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Ameritopia

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,946 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews
Author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America’s foundations and the crisis that faces government today.

Mark R. Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny made the most persuasive case for conservatism and against statism in a generation. In this most crucial time, this leading conservative thinker explores the psychology, motivations, and history of the utopian movement,
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Hardcover, 270 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Threshold Editions
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Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 01, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
I fully realize that many will look at this book and immediately decide they don't want to read it. This is a free country (for a while yet anyway) and that's cool. I do (believe it or not) understand. I'm going to make a request, that's all just a request.

Give this book a chance. Even if you know you're from the other side of the political spectrum give it a chance and think about it, that's all I ask, think about it. This book is not written tongue in cheek, it's not sarcastic, it's factual, w
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Lucas
Mar 02, 2012 Lucas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The good news is: the American government is working tirelessly around the clock and running great deficits in order to create a perfect society just for you. The bad news is: if you have any work ethic, any ambition, any sense of worth as an individual, or if your idea of a good time is going to the store and deciding which type of lightbulb you will buy, then you are going to really REALLY hate it there.

Mark Levin is one of the most intellectual voices in the heated political arguments, and i
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Dan Makaon
Although I learned a lot from this book, I found it hard to read. There were too many quotes and not enough exposition from the author, especially in the first half. It took a long time for me to grasp what point Levin was trying to make. Ultimately, it was clear but it seemed he was trying to prove a point by quoting and comparing political philosophers. I don't think that approach proves anything, but it does give background that helps one's understanding of political concepts. He could have m ...more
Mike
Feb 14, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Mr. Levin gives an excellent overview of the political/philosophical thinkings of (in this order): Plato, Thomas More, Thomas Hobbes, Karl Marx, John Locke, Charles de Montesquieu, and Alexis de Tocqueville. If you have ever wanted to compare and contrast the philosophy underlying totalitarianism (society is supreme) to that underlying individual sovereignty (individual is supreme) then this is a good book with which to start.

Mr. Levin is, of course, on the side of individual sovereignty, and hi
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Bryn Dunham
Ameritopia is a brilliant book tracing the origins of utopian ideology and its influence on modern society. I wanted to read it again after I finished it knowing the knowledge one can obtain is timeless. Levin eloquently describes how despite thousands of years of human experience man will never create a perfect utopian society as it defied the nature of mankind. All attempts thus far have led to tyranny and human misery. Citing the writings of Plato's Republic, More's Utopia, Hobbes's Leviathan ...more
Chris Dietzel
Levin is at his best when he presents a non-partisan look at the ideas of the founding fathers versus today's reality. It is fascinating (and incredibly discouraging) to see by just how many benchmarks the writers of the constitution would measure today's America as a tyranny. There is the government not trusting its people (e.g., blanket NSA surveillance of everyone). There is the government pushing forward policies it won't allow the public to see (e.g., the text of the Trans Pacific Partnersh ...more
Dale
Mar 15, 2012 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much more intellectual than I expected

Published in 2012 by Simon & Schuster Audio.
Read by Adam Grupper and the author, Mark R. Levin.
Duration: Approximately 8 hours.

Over the years I have listened to Levin's radio show from time to time (he used to be carried in my city) and what I always remember from that show is Levin's frequent bombastic outbursts, a kind of manufactured rage that was meant to punctuate his points but lost their punch as I realized that he wasn't just getting angry over s
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Ann
Sep 17, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult book to read for anyone who loves America as originally designed by our Founding Fathers. It is not an easy read because Levin also delves heavily into philosophers who greatly influenced our Founding Fathers as well as philosophers who continue to influence the current progressive/liberal political party. 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 C
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Jennifer
Jul 18, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little did I know that Dystopian novels such as The Giver, The Hunger Games, 1984, etc., had inspiration from such philosophers as Plato, More, Hobbes, and Marx! However, each of these influential thinkers and philosophers invented or imagined Utopian societies with several common features to those imagined by Lois Lowry, Susanne Collins and George Orwell. The most noticeable feature is what Dave likes to call "Plan B" (or what we refer to in LDS doctrine as Satan's plan), which is the sacrifice ...more
Jerry
Mar 12, 2012 Jerry rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
A very insightful analysis of the American Republic as designed by the founders and of the current progressive America as it has veered away from the original model which had made America exceptional.

Mr. Levin quotes and interprets Locke and Montesquieu whose philosophy greatly influenced the founders, and also quotes Plato, More, Hobbes, and Marx and shows how their philosophy appears to be the foundation of the modern American political system.

