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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.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

John Reed, R.I.P.

John Reed, perhaps the greatest interpreter of Gilbert and Sullivan's signature patter songs, died February 13. He was a wonderful comedian, who perfectly executed the roles of John Wellington Wells, the Learned Judge, Sir Joseph (First Lord of the Admiralty), modern Major General Stanley, Ko-Ko, Bunthorne, Jack Point, the Duke of Plaza-Toro, and so many other memorable characters created by William Schwenck Gilbert for his and Sir. Arthur Sullivan's 13 performed operettas. I've spent many hours listening to him. He always made me laugh. I admired his passion and dedication to his art.

I have been on hiatus from listening to Gilbert & Sullivan, but this sad news will likely put an end to that.

More on Reed here.

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