Originally Posted by caseycjc
I don't know if Howard Zinn's self portrayal as a socialist matters but just saying.
When it comes to an historical claim, it doesn't matter at all.
The constitution was constructed to "protect the minority of the opulent from the majority"(James Madison), to make sure that "those who own the country [get] to govern it"(founding father John Jay) and to keep the "great beast"(Alexander Hamilton's phrase for the 99%) caged in.
The very fact that the constitution curiously omitted the phrase from the declaration of independence: "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," (A useful phrase to garner support for the war) and substituted it with the phrase: "life, liberty, or property
" pretty much gives the game away--at least to those who aren't sufficiently indoctrinated.