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Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Mark R. Levin

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Title:Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto
Authors:Mark R. Levin
Info:Threshold Editions (2009), Hardcover, 256 pages
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Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto by Mark R. Levin (2009)

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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. ( )
  highlander6022 | Mar 16, 2016 |
"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

4 ★ Favorite ♥ ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 27, 2016 |
Highly Recommended. ( )
  delenburg | Jan 3, 2015 |
To Ed- Our Leader! Thank you for all you have done and are doing!
  efeulner | Mar 28, 2014 |
This book is an excellent review of the history of the founding of the United States and the philosophy of its Constitution. The book presents a concise explanation of the "states' rights" philosophy that was in place at the time the Constitution was written to replace the Articles of Confederation. It also applies that philosophy to several current policy issues.

The author, Mark R. Levin, gives a clear explanation of the increase of the federal government powers from the time of Herbert Hoover up to present day. Levin also makes the case that if readers hope to maintain a federal government that values individualism and personal liberties over a government that wants to create a multi-layered structure to "take care of all the people"; now is the time to act. This is a truly excellent read. ( )
  SusanGrimesGilbert | Jun 8, 2010 |
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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.
added by Shortride | editSalon, Steve Almond (Sep 12, 2009)
 
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.
added by TomVeal | editNew Majority, David Frum (Jun 11, 2009)
 
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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"We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name - liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names - 'liberty' and 'tyranny'." - Abraham Lincoln, 1864
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To my family and fellow countymen
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So distant is America today from its founding principles that it is difficult to precisely describe the nature of American government. It is not strictly a constitutional republic, because the Constitution has been and continues to be easily altered by a judicial oligarchy that mostly enforces, if not expands, the Statist's agenda. It is not strictly a representative republic, because so many edits are produced by a maze of adminstrative departments that are unkown to the public and detached from its sentiment. It is not strictly a federal republic, because the states that gave the central goverment life now live at its behest.
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The Statist's counterrevolution has turned the instrumentalities of public affairs and public governance against the civil society. . . . More conservatives than before will need to seek elective and appointed office, fill the ranks of the administrative state, hold teaching positions in public schools and universities, and find positions in Hollywood and the media where they can make a difference in infinite ways.
The Statist urges Americans to view themselves through the lenses of of those who resent and even hate them. He needs Americans to become less confident, to doubt their institutions, and to accept the status assigned to them by outsiders - as isolationists, invaders, occupiers, oppressors, and exploiters. . . . They need to listen to the voices of condemnation from world capitals and self-appointed global watchdogs hostile to America's superior standard of living.
Academics help identify the enemies of the state, whom their students learn to distrust or even detest through distortion and repetition . . .
the Court not only denied the slave the ability to escape one state's tyranny for another state's freedom - a direct assault on a critical aspect of federalism, mobility - but it actually expanded slavery throughout the country, which helped precipitate the Civil War.
. . . the Enviro-Statist abandons reason for a faith that preaches human regression and self-loathing. . . . Most individuals who are sympathetic to environmental causes are unwitting marks, responsive to the Enviro-Statist's manipulation of science, imagery, and language. Over time, they will surrender liberty for authority, abundance for scarcity, and optimism for pessimism.
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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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