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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.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Contradiction of a Conservative, continued

News Corp. (Murdoch, WSJ, Fox) gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association because the company "has always believed in the power of free markets and in organizations like the RGA, which have a pro-business agenda...."

Not only are those not the same things, they are in conflict with each other. You can have a pro-business agenda or a free market, but not both.


dennis s. said...

It would be one thing if the Republicans supported an actual minarchist policy. It would still be a problem, as the very existence of the state makes impartiality impossible, but at least it would be a defensible philosophical position. Instead the Republicans endorse a combination of sweet heart deals and regulation (which of course often amount to the same thing.)

N. Joseph Potts said...

Perhaps the RGA's "pro-business agenda" will now be explicitly pro-News Corp. News Corp. is a business, isn't it? Like the Pope's a Catholic?

Charles Johnson (Rad Geek) said...

It needn't be a contradiction. Maybe News Corp has always believed in the power of the free market to destroy the violent Intellectual Monopoly that they have used to accumulate their billions. And hence believes in pro-business organizations like the RGA, who will put a stop to this grave and gathering danger.

Sheldon Richman said...

Charles, point taken.