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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, February 22, 2007

Home Run, Brad Spangler

I wish to associate myself with these remarks by Brad Spangler about the fallacy-induced wedge between libertarians and the left. Well put! My only reservation is his call to join the IWW. I'll need to see some good argument on that. Here is the IWW's mission statement. It seems to me the One Big Union makes the same mistake Brad identifies in his post.

Hat tip: Roderick Long.


Roderick T. Long said...

I don’t agree with everything in the IWW preamble either; but as I see it the Wobblies’ principal virtues are: a) by seeking to organise all the workers in any given field they deliberately avoid the cartel model of organising the ins against the outs that so many libertarians seem to think is the sole union strategy; b) they’re more interested in increasing worker autonomy than in just haggling for wages and benefits; c) they have a heavily anarchist tradition and have consistently spurned the seeking-government-favours-by-becoming-tame-unions approach that so many mainstream unions have followed; d) their record on issues of race/gender/etc. inclusiveness is far better than the union mainstream.

(For more, see Wally Conger on Sam Konkin here, Charles Johnson (RadGeek) in the comments section here, Kevin Carson here, Joel Schlosberg here, and Tom Knapp here.)

Sheldon Richman said...

Thanks, Roderick. I will pursue those links.