Ameritopia

Ameritopia

Mark R. Levin / Sep 21, 2019

Ameritopia Author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America s foundations and the crisis that faces government today Mark R Levin s Liberty and Tyranny made the most persuasive case for conservatism

  • Title: Ameritopia
  • Author: Mark R. Levin
  • ISBN: 9781439173244
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America s foundations and the crisis that faces government today.Mark R Levin s Liberty and Tyranny made the most persuasive case for conservatism and against statism in a generation In this most crucial time, this leading conservative thinker explores the psychology, motivations, and history of the utopian movement,Author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America s foundations and the crisis that faces government today.Mark R Levin s Liberty and Tyranny made the most persuasive case for conservatism and against statism in a generation In this most crucial time, this leading conservative thinker explores the psychology, motivations, and history of the utopian movement, its architects, and its modern day disciples and how the individual and American society are being devoured by it.In Ameritopia The Unmaking of America Levin asks, what is this utopian force that both allures a free people and destroys them In the end, Levin s message is clear The American republic is in great peril The people must now choose between utopianism or liberty.

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        Mark Levin has become one of the hottest properties in Talk radio, his top rated show on WABC New York is now syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media He is also one of the top new authors in the conservative political arena Mark s radio show on WABC in New York City skyrocketed to Number 1 on the AM dial in his first 18 months on the air in the competitive 6 00 PM 8 00 PM time slot Mark s book Men in Black was released February 7, 2005 and quickly climbed to Number 3 in the nation on the New York Times Best Seller list When your book is endorsed by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, you know you have a winner on your hands In a short period of time, Mark has become one of the most listened to local radio Talk show hosts in the nation.Mark Levin took over the WABC 6 00 PM slot on September 2, 2003 Before that, he hosted a popular Sunday afternoon program He s smart, witty, and fast on the draw, according to WABC Program Director Phil Boyce He has this sharp sarcastic wit that can easily stun his opponents I know I would not want to debate him Mark s show follows the ever popular Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on WABC, but everyday he manages to come up with a new twist on the day s top news events, as well as his own unique information His passion and intellect have made him a favorite of tens of thousands of radio listeners in the New York City area.Mark has been a frequent guest and substitute host on The Sean Hannity Show, and has also been an advisor to Limbaugh, who frequently refers to him on the air with the nickname F Lee Levin He is perhaps well known for his nickname, The Great One, coined by his friend Hannity.Mark Levin is one of America s preeminent conservative commentators and constitutional lawyers He s in great demand as a political and legal commentator, and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs Levin is also a contributing editor for National Review Online, and writes frequently for other publications Levin has served as a top advisor to several members of President Ronald Reagan s Cabinet including as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of the United States In 2001, the American Conservative Union named Levin the recipient of the prestigious Ronald Reagan Award He currently practices law in the private sector, heading up the prestigious Landmark Legal Foundation in Washington DC.Source marklevinshow articlep


    358 Comments

    1. I fully realize that many will look at this book and immediately decide they don't want to read it. This is a free country (for a while yet anyway) and that's cool. I do (believe it or not) understand. I'm going to make a request, that's all just a request.Give this book a chance. Even if you know you're from the other side of the political spectrum give it a chance and think about it, that's all I ask, think about it. This book is not written tongue in cheek, it's not sarcastic, it's factual, w [...]


    2. The good news is: the American government is working tirelessly around the clock and running great deficits in order to create a perfect society just for you. The bad news is: if you have any work ethic, any ambition, any sense of worth as an individual, or if your idea of a good time is going to the store and deciding which type of lightbulb you will buy, then you are going to really REALLY hate it there. Mark Levin is one of the most intellectual voices in the heated political arguments, and i [...]


    3. Although I learned a lot from this book, I found it hard to read. There were too many quotes and not enough exposition from the author, especially in the first half. It took a long time for me to grasp what point Levin was trying to make. Ultimately, it was clear but it seemed he was trying to prove a point by quoting and comparing political philosophers. I don't think that approach proves anything, but it does give background that helps one's understanding of political concepts. He could have m [...]


    4. This is a difficult book to read for anyone who loves America as originally designed by our Founding Fathers. It is not an easy read because Levin also delves heavily into philosophers who greatly influenced our Founding Fathers as well as philosophers who continue to influence the current progressive/liberal political party. Philosophy is not a "quick read" but so necessary to understand the "deconstruction" of the American dream. The writings of such philosophical pioneers as John Locke and Ch [...]


