Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

by Mark R. Levin


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Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
CharlieV_KC More than 1 year ago
This book, which I'm only just getting into via Nook, has already convinced me that it is a must-read. While Levin is a real flame-throwing radio host, this book is in no way a political rant. Levin has written a meticulous and even handed explanation of the great (or not so great) philosophical influences of political thought. He begins with an overview and critique of the most influential "utopian" philosophers from Plato and his "ideal city" through Marx and the Communist Manifesto. In each case, Levin demonstrates how these governmental models end in tyranny. Next Levin explains how the Framers of the American Constitution rejected these philosophers in favor of Locke and Montesquieu and their focus on individual liberty, private property, and equality of opportunity. After sneaking a peak at the Epilogue, it is clear that Levin's concern is that modern American politicians reject the philosophy of liberty in favor of the philosophy of government as caretaker of all. The warning is that unless our Nation wakes up from the current misguided path, we are doomed to fail as a society. This is difficult stuff and Levin is doing an excellent job of breaking it down into language that the average reader can understand. This book is a public service.
sisgp More than 1 year ago
Having studied Locke, Hobbs, Rousseau and other like minded thinkers at university in the UK while all my contemporaries were studying the foes of liberty Marx, Engles, Weber and a gaggle of other euro marxists left me with a lasting love and appreciation for the philosophy behind what the founding fathers of the USA did. It's just a shame that many over here don't understand their brilliance and what it brought to this country and have no idea how to value what they had, and are loosing. Mr Levin has linked the philosophers together in a popular way to try to make these ideas understandable for those not studying political theories at degree level. No mean feat. As usual it it an easy read of interesting and timely material.
BobSinPA More than 1 year ago
First; I have to say that one should consider the book that Night Butterfly DOES recommend and you'll see that she's just another "tedious" liberal. If you are an American with any inkling of concern for the condition of our nation and its direction, you must read this book by Mark Levin. Please open your mind and read Ameritopia regardless of your party affiliations and preconceived notions. These times are critical for the health of our nation and its people. We must go beyond our traditions and the party propaganda. We must awaken to the principles that made this nation great and walk in those principles. Mark Levin has penned another great book that will prove to be one of great significance and timeliness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well researched and clearly written discussion of the Utopian visions of Plato, More, Hobbes and Marx. Mr. Levin accurately describes how totalitarian regimes, using Utopian philosophy, strip away individuality and freedom. He also explains why the Founding Fathers turned to the philosophy of Locke and Montesguieu and their theories of government and freedom; those very freedoms which we are in danger of losing by constant federal government intrusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding? Only 4 out of 5 stars. That will zoom up to a 5/5 in a short while. Mark's writing is in a league of his own. Only a few in history have the intellectual capital to discern and then be able to articulate the real state of man and his inherent desire to control his fellow man. Such is the bain of socialism, communism, and (more precisely termed) statism. But here, in this book, you will learn how the statist thinks and operates. More importantly, you will learn what must be done to stop and reverse the Eutopians. Control is the mantra... at all costs. Ameritopia is for individualists who believe in freedom and the Constitution. Ameritopia is brilliance in print!
Jayarby More than 1 year ago
I've read the reviews by the one-star reviewers and with the exception of one (who seemed to have a bias against Levin going in) none said they actually read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Ameritopia, Mark Levin cogently exposes the philosophical underpinnings of the modern day statist/liberal. Concisely analyzing classical works such as Utopia, Leviathan and The Communist Manifesto, Levin demonstrates how the thinking of today's liberal (knowingly or unknowingly) has been shaped by the works of Plato and Karl Marx. By contrasting these works with the thinking and writings of John Locke and Montesquieu Levin, brilliantly demonstrates how America is on an untenable path towards destruction. Unless we embrace the principles of the Founders and men like Locke, and reject the teachings of Marx, America will fail as the most successful experiment in human history. Levin's book is especially necessary in an election year, when we will make a choice of whether we embrace the doomed philosophies of the statist or return to the ideas that made us great.
