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5.0 out of 5 stars The intense ideological battle for the heart and soul of America is really nothing new...it has been raging since antiquity., January 25, 2012
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This review is from: Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America (Hardcover)
Take a look around at the sad state of our nation. In the 100 years since the self-proclaimed "progessive" Woodrow Wilson was President of these United States Americans have slowly but surely been ceding their rights and liberties to the state. The "masterminds" in our government, those who are so cock-sure that they know what is best for the rest of us, have been systemically consolidating their power and building a mammoth bureaucracy designed to control nearly every aspect of our lives. Then in 2008 the American people elected Barack Obama who promised to "fundamentally change America". Obama has taken the "statist" agenda to a whole new level and most Americans have become increasingly alarmed at the direction this country is headed in. The battle lines have been drawn and the 2012 election will no doubt prove pivotal in the ultimate direction our nation will take. Those of us who favor the traditional American values of hard work, freedom of speech and free enterprise are going to have to articulate our case in the best possible way to a wider audience of our fellow Americans in order to win the day. Lawyer, author and syndicated radio talk show host Mark R. Levin has given us all a huge assist in this regard with the release of his powerful new book "Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America". Drawing on the writings of the great philosophers on both ends of the political spectrum Levin provides his readers with a plethora of devastating arguments against the direction Obama and the progressives in both political parties are taking this nation. It is a truly compelling read!

I think that it is fair to say that most Americans have only a passing knowledge of the writings of philosophers such as Plato, Thomas More, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Charles de Montesquieu and Alexis de Toqueville. Some would attribute this to the "dumbing down of America" that has been inexorably taking place in our schools over the past half-century or so. But the truth is that all of these individuals as well as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels have exerted a great deal of influence over American political thought in the 235 years of our nation's existence. Plato, More, Hobbes and of course Karl Max all come down on the side of "collectivist" or "utopian" states whereby individuals must necessarily become subservient to the interests of the state. In such an environment individuals "must be managed and suppressed by masterminds for the greater good." There is no tolerance for individual self-interest or even self-preservation. A person's labor and property belong to the state or are controlled by the state. Citing lengthy excerpts from the extensive writings of each of these individuals, Levin points out the obvious flaws in this line of thinking. Mr. Levin succeeds in arming his readers with the ammunition they will need to refute the arguments offered by the leftists and statists in this country on a wide variety of issues like universal health care, the progressive income tax and an ever-expanding and intrusive federal government. To paraphrase an old boxing expression "in this corner" we have the Barack Obama's, Nancy Pelosi's, Lincoln Chafee's and Chuck Schumer's of the world.

Part Two of "Ameritopia" hones in on the writings of John Locke, Charles de Montesquieu, and Alexis de Toqueville who all champion a much smaller, less intrusive government. John Locke in particular had an enormous influence on our Founding Fathers as they went about the rough and tumble business of fashioning the Constitution. It is an indisputable fact that for most of the history of the world mankind has been ruled by despots and repressive governments. The Founding Fathers wanted something much different. John Locke wrote that "laws made by men and governments without the consent of the government are illegitimate and no man is bound to them." Regarding personal property rights Locke explained that there is always going to be an unequal distribution of property resulting from the manner in which a man applies his labor. This is just plain common sense. "As much land as a man tills, plants, improves, cultivates and can use the product of, so much is his property. He by his labor does, as it were, enclose it from the common. He gave it to the use of the industrious and rational; not to the fancy or covetousness of the quarrelsome and contentious." Amen! Meanwhile, another major influence on the thinking of the Founding Fathers was the French philosopher Charles de Montesquieu. Montesquieu warned of "the dangers of a republican government attempting to transform a civil society--including superceding the effects of religion, family, commerce, traditions, customs, mores etc. through legal coercion." Sounds like a page from the Saul Alinsky handbook does it not? Finally, Montesquieu goes on to observe that "There are two sorts of tyranny: a real one, which consists of the violence of the government, and one of opinion, which is felt when those who govern establish things that run counter to a nation's way of thinking." Many of us would argue that this is precisely what has been going on for the past three years.

In the final section of "Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America" Mark Levin explains how the statists have advanced their agenda over the past eight decades and why the 2012 elections stand as a watershed in American history. The choices we face have never been more clear. If you are one of those people still sitting on the fence I urge you to read "Ameritopia". Meanwhile, if you are someone who is largely in agreement with the principles espoused by our Founding Fathers I would wholeheartedly encourage you to pick up a copy of "Ameritopia" as well. Mark Levin's compelling book will help to crystallize the arguments in your mind as your attempt to educate your friends, relatives and neighbors in the coming months leading up to the election. Kudos to Mark Levin for an extremely well thought-out and well-executed project. Very highly recommended!
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Initial post: Jan 26, 2012 3:51:25 AM PST
Thank you Paul for the insightful review. I will order this book and be certain that my entire family reads it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2012 3:53:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2012 3:54:16 AM PST
That's terrific! We need to spread the word about exactly what is at stake in November and "Ameritopia" will certainly help you and your family to do that.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 8:44:21 AM PST
John K says:
Great review. I've read the book and concur, but there is one thing I'd like to have seen Levin address (or perhaps address in a future book), and that is what about the poor? Don't get me wrong, I am a die-hard conservative, but I'm playing devil's advocate form a "liberal" perspective. I could see where a liberal might conclude: oh, your just saying everyman for himself and to hell with those who "can't swim." If we're going to get back to "America" vice an Ameritpoia we're going to have to convince some liberals that "America" is the ultimate way to go, and to do that I think we have to show some means of enacting/distributing compassion (and help). I have no specific proposals for same, but I figure the "Great One" could address this concern far more adequately that I ever could.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 2:17:44 PM PST
Thunderbolt says:
Good review (I guess) to make this frothing hate mongering demagogue sound intelligent.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 3:36:09 PM PST
Please look up the word demagogue, as obviously you do not know what it means. Here is a clue. Think Barack Obama.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 9:06:48 PM PST
SPF says:
I think thunderbolt is right on target with his use of the word. What's the problem, Roent? If the shoe fits, wear it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 9:41:11 PM PST
When the government isn't in the way competing with private "charity" providers there are lots of local services for those needing a safety net. Churches, community centers and all kinds of groups have a long history of being there. What's more, the government should provide a safety net, but it should not be comfortable enough to sleep in. It should be there to keep truly needy people from hitting the bottom so hard that they can't recover.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 6:48:36 AM PST
F. Hollister says:
John K.:

Off-the-Mark addressed this on his radio show (2/1/2012). It's "class warfare" to show the slightest interest in any single economic class. The Founding Fathers didn't, so we shouldn't.

Of course, back in those days only propertied white men voted, so it seems to me they actually did pay attention to fiscal variations. But I don't expect logic from The Queen Bee.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 6:50:47 AM PST
F. Hollister says:
Michael Masterson:

Because those charities received donations that are then generally deducted from the givers' Federal income tax, the central government subsidizes those efforts. Just like Hillsdale College, despite Off-the-Mark's claims to the contrary.

The American safety net is hardly comfortable. You're thinking of St. Ronnie of Reagan's lie about welfare mothers in Cadillacs.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 11:15:27 AM PST
SPF says:
Government COMPETES with private charities? A very interesting notion. I suggest you check in with some of the churches and private charities. I'll bet they don't mind the competition. I've heard that around here, even the wealthy suburbs have food banks that are overwhelmed with demand for food.
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