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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.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy Flag Day

If you're not convinced that nationalism is cultish, look up the rules for the proper handling of an American flag. My favorites:

  • The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
  • The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

4 comments:

Kevin Carson said...

Wow -- I'm wearing one flag as a diaper for those embarrassing occasions when I can't make it to the toilet in time, and using another one as a potholder. So is this bad?

Roderick T. Long said...

The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

What if I bought the flagpole? Isn't it merchandise? Heck, isn't the flag itself merchandise. Hence you should never fold it, lest it touch itself.

The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart

I'm not sure which is crazier -- the idea that the flag is a living thing, or, granting that arguendo, the "therefore."

Kevin Carson said...

Syphilis is a living thing, too.

Sheldon Richman said...

Wouldn't it be cruel to run a living thing up a flag pole?