No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority
Thread title is the name of an essay written in 1869 by Lysander Spooner, an American Individualist Anarchist and Constitutional Lawyer.
It's essentially a refutation of the legitimacy of the United States. It is thorough, rigorous, and while the grammar may show the age of it, the principles in it are immortal and easily understood.
The basis of the argument is that a document or "written instrument" doesn't bind anybody unless it is a contract. If I write on a piece of paper that you owe me $10, you don't actually owe me $10. If you sign it, you will, but until then, nobody would accept it as evidence to prove a debt of $10 that you owe me. The Constitution is like that piece of paper that I wrote on. Just the irrelevant scribblings of someone with no connection to you. Possibly old, elegantly worded, and being a folk version of holy writ, but not something which can show any obligation on anyone to obey, to pay, to render services, or similar, for which one may rightly be successfully sued over. It doesn't bind you because you didn't sign it. And it has never bound anybody, because nobody has ever signed it in such a way as to bind themselves by it as a contract. And an unsigned contract is a worthless, irrelevant piece of paper. And so is the Constitution a worthless, irrelevant piece of paper (or technically three). And without this piece of paper, there is no United States as such, no Federal Government, no President, no Congress, no Supreme Court, no power to make or enforce laws, nothing.
So read it, or listen to it, but do one of them, if only to hear a well-presented but unconventional viewpoint that you probably never knew existed.