Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America Hardcover – Jan 17 2012
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“The companion book to Liberty and Tyranny. . . . Levin’s analysis is deadly to liberalism. . . . Ameritopia is historical X-ray vision in book form.”
—Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator
“A must-read for Americans of all political persuasions. . . . An honest discussion of the dangers presently facing our country. . . . Levin does a fantastic job.”
—Jedediah Bila, Newsmax
“Mark Levin has a unique ability to take complex subjects and boil them down to their essentials.”
—Erick Erickson, Red State
“That Levin wrote this book now demonstrates not only his passion for the United States, but his awareness that he is a statesman defending natural law at a pivotal moment in human history. . . . Mark Levin [does] the lion’s share of our shouting—eloquently—with Ameritopia.”
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Mark R. Levin is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Plunder and Deceit, Liberty and Tyranny, Ameritopia, and The Liberty Amendments. He is a nationally syndicated talk-radio host and president of the Landmark Legal Foundation. Visit MarkLevinShow.com.See all Product Description
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Oppressive power attracts people who want to be governed instead of represented (p. 209), even to the point of being told what kind of lightbulb they must use (p. 225), which is just one example of ‘administrative tyranny’ (p. 168.) They want, not equality under the law that recognizes one’s right to self-govern and to reap the fruit of one’s labor (pp. 8, 9), but equality of status through unconstitutional means that are used to plunder the gains of some in order to profit others (p. 121.) They support a tax plan that will ‘redistribute the wealth’ and ‘level the playing field’ (p. 103.) These people have been socially engineered, by reeducation that cuts ties with past customs, traditions, and beliefs (p. 229), to view America as a ‘land of haves and have-nots’ instead of the ‘land of opportunity’ (p. 210.) Communism can work, they argue; it just hasn’t been ‘faithfully executed’ yet (p. 77.) Tocqueville: “It is indeed difficult to conceive how men who have entirely given up the habit of self-government should succeed in making a proper choice of those by whom they are to be governed” (p. 178.) What kind of people will find themselves under the rule of Despotism?Read more ›
Next, Levin takes the reader through, the philosophical underpinnings of the US Constitution. John Locke seems to have had the largest influence, on the creators of the US Constitution. Charles de Montesquieu and Alexis de Tocqueville also had an impact, on how the structure of the US government would be designed.
The idea of the book is to compare and contrast, the two systems of government. The US Republic involves government decentralization, individual rights, property rights, and commercial freedom. The utopian ideal seems to be, the polar opposite of the original American concept. The utopian model has a strong centralized government, that trumps almost all individual rights. Levin then points out, how America has moved away from their founding principles and moved towards a socialist utopia.
I would have enjoyed a few suggested solutions, to some of the current problems. What empire has not gone into decline, after a period of success? There does not appear to be many examples of previous empires self correcting, and getting things back on track. I feel an additional chapter, with some proposals on how to remedy the current situation, would have been appreciated.
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excellent historical review of utopia and its consequences..Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Mark Levin but the product is over priced and hard listening to as I don't have a college degree.Published 18 months ago by Sarah Evans
He gives a very good historical review of the philosophical basis of the American constitution, which is sound by itself. Read morePublished on June 28 2013 by Peter Heise