I was in a classroom briefly this morning with a woman who is reading Mark Levin's " American Marxism" . Fortunately, I did not have to spend much time in the room, which saved my from slapping her silly.
Mark Levin is a CONSERVATIVE lawyer, author and radio personality. Since 2015, Levin has been editor-in-chief of the Conservative Review and is known for his incendiary commentary.
He has been described as "right-wing" by The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and Politico. He is known for his incendiary criticisms of Democrats and encouragement of primary challenges to congressional Republicans that he considers to be "Republican In Name Only" (RINO). He endorsed Ted Cruz in the 2016 Republican presidential primary and declared himself "Never Trump", but reluctantly endorsed Donald Trump after Trump won the Republican nomination. Since the start of the Trump presidency, Levin's commentary has become strongly pro-Trump.
In 2021, Levin published American Marxism, a book written in reaction to the events that have transpired so far in 2021 and also seeks to characterize the Marxist attributes of the American Left. As of November 14, 2021, the book had spent 16 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List for nonfiction.
A 2016 study which sought to measure incendiary discourse on talk radio and TV found that Levin scored highest on its measure of "outrage". The study looked at 10 prominent radio and television programs, known for incendiary discourse on political matters, and scored content on the basis of whether it used "emotional display", "misrepresentative exaggeration", "mockery", "conflagration", "slippery slope", "insulting" or "obscene language", and other factors, finding that Levin was the radio host who engaged in the most outrage. The study found that he utilized "outrage speech or behavior at a rate of more than one instance per minute." In How Democracies Die, Harvard University political scientists Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky write that Mark Levin was among the popular right-wing talk radio hosts who "helped to legitimate the use of uncivil discourse" in American politics, and contribute to the erosion of democratic norms. According to Politico, Levin has a "penchant for hysteria."
Forbes published an article in July of 2015 that explains why people like Mark Levin are heading the way of dinosaurs:
Their demographic is aging. It's the 70-year-old, white, Protestant farmer in a small town Nebraska who's listening to these guys because he's driving in his car. Or it's the listener driving a lot in the suburbs. And it's a shrinking demographic. For every white farmer in the heartland who dies, he's being replaced by a 25-year-old Hispanic living in the Bronx. It's just the way America is going right now.
NPR analyzed one of this prior books - and it was not pretty.
On his show, Levin speaks in the unmistakable tenor of a man experiencing road rage or shouting at a customer service representative.
But the book is largely filler. Quotations and paraphrasing make up the majority of the book's central chapters. Lengthy and irrelevant block quotes from historians about, say, colonial printing practices ("The use of type commenced in Virginia about 1681...") give the book the air of a padded student essay. He has boasted that the book's chapter on The New York Times would contain major revelations: "What the New York Times did has not been well exposed in the popular culture, and I'm doing it." But in the book, he simply quotes the work of well-known scholars and journalists on the Times' mid-20th century failure to cover the extent of the Holocaust. He conducts no interviews, presents no original research, and visits no newsrooms.