Sunday, May 24, 2009

Review of Mark Levin, Tryanny and Liberty

Tyranny is growing like a weed today, but it is masked by euphemism and the supposed need to avert economic catastrophe. It likewise poses as pragmatism, when, in fact, it is insinuating despotism throughout our civil government. The euphoria over Obama can only be explained on the basis of massive ignorance and massive credulity.

Part of the answer to our plight is to return to first principles, the truths that animated the founders of America--and they are conservative, not liberal. Mark Levin knows this history and brings these titanic ideals to bear on our present situation. The goal of just civil government is liberty, not comprehensive control. Statism is the enemy of liberty, and is a form of political idolatry wherein the state (not God, the individual, family, church, and so on) is taken to be the ultimate provider and protector and regulator of society.

Levin, while an often acerbic radio host known for high-pitched denunciations of his clueless callers, is neither petulant nor strident in this book. He rather makes arguments deeply rooted in history, our American history, which so many, to their peril, either forgot or never knew (thanks to public--read statist--education and the stupor brought on by popular culture).

Levin illustrates the move toward tyranny in the philosophy and policies of Barack Husein Obama, the most statist president in the history of our Republic. If you oppose Obama's ideology, don't just complain or pine away until the next election: education yourself in the principles that lead to liberty and human thriving that are articulated in this vital book. Moreover, read some established classics in this genre such as Bill Buckley's Up From Liberalism" and Barry Goldwater's, The Conscience of a Conservative. And do so...before it is too late.

1 comment:

Robert Velarde said...

"People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late. It is often essential to resist a tyranny before it exists." -G.K. Chesterton