Part I. On utopianism. The tyranny of utopia; Plato's Republic and the myth of the perfect society; Thomas More's Utopia and racical Egalitrianism; Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan and the all-powerful state; Karl Marx's Communist manifesto and the class struggle -- Part II. On Americanism. John Locke and the nature of man; the influence of Locke on the founders; Charles Montesquieu and republican government; the influence of Montesquieu on the framers; Alexis de Tocqueville and Democracy in America -- Part III. On utopia and America: post-constitutional America; Ameritopia.
Levin explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations and the crisis that the government faces today.