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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.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Je ne suis pas Charlie

Yes, there is no right not to be offended. But that doesn't mean there is a corollary obligation to offend.

Recommended reading: "Why I Am Not Charlie," by Scott Long;  "Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie," by Arthur Chu; and "In Solidarity with a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons," by Glenn Greenwald.

3 comments:

Will said...

You should also recommend Glenn Greenwald's piece on The Intercept: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/01/09/solidarity-charlie-hebdo-cartoons/

Best statement I have read on the hypocrisy of those now rushing to portray themselves as ardent defenders of free speech.

Sheldon Richman said...

I quite agree. Added.

The Stormer said...

Let's see when Hollywood produces "The Last Temptation of Mohammed" or "The Satanic Verses Code." Come to think of it, "The Book of the Koran" would probably make a cool Broadway show. I would also like to see Saturday Night Live do a skit about "Mohammed Unchained" as they did about Jesus. "Good Muslimah Bitches" has a nice ring to it for a sitcom.