Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism
a book by Mark R. Levin
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that From #1 New York Times bestselling author and radio host Mark R. Levin comes a searing plea for a return to America’s most sacred values.
In Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism, Mark R. Levin revisits the founders’ warnings about the perils of overreach by the federal government and concludes that the men who created our country would be outraged and disappointed to see where we've ended up.
The men who created our country would be outraged and disappointed to see where we've ended up—here Washington is turning over in his grave
Levin returns to the impassioned question he's explored in each of his bestselling books: How do we save our exceptional country? Because our values are in such a precarious state, he argues that a restoration to the essential truths on which our country was founded has never been more urgent. Understanding these principles, in Levin’s words, can “serve as the antidote to tyrannical regimes and governments.” Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism is not an exercise in nostalgia, but an appeal to his fellow citizens to reverse course.
Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism is not an exercise in nostalgia, but an appeal to his fellow citizens to reverse course
This essential book brings Levin’s celebrated, sophisticated analysis to the troubling question of America's future, and reminds us what we must restore for the sake of our children and our children's children.
Communist collectives, where each person is merely a faceless worker bee in a hive, are a goal of liberals' egalitarian policies—they think of us as collective-individuals
The progressive's deliberate effort to organize mankind by a growing and ubiquitous centralized authority and collective command into a conforming, uniform mass describes a nihilistic, autocratic mentality
As Levin says, "The progressive's deliberate effort to denude the individual of his free will and uniqueness; to organize mankind by a growing and ubiquitous centralized authority and collective command into a conforming, uniform mass; and to reject right reason and sober circumspection about true reform of the progressive project despite its manifest failures and dangerous boundlessness, presents all the markings of a nihilistic, autocratic mentality—unsurprising considering its ideological roots. But the disastrous consequences for the individual cannot be overstated."
Bibles will all be replaced, in a Harris/Biden administration, with The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx's biggest seller, and one of the world's biggest influencers (liberals love Marxism)
As Levin says, ". . . the progressive has decided in advance that societal transformation is necessary. Therefore he must employ various forms of usurpation and subterfuge to stir discontent and balkanize the citizenry (race, gender, income, age, religion, etc.). The individual's imperfections and the imperfections of republican institutions must be exploited, and visions of the perfect society, albeit impossible, supposedly guaranteed by the progressive's enterprise, must be propped up. The future is always said to be better than the present, but only if the individual surrenders more of his liberty and property to the state and conforms to the demands of the state. Ultimately, if persuasion by exploitation and propaganda is ineffective, the citizenry must be forced to bend to the progressive's plans by the might of government's extraconstitutional administrative means."
Here NSWs (nasty stinking conservatives) in a Harris/Biden administration get hung once it was determined that taxing them egregiously wasn't going to slap the evil conservativism out of them
As Levin says, "It seems to escape the well-meaning Utopianist that his program implies an admission of failure, even before he launches. For it substitutes for his demand that we build a new society, fit for men and women to live in, the demand that we 'mold' these men and women to fit into the new society."
As a liberal, Rich Lord (the review below) couldn't wait to do a hit piece on Levin's book, probably because Levin told some dangerous truths about the leftists that they'd rather not get told. His review sheds no light on Levin's fine book, but plenty of light on how deeply loyal he is to the tenets of leftist liberallism. The obvious context here is that liberals—regardless of their true beliefs—are stuck with throwing mud at conservatives since the failure to do so will result in them facing the ravages of the woke mob's cancel culture. What kind of society are we living in where a man is forced to parrot the ugly liberal narrative or face a mob that lynches his reputation, career, economic future, and relationships? Not a democracy. It's a progressive tyranny that blackmails liberals to conform or suffer (as if we were living under North Korean rule). Hence the need for Levin's book.
