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America's Counter-Revolution
The Constitution Revisited

From the back cover:

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.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Against Intellectual Monoply

I've neglected to note--and praise--the publication of Against Intellectual Monopoly, a multidisciplinary case against patents and copyrights by Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine, two pro-market, pro-property economists. If you are interested in the subject, this is the book to read.

Make sure, also, to read their recent Freeman article, co-written with Alessandro Nuvolari, on how the steam-engine patents delayed rather than encouraged innovation.

1 comment:

Joel Schlosberg said...

Count me in among the people who thought you must've already posted about the book, which has been making the rounds (even before the book was completed, online draft versions were getting linked to from blogs like Roderick T. Long here), and since you're definitely aware of the authors — not only due to the aforementioned Freeman article, but since you're a contributor to their Against Monopoly blog.