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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.

Monday, June 15, 2009

A Palestinian State .... If

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Palestinians can have their own country ... if, if, if, and if. See details here.

Reminds me of the story philosopher Norman Malcolm told about Wittgenstein:
When in very good spirits he would jest in a delightful manner. This took the form of deliberately absurd or extravagant remarks uttered in a tone, and with the mien, of affected seriousness. On one walk he "gave" me each tree that we passed, with the reservation that I was not to cut it down or do anything to it, or prevent the previous owners from doing anything to it: with those reservations they were henceforth mine.
Cross-posted at @TAC and Liberty & Power.


Gary Chartier said...

The obvious reservatious about the value of states for anyone obviously apply. But, with those reservations in place: three cheers, Sheldon! Very much on point.

Sheldon Richman said...

Gary, of course I agree. I am judging this within the current context.

steven said...

Sheldon, what exactly does Netanyahu mean by demilitarized Palestinian state? Does it mean they are not allowed to have a military?

Gary Chartier said...

I presume Netanyahu means precisely that. He gets to have one of the world's most powerful military organizations, but his neighbors don't.

Matthew Putman said...

I know I am responding late to this, and things have changed since July, still I just discovered your blog. I agree that words are wasted if there is nothing to back them up, and Palestinians must be tired of talk alone. I did recently see a good Charlie Rose interview with Walter Isaacson where he points out that even with Israeli invasions into Gaza; the West Bank has stayed peaceful. The reason he explains is the Palestine gdp growth rate of near 8%. I like this solution; to we invest in the West Bank with technology firms. I hope this provides a reason for Netanyahu to give. It will benefit everyone including him.