Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America
By Mark Levin
Reviewed by Melp Chair Val Smullen
In his latest book, Ameritopia: the Unmaking of America, Mark Levin illustrates the vast differences between the liberty loving philosophers who helped form the American Constitution and the philosophers who believed Man himself can achieve utopianism, “the ideological and doctrinal foundation for statism.”
After reminding us how America became an exceptional nation that is worth fighting for, he extrapolates the idealistic yet unrealistic and flawed visions of Plato, Thomas More, Thomas Hobbes and Karl Marx. Levin describes their visions of utopia, including leveling the playing field, taking away liberties, breaking down the family unit, and likens them to the goals of the Progressives of 2012. When these philosophers are juxtaposed with the ideas of men such as John Locke, Charles de Montesquieu, Alexis de Tocqueville and our Founding Fathers it’s like comparing darkness to light.
Levin defines utopianism as that which “substitutes glorious predictions and unachievable promises for knowledge, science and reason, while laying claim to them all…A heavenly society is said to be within reach if only the individual surrenders more of his liberty and being for the general good, meaning the good as prescribed by the state.” There is a chapter devoted to each of the four that analyzes their respective visions of Utopia. The Chapter on Marx and his Communist Manifesto is fascinating. Knowing how modern progressives seem to worship him it is wise to understand what captivates them. On the other hand, Thomas More writes of a vision that reads more like an H.G. Wells science fiction tale.
Contrast those concepts with the ideas of John Locke whose writing formed much of the foundation of our constitution and de Tocqueville who warned of the danger of a “soft tyranny.”The second half of the book provides a chilling analysis of where our country could be heading right now. “America has been transitioning from a society based on God-given inalienable rights protective of individual and community sovereignty to a centralized, administrative statism that has become a power unto itself.” Levin writes.
He explains how progressive presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt put us on the path to an entitlement society that has taken a hold on our national psyche and is firmly entrenched in the Progressive mindset that is currently governing the country. The question is can we stop this slide into mediocrity. Let us hope that we can.