August 2004 - by John Sperling & his research team (former merchant marine, Doctorate in Philosophy, Cambridge, professor at USD, founder of University of Phoenix). [In case you haven't heard of him, he is a staunch Democrat and often works with George Sporos].
I just reread chapter 3, "The Constitution: Foundation of Retro Mareica's Political Power." A few interesting statements for your contemplative pleasure:
"The accumulation of Retro America's political and economic power began in 1789 at the Constitutional Convention, when the small states successfully threatened secession unless the Democratic House of Representatives was checked by an undemocratic Senate. These states sought not only the same senatorial power as the large states, but also unrepresentative power in the electoral college. Their successful blackmail of the more populous states gave each state two senators, no matter how many people lived in the state."
"The economies and cultures of Retro America could not be sustained without significant transfers of wealth from Metro to Retro America. And it is Retro America's constitutional power that protects this flow of wealth and sustains the Retro lifestyle. The power of the small states has been responsible for a number of ills: It gave constitutional protection to slavery and helped to maintain it for nearly 80 years; it gave us the Civil War; Jim Crow; segregation; and the disenfrachisement of millions of Blacks, Browns, and poor Whites; it gave us a host of other violations of human rights and the dignity of man; and finally, it gave us a White, Hard Right Republican Party that now controls all three branches of the Federal government."
"At the Constitutional Convention in 1789, delegate James Wilson of Pennsylvania posed the question 'Can we forget for whom we are forming a government? Is it for men or for the imaginary beings called STATES?' History has shown that the answer was 'the imaginary beings;' and those imaginary beings have grown steadily in power."
[Goes on to discuss the Electoral College, the Senate (voter in Wyoming has 71.4 to 1 the Senatorial voting power of a Californian), Homeland Security, and the uneven distribution of Federal largess to the small states.]