Liberals—regardless of their true beliefs—are stuck with throwing mud at conservatives since the failure to do so will result in them facing the ravages of the woke mob's cancel culture
"Mr. Levin instead twists the political philosophy of others into a thesis that seems breathtakingly out of synch with today’s reality. [the whole review is mostly cheap shots like this—but then he quotes Levin:] 'Again and again, the goal of progressives is to unmoor the individual and society from America’s heritage with populist tirades, prodding, and indoctrination, the purpose of which is to build popular support for a muscular centralized government ruled by a self-aggrandizing intellectual elite through an extra-constitutional and autocratic administrative Leviathan,' he summarizes, one-third of the way through Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism. (Source: Mark Levin's warmed over patriotism falls flat, Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)"
On the other hand, a much more reasonable and balanced review of the book comes from Adam Walker, a fellow who analyzes data for Facebook in Menlo Park, California. So he is a liberal or a pseudo-liberal or simply an independent thinker who doesn't care what the woke mob and their cancel culture think. Surrounded by liberals in California this would likely be a foolhardy stance, which is why we guess that pseudo-liberal is correct. Pretending to buy that ugly, racist liberal narrative is a stance millions of Americans have to take to avoid hassles from the "woke" morons (who most of us wish would shut up and go back to sleep):
It will always be important to consider the acceptable limits of government authority. Creeping executive power should be repulsed, from Obama’s drone strikes to Trump’s immigration ban
"It will always be important to consider the acceptable limits of government authority. Creeping executive power should be repulsed, from Obama’s drone strikes to Trump’s immigration ban. . . . The book ultimately presents a false choice between a return to the 1700’s and an all-encompassing Marxist super-state. Any reasonable observer can see that there is a middle path; one where government levies only moderate taxes to aid entrepreneurism while also providing some reasonable level of healthcare to all. Just as Hamilton and Jefferson compromised, conservatives and progressives can too." (Source: Book Review: "Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism", Adam Walker, A Random Walker)
A Harris/Biden administration would raise taxes through the roof to finance a tiny amount of their tax-and-spend agenda
Another balanced review comes from Publishers Weekly, who surprised us with their objectivity, which they don't always have:
"Radio host Levin (Plunder and Deceit) asks a provocative question—what would the Founding Fathers 'think about today’s America?'—in this dense, thoughtful book. . . . Levin’s answer to the question he poses is a decidedly conservative one—that the Founders would be outraged by the extent of the federal government’s interference in everyday life. . . . This is an educational, if often long-winded, policy primer." (Source: Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism, Publishers Weekly)
Discovering natural law is a prerequisite to rediscovering Americanism . . . natural law, never an easy proposition and made all the harder by two centuries of contrarian political philosophy — with modern opinion elites poised to drive the last nail in the coffin
"The foundation of Americanism, he posits, is natural law. That does not just spontaneously appear, nor passively persevere. Understanding our natural-law roots, reaffirming our attachment to them in the teeth of the progressive project to supersede them — this is hard work. Necessary work, though. Discovering natural law is a prerequisite to rediscovering Americanism . . . natural law, never an easy proposition and made all the harder by two centuries of contrarian political philosophy — with modern opinion elites poised to drive the last nail in the coffin. . . . The rights of self-determination, self-governance, and private property — the blessings of liberty that are the heritage of natural law — are in peril, if not of extinction, at least of irreversible atrophy. Mark Levin has not been content to inveigh against statism. In the last few years, he has offered concrete plans to roll it back, including a campaign for a convention of the states under Article V of the Constitution, aimed at stripping down Washington from without, since it will never reform itself from within. " (Source: The Heritage of Natural Law: Mark Levin on Rediscovering Americanism, Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review)
This will be one of the first orders of business for a Harris/Biden administration
