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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, February 10, 2009

The Perverse Genius of Politics

Barack Obama held another town meeting today, this one in Fort Myers, Fla. People in the audience stood up and directly told the President of the United States they are hurting because of the recession. Obama listened sympathetically and explained how he will help them. It was all captured on television.

It takes some understanding of economics — which most people lack — to comprehend what’s wrong with that picture. Those people are victims of the state’s misguided interventionist economic policies — after all, the central government has been the steward of the U.S. economy for generations. Yet Obama, the latest chief executive of this economy-wrecking organization, stood before them as their salvation. The news media reinforced that narrative at every step.

This is why it is so difficult for economic sense to make headway.

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