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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.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Don't Talk Trade, Free It

The collapse late last month of world trade talks, known as the Doha Round (after the capital of Qatar), was overshadowed by continuing bad news from Iraq and Afghanistan and the outbreak of war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. While the bloodletting there is unlikely to be the golden opportunity some think it is, the breakdown of the WTO talks could be -- if we seize it.
Read the rest of this week's TGIF column at the Foundation for Economic Education website.

1 comment:

tim (sydney, australia) said...

The comments towards the end of the column about the US government's agenda of imposing US "intellectual property" definitions are illuminating.

Washington wants to impose a "shrink wrap" empire.

A couple of years back WIRED ran an excellent article here called THE EAGLE IS GROUNDED. Where the EU wants free trade but says it must insist on a range of labour, environmental and cultural standards, the US says it wants free trade but must insist on IP standards.

The new IP based protectionism will ultimately be as crippling and as unproductive as the history of merchant marine subsidies the WIRED article elucidates.