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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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Setting the Bar Awfully Low

The news media are saturated with paeans to the peaceful transition of presidential power that takes place today. Aside from the fact that this is a preoccupation with the superficial (see below), it is also an awfully low setting for the bar. So the great American achievement is that no one will be killed or jailed as power passes from Bush to Obama? Amazing! But last I checked, peaceful transitions have been occurring for years in Canada, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, and a long list of other places.

Isn't this pushing American exceptionalism to absurd lengths?

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