foolish as to imagine that he has any right or power to bind them, to live in it.So far as they are concerned, he only means to be understood as saying that his hopes and motives, in building it, are that they, or at least some of them, may find it for their happiness to live in it.It does not say that their “posterity” will, shall, or must live under it.It only says, in effect, that their hopes and motives in adopting it were that it might prove useful to their posterity, as well as to themselves, by promoting their union, safety, tranquility, liberty, etc.If they had intended to bind their posterity to live under it, they should have said that their objective was, not “to secure to them the blessings of liberty,” but to make slaves of them; for if their “posterity” are bound to live under it, they are nothing less than the slaves of their foolish, tyrannical, and dead grandfathers.It cannot be said that the Constitution formed “the people of the United States,” for all time, into a corporation.So when a man says he is planting a tree for himself and his posterity, he does not mean to be understood as saying that he has any thought of compelling them, nor is it to be inferred that he is such a simpleton as to imagine that he has any right or power to compel them, to eat the fruit.So far as they are concerned, he only means to say that his hopes and motives, in planting the tree, are that its fruit may be agreeable to them.Consequently, so far as voting is concerned, the other five-sixths can have given no pledge that they will support the Constitution. Of the one-sixth that are permitted to vote, probably not more than two-thirds (about one-ninth of the whole population) have usually voted. Many vote only once in two, three, five, or ten years, in periods of great excitement.No one, by voting, can be said to pledge himself for any longer period than that for which he votes.