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America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It

by Mark Steyn

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In his first major book, concervative columnist Steyn takes on the anti-Americanism that fuels both Old Europe and radical Islam. America, Steyn argues, will have to stand alone. The future, Steyn shows, belongs to the fecund and the confident. The Islamists are both, while the West--wedded to a multiculturalism that undercuts its own confidence, a welfare state that nudges it toward sloth and self-indulgence, and a childlessness that consigns it to oblivion--is looking ever more like the ruins of a civilization. Europe is almost certainly a goner. The future, if the West has one, belongs to America alone--with maybe its cousins in brave Australia. But America can survive, prosper, and defend its freedom only if it continues to believe in itself, in the sturdier virtues of self-reliance (not government), in the centrality of family, and in the conviction that our country really is the world's last best hope.--From publisher description.… (more)

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N.B. Some people recommend trying to find points of agreement with someone you basically disagree with, before getting into the rest of it; the most obvious example is Paul in most of his epistles; many psychological writers make similar recommendations. So I’m at some point going to reread the book with an eye to that. Of course that’s not to say that I’m going to take on his battles against the youth, (not that he’s that old himself), the Muslims, or whoever, just that I would have something good to say about his intentions. I will try to carry both these tasks before me though, as they say, in the natural you can’t do it.

Update:

The world as a whole has always been mostly colored, and it is currently becoming less white. “We used to go out and colonize and now the immigrants are moving in.” So if you identify with the lily-white.... And he does slip in the disputes with the Mexicans, even though it’s supposed to be the Muslims, right. Unnerving!

Of course, globally Christianity is not receding; in Africa it’s expanding. But that’s not us, not the old stock, not the West.... And the old stock is still wealthy, wealthier—

But there’s the old human discontent. “I have money, so that’s not what I want.”

And there’s the old thing, which is very modern/young: the refusal to see that my rise, really any trend, does not last forever.

But Steyn likes to express his fears mathematically.

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Humor is usually a sort of veiled attack, although humor itself doesn’t have to be exactly an attack. Either way, when I first read through this book I wrote down all the things that I thought were funny, in a classic mock-the-mocker that was just too appealing to say no to. But when I really get going I can talk all day, so I decided to just leave the long review in the comments section in the unlikely event that you’re inclined to care, and leave you instead with one or two thoughts.

About Muslims. Steyn has to explain away, briefly at least, the success that the Muslim empires enjoyed in past centuries relative to Western empires; he does this by saying that they just sponged tax money etc. off the non-Muslim groups and had a big party until eventually there was nothing left. The problem here is what you consider the success of an empire, or really any human success, to be. Steyn seems to think it’s mostly money or something like that, or maybe warm bodies and the will to kill. But every African dictatorship has the warm bodies and the will to kill, including the Christian ones, but nobody cares, not even Steyn. But the Muslim states at their height were very advanced by any standards, in everything from math to mysticism, and many people in the past fled from West to East. And any, you know, cultured culture, whether it’s Renaissance Italy or anybody else, can’t just buy success. Sure, one guy buys the painting, but somebody else has to paint it. And it’s the same with anybody.

About Mark Steyn. I think that the real issue here is that he thinks that the youth are soft and corrupt. And there is some vice among the youth, although maybe it’s more a matter of being corrupt than soft, since rap has plenty of will to kill. But either way, Steyn’s solution is basically to have a big war with the Muslims—or the Mexicans, or whoever— and get a few youths killed to toughen the rest of them up. (I decline to comment specifically, except to say that this is not what I’ll be voting for.)
  smallself | Mar 6, 2019 |
I must highly, HIGHLY recommend AMERICA ALONE to anyone who, like me, still believes in American exceptionalism. Mark Styen analyzes demographic trends in western civilization, paying special attention to recent trends in Europe. In particular, while the native populations of most European countries are on the decline, muslim immigrants are flooding in (and out-breeding europeans). Steyn hypothesizes that you cannot so drastically alter the demographic makeup of a nation without the political climate also being affected. He spends much of the book citing various statistical studies & current events to support his claim, and he does so marvelously! America Alone is an informative (as well as entertaining) wake-up call to the people of America. It is a warning of what we have to look forward to if we continue to kowtow to those who practice a faith that teaches that we are all infidels. Its not hard to see, based upon what is already happening in some parts of Europe. Its just a matter of whether or not America will realize what is happening before it is too late.

While the book has been banned in Canada (the weenies in the Canadian government claim that the book is "hate speech"!), it should not have been. It isn't about hating muslim people. It is about being aware of the goals of the so-called "religion of peace" & standing firm against the PC ideology that has us making concessions to the islamic faith & its practitioners.

