Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto.
Article Type: Critical essay
Subject: Conservatism (Analysis)
Democracy (United States)
Democracy (Analysis)
Author: Arnett, Jerome C., Jr.
Pub Date: 12/22/2009
Publication: Name: Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Publisher: Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. ISSN: 1543-4826
Issue: Date: Winter, 2009 Source Volume: 14 Source Issue: 4
Topic: NamedWork: Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Named Person: Levin, Mark Reed; Levin, Mark Reed
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 214605177
Full Text: Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, by Mark R. Levin, hardback, 245 pp, $25, ISBN-13: 978-1-4164-6285-6, New York, N.Y, Threshold Editions, 2009.

"...There are occasions when democracy building is prudent. " "The conservative does not despise government. He despises tyranny. "

--Mark Levin

Nationally syndicated conservative talk-radio host and best-selling author (Men in Black) Mark Levin has written another New York Times bestseller. The publisher describes it as a "new manifesto for the Conservative movement for the 21st Century."

In it, Levin offers his opinions on fundamental truths about conservatism, based on decades of his observation and experience. Levin defines conservatism as a way of understanding life, society, and governance. And he tells us, "prudence is the highest virtue for it is judgment drawn on wisdom."

For him, the enemy is statism, which over the centuries has taken the form of monarchism, feudalism, militarism, fascism, and communism. Statism seeks to control the individual by imposing on him a governmental and economic structure that is contrary to human nature. Statism is tyranny to Levin, and he believes that civil society is the sole antidote.

He believes that civil society's highest purpose is its preservation and improvement. Further, he argues that the conservative defends free markets because he "defends the civil society and the Constitution's limitations on federal authority against the tyranny that threatens them ..." He says that the conservative has "passion for liberty and all the good that flows from it."

Levin supports the war in Iraq and democracy-building. He says the conservative believes that there are "times when evil perpetrated by a regime is so horrific that to ignore it tears at the moral core of American civil society," and that "prudence must dictate if and when the cost of American lives and treasure is worth intervention on these grounds."

Levin believes that the Civil War and World War II were wars of "liberty against tyranny, which would have destroyed the civil society had they been lost." He supports torture, insisting that torture includes "critically important, albeit rarely used, methodologies for securing intelligence and neutralizing the enemy."

He carefully documents many of the problems we face because of the statists. For example, he lists the four government interventions that led to the housing bust of 2008, and he discusses the government interventions in the oil industry that restrict our production of energy. He identifies the prime role of the government, especially the Federal Reserve Bank, in causing and greatly increasing the severity and duration of the Great Depression. He documents the role of the welfare state with its Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, in promoting increased governmental control and regulation, and in making as many individuals as possible dependent on the government.

He documents how "enviro-statists" have declared war on civil society, and how they prevent progress and modemity by using junk science, misrepresentations, and fearmongering. Levin then exposes the great "global warming" fraud, as well as the dangers of its accompanying cap-and-trade scheme.

Finally, he documents the government's complicity in the immigration problem, and notes that nine percent of the population of Mexico was living in the United States in 2004, when nearly one-third of all immigrants were in the U.S. illegally.

In order to correct all these problems, Levin believes that the conservative must become more engaged in public matters. "Parents ... must ... teach their children and grandchildren to believe in and appreciate the principles of the American civil society," he writes. And, we must "take the time to explain conservative principles and their value to the individual, family, and society generally."

Liberty and Tyranny successfully presents the conservative case against statism.

Jerome C. Arnett, Jr. M.D.

Helvetia, W .V.
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