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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.

Friday, August 03, 2007

National Defense

If we didn't have it, we wouldn't need it. Think about it.

2 comments:

Matt said...

It certainly would be true that if we did not have a nation state that we would not need a "national" defense. More than likely this would keep the government from "having" to get involved in pre-emptive attacks against a "possible" attack by another country.

I would also say that should we have a country organized by individuals interacting peacefully with one another without a government there would arise private armies that could be hired to protect areas. I could also imagine that a foreign government attacking such a loose confederation of individuals for its own benefit. On this occassion I could forsee a possible rise of the volunteer militia from across America that would rise up to help protect it. Would it therefore be national defense effort?

Sheldon Richman said...

It wouldn't be what we think of as national defense, since it wouldn't be nation-state-based.