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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.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Libertarianism: Left or Right?

Is libertarianism of the Left or of the Right? We often avoid this question with a resounding “Neither!” Given how these terms are used today, this response is understandable. But it is unsatisfying when viewed historically.

In fact, libertarianism is planted squarely on the Left, as I will try to demonstrate here.

The rest of my article "Libertarianism: Left or Right?" is at The Future of Freedom Foundation website.


James Leroy Wilson said...

Great article.

Of course, because both Proudhon and Bastiat sat in the French Assembly, some contemporary American left-libertarians may say they were both sell-outs and can not be considered anarchist or libertarian at all.

The problem is how to use political means to abolish politics. Nobody has figured that out to anyone else's satisfaction. There isn't any single good way to get out of Iraq, or to abolish Social Security and Medicare, or to get rid of the Fed.

Yet, perhaps out of naivete, or perhaps out of simple math, I would rather have the Proudhons, Bastiats, and (gasp!) even Ron Pauls represent us in Congress. The more the libertarian-oriented side is represented, the less damage the State will do. If utopia is not possible, we should grab as much liberty as we can.

Daniel Roncari said...

Amazing article, Sheldon!