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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.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Scott Adams, Political Philosopher?

Over the last two days I've come to the conclusion that a good way to deepen one's appreciation and understanding of anarchism is to study the "Dilbert" comic strip. I am a latecomer to the strip, for which I could kick myself. If this is how people are in "voluntary" organizations, imagine what they are like in coercive organizations. (The sneer-quotes indicate that corporations are sheltered from the full force of the winds of competition. Things would be otherwise -- slightly, at least -- if they weren't.)

Hat tip: free-market anti-capitalist Kevin Carson, Mutualist Blog, for his repeated references to "Dilbert."


Jeremy said...

I'm beginning to think the touchstone of politics is the practice of institutional analysis and organizational theory. Studying the ways humans interact - and criticizing hierarchical organizations whenever they are unable to conform - makes more and more sense, especially as I continue to learn about the incestuous relationship between corporatism and the state. Dilbert is an excellent study in this.

Sheldon Richman said...

Jeremy, I have much to learn about the subject. There's an interesting podcast lecture about the state as an organization at Mises.org. If you can recommend good reading on organization theory, please do.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link. My own top recommendation for a good treatment of organization is Paul Goodman's People or Personnel.
--Kevin Carson