As a regular American, working in a skilled trade, I have learned more from Mark’s books than I would ever have studied on my own, nor probably would have encountered day to day. His books are relatively short, but jam-packed with information about economics and history, the effects of government regulation, the restrictions that government interference places on the individual, and each book seems to build upon one or all of the others.
In Plunder and Deceit, I see an extension of Liberty and Tyranny, a generous sprinkling of Ameritopia, some of Men in Black, and still manages to be its own book which perhaps should be miniaturized so that you can have all the information you need when you address your State Representatives about the theme of his book, The Liberty Amendments.
The book is tailored to address the younger generations of Americans who already exhibit a healthy streak of independence, and are the main targets of the national and even global forces that stand in their way. Tolerant, and not averse to discussion, the “rising generation” benefits from the book’s wealth of information which is necessary to present the case for a reversal of the “governing generation’s” catastrophic direction.
The topics Levin discusses are complex issues such as national security, the minimum wage, the Constitution, our astronomical debt, the New Deal and Great Society entitlements that are on the verge of collapse as well as Obamacare, the environment, education and immigration. Yet, each chapter is relatively short, incomparably well-researched, and gives the unvarnished truth in the face of a world of lies. In fact, armed with the truth in the book, anyone can be brought up to speed with the main issues the nation faces in a non-partisan manner, side-stepping the rancor that inevitably surrounds partisan debate, and use the knowledge to take back the power they’ve lost from a government who has lost its way. This book helps you wrench the power from the political thieves who work day in and day out pretending that we pay them to rule over us.
Also present in Plunder and Deceit as it is in all of his books, Levin’s grasp of history furnishes the reader with an uncomfortable, yet seemingly comforting fact; American history has been replete with groups who always tried to snuff out liberty, and today, they are still at it. It is uncomfortable when you realize the forces are always there, yet comforting to know you are not alone in fighting them. Mark Levin is an author whose books are indispensable in that fight.
There are few authors who can, for instance, give the history of the Cold War in a paragraph, or make the connection between “enviro-statism,” communism, and the warnings and prescience of Ayn Rand. Nor can few authors deliver the hard facts, and say in essence, “Welcome to the full understanding of what we face,” and then give advice and counsel on how to navigate. In my mind, there is no other contemporary author who diligently and relentlessly works to address the problems we face with the vision of getting the reader to care and do something to turn the tide. Mark doesn’t write books to sell them for money. Mark writes books to give away knowledge, to empower people and arm them with facts and figures, historical context, and constitutional brilliance, and to get them to think, and act.
And yet it is more than all that. You get the sense that the author cares about YOUR future. With his help, you understand more about the imperfections of mankind, and how to let go of the little things in order to address the big things. Your life is precious, you are a part of history, you can change the course of human events, all because you are an American with a clear understanding of what being an American really means.
America’s greatness hinges on the high price and exorbitant effort of keeping the flame lit. Mark shares a quote from the late Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story:
“It is equally indispensable for every American citizen to enable him to exercise his own rights, to protect his own interests, and to secure the public liberties and just operations of public authority. A republic, by the very constitution of its government, requires on the part of the people, more vigilance and constant exertion than all others. The American republic, above all others, demands from every citizen unceasing vigilance and exertion; since we have deliberately dispensed with every guard against danger or ruin, except the intelligence and virtue of the people themselves. It is founded on the basis, that the people have wisdom enough to frame their own system of government and public spirit enough to preserve it; that they cannot be cheated out of their liberties; and that they will not submit to have them taken from them by force….Let us never forget that we must prove ourselves wiser, and better, and purer, than any other nation ever yet has been, if we are to count upon success.”
Plunder and Deceit is a book you must read, highlight, learn from, and impart to your children and all you encounter. Mark Levin helps, “enable” you to “exercise” your rights as a citizen of the greatest nation on earth ever formed, and equips you with the knowledge to be a “wiser” citizen who will work for American success.