Ralph Waldo Emerson is an interesting individual and Mark Levin is one too. Overall, I like both there views on life. The one point both have expressed I do whole-heartedly agree with is this, that every person is unique in mind, heart, body, soul, and spirit.
For example, Emerson stated that "The power which resides in him [or her] is new in nature..." and that "every great man [or woman] is..unique". This truism can not be denied. Why? Self-evident. In his book "Liberty & Tyranny", on page 3, Mark stated this also. He writes "...he [she] is a unique, spiritual being with a soul and a conscience..."
Therefore, as to a Statist's belief, it goes fundamentally against the above stated self-evident truth. Hence, in the end, the Statist will always be doomed to failure. No ifs, ands or buts. Nature will not allow it. Emerson wrote, "...nature punishes any neglect of prudence." So what does a Statist believe? In the most simple terms, a Statist believes we should all be equal. That is, we should all be the SAME.
Funny, that during the 1800's, Emerson could see this falsehood growing in the United State. He wrote, "Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs."
Emerson battle cry response to this was, "Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright..Whoso would be a man [or woman], [then he or she] must be a nonconformist."
The question each of us must ask ourselves is this: Am I a nonconformist (unique) or am I a conformist (the same as others)?
Emerson said, "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind...Trust yourself..." And that is the spirit of the Founding Fathers: Know Your Mind; Trust Your Heart, Live Your Own Life In Freedom. And I believe Mr.Levin does that every day.
All of Emerson's essays are pretty good, but go to page 26 in the below PDF file. The file is at:
Read Emerson's essay called "Self-Reliance". This should be required reading for all Americans.