Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America
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Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

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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,...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Threshold Editions
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Mike (the Paladin)
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...more
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
Lucas
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...more
Dale
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...more
Mike
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...more
Ann
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...more
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
Jerry
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...more
Alexandra Swann
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...more
Andres
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
Bob
“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
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...more
William Rocha
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
Jennifer
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
Daniel
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...more
Thomas
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,...more
Bob Barrett
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
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


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...more
Dan
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
William
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
Steven
This is an excellent book and a great resource on what it means to be "American"--and what it means not to. This book touches on the most foundational differences between the left and right wings of American politics.

Levin begins with a summary and analysis of several of history's most influential utopian schemes: Plato's REPUBLIC, Thomas More's UTOPIA, Hobbes' LEVIATHAN, etc. I enjoyed Levin's discussion and dissection of each of these, and was struck that the essential error each author (or w...more
Michael
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
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
McKenzie Devlin
I've been listening to Mark via podcasts for years. He's actually a really funny person and has such a tender side with animals. I grew up with a very conservative father and a real liberal mother so it's hard for me to be on one side. That being said, I get very wrapped up in what Mark says and writes. Meaning his words really strike a chord with me. He is difficult to read. I read this book very slow and had to stumble back a few times and re-read parts. He is well researched and very knowledg...more
Karen
This is just me, but I didn't care to read detailed descriptions and many quotations from books about utopias. That could all have been covered in one chapter. The same material was written about already by Thomas Sowell in, "A Conflict of Visions" and "Vision of the Anointed." "Liberty and Tyranny" by Mark Levin is a superior book to this one, imo. Landmark Legal Foundation's amicus brief on Obamacare was also a great read!
Jennifer
I really liked this work because Mr. Levin obviously did his homework before forming his opinion, or at least went to the trouble to find legit support for his already-held opinion. Too many in politics don't even bother to research an issue (let's read a bill before we pass it, shall we?) before they start pontificating.
Ger
Mark Levin hit the nail on the head by outlining sources promoting utopia and how it always leads to a loss of liberty. We are at a critical time in our nation's history as too many are willing to part with their liberty in the hope of being taken care of. We have been warned.
Mike Kirsch
Mark Levin does a great job of discussing Plato's Republic, Thomas More's Utopia, and Thomas Hobbs' Leviathan and how each Utopian society they write about is really a tyranny against the individual. He discusses the founding of the United States and the ideas drawn from Montesquieu and how they influenced the founding, along with John Locke and others.

He discusses Alexis de Tocqueville and his observations about how a republic can be turned into a tyranny and his belief that perhaps the Americ...more
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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.” 67 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.” 47 likes
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