Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

An abolitionist’s take on the NSA email surveillance program

| August 8, 2013

In light of the recent revelations about the NSA’s massive email spying programs, I’m reminded of this passage from my favorite abolitionist Lysander Spooner in his own response to the postal monopoly of his day. Keep in mind that at the time he wrote this, the privacy of the mails was a contentious political issue. […]