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The Long March Through the Constitution

In the opinion of Marshall DeRosa, one of the contributors to this book,

The transition from states’ rights to unitary nationalism, i.e., domestic imperialism, was the most significant development in American politics.  This marks one of the worst fears of the framers coming to fruition, tyranny.

That is a self-evidently correct judgment.  It is also one I never heard during the four years I read American history as a graduate student at Columbia, where the unexamined assumption was that the progressive subjection of the states to the federal government, from the earliest days of the republic until what look increasingly like the latter ones of the empire, was a development as natural as the evolution of man from the apes, as inevitable as the triumph of liberalism itself.  Rethinking the American Union is a worthy collection of essays written from every point of view—the moral one, perhaps, most importantly.  No book that I know of so uncompromisingly reveals the fundamental dishonesty, intellectual and political, of the American nationalists’ project, beginning with the Constitutional Convention from 1787 to 1789 and continuing through the Federalists’ scheming in the early national period, Lincoln’s criminal usurpation of power from his invasion of Virginia until his death, Reconstruction by scoundrels and the foundations of empire by other...

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