The best-selling nonfiction hardcover book in the United States at the time of this review is ‘Liberty and Tyranny’ by Mark Levin (Threshold Editions / Simon and Schuster). Its subtitle says it all: ‘A Conservative Manifesto’. This book consists of only 245 pages, including its 38 pages of notes; however, it contains more knowledge of current politics and relevant economic and historical knowledge than any other book one can find in the wastelands of unpopular Americans. fiction today. It is also a philosophical work, and probably the most important American philosophical work to have been published since Ayn Rand’s philosophical novel Atlas Shrugged (1957).
Mark Levin is a “huge fan” of Ayn Rand, so it is fitting that sales of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ have also increased dramatically since our current Presidential Administration was elected to office in November 2008. ‘Liberty and Tyranny ‘, and most of it was written at least 18 months before its release for mass consumption on March 23, 2009. Much of this book is therefore prescient. The conservative manifesto of ‘Freedom and Tyranny’ must be scaring the liberals, the Democrats and the RINOs, those who seek to give us hell on Earth for our lives (but not theirs). These are times that test people’s souls; This book is a bright, lit-in-the-dark lantern, which accounts for its huge sales. If enough people read and understand this book, the crazy Libs will be in more trouble than they have been since 1980.
The great power of ‘Freedom and Tyranny’ lies in the fact that it focuses entirely on timeless and timeless principles, the principles that manifest conservative thought and action. No liberal has principles; all liberal citizens want is for government to guarantee that no one can be “better” than them, and all liberal politicians want is power, as much power as they can have over the lives of others. There are no principles in their views, just fear and lust for power, nothing more.
Mark Levin lays out in exquisite detail and in clear, concise and coherent prose precisely where conservative principles have their origins, objective evidence for why they work, and their historical precedents. He doesn’t actually call liberals by that name for most of the book, since historically that label has been applied in different ways and could cause some confusion; instead, he calls them “statists”: those who worship the government and / or work in government who want to expand their power relentlessly and, indeed, infinitely.
Conservatism is what gives us freedom; Statism is what puts us under the iron fist of tyranny. Conservatism has very little to do with what the statist leads so many credulous Americans of all classes to believe. Levin demonstrates that this premise is true over and over again, whether by writing about the need to read the Constitution as it was written and derive its original meanings and intentions from the historical context and extratextual letters, diaries, and notes written by the Founders; or the insipid evil of mad liberal science on issues like the spurious rationale for the DDT ban and the massive man-made global warming fraud; or the evil of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; or the need for the federal government to do the only thing it was supposed to do: preserve American civil society.
‘Freedom and’ Tyranny ‘tells us that “America today is so far from its founding principles that it is difficult to accurately describe the nature of American government.” Levin also reminds us that President Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction.” The book ends with the epilogue to “A Conservative Manifesto” and presents a 10-point call-to-action plan that everyone should hear in these dark days.
Read ‘Freedom and Tyranny’ by Mark Levin. Mark it meaningfully. Read it again. Read it slowly. Give it to your children and grandchildren as a gift, and when you do, put a little sticky note on the cover that says, “I’m sorry for what I’ve done to you.”