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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, September 03, 2008

Gives Me the Willies

Is anyone bothered by those "Service" and "Country First" signs at the Republican convention? Why am I thinking of Mussolini's words: "Everything for the State; nothing outside the State; nothing against the State"?


Wirkman Virkkala said...


Conservatives speak the language of loyalty. They feel a part of "America" in the abstract, and want to honor the system and the abstraction and, indeed, what they think of as the reality itself.

Alas, that means that they tend not to be good about changing the nature of the system, or their leaders, when principles they otherwise approve of hit the dump heap of politicking.

Loyalty to group or leader has a cost: loyalty to principles.

In this way, libertarians like you and individualists like me, for all our differences, are pretty similar.

And this is our similarity to modern statist "liberals," as Jonathan Haidt explains . . . they have a narrowed moral focus, and loyalty to group or leader plays little part of it.

(Of course, they do seems altogether too partial to "cool" people, and that's the ancient honor standard revived, if in bastard form.)

Black Bloke said...

Why are you thinking of it? Because you're intelligent, historically minded, and care about liberty.

Speaking of fascism, or of something like it, I believe this video was recorded last night: http://gnooze.com/archives/235

It's been given the title, "Protestors Tear Gassed! Raw footage - gnooze tear gassed in St. Paul!"

Pass it on if you think it's worth it.

AzraelsJudgement said...

I am with you on this.

Mussolini loved fascism and was the best teacher of it. Conservatives seem to love fascism while pretending it is freedom.

Rorshak (1313) said...

Because they both mean the exact same thing. The former just sounds less scary than the latter.

Sheldon Richman said...

We need to point this out everyday.