A key difference between the two philosophical s
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Alexandra Swann
Sep 27, 2013 Alexandra Swann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. I do not listen to Levin's show. I never have--even when it was on the air here, which now it is not. But I have been familiar with him for some time because my mother listened to him. I follow him on social media and have been impressed by his genuine small government stance on important issues. That, along with the blockbuster success of The Liberty Amendments, inspired me to read Ameritopia.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone but especially to America
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Andres
Feb 10, 2012 Andres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sonyreader
Mark is a very intelligent and educated man. This comes across more strongly in his books than on the radio, as the angry ranting does not carry over to the printed page. Don't get me wrong, he has every reason to be angry; unfortunately, telling half the population that they are idiots and to get off the phone is not a mature, convincing form of argument. This country has to be fixed via dialogue where we convince our deluded Liberal Utopians that their schemes are unworkable even if their inte ...more
Thomas
Feb 10, 2012 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing book. A must read for any who consider themselves American. A lot of history regarding the philosophical underpinnings of the founding of the United States of America, as well as the thoughts of the founders. And then on to the undoing of this great country, beginning with the Utopian Woodrow Wilson, on through F.D.R., Johnson and finally Barack Obama.

This book details, through their own writings, how those Presidents and many others, have sought to subvert the intent of the founders,
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Bob
Jun 25, 2012 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Ameritopia” is well written, interesting and very informative. The author does a very good job, without getting bogged down, of evaluating and summarizing foundational works that have heavily influenced politics and politicians down through the ages. He looks at Plato’s “Republic”, Thomas Moore’s “Utopia”, Thomas Hobbes Leviathan” and Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto” . In each of these the author helps the reader to see the philosophy of man that each of the writers possess and shows how it is ...more
Patrick
Feb 24, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Authors Epilogue:
MY PREMISE, IN THE first sentence of the first chapter of this book, is this: “Tyranny, broadly defined, is the use of power to dehumanize the individual and delegitimize his nature. Political utopianism is tyranny disguised as a desirable, workable, and even paradisiacal governing ideology.”

Plato’s Republic, More’s Utopia, Hobbes’s Leviathan, and Marx’s workers’ paradise are utopias that are anti-individual and anti-individualism. For the utopians, modern and olden, the individ
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William Rocha
Mar 07, 2013 William Rocha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ameritopia by Mark Levin is simply a classic for Conservatism and for defending freedom itself. This book describes the statist agenda and how it can easily slip into a dystopian society. Mr. Levin begins to make his case by explaining certain Utopia’s presented by philosophers of the past such as Plato’s Republic, Thomas More’s Utopia, Thomas Hobbe’s Leviathan and Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Mark Levin delves deep into their faults and how they crash unavoidably. Then he goes on to explain ...more
Daniel
Apr 23, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More Essential Reading from Mark Levin

Ameritopia, like Levin's other books, condenses several years of deep reading and contemplation into an easily understood narrative. Ameritopia provides an outline of thought and philosophy since the ancient Greeks. Ameritopia covers Plato's Republic, More's Utopia, Hobbes's Leviathan and Marx's Communist Manifesto and explains why the utopian fantasy of the left has never and can never be achieved, leading usually to horrible tyranny. Levin then covers the
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Dan
Feb 11, 2012 Dan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
I was predisposed to like this book: a defense of liberty and individualism with serious emphasis placed on primary sources of original utopian thought. Unfortunately the author chooses only tiny fragments of his opponents' writings, so the chapter on Plato, for instance, contains only 5% Plato himself and 95% Levin saying and arguing against what he thought Plato meant. So even if Levin ends up on the right side, he's hardly convincing. And there are serious numerical flaws in later chapters on ...more
Bob
Mar 10, 2012 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I agree with the points of the author, I found the book a challenge to read. The author spends a lot time quoting philosophers who use a language that can be tough to understand. The author then makes a small comment about the quotes, but I found it hard to see how the author came to his conclusions. I was therefore forced to re-read the quotes to try to understand how the author came to his view. The first several chapters were mostly quotes of philosophers - too much so. There was not ...more
Lee Ann
Excellent! I thought this would be more of what I already hear on Levin's radio show - his political opinions always supported with scads of facts. He's no knee-jerk editorialist - which is the thing I love the most about him. He sounds a bit like a curmudgeon, but he's brilliant and never comes to the table without being fully loaded for bear. So I was unpleasantly surprised that Ameritopia was more like a text book - explaining the writers and philosophers that the left leans on to come up wit ...more
goddess
Mar 18, 2012 goddess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, own
It pains me to give this only 2 stars (if there were halves, I'd bump it up a half) because I absolutely loved "Liberty and Tyranny"; but there were just too many quotes that made the first 2/3 of the book laborious. I was hoping for more of Levin's brilliant analysis, which he does provide, but not until the last 50 pages or so. The concept of taking some of the supposed greatest political thinkers and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each one's theories is a clever concept for a book ...more
Jerry
Jun 30, 2012 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Mark Levin contrasts those that pursue utopian societies (whether Plato, Hobbes, More, or Marx) and the Founders. 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. He then shows how that government established by the founders stayed true to those principles through the observations writings of Alexis de Tocqueville. The ultimate question is
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William
Jan 24, 2012 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political, history
This is the second book I’ve read by this author. I was not disappointed, his last book was great and so is this one. “Ameritopia” is simply the best book I’ve ever read for insightful information on the impending challenges we face from blind sighted uninformed liberals and especially the media. This book also shows why defending and upholding the Constitution is so crucial in defending and preserving our liberty and freedoms. The book is very easy to read and understand. Congratulations to Mar ...more
Minsep
Jan 18, 2016 Minsep rated it really liked it
Due to its textbook style, this book put me to sleep numerous times, so it's ironic that it will probably cause me to lie awake at night for many years to come. Well done.
Miles Fowler
IN 1CAmeritopia 1D Mark Levin 19s premise is that the political left is hopelessly utopian and therefore fanciful, not to say fanatical, in its hopes for change, while the right is realistic in its estimation of the human need for freedom within the bounds of a limited government that protects individual liberty. He boils down Plato 19s 1CRepublic, 1D Thomas More 19s 1CUtopia, 1D Thomas Hobbes 19 1CLeviathan, 1D John Locke 19s 1CSecond Treatise on Civil Government, 1D Charles de Montesquieu 19s ...more
Manuel B
Jan 21, 2016 Manuel B rated it liked it
Mixed feelings for Levin's second book.

