The Tyranny of Mark Levin’s Liberty


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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12 Responses

  1. Avatar richard says:

    bought it, coudn’t finish it. was disappointed by its lack of depth and writing style.Report

    • Avatar urtool in reply to richard says:

      you didnt read it you tool, it is thick with what some people call historical facts (you might consider it angry rhetoric from anglo-europeans).Report

      • Avatar E.D. Kain in reply to urtool says:

        Do you mean “you tool” or “utool” and is there a difference between the two? Also, when pushing the quality of a book, it’s wise to use common grammatical tropes just in case people who read your comment from an initial judgment of your recommendation from said comment. Could it be that someone who won’t bother to capitalize the first letter of a sentence is a poor judge of a good book? Quite possibly.

        First impressions are a bitch.Report

  2. Avatar Katherine says:

    Like the first Tea Party events, the 4th of July protesters primary criticism was government spending,

    Actually, the first Tea Party was about people being taxed without having a say in their government. (The “government spending” necessitating the tax was the Seven Years’ War fought largely to defend the Thirteen Colonies against France; as it was military spending, the current crop of protesters would have no problem with it.) “No taxation without representation” loses some of its punch when the people protesting actually do have representation.Report

  3. Avatar Bob says:

    I visit Taki’s Magazine once or twice a month just to catch-up with Jack.
    I love that guy.Report

  4. Avatar John says:

    Jack is kind of a dumb ass. If you don’t know what the tea parties are about, and can’t understand Levin….then your another statist dumb ass.Report

  5. Avatar Michael Young says:

    Katherine – If you were to read the founding documents. You will find a desire for the people to be set free from a tyrannical government. It was more than taxation. It was about freedom. No matter what side of the political isle you choose to join, liberty is not something we toy with.

    If you think the American people have a representative government to day you are fooling yourself. An example, the American people had made their decision about GM. They didn’t want to buy the cars. What did Barack do, overuled the American people to pay off his union friends. The numbers and the economics do not lie.

    Whether you like it or not or choose to recognize this, these men wanted to be free from the hand of an oppressor – they wanted free enterprise, freedom of religious expression, and freedom to live there lives without a goverenment impeding them. Sure these were different times and they were not perfect, but in the words of Thomas Jefferson:

    “A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government. ”
    Thomas Jefferson

    I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
    Thomas Jefferson

    I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
    Thomas Jefferson

    It is we the American people who need to unite under a flag of liberty to defeat a government that is out of control. Yes both parties and yes Bush and Obama are both are part of the abuse of power. Follow and stay involved, stay vigilent and don’t fall prey to petty party politics. What is at stake is bigger than any political party or agenda. The cause of freedom and the cause of liberty are more important than life itself. What is the purpose of a life lived without freedom?Report

  6. Avatar Mag7 says:

    I would like to know when all of this is going to end, I mean Obama he is not a american (have no proof) but its a gut feeling, so is’t this a big farce. please reply. Thank you.Report

  7. Avatar mitch says:

    Ok, so what does the Iraq War have to do with Levni’s point, which is that a state-centralized society is inherently bad?

    You wrote two paragraphs that were absolutely irrelevant to the point of the book.Report