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If you want a document that provides sound reason to combat Statists (left wingers') arguments.
Technically, left wingers are the conservatives as they are the majority.
Mark Levin goes trough different topics chapter by chapter, explaining our nations founding principles and how the statists agenda is removing us ever farther from them. While discussing the founding at length in the third chapter, Mr. Levin shows his unparalleled constitutional expertise in the fourth chapter and really troughout the whole work. Over the course of this book he not only outlines conservative principles but also the left's tyrannical agenda regarding different issues such as federalism, the free-market or the environment.
This book is not only a must read for those who share his views but also for the people who adhere to the progressive agenda that drives us away from our founding principles.
Truly a great piece of intellectual work - I suggest you hand this book to everyone who loves liberty.
By conservatism Levin means liberty; by Statism, or tyranny, he means non-conservatism (p.1.) Since the word ‘liberal’ really means the opposite of authoritarian, it is more accurate to label the Modern Liberal as a Statist (p. 4.) Some will take offence with the labels that Levin has chosen to identify political parties by. But his choices more accurately represent the parties or factions than the beclouded labels currently in use. Given the usual confusing world of political philosophy, Levin’s work is refreshing and welcome. Besides marking out political philosophies by labels that suit, he adroitly demystifies, or demythologizes (whichever you choose) the words and terms that politicians use to mislead voters by. When you hear the word ‘progressive,’ for instance, it may be helpful to suspect ‘tyranny’ (p. 30.) When the Constitution is called a ‘living and breathing document,’ there may be an aim afoot ‘to legitimate that which is illegitimate’ (p. 37.) The Statist’s most bewitching word is probably the word ‘change.’ This word is used to excite and emotionalize naïve crowds. The change the Statist has in mind is the alteration of fundamental principles the nation is founded upon, which alteration gets rid of essential good (p. 13.) Even the word ‘reformation’ may be used in secret reference to fundamentally destructive alteration (p. 197.) The word ‘freedom’ had formerly meant “freedom from coercion, from the arbitrary power of other men. Now it was made to mean freedom from necessity…the old demand for a redistribution of wealth” (Friedrich Hayek, p. 92.) This redistribution happens through policies like the progressive income tax, one of Karl Marx’s favorite planks in the Communist Manifesto (p. 63.) The Founders understood ‘equality’ to mean the natural right to live freely and to acquire and retain property through labor (p. 16.) But to the Statist, equality means that the poor must get ahead at the expense of the rich (p. 197.) This injustice is made all the more apparent by the fact that so many of these poor folks are lazy as well. “The proportion of immigrant-headed households using at least one major welfare program is 33 percent. As Professor Borjas has said, ‘Being without work [in the United States] is still far better for most people than being employed in Central America’” (p. 166.) Immigrants are not the sole beneficiaries of unjust egalitarianism. I am just citing an example of egalitarian injustice from this excellent book for my book report. That it is so politically incorrect to cite such an example in our multicultural milieu makes it imperative that I do it. So there is an item-by-item list of words or terms used by the Statist; Levin reminds us of their original meanings and warns us of what the Statist now means by his use of them.
So the methods employed by the Statist to subordinate the individual to the State may be identified by key words and phrases. Familiarity with their meanings is crucial. But one must learn the language as well. Maybe no one understands better the sinister meaning of President Obama’s rhetoric than Mark Levin, who must regularly interpret the man’s utopian dialect for his radio listeners. The best and most important part of Liberty and Tyranny is Levin’s deconstruction of one such speech, or part thereof (pp. 183-188.) The good work is done “by stripping the rhetorical veneer from his message and contrasting it with the wisdom of the Conservative’s principles” (p. 198) and at the same time setting the speech in the context of policy history. This being done, there is no doubt left as to what the President’s message is full of. Levin knows how to interpret for us both sides of this doublespeak; by his excellent display of how this is done, the reader may learn the science of interpreting political hogwash for himself. On page 30 there is this comment on the danger of falling for a secular, statist agenda through a politician’s use of religious talk. Voters are taken by this maneuver every single time! More on how to notice this sort of deceit would have been desirable. Really, a whole book needs to be written on this phenomenon so voters can learn how to decipher and resist this evil deception come election time. Somebody more understanding of, and perhaps even involved in, evangelicalism in America would be needed for this job, I think; Levin’s Jewish Theism may be too shortsighted to handle it. But the fact that Mark Levin is a Jewish Theist and nothing more (I don’t know if he would appreciate that label) is what probably helped him keep within the parameters of religion occupied by the Founders. An evangelical is too apt to drive the Founders past Theism in order to legitimize the imposition of evangelicalism on the masses, which is to overstep the religious freedom endorsed by these Founding Fathers.
The larger context of soft tyranny is given as well. The grand promises made by Roosevelt in the 1940’s are virtually the rhetoric of Communist Russia (p. 41.) False utopian promises from the past have brought the USA to the economic crisis it now faces. The “Fourth Branch of government—an enormous administrative state…exists to oversee and implement” such policies (p. 54.) “It took the Statist nearly eighty years to get here, and it will take the Conservative at least as long to change the nation’s direction” (p. 198.) Wise pessimism! I will speculate some, and be more pessimistic still. Do citizens of America possess enough wisdom, resolve, patience, courage, and humility to endure this long without swinging wildly into wrong directions? They do not. It is highly improbable that they will rise up to the level of virtue they need in the short term; and even if they possessed the necessary virtues in large measure, is it probable that enough of them would take on the Herculean task of steeling the nation’s children against the ‘classroom propaganda mill’ (p. 19) for the long term? Most of what Levin proposes in his latest bestseller should be put into practice. Sadly, virtues will be too much lacking.
American political rhetoric is distinctly interpreted for us in Liberty and Tyranny. And what is factually and pleasantly communicated we should be glad to receive. Mark Levin is gentler in print than on radio.