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America's Counter-Revolution
The Constitution Revisited

From the back cover:

This book challenges the assumption that the Constitution was a landmark in the struggle for liberty. Instead, Sheldon Richman argues, it was the product of a counter-revolution, a setback for the radicalism represented by America’s break with the British empire. Drawing on careful, credible historical scholarship and contemporary political analysis, Richman suggests that this counter-revolution was the work of conservatives who sought a nation of “power, consequence, and grandeur.” America’s Counter-Revolution makes a persuasive case that the Constitution was a victory not for liberty but for the agendas and interests of a militaristic, aristocratic, privilege-seeking ruling class.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Did Katrina Discriminate?

The question of whether poor black people bore a disproportionate share of Hurricane Katrina's devastation is complex. You'd expect poorer people to be at a disadvantage, since their houses are likely of lesser quality, fewer would have cars, and those that did might have less money for gasoline. My earlier post reported on a Knight-Ridder study that indicated that the death and destruction cut more or less proportionally across socioeconomic and racial lines. This Los Angeles Times article professes to bear this out, but the story has conflicting data. For example, the Times says that 298 of 528 bodies recovered were from poor parts of town. That's over 56 percent. Yet people below the official poverty level are said to account for 25 percent of the city's residents. Moreover, not all the bodies have been identified with respect to race and residency. For more, here's an analysis by Benjamin Kilpatrick of the LA Times article. Who knows what more complete data will show?

Hat tip: Roderick T. Long.

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