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POVERTY, ITS ILLEGAL CAUSES AND LEGAL CURE.—PART I. BY LYSANDER SPOONER. - Lysander Spooner, A Defence for Fugitive Slaves, against the Acts of Congress of February 12, 1793, and September 18, 1850 
A Defence for Fugitive Slaves, against the Acts of Congress of February 12, 1793, and September 18, 1850 (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1850).
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“We have read this pamphlet carefully, and are prepared to say we have seen no work for a long time which we think so much deserves the attention of laboring men as this.”—Charter Oak.
“It abounds in bold and original thoughts. The illegal causes of poverty are stated, and a number of important propositions hearing on the subject laid down; and, on the whole, we consider it a work well worth studying—affording, as it does, many valuable hints to the statesman and political economist.”—Hunt’s Merchant’s Magazine.
“An able, and certainly original work, from the pen of Lysander Spooner, Esq.,—author of that powerful book which demonstrates the unconstitutionality of American Slavery. There is no writer of the age, of logical acumen more searching than Spooner.” “This new work is destined to lead to a re-examination of all former systems of political economy.” “At first blush his economical propositions strike us as sustainable—and if they are so, his work will prevail, and produce an important revolution in the present prevailing system.” “Every one should read it.”—Bangor Gazette.
“It is a bold attack upon some of the principles that regulate the Judiciary in their decisions in regard to contracts. In so far as the causes of poverty are to be traced to such sources at all, and to be remedied by legal means, the work is one of great discrimination and power.”—Herald of Freedom.
“A neat pamphlet of 108 pages—a very remarkable production.” “Whether all the anticipations of Mr. Spooner would be realized by the full adoption of his theory, we do not here stop to inquire; but we heartily commend his endeavor to the notice of all who love a transparent, forcible diction—intrepid independence—original thought, and entire freedom from the cant of sect or party. As a judicial writer, he has a depth, a compass, far beyond any one whose productions have met our eye in a long time.”—Albany Patriot.
“Most men, in discussing this subject, would rear a pile of hypotheses heaven-high, and spin a web of sophisms broad enough to cover it, but all to no practical use. To elucidate, to any purpose, the Causes and Cure of Poverty requires the hair-splitting subtlety of a thorough-bred lawyer, or doctor of divinity, united to profound legal knowledge, and a strong, practical, unhampered intellect; and the very man, of all others, to broach this business is Lysander Spooner, the author of the above-named work. This book is written with wonderful clearness and force. The propositions are squared as exact, and fit as smooth as a set of mathematical blocks; and the whole work will from an enduring monument of legal learning and acumen.” “He lays down seven propositions as the basis of his own scheme, each one of which is logically demonstrated and put beyond controversy. Every man is personally interested in the subject of which this work treats, and this fact alone should secure for it an immense circulation.”—Hampshire Herald.
“The work now under notice fully sustains the reputation of the author as a deep abstract thinker, legal critic, acute reasoner, and benevolent political economist.”—Adin Ballou.
“Even propositions which appeared to us at first view untenable, are made to appear at least plausible. His views of the causes of many deplorable evils in the existing state of society, under the present system of legislation, are not easily put by. We do not now agree with all the views of Mr. Spooner. But we do say that we have derived instruction from the perusal of his work before us, and that no intelligent man can give it a careful perusal without perceiving that he is following the train of a strong, comprehensive, and cultivated mind,—and that he is coming in contact with principles and arguments which it is well that the community should know.”—Christian Freeman.
“We would commend it to those who are interested in such speculations, as a clear, dispassionate, well-considered examination. On paper, the conclusions follow beautifully and naturally from the premises.”—Christian Register.
“Mr. Spooner has a clear head, and a right noble heart.” “Poverty,” &c., is a well reasoned and admirably written book. From our soul we thank him for its timely and lucid exhibition of the demands of natural justice, or the requirements of natural law, and we sincerely hope that he may continue his investigations until he has completed a series of political essays, adapted to the wants of the times, such as no other man within our knowledge is capable of preparing.” “We warmly recommend it to the perusal of all earnest and thoughtful.”—Correspondence of Voice of Industry.