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America's Counter-Revolution
The Constitution Revisited

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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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Why did Cho Seung Hui kill all those people at Virginia Tech? Everyone is asking this. When I hear such a question, I sense that people want an expert to give a scientific cause-and-effect answer. Then I'm reminded of Thomas Szasz's insightful aphorism: There is no psychology. There is only biography and autobiography.

Actions have reasons not causes.


Michael G said...

Perhaps his antidepressants are the link. See this site for more info: http://www.drugawareness.org/home.html
(Michael Moore notwithstanding ...)

Anonymous said...

michael g,

you totally miss sheldon's point. anti-depressants cannot cause anyone to commit murder.

Sheldon Richman said...

Why do some people on antidepressants kill others or themselves, while other people on them do neither?

Michael G said...

All I know is that my good friends lost their 17 year old son to suicide, Christmas Eve, 2005. His personality completely changed while he was on antidepressants, and finally couldn't deal with the changes.

Now, the manufacturer states that children under 18 should not take their antidepressant due to the possibility of suicide. Before, they didn't state such a thing. Hmmm...

Sheldon Richman said...

I recommend this article to anyone who is looking for a "scientific" explanation.