Paul Street: Reflections on the Absurdity of the U.S. Constitution

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 25, 2019

“The Democratic Party isn’t about social and economic justice, democracy or ecological survival. It isn’t even mainly about winning elections, it’s about serving and colluding with corporate sponsors and climbing the neoliberal capitalist oligarchy. Think Bill (NAFTA) Clinton, the multi-millionaire head of The Clinton Foundation, think Barack (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Obama who has entered the economic oligarchy now as a reward to his dutiful service to the nation’s unelected dictatorship of capital.”

“I said it before I’ll say it again: the dismal dollar-drenched Democrats prefer losing to the right even a creeping fascist, white nationalist right over losing to the left, even the explicitly non-radical Social Democratic Left in their own party.”

OpenUnivoftheLeft on Mar 24, 2019

Dr. Paul Street, Reflections on the Authoritarian Absurdity of the U.S. Constitution and Why it Matters Today, Open University of the Left, 3-23-2019, Chicago, Illinois

Open University of the Left: “The nation is already descending into yet another preposterous, precisely time-staggered quadrennial major party big money candidate-centered electoral extravaganza—one that could very well re-elect an aspiring fascist leader to the imperial presidency. It is an apt moment to reflect on the all-too-rarely noted problem that the United States is authoritarian by constitutional design. U.S. politics and policy are poisoned beyond all democratic recognition by an explicitly anti-egalitarian charter drafted and passed by 18th Century slaveholders and merchant capitalists for whom popular sovereignty was the ultimate nightmare. Street will discuss how U.S. politics and policy are badly distorted by the nation’s exceptionally durable charter and how we might finally and productively stop playing “Simon Says” with militant anti-democrats like Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.”


Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of seven books to date: Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era (New York: Routledge, 2005); Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: a Living Black Chicago History (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2008); The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power (Paradigm, 2010); (with Anthony DiMaggio) Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics (Paradigm, 2011); and They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014). Paul writes regularly for Truthdig, Telesur English, Counterpunch, Black Agenda Report, Z Magazine and Dandelion Salad.

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See also:

The Federalist Papers

from the archives:

Socialism Curiously Trumps Fascism in U.S. Political Threat Reporting by Paul Street

Michael Parenti: Capitalism vs. Reality (2015) + Michael Parenti on Bernie Sanders

Thirty-One Actual National Emergencies by Paul Street

American Liberal Delusions on Trump by Finian Cunningham

The Nation’s Enduring Apartheid by Paul Street

Creeping Fascism by Paul Street

The Yellow Vests and the Left by Jim Kavanagh + Yellow Vests Shift to the Left

I Call For A Constitution 2.0

The Openly Plutocratic Domination of U.S. Politics by Paul Street

Beyond Voting by Howard Zinn + What Else You Can Do: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action by David Swanson

The Biggest Political Delusion Of All Is In The U.S. Electoral Politics Itself by Paul Street + Nobody to Vote For by David Swanson + Politicians Robbing Us Blind

George Carlin: Who owns you? (video)