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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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Obamacre Contraception Controversy Boiled Down

"My birth control. My choice. (Your money)."


brian said...

Why make it only about birth control if you wanna make the issue boil down to "your money"?

"My tumor. My life. (Your money.)"

"My vasectomy. My life. (Your money.)"

"My heart attack. My life. (Your money.)"

But seriously, how does your post NOT contribute to the popular notion that libertarianism is just a fancy term for "white male economics"?

Sheldon Richman said...

It is only on this matter that I hear access equated with zero price. Day after day you find discussions in the media where this equation, voiced by advocates, goes unchallenged, even by people who pride themselves are playing "hardball." No one claims ever she is denied access to pizza or iPhones because her employer won't provide pizza and iPhones for free. But when it comes to birth control, suddenly one is denied access simply by virtue of the fact that one's employer won't pay for it.

If pointing that out makes me a sexist, I don't know what to say.

brian said...

My point was not to suggest that you are sexist. I'm just puzzled as to why you would point out that, under the ACA, healthcare for birth control involves involuntary transfers of wealth without pointing out the far more important issue which is that the state and corporate capitalism themselves have created a condition of artificial scarcity for women's reproductive healthcare.

Sheldon Richman said...

Even if it were true that I ignore that capitalism creates artificial scarcities, it would still worthwhile to debunk the outrageous equation of refusal to pay with denial of access.

But are you seriously suggesting that I've made no critique of corporate capitalism or specifically the government-medicine complex?

Grung_e_Gene said...

Hardy. But, then you consider workers to be replaceable cogs in the gears of Industry, with no right to their pay because their pay is actually Capitalists Money and as you hold Capital belongs to Capitalists while Poverty belongs to the Poor.

Anonymous said...

Grung_e_Gene, if you're directing your comment at Sheldon, then you must not be familiar with his work. I'm sure Sheldon can elaborate or give you several links to check out.

Richard G.

Grung_e_Gene said...

I've read Mr. Richman's pieces frequently. Libertarianism and Adherence to Herbert Spencer most assuredly boils down to money belongs to Business and everyone from greedy government to ungrateful employees is trying to steal that which "rightfully" belongs to Capitalists.

Sheldon Richman said...

"Assuredly"? Try reading without preconceived notions, i.e., fairly. Anarchism is about treating people fairly, so give it a try. Try this.