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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.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Supreme Irony

How ironic that the U.S. and Britain once saw the Muslim Brotherhood as the religious-right counterweight to secular Arab nationalism and leftism.


Kevin Carson said...

I believe Israel, similarly, initially saw Hamas as a religious counterweight to Al Fatah.

Sheldon Richman said...

Quite so. See here.

Sheldon Richman said...

President Eisenhower entertained a young Muslim Brotherhood official at the White House in 1953 -- knowing full well the Brotherhood's reputation for violence and its ambition for an Islamic state in Egypt.

Kevin Carson said...

Come to think of it, wasn't the U.S. supporting Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan at one time, as a "counterbalance" to some set of secular socialists or other? Cough cough blowback cough.

Sheldon Richman said...

I'm sure you're mistaken. The U.S. government would never do anything like that.