"Levin concludes that 'The abandonment of Natural Law is the adoption of tyranny in one form or another, because there is no humane or benevolent alternative to Natural Law.' Yet if the Constitution is interpreted according to progressives as a malleable 'living, breathing' document, then there is a distinct likelihood that the concept of natural law might take its last breath. . . . Levin writes that under progressivism the old notion of individualism, paramount under the Declaration of Independence, must give way to a new individualism — where the individual is subjugated to the power of the state, all for the greater good." (Source: Reclaiming America from the Tyranny of Progressivism (review of Rediscovering Americanism by Mark R. Levin), Fred Elbel, The Social Contract)
The equality the liberal elite envision but dare not honestly proclaim, is life on the hamster wheel, where one individual is indistinguishable from the next
"In the book, Levin attacks the embrace by the media, politicians and academia of progressive promises of a 'utopia' defined by the end of personal freedom and individuality. He has a grim name for it: 'The Final Outcome.' Levin wrote, 'They reject history's lessons and instead are absorbed with their own conceit and aggrandizement in the relentless pursuit of a diabolical project, the final outcome of which is an oppression of mind and soul.' . . . Levin added, 'the equality they envision but dare not honestly proclaim, is life on the hamster wheel, where one individual is indistinguishable from the next.'" (Source: Mark Levin calls for uprising against Left: 'We have no choice', Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner)
We are at the turning point of our democracy, our freedom, our freedom of speech, our freedom to own weapons to protect ourselves. All these are under threat by the radical liberal who advances on the presidency stealthily, so that the citizens won't notice what she is doing. It won't matter that Harris will use senile Biden as a puppet at first. Think of him as either a human shield or a mask that prevents people from seeing the gleeful, evil gleem in her eyes.
It won't matter that Harris will use senile Biden as a puppet at first. Think of him as either a human shield or a mask that prevents people from seeing the gleeful, evil gleem in her eyes
Levin has done his level best to warn us in his books because few people realize the full enormity of a Harris/Biden administration. It would mean the permanent end of the Republican party, the permanent end of conservative influence, the permanent replacement of democracy with socialism which historically has ALWAYS meant the start of tyranny, the disarming of the citizens so the government goons can do whatever they want with us. It is likely to start a civil war. See The Coming Civil War.
The enormity of a Harris/Biden administration would be likely to start a civil war
Are we really ready to give up everything we hold dear just to please a liberal radical and give her a cheap thrill as she pushes people around "because she can"? The media, academics, and Hollywood that supported this superliberal insanity are in for a rude shock when the liberal equality utopia they were told was coming fails to appear, but instead an authoritarian dystopia of violent oppression, supersurveillance, Big Brother on steroids, and wealth transference from the citizens to the liberal elite. As always happens in socialism, the biggest failure in all of history.
If the Harris/Biden crew win, the thought police in Orwell's book 1984 will seem like a vacation in paradise compared to the violently oppressive dictatorship the Harris/Biden socialism will quickly degenerate into due to the absence of Democracy's protective mechanisms (consult your world history books)
Unlike so many historical errors that got reversed—like Hitler—there will be no America riding in on a white horse saving the world from tyranny and dictatorship because WE are the tyranny and dictatorship
And unlike so many historical errors that got reversed—like Hitler—there will be no America riding in on a white horse saving the world from tyranny and dictatorship. Because WE are the tyranny and dictatorship, and we can only hope Russia and/or China invade and free us from our terrible fate because there will be no freeing us from within. North Korea's horridly oppressive dictatorship will, likewise, never be freed from within. It is true that the Russian or Chinese domination of our citizens would be a bitter pill to swallow after our 200+ years of freedom, but it would be a wonderful step up after the violently oppressive dictatorship our country will have turned into. March may come in like a lion and leave like a lamb, but the radical liberal regime will come in like a lamb and soon become a lion. The radical liberals are the type to go mad with power, seizing their sudden opportunity with both hands and making whites, conservatives, and rightwingers pay bigtime for their every nonliberal thought, action, word and post.
If we ever lose our democracy to socialist lies, all is lost and fascistic stormtroopers will be goosestepping their way to our door