Levin: ‘Utopianism Is Regressive, Irrational, and Pre-Enlightened’

Alex Grubbs | August 1, 2016 | 4:25pm EDT
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Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin on Friday called utopianism “regressive, irrational and pre-enlightened,” referencing his book “Ameritopia” following the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention.

“Utopianism is regressive, irrational and pre-enlightened,” Levin said. “It robs society of opinions and ideas that may be beneficial to the human condition now and in the future.”

The following is a transcript:

“This issue of Ameritopia: Utopianism, which is what they’re preaching – free college, we’re going to get your job back from Japan; all we have to do is this and that’s going to happen. Yeah, right. Utopianism is regressive, irrational and pre-enlightened. It robs society of opinions and ideas that may be beneficial to the human condition now and in the future.

“It’s stymies human interaction, including economic activity, which progresses through a historical process of self-organization.

“Adam Smith, a towering philosopher and an economist of the Scottish Enlightenment, referred to it as a harmony of interests creating a spontaneous order where rules of cooperation have developed through generations of human experience.

“Utopian pursuit, however, commands the imposition of a purported design and structure that tops society by a central authority to arrest the evolution of the individual and society.

“Karl Popper, Karl Popper, a philosopher who I admire – don’t agree with him on everything, but he’s frequently misunderstood. He wrote, ‘The power of the state is bound to increase until the state becomes nearly identical with society. It is the totalitarian intuition. The term society embraces all social relations, including all personal ones.’ I talk about it this way – the civil society being devoured by the government.

“Now this power, according to Alexis de Tocqueville, is immense and tutelary and takes upon itself alone to secure the people’s gratifications and watch over their fate. The power is absolute, minute, regular, provident and mild. Thus, in every day renders the exercise of the free agency of man less useful and less frequent.

“Again, I want you to listen to this in the context of what you heard this week at the Democratic Convention and some of what you’re hearing from Republicans. It circumscribes the will with any narrower range and gradually robs a man of all the uses of himself. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules – minute and uniform – through which the most original minds of the most energetic characters cannot penetrate to rise above the crowd.

“Now, utopianism’s equality is intolerant of diversity, uniqueness, debate and so forth. For utopianism’s purpose requires a singular focus. There can be no competing voices or causes slowing or obstructing society’s long and righteous march.

“Utopianism relies on deceit, propaganda, dependence, intimidation and force. In its more aggressive state, as the malignancy of the enterprise becomes more painful and its impossibility more obvious, it incites violence, in as much as avenues for free expression and civil dissent are cut off. Violence becomes the individual’s primary recourse and the state’s primary response.

“Ultimately, the only way out is the state’s termination.”

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