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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.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What If?

If government played by the same rules as the rest of us, it would cease to be government.


Anonymous said...

We assign different orders of rights and obligations to different institutions, and people take on different social roles within those different sets of rules everyday. The rules are themselves a social invention, right alongside national sovereignty and money. This doesn't mean the rules are fake, but it does mean that their reality is not the result of an existence outside of human social relations.

If your post is simply trying to point out an obvious fact, then it is just that. If it's an expression of indignation, it's obtuse.

Sheldon Richman said...

Sounds like question begging.

Anonymous said...

That's exactly what I was suggesting.