Free Association #4 — King John Might Envy Obama With Sheldon Richman

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Join Sheldon Richman for another episode of Free Association! He’ll be chatting about his new article, King John Might Envy President Obama.

Sure, Obama also pays lip service to idea that the executive is subject to law. But what happens when he acts like an autocrat? Nothing. King John had to contend with rebellious barons who resisted his taxes to finance losing wars and other impositions. Obama has no effective opposition to contend with. He is free to fight wars as he pleases, never needing to worry that he might be deprived of the revenues he needs to engage in his far-flung killing.

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