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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.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Shame on You, Jon Stewart

Shame on Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show," for his cowardly apology for calling Harry Truman a war criminal. If dropping atomic bombs on two militarily irrelevant cities, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent and defenseless men, women, and children doesn't earn the perpetrator the label "war criminal," I don't see how Bush, Cheney, et al. deserve the label. Shame on you, Jon Stewart. Some edgy, renegade social critic you turned out to be.

See the appalling display here. And read Justin Raimondo's appropriate denunciation here.


Jim Morse said...

If nuking, carpet bombing, and firebombing cities are criminal acts because they necessarily involve the slaughter of noncombatants, what is the legal and moral status of the drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan by U. S. armed forces?

And, if the invasion and occupation of Iraq was a criminal act because it was a war of aggression, what is the legal and moral status of the ongoing occupation of Iraq?

Jim Morse said...

Rumor has it that many Americans get their news from Jon Stewart. One wonders, do they also get their opinions from him? If they agree with Jon Stewart that Truman's nuking of cities filled with civilians was not a war crime, how likely is it that they will oppose the nuking of other cities in the future by a future U. S. president?

Sheldon Richman said...

You mean Obama is a war criminal? Now there's a question to ask Jon Stewart. He probably thought at first that he could get away with calling a dead president, even if he was a Democrat, a war criminal because no one would care. He learned otherwise and slunk back from the edge.

Anonymous said...

Countdown to random uberpatriot who will "inform" us that dropping the atomic bomb saved seventy-two gajillion lives.