In the new book Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America, best-selling author Mark Levin examines what he views as a post-constitutional America caught between two warring worldviews.
The first view calls for a utopian society run by elites in which the individual serves the state.
Under the second, the state would operate under strict limits, with protection of the individual's rights being paramount.
Levin says those subscribing to the first view, whose philosophical ancestors include Plato and Karl Marx, have gained much ground in today's America.
Mark Levin talked more about a "post-constitutional America" and how individual freedoms are being eroded, on "The 700 Club," Feb. 2. Click play to watch the interview.
"Much of what goes on in the federal government has no constitutional basis whatsoever," Levin told Fox News host Sean Hannity in a recent interview.
"We are not a representative republic really in the true sense anymore," he said. "We have this massive administrative state with, you know, hundreds of thousands if not several million bureaucrats who are making laws and issuing them every day."
According to Levin, the nation's founding fathers warned about the threat of federal regulation in citizens' daily lives.
"America has become a society in which the people are wise enough to choose their own leaders but too incompetent to choose the right light bulb," Levin writes in his new book.
Paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, Levin warned that America's future rested squarely in the hands of the people.
"He said, 'The American people will follow this Constitution for a time,'" Levin said. "'But then' -- I'm paraphrasing -- 'they will determine whether they want to live free or they want to live in a despotism.'"