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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.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Sheldon,

A recent blog post at randi.org, "The Legacy of the Anti-Psychiatry Movement", by Dr. Steven Novella (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Novella), criticizes the late Dr. Szasz's role in "anti-psychiatry". Many libertarians, such as myself, tend to also be part of the "skeptical movement", i.e. skeptical of quackery. So when I came across this post at James "The Amazing" Randi's website, I became I little disconcerted. I value highly your input into libertarianism, but I also highly value the work of well known skeptics.

Just wondering if you have any thoughts about this blog post (or similar skeptical criticisms of much of Dr. Szasz's work)?

Richard G.

dennis said...

I'm not as acquainted with Szaz's work as Sheldon, but he was not part of the anti-psychiatry movement, in fact he was quite critical of them.

Sheldon Richman said...

Randi, whom I admire greatly, should be pleased with Szasz's criticism of Laing's antipsychiatry movement. Laing wasn't really antipsychiatry (or anti-coercion) at all. Look up Szasz's critique.