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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.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Torturing the Language of Torture

Is waterboarding, known during the Spanish Inquisition as tortura del agua, really torture or not? The question seems to answer itself, but the Bush administration says No. Its critics disagree, noting that the “interrogation technique,” which makes a subject physically and mentally react as though he is drowning, has long been regarded as torture by international agreements and outlawed in the United States.
The rest of this week's op-ed, "Torturing the Language of Torture," is at The Future of Freedom Foundation website.


LarryRuane said...

They don't come right out and say it, but I think right-wingers approve of torture for the same reason they don't mind police use of tasering: It inflicts punishment to people who "really" deserve it. Our legal system has become infiltrated by liberal judges, they say, and the liberals in Congress and in the media won't let the military fight to win. So the least our brave soldiers and police can do is administer a little on-the-spot justice.

As Arthur Silber (powerofnarrative.blogspot.com) says, "the advocacy of torture, no matter how 'limited' or how narrowly drawn, is the advocacy of evil."

Excellent article, Sheldon.

Sheldon Richman said...

Your explanation rings true to me. Thanks, Larry.