    5. Mr. Levin gives an excellent overview of the political/philosophical thinkings of (in this order): Plato, Thomas More, Thomas Hobbes, Karl Marx, John Locke, Charles de Montesquieu, and Alexis de Tocqueville. If you have ever wanted to compare and contrast the philosophy underlying totalitarianism (society is supreme) to that underlying individual sovereignty (individual is supreme) then this is a good book with which to start.Mr. Levin is, of course, on the side of individual sovereignty, and hi [...]


    6. Ameritopia is a brilliant book tracing the origins of utopian ideology and its influence on modern society. I wanted to read it again after I finished it knowing the knowledge one can obtain is timeless. Levin eloquently describes how despite thousands of years of human experience man will never create a perfect utopian society as it defied the nature of mankind. All attempts thus far have led to tyranny and human misery. Citing the writings of Plato's Republic, More's Utopia, Hobbes's Leviathan [...]


    7. A very insightful analysis of the American Republic as designed by the founders and of the current progressive America as it has veered away from the original model which had made America exceptional. Mr. Levin quotes and interprets Locke and Montesquieu whose philosophy greatly influenced the founders, and also quotes Plato, More, Hobbes, and Marx and shows how their philosophy appears to be the foundation of the modern American political system. A key difference between the two philosophical s [...]


    8. Mark is a very intelligent and educated man. This comes across more strongly in his books than on the radio, as the angry ranting does not carry over to the printed page. Don't get me wrong, he has every reason to be angry; unfortunately, telling half the population that they are idiots and to get off the phone is not a mature, convincing form of argument. This country has to be fixed via dialogue where we convince our deluded Liberal Utopians that their schemes are unworkable even if their inte [...]


    9. Little did I know that Dystopian novels such as The Giver, The Hunger Games, 1984, etc had inspiration from such philosophers as Plato, More, Hobbes, and Marx! However, each of these influential thinkers and philosophers invented or imagined Utopian societies with several common features to those imagined by Lois Lowry, Susanne Collins and George Orwell. The most noticeable feature is what Dave likes to call "Plan B" (or what we refer to in LDS doctrine as Satan's plan), which is the sacrifice o [...]


    10. Levin is at his best when he presents a non-partisan look at the ideas of the founding fathers versus today's reality. It is fascinating (and incredibly discouraging) to see by just how many benchmarks the writers of the constitution would measure today's America as a tyranny. There is the government not trusting its people (e.g blanket NSA surveillance of everyone). There is the government pushing forward policies it won't allow the public to see (e.g the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership ( [...]


    11. Much more intellectual than I expectedPublished in 2012 by Simon & Schuster Audio.Read by Adam Grupper and the author, Mark R. Levin.Duration: Approximately 8 hours.Over the years I have listened to Levin's radio show from time to time (he used to be carried in my city) and what I always remember from that show is Levin's frequent bombastic outbursts, a kind of manufactured rage that was meant to punctuate his points but lost their punch as I realized that he wasn't just getting angry over s [...]


    12. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. I do not listen to Levin's show. I never have--even when it was on the air here, which now it is not. But I have been familiar with him for some time because my mother listened to him. I follow him on social media and have been impressed by his genuine small government stance on important issues. That, along with the blockbuster success of The Liberty Amendments, inspired me to read Ameritopia.I would highly recommend this book to anyone but especially to America [...]


    13. An amazing book. A must read for any who consider themselves American. A lot of history regarding the philosophical underpinnings of the founding of the United States of America, as well as the thoughts of the founders. And then on to the undoing of this great country, beginning with the Utopian Woodrow Wilson, on through F.D.R Johnson and finally Barack Obama.This book details, through their own writings, how those Presidents and many others, have sought to subvert the intent of the founders, a [...]


    14. A tough read to slog through, but very informative and each chapter builds on the last one. All the great philosophers visions of Utopian states are met head on with the reality of what is truly at work - the take over of society by oligarchs and government officials. Reading this interspersed with real life politics is frighteningly insightful and paints a picture of society reaching a tipping point of the government strangling us and getting deeper and deeper int our lives - all for the worst. [...]


    15. Authors Epilogue:MY PREMISE, IN THE first sentence of the first chapter of this book, is this: “Tyranny, broadly defined, is the use of power to dehumanize the individual and delegitimize his nature. Political utopianism is tyranny disguised as a desirable, workable, and even paradisiacal governing ideology.”Plato’s Republic, More’s Utopia, Hobbes’s Leviathan, and Marx’s workers’ paradise are utopias that are anti-individual and anti-individualism. For the utopians, modern and olde [...]