Cabo More than 1 year ago
Mark Levin has once again produced a book which should be required reading for all Americans. Through extensive research, he provides historical background of the failed societies and their attempts to produce a utopian society where everyone is equal. He then refreshes the readers' minds about the founders and the quest to recover the rights of the individual of liberty and private property. He related these ideas to today's American society, where the present administration is attempting to "fundamentally transform" the country vs. a government which adheres to the constitution and respects the rights of the individual.
2silverspurs More than 1 year ago
What can I say about another great read from Levin. This guy makes a lot of sense (again). I just finished the book in record time.
SteveInSoFlo More than 1 year ago
....and then you have liberal drones like nightbutterfly giving one star ratings after OBVIOUSLY not rushing out and reading the entire book this morning. Get a life.
My_Last_Clancy More than 1 year ago
Ameritopia – the Unmaking of America, by Mark R. Levin, is a “must read” for every aspiring defender of freedom, aka ultra-conservative. After all, it is highly endorsed and recommended by the high priest of ultra-conservatism, Rush Limbaugh. I expected to find – and did – all the raving against Utopianism, with the government regulating every moment of our lives. Levin explains, with many very selective out-of-context quotes, all the restrictiveness in the writings of Plato, Thomas More, Thomas Hobbes, and Carl Marx. All of these philosophies have already been debunked and are irrelevant as actual threats to freedom, but he needs a windmill to tilt with, a fantasy enemy to match all the evils that would, in fact, exist under the tutelage of ultra-conservatives. He does well with John Locke and Charles de Montesquieu and their influence on the framers of our constitution, and quotes many citations by Federalists and Anti-Federalists alike as rationale for and against what became our constitution. He lauds Alexis de Tocqueville’s assessment of the American democracy, who discusses in fairy sound democracy in action. Levin implies that today’s government should be like it was in 1840, ignoring the advances in technology, industrial capabilities, population growth with its concentration and internal differences and conflicts, and the great oligopolies that have developed since. He says nothing of Adam Smith, Thomas Payne and others, though. Levin goes on with a diatribe about the evils of government’s evolving as society develops in technology and population growth. All regulations, he says, restrict individual liberties and are, therefore, utopianistic and despotic or even tyrannical. It doesn’t matter that established rules are essential to a society to establish standards for communication and trade, create infrastructure, interpersonal behavior, and defense. He demeans the Supreme Court which, he says, deliberately exceeds its constitutional authority, but his colleagues use it to further the ultra-conservatives’ own “noble lie” that lowering taxes on the super rich, placing more burdensome taxes on the poorest of our society, and total deregulation corporate activities will bring prosperity and freedom to all. He assaults Social Security and Medicare, government-supervised medical care, and food and drug regulations as despotic and intimates that all the benefits of government in a society should be eliminated Essentially he proposes virtual anarchy where the very powerful alliances can exercise tyrannical control over the “motley horde” and constantly exploit, without fear of reprisal, the least powerful subjects of their regime. Unquestionably, the ultraconservatism he proposes would lead to simply diabolical, draconic exploitation of the “motley horde” by the very kind of people he rants against. Not at all what he suggests at the start of his tirade are his true intentions. Never once does he suggest any concerns about SEC, Federal Reserve, monopolistic giant corporations or any other abuses or potential abuses of the ultraconservative agenda. Ameritopia – the Unmaking of America is a “must read” for every true defender of freedom, aka the “motley horde” – that is, everyone who is not deceived by the great “noble lie”, those not swallowing the propaganda of the despots, dictators, and tyrants attempting to take over our society. After all, it always helps to know your enemy. Read it discerningly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of us conservative hold our beliefs instinctively, basing them on personal experience and hopefully a familiarity with history. It's nice to have the arguments as well as the evidence displayed so logically and coherently. Next I would like to see from Levin a history of the Constitution, explaining where we have gone astray and how we find our way back.
RVOH More than 1 year ago
If you want to know the historical, philosophical backgrounds of individual liberty and collectivist tyranny, this is the book for you. Cerebral and enlightening.
