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Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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Author and conservative talk radio host Levin (Rescuing Sprite, Men in Black) takes on the Statist, a liberal straw man, in this collection of polemics against left-wing tenets (like "economic and social justice"), touchstones (like the New Deal) and institutions (strongholds of liberal thought like academia and the mainstream media). With "an insatiable appetite for control" and a veil of "moral indignation," Levin finds the Statist not only in congressional Democrats and President Obama's White House, but in "neo-Statists" like compassionate conservative Michael Gerson, and the Fed and Treasury under G.W. Bush. Many of Levin's arguments reiterate familiar tropes, including a "strict constructionist" view of the Constitution that sees Social Security as patently un-American. Predictably, Levin opposes the extension of health benefits, derides global warming (implicating Obama's "global warming czar" as a leader in "the Socialist International's Commission for a Sustainable World Society"), and fights back against immigrants, whom the Statist portrays "as universally more virtuous than the citizen." For those new to the Tea Party, Levin offers a handy roundup of conservative talking points, but anyone paying attention to talk radio over the past few years won't learn anything new.
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"The necessary book of the Obama era." -- Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator
"Levin has delivered a stalwart conservative manifesto written by a conservative who doesn't want to re-brand and repackage conservatism into liberalism. He draws on founding principles, not polls, to lay out the agenda for the Right -- and to illuminate the fatal flaws of statism." -- Michelle Malkin
"This is quite simply the most important book of our times." -- Scott Miller, The Conservative Post
"This has the answer for everything you've asked yourself about yourself, and why you believe what you believe." -- Rush Limbaugh
"Liberty and Tyranny is Mark Levin: a man who loves his family and country and believes ideas have consequences -- and therefore will fight passionately for what he believes and knows to be true." -- Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review
"While it may present itself as a "conservative manifesto" (and it is that, too) it is also a compelling primer on the most basic principles of the American political order." -- Gary L. McDowell, American Thinker
"Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto couldn't be more relevant or important. It is a masterful restatement of conservative principles that is succinct...and yet comprehensive. It is thoughtful and deep but highly readable. It is timely yet timeless." -- David Limbaugh, TownHall.com
"This is a superbly useful book. It is the perfect companion for the college freshman to fortify the student against what he or she is about to hear. It is an ideal detoxicant for the graduating senior. Most vitally, it should be read by those who do not consider themselves conservatives, because it carefully lays out the central historic, philosophic and constitutional relationship between conservative principles and our individual freedom." -- Tony Blankley, The Washington Times
"If you want to rediscover true conservatism, read Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny. If you want to help preserve liberty, buy copies for your kids." -- Terry Jeffrey, CNS News
"It is a rarity that an important book arrives at its perfect moment. Such is the case with Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto...Against this tidal wave, Mark Levin offers not so much a defense as a plan of attack, a clarion call to roll back the seas of Change." -- Andrew C McCarthy, The New Criterion
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It can be argued that an increasingly dense population gravitates naturally to socialism, then to despotism. The choices, liberty or safety, become more pressing. In a state of liberty, an assumption arises that safety resides with tyranny, not with liberty. So, we fear a slide to tyranny. As Mark notes, the history of mankind has been tyranny. Why should the future of America be different? On the other hand, it was Martin Luther King who said with the peal of eloquent truth that the trajectory of mankind is long, but it bends to justice. King has remined us that goodness, truth, and justice - those eternal gifts of God that we know by our intuition, that the Founders wrote were self-evident- would surely overrule tyranny in the long run. Freedom is deep in the breast of every man, and always has been. Every person knows what is right and wrong, even if he chooses to do wrong. Every child knows when justice has been done. These unalienable, eternal, strong qualities of nature’s morality are what Progressives fight, and they cannot overcome.
Progressivism as a whole does not believe there is a God. Progressivism believes, therefore, that humanity must do it alone. But as detailed in God and Freedom, by Jon Rod Christie, we know the even science confirms the Creator exists. The Universe is infinitely perfectly ordered, and this is easily seen especially in the micro-state realm. Order is always the work of design and effort by a builder. When we look out at the stars, or into a microscope, or study mathematics of quantum mechanics, we are faced with the overwhelming evidence of the Creators hand, thus we know that the moral advice given by our conscience and intuition is reliable.
Every reader of "Liberty and Tyranny" will understand the real meaning of the X Amendment to the US Constitution which reads as follows:"The Power not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Sam Taylor, Colorado Springs,CO
Some parts of this book get a little heavy, particularly the part on healthcare, but it is well worth the read, and worth pushing through the tough parts. The book is well researched and every bit of information in this book is worth reading. I buy it for anyone who is interested in politics and government. And if you can afford it, I recommend you buy it for yourself and hopefully for your friends, family, and even acquaintances.
I believe this book will open people's minds, regardless of their political affiliation (provided that the reader is open-minded).
Long Live State's Sovereignty!
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