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Towards an American Revolution

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Towards an American Revolution
Toward an American Revolution
Exposing the Constitutionand Other IllusionsBy Jerry Fresia
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Towards an American Revolution2
In memory of Malcolm X
Acknowledgements
I would like to thank Kenneth M. Dolbeare, NancyNetherland, Richard Mansfield, Sandia Siegel, andBethany Weidner for their criticisms and sugges-tions, and John McGee for his technical support. Iwould like to thank the members of South End Pressfor their work and their confidence in me, especiallyCynthia Peters whose editorial support was helpfulin many ways. And finally, I would like to thank myparents, Armand and Vera, for their long and unwav-ering support, their insights, and their criticism.
Rise and demand; you are a burning flame-Montreux
 
1988
The complete text, including the index, can be found athttp://cyberjournal.org/authors/fresia/index.html#toc
 
Towards an American Revolution
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Afraid to Reflect.......................................................................................................................5Three Obstacles to Effective Radical Politics.......................................................................................8A Constitution That Disrespects Its People...........................................................................................8A System of Injustice............................................................................................................................9A “Song Without Knees”.......................................................................................................................9The “Founding Fathers”......................................................................................................................10Part I A Constitution That Disrespects Its People...................................................................................15Chapter 2 Counterrevolutionary Tendencies............................................................................................15The Framers' Fear................................................................................................................................15The Threat of Democracy....................................................................................................................16Military Defeat of the Common People: Shays Rebellion..................................................................18Some Things To Remember................................................................................................................22Chapter 3 The Constitution: Resurrection of An Imperial System..........................................................26A Coup d'état.......................................................................................................................................27The Constitution of the United States.................................................................................................27Checks and Balances...........................................................................................................................28Separation of Powers...........................................................................................................................29Representation.....................................................................................................................................30The Majority Does Not Rule...............................................................................................................31Anti-federalist Opposition...................................................................................................................32Ratification..........................................................................................................................................32A Great Compromise?.........................................................................................................................34Part II A System of Injustice....................................................................................................................37Chapter 4 The Lie.....................................................................................................................................38“We the People”..................................................................................................................................38The Bill of Rights................................................................................................................................39The Citizen As Subversive..................................................................................................................41Political Repression.............................................................................................................................42The Ultimate Check: Secret Police.....................................................................................................43The Tendency of “Better People”........................................................................................................47Chapter5 The Constitution and Secret Government...............................................................................49The Power of the President and the Role of Congress........................................................................51The Secret Government and the Rise of Nazi Germany.....................................................................53The Secret Government Following World War II...............................................................................55The Secret Government and the First Secret War...............................................................................58The Secret Government and the Assassination of JFK.......................................................................59The Secret Government and the Secret Team of Today46..................................................................60The Secret Government and Capitalism..............................................................................................62Part III A Song Without Knees.................................................................................................................68Chapter 6 When Protestors Become Police.............................................................................................68Congressional Technocrats..................................................................................................................69The Bias of Congressional Activity.....................................................................................................69Structural Imperatives.........................................................................................................................703

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