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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.

Friday, February 07, 2014

TGIF: The Cruel Joke of Sacralizing Voting

By now we’re used to MSNBC’s adoration of government, expressed not only on its programs but also through in-house promotions.
These are often heavy-handed, such as Rachel Maddow’s spots asserting that only governments can accomplish “great things.” Sometimes, however, the promos are more subtle, such as one currently running. Voiced by prime-time All In host Chris Hayes, the spot shows a series of colorful shower curtains backed by a sappily whistled tune; the final curtain turns out to be not for a shower but for a voting booth — at which point Hayes says,
In America there are many ways to express yourself, but only one that counts. Speak out.
The message: vote or you have no voice.
Intended or not, no message could more effectively instill passivity toward the ruling elite and the status quo. As Emma Goldman said, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”
Read it all here.


thombrogan said...

The analogy to the toddler with the fake steering wheel was spot on.

Sheldon Richman said...


Jeremy said...

Hi Sheldon.

Thanks for another excellent article. However, I'll take slight issue with this statement: "I admit that the Progressive “ancients” among us do not go quite so far as the original ancients. They would not want a vote to establish a state religion. But they go pretty far in the ancient direction."

The progressive "ancients" do want to establish a state religion. That religion is Statism. Statism is a religion, replete with creation myths and a host of other myths designed to support the false legitimacy of the State. Thus the "sacralizing" of voting.

Kind Regards,