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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.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Meet the New Boss...

It is clear that Barack Obama will not be making any essential changes to U.S. Middle East policy, particularly when it comes to the Israeli government's abominable treatment of the Palestinians. (And watch for an intensification of the Afghan quagmire.) There may be some conciliatory rhetoric, but it will mean nothing. We've heard it before. Every incoming administration does the same thing. Nothing will change. Politics, undergirded by economic special interest, will assure that. As a result, the Israeli government will regularly substitute open warfare for beneath-the-radar oppression, as it has lately. The ratio of Palestinian to Israel casualties will remain huge, but the media will lead Americans to believe the Israelis are the primary victims. Americans will also be shielded from the fact that behind the violent outbursts lies the routine dehumanizing treatment of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. (In that connection, see this and this.)


littlehorn said...

Nice post. I've come back from a demonstration and there are still those who long for the two state solution. What do you think of that ?

I told them two states is what we've been talking about for 60 years so it's a little useless considering the result; obviously, Zionists oppose that, they got the upper hand, it's not gonna happen. It would be faster and more efficient in my view to denounce Zionism as contrary to the spirit of "peace and coexistence."

Mimi said...

The Israelis are determined to wipe the Palestinians off the face of the earth. And we're aiding and abetting, make no mistake, in providing the weapons. Helpless rage and horror can be the only valid reaction from those with just a touch of moral feeling.