The Amateur Eye – AMERITOPIA

Mark R. Levin writes a companion for those who like, as do I, historical perspective on the events past, present, with an eye toward dissecting events effecting local, national and international news.  In view of what has become outspoken rhetoric by President Trump who openly calls the news media as less than honest and fosters the hate and evilness birthed as FAKE NEWS. (I prefer TAINTED NEWS).

My book reviews I have penned in the past mostly concern the game of chess.  This book which was recommended to me found me going to Barnes & Nobel where I located the book among many that the author has penned.  I was not disappointed and a most welcome addition to my political shelf and another Simon and Schuster five star book.

The softcover book intrigued me!  The author draws astounding parallels to the Obama era’s utopian ideals from Plato’s Republic, Thomas More’s Utopia and Marx’s Communist Manifesto, critical writings of John Locke and philosophical pioneer works  by Charles Montesquieu, Alexis de Tocqueville collectively diagnosing the nature of man and government. It comes close to a burial of utopian idealism.

Adam Smith wrote THE THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS, 1759, describing the man of system.  “He is apt to be very wise in his own conceit, and is often so enamored with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it.  He goes on to establish it completely and in all its parts, without regard either to the great interests or strong prejudices which may oppose it.  He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess board.”

This keen observation of modern man in the seat as bureaucrat, elected officeholder, etc. can relate to all who serve because human nature is what it is. Mark Levin has answered the warning put forth by President Ronald Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”  But perhaps more exacting in the total of Ameritopic is what President Lincoln’s address in 1838: “At what point….is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer.  If  it ever reach us, it must spring up among us…we must be the author and finisher.”

Such prophetic words.




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