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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.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Was the Constitution Really Meant to Constrain the Government?

My message is not one of despair. But we will not cause the freedom philosophy to prevail merely by invoking a political document written by men who thought the main problem with America was too little, not too much, government. Rather, we must cut to the chase and convince people directly that our concepts of freedom and justice best accord with logic -- and their own deepest moral sense.
The rest of this week's TGIF, "Was the Constitution Really Meant to Constrain the Government?" is at the Foundation for Economic Education website.

Cross-posted at Liberty & Power.


Pat said...

This article was posted over @ DailyPaul.com

There's a bunch comments from mostly Constitutionalists if anyone is interested!

Link: http://www.dailypaul.com/node/57631

Edward said...

That seems to be the typical constitutionalist response. Perhaps if they read Sheldon's article and the Constitution... The Paulites ought to try to see if Ron Paul's idea of what the Constitution actually matches the text of the Constitution.

I think its pretty obvious from historical context that the purpose of the constitution was meant to expand powers. The Federalists had largely been loosing up until this point, the Articles failed to give them much anything, especially their most coveted power: the ability to collect and incur debts. They got this in the constitution.