What is Legislation


What, then, is legislation? It is an assumption by one man,
or body of men, of absolute, irresponsible dominion over all
other men whom they can subject to their power. It is an
assumption by one man, or body of men, of a right to subject all
other men to their will and their service. It is an assumption by
one man, or body of men, of a right to abolish outright all the
natural rights, all the natural liberty of all other men; to make
all other men their slaves; to arbitrarily dictate to all other
men what they may, and may not do; what they may, and may not,
have; what they may, and may not, be. It is, in short, the
assumption of a right to banish the principle of human rights,
the principle of justice itself, from off the earth, and set up
their own personal will, pleasure, and interest in its place.
All this, and nothing less, is involved in the very idea that
there can be any such thing as legislation that is obligatory
upon those upon whom it is imposed.

From: Lysander Spooner's

"Natural Law, or the Science of Justice:
A Treatise on Natural Law, Natural Justice, Natural Rights,
Natural Liberty, and Natural Society; Showing that All
Legislation Whatsoever is an Absurdity, a Usurpation, and a
Crime. Part First."