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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.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Aristotle and Standup Comedy

How many comedians have one-liners about Aristotle? The only one I know of is the incomparable Shelley Berman (official site here), from whom I learned much in my youth:
Some people say Aristotle died in Chalcis, Euboea. I think Aristotle died of Chalcis Euboea.

Berman these days plays Larry David's father on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Classic Berman is here.


Kevin Carson said...

Larry David must have been the main reason Seinfeld was so funny, because I never thought Jerry Seinfeld's standup act ever went beyond mildly amusing. I got my fill of jokes about airline peanuts and what happened to socks in the dryer back in the '80s watching Evening at the Improv.

Sheldon Richman said...

I like Seinfeld's standup, but I agree about Larry David, Kevin. Curb Your Enthusiasm is very funny.