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Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto (origineel 2009; editie 2009)
door Mark R. Levin
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Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto door Mark R. Levin (2009)
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This book is subtitled "A Conservative Manifesto", so it's clear what it's about. I don't see it as one which will convert the non-believers, but one which will reinforce the Conservative viewpoint.
Levin sees the ever expanding government as a threat to our historical liberty, and offers his common sense conservatism as the answer to this threat. The FDR Administration is one example of government excess which Levin refers to often. He cites FDR's administration as an example of the wrong direction for our Country. FDR saw the challenge of his Administration as improving the standing of millions of citizens who struggled on meager incomes, who were denied education, opportunity, and whose lives were in despair due to the Depression. FDR's New Deal approach led to an expansion of government and regulations, which Levin generally condemns. Levin stayed consistent in his message, although I believe if I page back through the Chapters, I remember Levin actually conceding that LBJ's civil rights legislation, while too much, may have had a few acceptable aspects.
While occasionally critical of a few Republicans, and clearly critical of liberal Democrats, he doesn't dwell on the labels of Democrat or Republican. His criticism is primarily directed at big-government-loving liberals who he defines as "Statists". If your leanings are conservative, Levin's message will resonate, but if you hold a more liberal viewpoint, and are sympathetic to FDR's message that "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little", you may do better choosing another book.
WOW! WOW! WOW! If only my friends at Soul Food Coffee and Books in Redmond Washington were open-minded and sincere about their "Coexist" and "Tolerance" bumper stickers enough to read this and expand their minds. Too busy with tarot, tea leaves, runes, sage and patchouli. Some of the most concise compilations of history and how our freedom is being eroded away. Why hippies would not want to read this is truly a reflection of their fear of truth and fear of actually having to do something about the tyranny of our government and media! Especially you John.
A great book to feed my radical right-wing conservative philosophy (at least according to the news media). Seriously, I did enjoy much of what the author says, although some of it I could leave behind too.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"
( President R. Reagan)
Comprehensive historical review and evaluation of current events with focus on conservatism
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"Mark Levin" whispers from the shadows. One feels the gentling hand of erudition in his prose. Reading his book is sort of like hearing "Animal Farm" as told by Dick Cheney.
Levin thinks there is nothing to learn from the present crisis, and indeed seems to regard the whole enterprise of learning as ideologically suspect. It’s very striking that nowhere in this book does he ever engage the ideas of intelligent people on the other side. He quotes stupid statements from a fringe group like Earth First! But he flinches from any encounter with any more substantial opponent. He lives in a sealed mental universe, into which nothing new or unsettling can ever penetrate.
I want to give Mark Levin some credit for Liberty and Tyranny. It is in its way an ambitious book, an attempt to offer a major political statement. Levin is not a stupid man, and Liberty and Tyranny is not a stupid book. What it is, unfortunately, is an airless and isolated book, an exercise in pure ideology radically quarantined from the life around it. It is a book for people on the defensive against contemporary society, people who have despaired of having much influence on the world around them. Liberty and Tyranny reveals the intellectual and psychological origins of the ferocious rage Levin broadcasts on his program. You can see why it appeals to conservatives now. You’ll know that conservatism is recovering when conservatives put it behind them.
Mark Levin has written the necessary book of the Obama era. A book that he was born to write. Its best-seller success testifies not only to Levin’s smarts and popularity but also to the hunger in America for timeless conservative principles.
Inconsistency is the hallmark of Levin's thinking...Am I quibbling? No, I'm quitting Levin, tired of his love of contradiction.
Levin is not a dewy-eyed dreamer. His blueprint of solutions is ambitious not because it is instantly achievable but because our condition is dire. Among other things, he recommends ending the progressive income tax; a legislative veto over Supreme Court decisions; a yearly sunset of all federal agencies subject to congressional reauthorization; breaking government’s ruinous education monopoly; repealing chain immigration and multiculturalism in public institutions; slowly reforming entitlement programs by reversing the education system’s proselytism on their behalf; rejecting treaties and other international arrangements that encroach on U.S. sovereignty; a revitalization of the Constitution’s original limits of government power; and a restoration of faith’s rightful place as the source of rights the citizen cannot be denied. Like conservatism itself, it is the work of generations. And taking its lead from Mark Levin, it is not for the faint of heart.
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A nationally syndicated talk radio host and author of Rescuing Sprite presents a volume of essays for today's conservative leaders that recommends specific approaches to such issues as immigration, health care, and foreign policy.
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