Ameritopia

Ameritopia

The Unmaking of America

Book - 2012 | 1st Threshold Editions hbk. ed
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Levin explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations and the crisis that the government faces today.
Contents: Part I. On utopianism. The tyranny of utopia; Plato's Republic and the myth of the perfect society; Thomas More's Utopia and racical Egalitrianism; Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan and the all-powerful state; Karl Marx's Communist manifesto and the class struggle
Part II. On Americanism. John Locke and the nature of man; the influence of Locke on the founders; Charles Montesquieu and republican government; the influence of Montesquieu on the framers; Alexis de Tocqueville and Democracy in America
Part III. On utopia and America: post-constitutional America; Ameritopia
Publisher: New York : Threshold Editions, 2012
Edition: 1st Threshold Editions hbk. ed
Branch Call Number: 320.973 L
Characteristics: xiii, 270 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781439173244
1439173249

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Aug 31, 2019

One of the few honest sociopolitical writers. Levin has an excellent knowledge of American history and a sharp legal mind, and through this book (and many of his other books as well) he helps to keep Americans focused on why and how we have become such a great nation.

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nbruland
Apr 01, 2017

In Ameritopia, Levin spends some time discussing the thought basis for the US Constitution. James Madison is quoted several times, from Federalist Papers writings. Levin never once quotes from Alexander Hamilton, who wrote most of the Federalist Papers and was the first Secretary of the Treasury. (Hamilton is included only in another quote which Levin is forced to include without edit). Hamilton was arguably the Father of the Administrative State. Without Hamilton, many of the structures we take for granted today may have turned out much differently. Without a solid Federal government, including taking on the state's debts into a federal debt, it is questionable if the nation would have survived to its present form.

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naturalist
Aug 19, 2015

“Mark Levin's Electoral Kryptonite” from . . .
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/08/19/mark-levins-electoral-kryptonite/195471 . . . .
and . . .
“Give Me Amendments or Give Me Death” “Inside the secretive campaign by state legislators to pass conservative amendments in 34 states and rewrite the Constitution.”
by Emma Roller and David Weigel . . .
from . . .
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2013/12/chris_kapenga_mark_levin_and_article_v_the_secret_campaign_to_pass_conservative.html . . . .
and . . .
references to the author from Right Wing Watch
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/mark-levin
and . . .
famously, #877 in the Encyclopedia of American Loons
http://americanloons.blogspot.ca/2014/01/877-mark-levin.html . .
and, a blog dedicated to the author . . .
“Mark Levin is a Raging Idiot” . . .
http://marklevinisaragingidiot.blogspot.ca/

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roberthoward May 28, 2014

This book explores past inventions of perfect nation-states. They tend to be totalitarian, not free. Contemporary America is facing totalitarian US Federal Government and also state governments and city governments. This book is a warning to 9 of 10 Americans who are refusing to take action against the totalitarian destruction of everything America has always stood for.
It is an awakening to read about several formulations by Europeans intent on creating the perfect functioning of a large group. Plato wrote one called The Republic.
Confucius formulated one in 500BC. Most Americans would not want to live in a totalitarian country . But we do indeed live under totalitarian rule.

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