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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.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

What's Wrong with Selling Your Vote?

Poor Max Sanders. The 19-year-old University of Minnesota student faces five years in jail and a $10,000 fine; he is accused of putting his vote in the presidential election up for auction on eBay. He started the bidding at $10. The charge is bribery, treating, and soliciting.

I'm confused. Aren't all our votes for sale? Each candidate tries to bribe us with future benefits of all sorts. Basically, a campaign is an effort to buy votes wholesale.

The rest of my latest Future of Freedom Foundation op-ed, "What's Wrong with Selling Your Vote," is at Counterpunch.


Belinsky said...

Bingo! Great article, Sheldon.

Edward said...

I know some one that would buy votes [or at least trade for them]. I'll tell him about your unicorns.

LarryRuane said...

Very good, Sheldon. Your article calls to mind Joe Sobran's observation that if the vote is our most precious right, as we're constantly told, then the penalty for not paying your taxes should be that you lose the right to vote.

Grung_e_Gene said...

You can't be so vulgar about it! Good Gravy! Americans love to be lied to and hate the truth teller the most I say (someone else might have said before me in better prose but screw him!)