Mark Levin unmasks the utopian pipe dream
Coming off the heels of his blockbuster bestseller Liberty & Tyranny (which sold more than 1 million copies), Mark Levin is at it again, this time with the release of Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America.
HUMAN EVENTS got a sneak peak at Ameritopia, which hits bookstores today, and you won’t be disappointed. The book is vintage Levin: hard-hitting, educational, and prescriptive — a perfect brew to counter the Left’s never-ending assault on the American idea.
The hugely popular radio host said that he wrote Ameritopia to “probe more deeply into what motivates and animates the tyranny of statism.” He told HUMAN EVENTS that when he undertook this project, “I got to thinking to myself, we’ve had a hundred years of an attempt to dumb-down the American people. To [have them] believe that government can do all these things, that government should do all these things, [and] that the Constitution was written by a bunch of slave owners.” So he set out to get to the bottom of the “utopian” proposition put forward by leftists, whether in the form of the laws introduced by politicians, the musings of academics, the rulings by judges and the myriad cultural influences that seek to destroy the glue of liberty that binds our civil society together.
Watch part one of our interview with Mark Levin:
“Who are these people [utopians] and what is this force [utopia] that is so alluring to tens of millions of our fellow Americans, and yet will destroy them?” Levin asks and answers in Part 1 of Ameritopia (On Utopianism). On the other side, he continues, where did the notions of natural law, unalienable rights, representative government, and the additional displays of brilliance from America’s forebears originate, which he answers in Part 2 of his book (On Americanism).
As Levin notes, the Founding Fathers where courageous men for forming a nation around the aforementioned indelible truths, but they did borrow these ideas and governing principles from others. And that’s what Levin serves up in Ameritopia, a look into who influenced the Founders as they fashioned our republic. For that, he delves into the writings of Locke, Montesquieu and de Tocqueville, and further introduces the reader to some cutting quotes that act as a dagger to today’s fixation on income redistribution and equality in results.
My favorite of those quotes, and you can watch the video above to see who says it, is this: “If the result of individual liberty did not demonstrate that some manners of living are more successful than others, much of the case for it would vanish.”
Now wouldn’t it be nice for one of our GOP candidates to say that line during a debate?
One day, perhaps.
More of our interview with Mark Levin throughout this week. Stay tuned.