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.