    16. “Ameritopia” is well written, interesting and very informative. The author does a very good job, without getting bogged down, of evaluating and summarizing foundational works that have heavily influenced politics and politicians down through the ages. He looks at Plato’s “Republic”, Thomas Moore’s “Utopia”, Thomas Hobbes Leviathan” and Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto” . In each of these the author helps the reader to see the philosophy of man that each of the writers pos [...]


    17. Ameritopia by Mark Levin is simply a classic for Conservatism and for defending freedom itself. This book describes the statist agenda and how it can easily slip into a dystopian society. Mr. Levin begins to make his case by explaining certain Utopia’s presented by philosophers of the past such as Plato’s Republic, Thomas More’s Utopia, Thomas Hobbe’s Leviathan and Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Mark Levin delves deep into their faults and how they crash unavoidably. Then he goes on [...]


    18. More Essential Reading from Mark LevinAmeritopia, like Levin's other books, condenses several years of deep reading and contemplation into an easily understood narrative. Ameritopia provides an outline of thought and philosophy since the ancient Greeks. Ameritopia covers Plato's Republic, More's Utopia, Hobbes's Leviathan and Marx's Communist Manifesto and explains why the utopian fantasy of the left has never and can never be achieved, leading usually to horrible tyranny. Levin then covers the [...]


    19. I was predisposed to like this book: a defense of liberty and individualism with serious emphasis placed on primary sources of original utopian thought. Unfortunately the author chooses only tiny fragments of his opponents' writings, so the chapter on Plato, for instance, contains only 5% Plato himself and 95% Levin saying and arguing against what he thought Plato meant. So even if Levin ends up on the right side, he's hardly convincing. And there are serious numerical flaws in later chapters on [...]


    20. Although I agree with the points of the author, I found the book a challenge to read. The author spends a lot time quoting philosophers who use a language that can be tough to understand. The author then makes a small comment about the quotes, but I found it hard to see how the author came to his conclusions. I was therefore forced to re-read the quotes to try to understand how the author came to his view. The first several chapters were mostly quotes of philosophers - too much so. There was not [...]


    21. Excellent! I thought this would be more of what I already hear on Levin's radio show - his political opinions always supported with scads of facts. He's no knee-jerk editorialist - which is the thing I love the most about him. He sounds a bit like a curmudgeon, but he's brilliant and never comes to the table without being fully loaded for bear. So I was unpleasantly surprised that Ameritopia was more like a text book - explaining the writers and philosophers that the left leans on to come up wit [...]


    22. It pains me to give this only 2 stars (if there were halves, I'd bump it up a half) because I absolutely loved "Liberty and Tyranny"; but there were just too many quotes that made the first 2/3 of the book laborious. I was hoping for more of Levin's brilliant analysis, which he does provide, but not until the last 50 pages or so. The concept of taking some of the supposed greatest political thinkers and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each one's theories is a clever concept for a book [...]


    23. Mark Levin contrasts those that pursue utopian societies (whether Plato, Hobbes, More, or Marx) and the Founders. Levin gives an in depth look into the influence of John Locke and Baron Von Montesquieu on the founders and how that influence created a government based on laws and a correct understanding on man and God. He then shows how that government established by the founders stayed true to those principles through the observations writings of Alexis de Tocqueville. The ultimate question is w [...]


    24. This is the second book I’ve read by this author. I was not disappointed, his last book was great and so is this one. “Ameritopia” is simply the best book I’ve ever read for insightful information on the impending challenges we face from blind sighted uninformed liberals and especially the media. This book also shows why defending and upholding the Constitution is so crucial in defending and preserving our liberty and freedoms. The book is very easy to read and understand. Congratulation [...]


    25. This is just me, but I didn't care to read detailed descriptions and many quotations from books about utopias. That could all have been covered in one chapter. The same material was written about already by Thomas Sowell in, "A Conflict of Visions" and "Vision of the Anointed." "Liberty and Tyranny" by Mark Levin is a superior book to this one, imo. Landmark Legal Foundation's amicus brief on Obamacare was also a great read!


    26. I really liked this work because Mr. Levin obviously did his homework before forming his opinion, or at least went to the trouble to find legit support for his already-held opinion. Too many in politics don't even bother to research an issue (let's read a bill before we pass it, shall we?) before they start pontificating.


    27. Mark Levin hit the nail on the head by outlining sources promoting utopia and how it always leads to a loss of liberty. We are at a critical time in our nation's history as too many are willing to part with their liberty in the hope of being taken care of. We have been warned.


    28. Due to its textbook style, this book put me to sleep numerous times, so it's ironic that it will probably cause me to lie awake at night for many years to come. Well done.




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