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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.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Hiroshima


Today is the 64th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, one of President Harry Truman's two acts of butchery against Japan in August 1945. There isn't much to be said about those unspeakable atrocities that hasn't been said many times before. The U.S. government never needed atomic bombs to commit mass murder. It's "conventional" weapons have been potent enough. But considering how the "leaders" saw The Bomb, its two uses against Japan stand out as especially heinous acts. The U.S. government may not have used atomic weapons since 1945, but it has not yet given up mass murder as a political/military tactic. Presidential candidates are still expected to say that, with respect to nuclear weapons, that "no options are off the table."

The anniversary of the Nagaski bombing is Sunday.

Rad Geek People's Daily has a poignant post here. Rad says: "As far as I am aware, the atomic bombing of the Hiroshima city center, which deliberately targeted a civilian center and killed over half of the people living in the city, remains the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of the world."

[This post appeared previously.]

2 comments:

Todd Andrew Barnett said...

Outstanding post, Sheldon! It never ceases to amaze me when conservatives legitimize their reasons for going into the War on Terror, particularly when a group of religious-influenced (but more political-influenced) Middle Eastern men hijack and ram four planes into the World Trade Towers, part of the Pentagon, and an open Pennsylvanian field on 9/11, but will criticize us for saying that the Leviathan has committed acts of terrorism in other parts of the world, even as a response to Japan's attack* on Pearl Harbor. What nerve these clods have, considering that the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the most deadliest acts of state-sponsored, state-approved terrorism not only in the history of the United States but also the history of the entire world.

Todd Andrew Barnett said...

*Note, my comment on Japan's attack should not be construed to mean that the Japanese men, women, and children endorsed what their own government did, which they did not, so "Japan's attack" only applies to the Japanese government, not the Japanese people.