On Liberty and Tyranny

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Mark R. Levin, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, New York: Threshold Editions, 2009. pp. 1-206. $10.00.

The book Liberty and Tyranny by Mark R. Levin is introduced by the author himself. Right off the bat one can assume that Levin is a strict conservative, and the subtitle of the book is very accurate. He addresses the fact that the Constitution is too easily altered and that the statism is a rising issue in America. He discusses Roosevelt and the New Deal, as well as the GM bailout approved by former president George W. Bush, and mentions that “Republicans are clueless.” Levin goes straight to the point on how he believes the government can be fixed to a better functioning society by putting forth his ideas on taxation, environmental issues, Supreme Court rulings, education, foreign issues, faith, the state and even the Constitution itself. Right off the bat I could tell Levin was not going to beat around the bush or show any signs of giving up to the other side, and being a Republican myself, I was urged to read on to the following chapters, especially The Constitution.

On Liberty and Tyranny is the opening chapter to the book, and Levin automatically opens up again about the issues of a civil society versus a statist utopia. He believes in conservatism, which he describes as a way of understanding life, society and government. The founding fathers are mentioned and their beliefs are incorporated into the ways of conservationism and a civil society. Levin describes the duties and the identities of a civil society, which are basically the individual depending solely on himself and not the others around him. Roosevelt is again mentioned with his New Deal idea; however Levin introduces it as a statist way of doing things, which in turn leads into a vast description of ways to notice a statist or ones government forming. Overall, this chapter is trying to express how conservatist, as well as our founding fathers, believed in liberties for all of...
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