Mark Levin's program is the most educative, intellectual, and passionate out of the conservative talk shows and his program has always roused my interest for the political thinkers that were crucial to the foundations of the United States.

Levin inspired me to looking into and investigate the history and tradition of the United States. When he announced his new book Ameritopia, which he mentions as a book investigating the philosophical underpinning of the U
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Harry Roger Williams III
I listened to the audio version, replaying a number of sections because there is so much information to digest. My liberal arts education at Manhattan College exposed me to more of these thinkers than many contemporaries. I have the impression that the younger generations' educations have omitted this type of learning. In the last century Ayn Rand seemed to burst on the scene with what many perceived as a radical new philosophy focused on "the individual versus 'society.'" Mark Levin gives suffi ...more
Michael
Jun 23, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Mark Levin's "Ameritopia" is like sitting in the class of one of the most serious, thoughtful, but yet conversational philosophical professors at a university. But unlike most professors at a major university like Harvard, Mark Levin is concerned about the ideas throughout world history that have served as a basis for the statist-oriented government that threatens to eviscerate our American Constitution. Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama and Harry Reid did not invent statism. Statist ideas c ...more
Jeff Beardsley
Feb 09, 2014 Jeff Beardsley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much has already been written in these reviews - pro and con - that is quite helpful in determining the value of this book. For me, there was much value in reading this book. First of all you must know that I am not a big fan of books written by political pundits, be they republican or democrat, liberal or conservative, television or radio. This is not because I favor one party or ideology over another (I do; I am a conservative), but it is because we hear so much of the pundits to begin with ...more
Pamela Aidan
Oct 19, 2013 Pamela Aidan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A diligent and thoughtful examination of the foundational philosophies of the Republic and the history of utopian ideology that is still easily read. This should be read and discussed by everyone, but particularly every high-school/college student. We are abysmally ignorant of these topics and, I believe, purposefully so thanks to public education. I know I was never exposed to this information in more than the most cursory manner. A very, very important book!
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“Where utopianism is advanced through gradualism rather than revolution, albeit steady and persistent as in democratic societies, it can deceive and disarm an unsuspecting population, which is largely content and passive. It is sold as reforming and improving the existing society's imperfections and weaknesses without imperiling its basic nature. Under these conditions, it is mostly ignored, dismissed, or tolerated by much of the citizenry and celebrated by some. Transformation is deemed innocuous, well-intentioned, and perhaps constructive but not a dangerous trespass on fundamental liberties.” 80 likes
“Utopianism also finds a receptive audience among the society's disenchanted, disaffected, dissatisfied, and maladjusted who are unwilling or unable to assume responsibility for their own real or perceived conditions but instead blame their surroundings, 'the system,' and others. They are lured by the false hopes and promises of utopian transformation and the criticisms of the existing society, to which their connection is tentative or nonexistent. Improving the malcontent's lot becomes linked to the utopian cause. Moreover, disparaging and diminishing the successful and accomplished becomes an essential tactic. No one should be better than anyone else, regardless of the merits or values of his contributions. By exploiting human frailties, frustrations, jealousies, and inequities, a sense of meaning and self-worth is created in the malcontent's otherwise unhappy and directionless life. Simply put, equality in misery -- that is, equality of result or conformity -- is advanced as a just, fair, and virtuous undertaking. Liberty, therefore, is inherently immoral, except where it avails equality.” 58 likes
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