Mark Levin’s new book, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, arrived just in time.Â Last week, I wondered how “equality” had become the watchword for the gay movement and engaged in a spirited discussion in the comments section on the values on the founders’ notion of the concept.
I had always believed the founders’ focus was on liberty, freedom, with a concern for equal rights.Â Their concern for equal rights was a response to the privileges of class, then inherent in the British system.Â Levin understands how today’s left has twisted the notion of equality to serve their statist ends.Â And given the political make-up of the gay groups, it’s pretty clear they have borrowed that idea of equality.
In short, Levin gets it:
The primary principle around which the Statist organizes can be summed up in a single word–equality.
Equality, as understood by the Founders, is the natural right of every individual to live freely under self-government, to acquire and retain the property he creates through his own labor, and to be treated impartially before a just law.Â Moreover, equality should not be confused with perfection, for man is also imperfect, making his application of equality, even in the most just society, imperfect.Â Otherwise, inequality is the natural state of man in the sense that each individual is born unique in all his human characteristics.Â Therefore, equality and inequality, properly comprehended, are both engines of liberty.
The Statist, however, misuses equality to pursue uniform economic and social outcomes.Â He must continuously enhance his power at the expense of self-government and violate the individual’s property rights at the expense of individual liberty, for he believes that through persuasion, deception, and coercion he can tame man’s natural state and man’s perfection can, therefore, be achieved in Utopia.Â The Statist must claim the power to make that which is unequal equal an that which is imperfect perfect.Â That is the hope the Statist offers, if only the individual surrenders himself to the all-powerful state.Â Only then can the impossible be made possible.
Levin helps summarize why I fear then notion of “equality” when on the lips of gay activists.Â Most of them have a background in left-wing political movements and show a commitment to the Democratic party and its leftist ideology.Â They readily turn to the state to seek solutions to problems, real and imagined, which confront our community.
I’ve only read 18 pages, barely 10% of Levin’s book and I’m already hungry for more.Â this new book may well be a manifesto for the coming conservative resurgence.