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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, June 12, 2009

Welcome to Post Office Health Care

America’s health-care system has problems — all traceable to government intervention — but it could be worse. And if the so-called reform emerging in Congress is enacted, it will be worse.
My latest Future of Freedom Foundation op-ed, "Welcome to Post Office Health Care," is here.

1 comment:

MarkZ said...

Sheldon, I was ready to pounce on this until I read the last paragraph. Nice save.

In my view, these efforts are merely the finishing touches of an already state-shaped system. One that began with occupational licensure requirements and the income tax, is exacerbated by drug laws and restrictions, and is nailed together by the protectorate that's set up as a consequence of intellectual property right on down to no-bid construction contracts.

As you often say, and which I'm probably paraphrasing poorly, the free market won't appear by merely scraping off a layer of welfare. And that's no more obvious than in the health care game. Simply shifting the burden of WHO PAYS from one source to another is a relatively unimportant maneuver, when the crux of the problem lies in WHO GETS PAID.