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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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Op-ed: They Don't Mean Well

Americans have a strange need to believe that their “leaders” mean well. Nowhere is this more true than in foreign policy. Even when the horror of some government operation is revealed (usually after being kept from the American people), solemn pundits and elder statesmen will drone on about unintended consequences and the fog of war, while admonishing against “pointless” recriminations. Typically, the harshest accusation leveled against those responsible for a calamity is incompetence, and even that’s rare.
Yet when one examines the U.S. government’s bloody record in foreign affairs, it is tough to come away thinking that the long trail of death, mayhem, and devastation is anything but the result of malevolence in the pursuit of political and economic interest.
Read it here.


Robert said...

Just had to say I found this an illuminating and crucially important article and perspective.

You here address a barrier that so many people can't seem to cross: thinking the USA is good and means well, regardless of the mass murders, terrorism, etc., it commits.

I have found one way to crash people into this barrier is to ask them if they think Saddam Hussein's gassing of the Iranians and Kurds was wrong. When they say yes, I tell them the USA was fully and openly complicit in those acts, and explain how.

The confusion then becomes palpable on their faces. Their minds are trying to reconcile US complicity in something they already said was wrong. How could it be? They then deny that this could be true, so I show the facts, which are of course open and public record.

This, I hope, also starts people on the path to ending their automatic trust of perceived "authority" figures.

Thanks again for this great article.

Sheldon Richman said...

Thank you. Your method of getting people to think is excellent!

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