Can Mark Levin's New Book, 'Plunder and Deceit,' Rescue America's Youth?

“The mission of this book, as in my past books, is to persuade as many fellow citizens as possible, through scholarship, facts, and ideas, to avert a looming tragedy -- not a Greek Tragedy of the theater and mind, but a real and devastating American tragedy, the loss of the greatest republic known to mankind.”

-- Mark Levin, from “Plunder and Deceit -- Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future,” Simon & Schuster (Threshold Editions), 2015.


Mark Levin’s new book will no doubt be a bestseller, just like his previous offerings. But his latest work should be required reading for every recent college or high school grad just starting to make his way in the world, as well as every American voter.

Levin explains in elegant, but easy to understand terms just how Washington and the elites who infest the nation’s capital are stealing our future. Woven into his narrative are both his original analysis of the corruption of our modern state and thoughts on liberty and freedom from great statesmen like James Madison and Edmund Burke.

As Levin says, the “unraveling” of our civil society is “intensifying.”

We have a “rising utopian statism” peddled by “political demagogues and self-appointed masterminds” that is concentrating “governmental power in an increasingly authoritarian and centralized federal Leviathan.” Americans need to realize that “the ruling generation’s governing policies are already forecast to diminish the quality of life of future generations.” From the “massive welfare and entitlement state” that is “expanding and imploding” to the “brazen abandonment of constitutional firewalls and governing limitations,” we are reaching a stage where, “if not appropriately and expeditiously ameliorated, the effects will be dire.”

According to Levin, the “ruling generation” has forgotten the “uncomplicated and cautionary insight” of James Madison in Federalist 51 about the “essential balance between civil society and government restraint.”

As Madison warned, “the difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” Yet so “many loving parents,” who Levin acknowledges have a fierce protective instinct towards their children, have, “as part of the ruling generation,” abandoned civil society for “the growing tyranny of a voracious central government that steals their children’s future.”

Many parents are deluding themselves “that their own children’s immediate welfare” can be “detached from the well-being of future generations.” Even those American parents who understand there is a “gathering storm of societal and economic disorder” don’t really know “how to effectively influence the omnipresence and complexity of a massive governing enterprise that is less republican and more autocratic.” And those who like the march toward progressive statism are “immune to regular democratic processes and pressure.” They have “an escalating preference for rule by administrative regulation, executive decree, and judicial fiat as the ends justifies the means.”

It is tomorrow’s generation that will reap the “bleak” consequences. Young Americans “will neither benefit from the government’s untenable programs, into which they are or will also be forced to make ‘contributions,’ nor possess the wherewithal to pay the trillions of dollars in outstanding accumulated debt when the amassed IOU bubble bursts.” It is young people who will experience “the eventual collapse of a colossal government venture [that] will indiscriminately engulf an entire society and economy … resulting in widespread disorder and misery.”

Levin then proceeds to outline the biggest problems endangering America’s future, from the massive debt we have accumulated to the financial insolvency of Social Security, Medicare, and Obamacare. He points out that this is not a future problem, because America is already insolvent today. Levin cites the testimony of an economics professor who says that the United States is “in worse fiscal shape than any developed country, including Greece.” It is tomorrow’s generation that will bear the “devastating consequences.”

In his chapter on Social Security, Levin summarizes the history of its implementation, and the facts and figures regarding its financial problems. As he explains, it is “the largest single component of the federal budget, and perhaps the greatest and most financially devastating burden imposed on younger people and future generations.” He warns that unless it is fixed now, “it is difficult to see how younger people will be left with anything but horrendous debt and broken promises.”