Liberty and Tyranny is Mark R. Levin's clarion call to conservative America, a new manifesto for the conservative movement for the 21st century.
In the face of the modern liberal assault on Constitution-based values, an attack that has steadily snowballed since President Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930s and resulted in a federal government that is a massive, unaccountable conglomerate, the time for re-enforcing the intellectual and practical case for conservatism is now. Conservative beliefs in individual freedoms do, in the end, stand for liberty for all Americans, while liberal dictates lead to the breakdown of civilized society - in short, tyranny.
Looking back to look to the future, Levin writes, "Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are our founding principles." And in a series of powerful essays, Levin lays out how conservatives can counter the liberal corrosion that has filtered into every timely issue affecting our daily lives, from the economy to health care, global warming, immigration, and more -- and illustrates how change, as seen through the conservative lens, is always prudent, and always an enhancement to individual freedom.
As provocative, well-reasoned, robust, and informed as his on-air commentary, Levin's narrative will galvanize listeners to begin a new era in conservative thinking and action.
©2009 Simon & Schuster, Inc.; ©2009 Mark R. Levin
I had high hopes for this book. I like Mr. Levin's writings for National Reivew (and love that publication). But, this book seems unlikely to persuade anyone to join the ranks of conservatives nor for conservatives to adopt his manifesto. I was glad to see a conservative book high on the best seller list (particularly one that isn't a screed a la Ann Coulter). But, this one is so filled with conclusory statements and devoid of persuasive argument as to render it not very useful. He seems to transition from one contemporary issue to the next without rhyme or reason.
This book starts out great by highlighting the intellect of the founding fathers and their call for liberty for all. Unfortunately, the author spends the majority of the book putting down people who call for the provision of liberty to all through the reform of the economic system. Also, he puts down people who believe in reforming our sources of energy and who agree with maintaining the composition of the atmosphere. Then the book describes how migration has contributed to the modification of US culture from a democratic culture to a culture of concentrated oppressive power and how the nation has been infiltrated and damaged by illegal immigration. Overall, the concept of liberty is described well in that individuals should be free from arbitrary bureaucratic control but the concept of liberty is confused with specific views on modern issues such as the movement for clean energy which contributes to division among differing groups. There are many people who believe in clean energy harvested in a dispersed manner which contributes to liberty by providing freedom from concentrated and regulated dirty energy production. In closing, this book may both please you and frustrate you depending on your past experiences and it continues to confuse ideas regarding liberty and money, but the name of the book is Liberty and Tyranny so I suppose it delivers on both topics embarrassingly.
I believe in hearing both sides of an argument and this book is full of many but as arguments go they must be backed up with proofs. This book has none that I could find. The author does us quotes from historical figures, but, as we should have learned from the Bible and religion, quotes can be taken just about any way we desire. This author has a very narrow minded view of the world and makes assumptions about others based on nothing but, what he calls, "observations". Don't we all wish things were that simple. This book, by its publishing and subsequent best seller status, implies that any of us can make assumptions about what others are thinking based on pure observation. Please learn your history folks. That is a more accurate avenue for understanding the liberal mind and why people think a certain way and others another.
I'm an engineer living in Vancouver, Canada.
Thanks, Mark for distilling 300+ million americans into less 10 people. "The Status is ...", "Hollywood is ...". America is a country where the populous has more in common that not. However Mark Levin, and other talking heads like him, make a living driving a wedge between the small differences we all have.
Mark, your concepts of tyranny are just that; concepts. You have no idea what real tyranny is! Visit China, North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, to name but a few, to truly see tyranny.
Lastly the book is as dry as Death Valley. It couldn't have been written from a more boring, academic, standpoint. I have to admit I got two-thirds through the book and had to stop fearful of my sanity failing me. Not sure how many times I yelled at my car stereo whilst listening to this drivel but it was lots.
Mark, if you truly want to write a good book, and selling lots of copies doesn't make it good, write about what brings us together as a country and not what divides us. Don't mistake the democratic process with tyranny.
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