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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

‘Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America’ - By Mark R. Levin - Another Best Seller From ‘The Great One’

‘Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America’ - By Mark R. Levin

Another Best Seller From ‘The Great One’

By Dell Hill

“The Great One”

There are very few books that I read word-for-word, but not many. Having learned to speed-read as a teenager, I’ve had the luxury of skipping millions of ‘fluff sections’ of written material - books in particular - and concentrate on the meat and potatoes contained between the covers.  I just don’t have the patience to read 400 pages when 100 of those pages contain the important points.  I do exactly the same with blog posts, online news and hard copy newspapers.

If, for instance, you’re a speed-reader, you skipped over that entire first paragraph!  All it really says is “I speed-read”.  That’s all that’s really important among a plethora of words.

Having said that, there ARE works that I WILL read word-for-word. Mark Levin’s just released book - Ameritopia - is one case in point.  The “Great One” doesn’t mince too many words and the reviews have been nearly unanimous in praise.

I first became aware of Mark Levin via the late Jane Jamison, publisher of  She listened to his radio program almost religiously and was honored by Mr. Levin when he quoted several of her blog postings on the air and on his Facebook page.

Knowing my fondness for radio, one would naturally think that I, too, listened to his programs.  I did/do not.  I just don’t have the patience to endure the commercial content of such shows.  I’d much prefer to read his written words.

If you’re not familiar with Mark Levin, let me introduce you.

Levin is a lawyer and former Reagan administration Justice Department official who founded the Landmark Legal Foundation.  A quick glance at the LLF web site should be enough to convince you this man knows whereof he speaks.

He has his own very popular syndicated talk radio program that’s heard Monday through Friday, generally from 6 - 9 PM EST (consult your local listings for the broadcast time in your area) and you can also listen to Mark’s programs by clicking right here.

Reviews of Ameritopia tend to follow along the lines of this, by John R. Smith:

“In the first part of AMERITOPIA, Levin examines the work of four historical figures, Plato, Thomas More, Hobbes, and Marx. In this treatment, Levin shows how each one promoted what was considered an ideal society and how each one of these ideals is no more than tyranny.  In each case, the ideal society contains a highly centralized government which controls the masses through various means--persuasion, deceit, coercion, eugenics, euthanasia--and therefore tears apart the family, community, and faith.

In the second part, Levin counters this with a survey of three thinkers that helped introduce liberty to the Western mindset and establish what he calls Americanism--John Locke, Charles de Montesquieu, and Alexis de Tocqueville.  Levin shows how each one viewed human beings as autonomous individuals with God-given abilities and rights.  With lawyerly precision, Levin details the many examples of how both Locke and Montesquieu influenced the founders of the United States and how Tocqueville spread Americanism to the European culture of the 19th century.

Finally, Levin explains how the America built upon Locke, Montesquieu, and Tocqueville is at risk of being taken over by the utopian ideology in the 21st century, showing how the various modern movements of liberalism and modern socialism disseminate their intellectual bankruptcy and dishonesty.”

I’m looking forward to receiving my copy of Ameritopia and shall read it word-for-word.

Publisher’s Note:  This review and recommendation is unsolicited.  I have to purchase the books I read just as you do.

1 comment:

  1. After sneaking a peak at the Epilogue, it is clear that Levin's concern is that modern American politicians reject the philosophy of liberty in favor of the philosophy of government as caretaker of all. The warning is that unless our Nation wakes up from the current misguided path, we are doomed to fail as a society. This is difficult stuff and Levin is doing an excellent job of breaking it down into language that the average reader can understand.