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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, May 21, 2010

TGIF: Anti-Federalists Vindicated

If the Antifederalists were still on the scene today, they might be saying — as they would have been saying right along — “Told you so.”
The full TGIF is here.


Tom said...


Great stuff as always. It is interesting in Kansas v. Hendricks that Thomas and Scalia were in the majority upholding a Kansas law concerning civil commitment after the criminals scheduled release. Breyer was in the minority. The challenge to the law was on different grounds but I still find it interesting.

Thomas, writing for the majority, stated,

"We hold that the Kansas Sexually Violent Predator Act comports with due process requirements and neither runs afoul of double jeopardy principles nor constitutes an exercise in impermissible ex post-facto lawmaking. Accordingly, the judgment of the Kansas Supreme Court is reversed"

Sheldon Richman said...

I guess the difference is that one case was a federal assertion of power, the other a state assertion.