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Ameritopia [shrugs]

2012/01/26

Mark Levin is getting a lot of press for his new book, Ameritopia.  Probably well deserved, but your (occasionally) humble scribe may also probably never know.

Liberty and Tyranny was readable and enjoyable, as far as it went.  To the positive, in it Levin had borrowed concepts heavily from Tocqueville and Rand, Smith, Hayek, Friedman, Sowell… and just about anyone who had been debating and observing the contest between Libertarians and Conservatives over the previous decade. It served as a great review and would make a decent first-year introduction text to a course on modern political philosophy.

This reviewer’s one negative criticism of Liberty and Tyranny was that Levin had introduced no novel ideas, no shred of original insight.

Listening recently to Mark on many occasions via web stream, there’s been nothing new in his discussions of Ameritopia. More to the point, nothing so far from Levin about Utopia being the bait to Power‘s switch.  Is that obvious but vital point lacking? It ought to be the central point of the work.  Perhaps it is.  Why bother otherwise?

So, gentle reader, if you come across something in Ameritopia redeeming or unique to Levin, please feel free to drop us a line.  An old copy of Hayek’s Road to Serfdom has us preoccupied for the time being.

Many thanks!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Will permalink
    2012/01/26 21:03

    I’m not a big fan of Levin, as his bombastic language, and rudeness to his own base doesn’t meld with my moderate personality. But, I always give credit where credit is due; his books are a good place for the neophyte to get their toes wet in the vast sea of political philosophy.

  2. 2012/01/26 23:04

    Thanks Will! Nicely said.

    Are you the same Will, ex-Navy, our cohort at LR?

    • Will permalink
      2012/01/27 00:40

      “Are you the same Will, ex-Navy, our cohort at LR?”

      Indeed I am. 🙂

  3. 2012/01/28 00:45

    To be fair, there needn’t be anything new for it to be good. The best ideas are the oldest. Books do go out of print, you know.

  4. 2012/01/28 10:32

    I had the same reaction to Liberty and Tyranny as you. For my money, the time would have been better spent rereading Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose.”

  5. 2012/01/28 10:32

    Good to see you posting again, Ran.

    • 2012/01/29 00:09

      Many thanks, Steven.
      I had a new copy of the Friedmans’ book, from a suggestion from you. It seems to be on a shelf somewhere next to a lonely sock and glove. Actually, several of my resource volumes are missing too. My wife recalls my having lent or donated quite a few books over the last few years.

      Hmmm…

  6. 2012/01/29 21:09

    My wife recalls my having lent or donated quite a few books over the last few years.

    Gee, mine does the same. A female conspiracy perhaps?????

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