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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, January 28, 2011

Op-Ed: Ron Paul and Ralph Nader on Corporatism and War

What is American politics coming to? I just watched a joint interview with Ralph Nader and Rep. Ron Paul — and they were mostly on the same side! Nader has spent his life promoting government intervention in the economy. Paul has spent his life promoting the free market and minimal government. For the two of them to discuss making common cause is something extraordinary.

And yet it makes total sense. What’s so exciting is that their common cause shines the spotlight right where it’s needed: on corporatism — the constellation of government policies that primarily benefit wealthy and well-connected business and banking interests at the expense of the rest of us.
Here's the op-ed.

2 comments:

Julia Riber Pitt said...

Their op-ed may seem like great words, but I'm still pretty cynical about the whole thing. Nader and Paul are still working within the same authoritarian system. Regardless of what they do, it still plays into that capitalist-statist farce known as politics.

N. Joseph Potts said...

Dynamic duos like Paul/Nader make me wonder if some conservative (I don't know about conservatives - Pat Buchanan?) could join this dance and, as it were, complete the circle?

Or is three a crowd? Anyway, I hope Paul and Nader's shared agenda will advance, with them together, separate, or even left out. It's the agenda that counts!