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During this election year, could Americans seriously benefit from reading old works of political philosophy?

Radio talk show host Mark Levin has come out with a new book, "Ameritopia," in which he explores writings by Plato, Sir Thomas More, Thomas Hobbes and Karl Marx to explain the political "left," while also citing John Locke, Baron de Montesquieu, and Alexis de Tocqueville to provide opposing views. In the following YouTube clip, Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds interviews Mr. Levin about his book, and the themes in it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pSIurPfIOw Admittedly, reading this sort of material does have a tendency to encourage people to look beyond the momentary maneuvers of the two major parties (which will grab the headlines), but it surely would serve an educational purpose, in my view, insofar as it examines the philosophical bases of the general worldviews that compete for the allegiance of Americans. Your comments?

Asked By: Daniel ben Mordechai - 1/29/2012
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If Americans started reading John Locke and realized what our Public Servants have done to America, there would be a revolution. But I think we are safe from that because they are too busy watching TV... More
Answered By: who is #1? - 1/29/2012
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Americans actually looking at the issues? Don't make me laugh.
Answered By: Daniel P - 1/29/2012
 
Unfortunately the majority of Americans won't go near any works by those authors mainly because said authors are "Goddamn sissy Euro-fags" or some such equally eloquent epithet that gets applied to anything that is produced outside of US borders. Especially pre 20th century... More
Answered By: Moriarty - 1/29/2012
 
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