Mark Levin’s literary dynamite detonates in midst of GOP primaries.
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Is it any wonder, then, that with Ameritopia so intimately woven into the fabric of your everyday life that the larger, more cosmic world of government policy is chock-a-block with the Ameritopia mindset?
Beginning with the famous entitlements of Social Security and Medicare, there is not an area of American life untouched by the unsatiable government mandates of Ameritopia. Levin points out a fraction of them:
Homebuilders must comply with the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.
And on it goes. And on and on it goes.
Is it any wonder than that Americans in 2012 are rebelling? Is it any wonder that Tea Partiers were waving Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny in the air at their rallies?
One of the more interesting aspects of Liberty and Tyranny was Levin’s ability to popularize a very old and practically vanished word: the “statist.” Meaning someone who believes in the supremacy of the state — which, of course, describes the modern American leftist perfectly.
In Ameritopia, Levin will do for John Locke and Charles de Montesquieu what he did for the term statist. Make them famous — if famous again.
Because it is Locke, Montesquieu, and the always well-known Alexis de Tocqueville who have long ago recognized the threat of utopians and detailed the proper response.
It was the English philosopher and physician Locke, one of the most important thinkers of the Enlightenment, and the French philosopher Montesquieu, who together provided a considerable amount of the thinking that would later be used by the Founders as they carefully crafted the Constitution.
It was Locke who insisted on understanding the true nature of man, says Levin, as opposed to utopians and their lust for “insensate societies based on their own prejudices and fantasies.” And that true nature is, among other things, imperfect. Utopia, is, then, unobtainable. Yesterday, today, tomorrow — and forever.
LET’S GO BACK for a moment to but two examples of utopian imperfection that Levin provides in his book. Two examples that are well familiar to every American: the “entitlements” of Social Security and Medicare.
What, after all, was the real origin of these two programs aimed at the elderly and health care for the elderly? Who thought them up? If you are under the impression these programs were the work of assorted 20th century liberal intellectuals and politicians you would be wrong. Yes, Levin names the names of those involved in creating these programs. Columbia University professor Henry Rogers Seager came up with the modern idea of Social Security in his 1910 study Social Insurance: A Program of Social Reform. There is the later bread-crumb trail of American liberal politicians like Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and 1960s-era House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Wilbur Mills.
But, in the end, of course, the real origin of these twin modern problems was that each of these people (and more) were busily trying to create utopia in America.
And, oh by the way, there was that political side benefit of thinking this would elect fellow liberals through eternity.