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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.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Trump's Wall and the Assault on Private Property

The Washington Post's article on Donald Trump's border wall does something unusual: it takes into account Trump's planned assault on property owners along the Mexican border. Note:
In Texas, almost all of the land along the border is privately owned. When former President George W. Bush tried to build border fencing starting in 2006 he faced stiff opposition from local ranchers and farmers, many of whom took the government to court on plans to use their land.   
In many areas along the Rio Grande the fencing is built well inside the United States, as far as a mile north of the Rio Grande, to ensure that the structure doesn’t interfere with the flow of the river or is built on solid ground.... [Emphasis added.] 
A popular golf course near the border in Brownsville was cut off from the rest of the city by border fencing and was forced to close in 2015.
Trump's wall will face the same facts, but Trump doesn't regard this as an obstacle. Let's remember that he has tried to use eminent domain for his own projects, and he praised the Kelo case, when the U.S Supreme Court said government's may take private property to benefit private companies. The article quotes Republican Rep. Will Hurd, "whose sprawling West Texas swing district encompasses more than 800 miles of the border. 'Many areas in my district are perfect examples of where a wall is unnecessary and would negatively impact the environment, private property rights and economy.'" (Emphasis added.)

 Trump is a nationalist -- and therefore no friend of liberty.

 See John Oliver's deconstruction of Trump's proposal.
 

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did you advocate the Supreme Court overturning the actions of the City of New London?

Sheldon Richman said...

I criticized the ruling.

Anonymous said...

On Constitutional grounds, I presume? SC has no power to overturn such laws, egregious as they are.

Sheldon Richman said...

Not on constitutional grounds. On liberty grounds. The constitutional horse left that barn ages ago.