Every once in a while some right wing wonk trots out an astonishingly idiotic effort that tries to make current American Conservatism sound like it wasn't invented behind a moonshine still by a bunch of angry drunks -- witness Glenn Beck's sophomoric attempt to understand Tom Paine's Common Sense or Paul Ryan substituting Ayn Rand for James Madison.
But the joke is, finally, on America -- whose citizens prefer the poppy juice of adolescent wrath to.. well, to the hard work of trying to understand anything. Beck makes money peddling his snake oil -- so does Levin.
'Ameritopia': How Dumb Can Political Philosophy Get? - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Yet here's the rub. Levin's first book, Liberty and Tyranny, sold more than a million copies. Ameritopia is on its way to similar success, having stayed near the top of nonfiction best-seller lists since it appeared in January. What gives? How can so bad a book, on so serious a topic, sell so well?