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  Adam_Z | Mar 19, 2018 |
A controversial read and strengthens my views on all religious fanaticism. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
A controversial read and strengthens my views on all religious fanaticism. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
I think I would have liked this book better if the author hadn't talked so much about the dangers of Islam. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
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Two things set Mark Steyn apart from dystopian naysayers like Paul Ehrlich and Al Gore. First, Steyn is an irrepressible bon vivant -- an odd trait in a journalist touting "the end of the world as we know it." Linguistically, no turn of phrase is too banal, risque, or obscure to be included in Steyn's repertoire of fin de siecle ripostes. If Western civilization is going down the tubes, Steyn will at least get in a few bon vins, bonbons, and bon mots before the Eiffel Tower becomes the world's most prominent minaret.

Second, Steyn has a drawer-full of hard data at his disposal -- not cherry-picked computer models whose calculations are amazingly dependent on the speculative formulas fed into them. . . .

Steyn's term, "Eurabia," suggests the future he foresees for a continent flirting with a "demographic death spiral" and brooding in the lounge of that "old ennui." Rotterdam, where the Muslim population is 40%, may presage the shape of things by 2050 -- or sooner if "white-flight" out of "Eutopia" accelerates. In such an environment, "Pre-modern Islam beats post-modern Christianity." Put more dramatically, it's unlikely that "Pornistan" will peacefully co-exist with "the Islamic Republic of Holland." And in the struggle between those two, the strong horse doesn't belong to those who take pride in the fact that they aren't prepared to die for anything.
 
The wider English-reading public discovered the genius of Mark Steyn after September 11, and for two reasons other than the fact that his amazing prolificacy did not come at the expense of quality.

First, he is funny in an understated way; indeed, he may be the most interesting satirist now writing in English. . . .

Second, in this time of crisis in the Western world, Steyn is singularly unwavering and unaffected both by criticism and the blandishments of triangulation. Read Steyn each week of this long war, and there is no chance whatsoever that one will be surprised by a syrupy retraction, disguised as a “change of heart” or a “crisis of confidence”—those well-known embarrassing moments when a pundit suddenly learns he’s off the Washington A-list gravy train, and desperately wishes to write anything to get back on it. . . .

Instead, day in and day out, on the op-ed pages of the British, Australian, Canadian, and American daily papers, Steyn has brought home the simple fact of this war: whatever mistakes we have made are not fatal if we keep our heads. As he puts it near the end of the book, the problem is not merely that we are only employing a fraction of our physical power: “This book isn’t an argument for more war, more bombing, or more killing, but for more will.” . . .

Steyn is not, however, all sarcasm and fury. In a concluding chapter, he outlines a multifaceted ten-point strategy of dealing with radical Islam, from embracing women’s rights in the Middle East to marginalizing the pernicious UN, EU, and other gutless transcontinental organizations that in their cowardice trash the United States because it politely defers to their impotence in a way that the Islamic fascists most certainly do not.

Steyn ends this welcome book with a clarion call to ignore cheap criticism and press on with the fight against barbarity, for our civilization itself is at stake, and no one but America can save it: “We have been shirking too long, and that’s unworthy of a great civilization. To see off the new Dark Ages will be tough and demanding. The alternative will be worse.”
 
I’ve never read such an amusing book about such a grim subject. Mark Steyn’s America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It is in deadly earnest — our civilization is facing a crisis of confidence and demographic vigor just at the moment when a jihadi world movement stands poised to upend us. And yet Steyn’s inimitable wit enlivens every page. As NR readers already know, he is the Errol Flynn of commentators, finishing off opponents with a single flick of his rapier. Whether that rapier will finally be silenced by a scimitar is the story of this book.
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In his first major book, concervative columnist Steyn takes on the anti-Americanism that fuels both Old Europe and radical Islam. America, Steyn argues, will have to stand alone. The future, Steyn shows, belongs to the fecund and the confident. The Islamists are both, while the West--wedded to a multiculturalism that undercuts its own confidence, a welfare state that nudges it toward sloth and self-indulgence, and a childlessness that consigns it to oblivion--is looking ever more like the ruins of a civilization. Europe is almost certainly a goner. The future, if the West has one, belongs to America alone--with maybe its cousins in brave Australia. But America can survive, prosper, and defend its freedom only if it continues to believe in itself, in the sturdier virtues of self-reliance (not government), in the centrality of family, and in the conviction that our country really is the world's last best hope.--From publisher description.

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