I think Liberty & Tyranny, Mark’s last book, changed the course of American political discourse.
Think about what I just said!
I really believe this to be true. When I read L&T I was thunderstruck. Never before had I read something that so crystalized just what “liberty” meant.
And this is coming from someone who reads a TON of this stuff. I’ve read em all!
So, Ameritopia is on the news stands. I ordered my copy this afternoon and will post a review after I do.
In the meantime, here’s a little excerpt from David Limbaugh’s review from Human Events:
Levin takes us through the seminal thoughts of some of the most noted political philosophers and writers who laid out the utopian vision — from Plato to Thomas More, Thomas Hobbs and Karl Marx — and then unpacks the contrasting vision of John Locke, Baron de Montesquieu and others whose ideas greatly influenced America’s founders.
Liberal utopianism is a fantasy of arrogant philosophers and philosopher kings who believe their vision is superior to those of other lowly mortals. Levin calls them the “masterminds” — the latest and most prominent being President Barack Obama and his cadre of utopian elitists. They believe they are proponents of enlightenment thinking and rationalism who could construct the ideal society if deniers and other obstructionists would just get out of their way.
In reality, however, they couldn’t be more irrational, as they reject human nature, history and all empirical evidence that contradicts their vision. Indeed, writes Levin, “utopianism is regressive, irrational, and pre-Enlightenment.”
History and the whole of human experience be damned; utopians can achieve the ideal society even if all similar utopians who preceded them failed. As Levin says, they always believe that “what went before them” was “piecemeal and therefore inadequate. The steps necessary to achieve true utopianism have yet to be tried.”