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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.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Priorities -- Please!

It is curious that people who obsess over a $400 million "bridge to nowhere" favor spending $10 billion a month in Iraq -- indefinitely. That bridge probably wouldn't have killed anyone.


Mark, a Reformed Patriot said...

If the government is building it you can be sure someone somewhere died for it. I mean, $400 million in taxes probably killed someone.

Robert Higgs said...

You are also overlooking the great pleasure that many Americans take in slaughtering Iraqis and other people, especially brown people in faraway places with strange customs and incomprehensible languages. If I've learned one thing in my nearly 65 years of living in this country, it is that Americans are, by and large, a bloodthirsty bunch. As a mocking bumpersticker had it back in the 1960s: join the army, travel, meet exotic people, kill them.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Higgs,

I think you are underestimating (or overestimating) the American people. Many would have no reluctance in slaughtering white people in faraway lands with similar customs and not so incomprehensible languages.

Sheldon Richman said...

Not if they had a choice about ponying up the money voluntarily, would they? I think Mencken was right about people not going to war if their misleaders and public self-servants didn't whip them into a frenzy.

steven said...

I think that compulsory taxation, more than any other factor, is what drives the American war machine. Politicians can wage war while taxpayers and other innocents pay the price. As Roderick Long said in his article Anarchism as Constitutionalism: A Reply to Bidinotto, "The bloody history of the world is the result of governments buying war at less than the market price by shifting the costs to their subjects."