JohnGalt73 More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Ameritopa what a great read. An informative walk through the utopian philosophies that underpin todays liberals. He covers how Hobbes, More and Marx have influenced todays political thought. Then he leads you through the thoughts of Locke and how it influenced our founders, but the part I found the most amazing was how much Montesque informed our founders and how much our government philosophy was influenced by him. This is not the usual conservative read as it delves much deeper into the philosophical base upon which many people hold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read numerous books by Mark Levin, and this is yet another brilliant, informative book. He is a passionate person with a gift!! It's a shame that liberals are too uneducated (stupid) to understand his message. Great read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark Levin has written a book that gives us all a blueprint for what is taking place at this time in our country. Every person should take the responsibility to read this book & join in to stop the tyranny of this government.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant book. America's road map back to it's foundation as a constitutional republic. One of those rare books you wish was longer.
HWHR More than 1 year ago
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to be ruled by Statists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read and brings together all the philosophers who had grandious ideas about a perfect society. You just can't argue logic and Mark Levine is the master of logic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For all those "1 Star" rating liberals/socialist utopian seekers, it is very obvious that either you did not read the book or you did with a perfectly closed mind! I find it amazing that self entitled "intellectuals" cannot or refuse to recognize the historical and factual links that utopianism has with its eventual evolution into a totalitarian suppresive government and the lost of individual freedom. Levin indexes these links with 2000 years of facts and in a manner that everyone should be to understand. This presentation has nothing to do with the selling of a political philosophy but with the exposure of what the pursuit of an utopian society will result in. Thank you Mr. Levin!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have only read part of it right now...but Mark has a great insight into our floundering country and explaining why. Can't wait to read all of it. Would recommend to all who love this country and want to "save" it from the current path of destruction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, besides the obvious, WOW, here are a few words about this book. After reading Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny", I was very intrigued about this one. Just the title itself arouses interest and when I heard Mark on Sean Hannity show, describing the book, I had to have it.Short of giving away the point of the book, which is actually impossible, since everyone has to read it for themselves to be able to grasp the incredible point made here, Mark takes the works of historical writers from both sides of the societal isle and compares them to one another. He takes works of Plato, Moore, Hobbs, Marx and then draws a parallel to the works of Locke, Montesquieu, Tocqueville and of course the framers/founders of America, our balanced government design and our Republic. When one reads this book, he/she has to keep in mind, is it the social justice by a few or is it the government by the governed, opportunity filled and individual freedom based society, that you want? I know that in theory, many who are fooled by the social justice/socialist design of, government can decide society sounds great, but in reality, if you think that the individualism is bad and the individuals are corrupt, then how can you entrust your life, your free will and your future into the hands of a few corrupt individuals in the government body? Now, if you put that into consideration, is it the social justice that you seek or an opportunity and individualism for the citizens? As Mark asks, is it Ameritopia that you want or America? Fantastic book and the only reason not to read it for someone is because you are too set in your theory of government run society, despotism that comes out of it and decisions made by a few corrupt/power hungry, rather than a reality of free individuals. I recommend this to everyone. Trust me, whether you agree with me in this review or not, you will not be disappointed and might actually see the light of day, once you have read Ameritopia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A harder read than Liberty and Tyranny because it is packed with lots of data on key political philosophies and philosophers. I learned a lot about the sources used by the founders. This will give me something to think about for a while.
James_Bing More than 1 year ago
Mark Levin has done it again. Ameritopia is an exceptional read for any serious person interested in exploring the ideas and the men that shaped the framing of the United States Constitution. Especially important are the exerpts from the writings of the great minds that inspired and guided our founding fathers. An exceptionally education for every American.
Teaching_for_Change More than 1 year ago
Not finished yet but am blown away with the read so far. The use of Plato, Marx, More, Hobbes, Locke, and Montesquieu to help define liberty and our modern infringement is artfully worked. Very informative read. Many liberals should read, but won't because they are too indoctrinated to realize how far we have strayed from our founding principles. Great job to Mr. Levin.