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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.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Executive Privilege

I see Barack Obama has one-upped George W. Bush in his defense of executive autocracy by invoking both state secrets and sovereign immunity against people suing the government over Bush's warrantless wiretapping. Well, what's the point of being president if you're not going to have all those cool executive powers Bush accumulated?

Kevin Carson has a good comment here.