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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.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Op-ed: Bangladeshi Workers Need Freed Markets

"Pro-sweatshop" is not a libertarian position. See why here.


Anonymous said...

Bangladesh is far more "freed market" than the US or most places in the first world.

"Freed markets" aren't a solution to anything. They're just a pass for corporate tyranny. Remove the government and corporations will just fill the void.

BTW I'm perfectly aware that corporations benefit from subsidies and regulations, I'm just saying that they won't go away as soon as you pull the government out from under them.

Sheldon Richman said...

I think you're wrong. Corporate power is the most dangerous derivative -- it's derived from state power.

Take a look at Markets Not Capitalism.

dennis said...

Even if it were true (which I don't believe it is) that corporations would behave malignantly absent the state, there is no way that the increase in bad behavior by said corporations would come close to making up for the lack of evil committed by the state. So, even if Anonymous is correct, the "corporate tyranny" s/he fears would be a much better deal for the poor, middle class and honest rich than the present system. As I believe Anonymous is very much mistaken a world in which we give up the state would be an even better proposition.