Sep 17, Ann rated it it was amazing This is a difficult book to read for anyone who loves America as originally designed by our Founding Fathers. Philosophy is not a "quick read" but so necessary to understand the "deconstruction" of the American dream. The writings of such philosophical pioneers as John Locke and This is a difficult book to read for anyone who loves America as originally designed by our Founding Fathers. The writings of such philosophical pioneers as John Locke and Charles de Montisquieu gave the Founding Fathers the framework for our Constitutional Republic. These philosophers greatly influenced our Founders who were committed to "respect for human dignity and life through the acknowledging of inalienable individual rights and liberties, to free enterprise and private property rights,, where those who work hard enhance not only their own lives but contribute to the wellbeing of society at large, to a representative govt. Common to all is this idea of "utopianism" which promotes the idea of a "paradisiacal" existence, the concepts of pseudo "ideal" societies in which a heroic despot, a benevolent sovereign, or an enlightened oligarchy claims the ability and authority to provide for all the needs and fulfill all the wants and needs of the individual in exchange for his abject servitude.
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Levin gives an in depth look into the influence of John Locke and Baron Von Montesquieu on the founders and how that influence created a government based on laws and a correct understanding on man and God.
All voters need to read this. Are there no utopians on the right? Simply put, equality in misery — that is, equality of result or conformity — is advanced as a just, fair, and virtuous undertaking. Follow the Author Levin explains how the Progressive Movement has reduced individual freedom in America in favor of the flawed philosophy of egalitarianism.
They were revolutionaries who embraced change. Political utopianism is tyranny disguised as a desirable, workable, and even paradisiacal governing ideology. Both programs will run out of money in the near future, but who will man up and say this is where it ends, and those of you who have paid into them but not collected benefits yet are shit out of luck? Levin unmakung that the American experiment was a great success, but warns that we are on the brink of terrible failure if we accept utopian ideas and destroy functional representative government with its limited and enumerated powers.
Then he goes on to explain principles from philosophers of freedom such as John Locke and Charles de Montesquieu and how they were the bases for the American Constitution. He could have m Although I learned a lot from this book, I found it hard to read.
Get to Know Us. Progress 5 9 Nov 30, The principle of equality has prepared men for these things; it has predisposed men to endure them and often to look on them as benefits. Conservatives want to maintain laws against traffic and use of certain drugs even though this is social engineering without regard to human nature in all of its aspects: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.
Reading this interspersed with real life politics is frighteningly insightful and paints a picture of society reaching a tipping point of the government strangling us and getting deeper and deeper int our lives — all for the worst. Amerjca Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.
In this most crucial time, this leading conservative thinker explores the psychology, motivations, and history of the unmaknig movement, its architects, and its modern day disciples—and how the individual and American society are being devoured by it.
Rather, it is firmly rooted in these classic works and generally lets the reader do the job of making those connections. Levin I would have liked less quotations from others and more examination from the author. Levin points out time and time again that the current governmental atmosphere is far from the original intentions, which were based on the philosophies of John Locke and Charles de Montesquieu. Levin eloquently describes how despite thousands of years of human experience man will never create a off utopian society as it defied the nature of mankind.
It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: The writings unmaknig such philosophical pioneers as John Locke and Charles de Montisquieu gave the Founding Fathers the framework for our Constitutional Republic.
How did we get from the America that Tocqueville observed in to the present? His passion and intellect have made him a favorite of tens of thousands of radio listeners in the New York City area. He could have compared them in greater detail to successful ones ameica Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, etc. Restoring the American Republic.
The writings of such philosophical pioneers as John Locke and C This is a difficult book to read for anyone who loves America as originally designed by our Founding Fathers. I believe that, in general, Levin is right, that utopianism too often rejects human nature, trying to remold people into 1Cideal beings 1D subservient to a greater good that too often turns out to be the whims of an elite leadership within the utopian model.
He writes with force and authenticity. The first one I listened to Men in Black was just for a goof and I was surprised to find that it was pretty solid and the next one Liberty and Tyranny was even better. TOP Related Posts.
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