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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, April 30, 2011

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5 comments:

Skyler J. Collins said...

Know of a free epub copy of it?

Brian said...

I haven't read the book, but the title might be a little misleading. Anarchism is not just about building a stateless society, or about any form of society that remains to be built. It is about socio/economic/political organization through voluntary, egalitarian, and cooperative methods, whether the state exists or not. The state is not an entity external to society; it is a highly integrated network of institutions. Some facets of its organization are problematic, others aren't. The essence of anarchism is interrogating the gamut of social relations.

Edward said...

Where did you get this definition from? I don't know my dead languages too well but:
An: no
arch: state
ism: belief in

Brian Pringle said...

If you're going to take the etymological route, "anarchism" just means "without a ruler." But the state is not just a group of people who call themselves rulers, nor would merely dismantling the state create an anarchist society.

Sheldon Richman said...

Skyler, I don't think there is a free e-book version.