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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.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Stimulus is Working!

Stimulus has cities securing lobbyists
Race is on to get bit of $787 billion

Headline in today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (subscription site)


Robert Higgs said...

Reminds me of the race to get ownership of the public domain when the government was disposing of it in part by the Homestead System in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One gambit was for a large land engrosser to hire ranch hands, drifters, drunks, and assorted village idiots to go into the Land Office and register a homestead claim for a particular parcel, on the understanding that rights would be surrendered later to the big fish, such as a timber company or a big rancher.

Think of the "stimulus" pot of money as the 21st century's public domain.

Josh said...

There was a story in my local newspaper yesterday about all the great things the earmarks will do for my region (NE Iowa, home to Charles "Suicide" Grassley). As one of the local recipient says, "In a word, I think it's great."

Sheldon Richman said...

If Nobel prize winners in economics don't get the broken-window fallacy, why should anyone else?