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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.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bailout Lies

One of the lies involved in the Wall Street bailout -- and there are many, including the claim that the credit markets are frozen -- is that the taxpayers will recoup the losses and even turn a profit. The biggest lie there is not financial but political. Even if there are gains, they will not go to the taxpayers but rather to the government. For some strange reason, this distinction is lost on virtually everyone, especially the news media.


Nathan said...

This has been bothering me as well, but I have two hypotheses:
Perhaps most people [naively] expect that if the government comes into some money over this, then taxes will be lowered to compensate. Or, perhaps the thought is that they will spend more on <insert "very important" program here> than they otherwise would.

steven said...

Sheldon, I think the biggest and most damaging lie is that the free market caused this situation. Most people have been tricked into thinking that freedom is bad and more government control is the cure for everything.