- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing Inc (3 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596985275
- ISBN-13: 978-1596985278
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It Paperback – 3 May 2008
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About the Author
Mark Steyn's writing on war, politics, the arts and culture can be read around the world from the Atlantic Monthly to the Australian and from the Jerusalem Post to Hawke's Bay Today in New Zealand. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio. He lives in New Hampshire.
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Exercising the demographic bee in his bonnet (as he has since September 11th 2001), Mark Steyn says that America (and, slightly less so, Australia) is an exception to the modern social-democratic society of the West, whose self-indulgent and secularist welfare-junkies are happy to leave the job of producing the next generation to Muslim immigrants. The stupidity inherent in this structural fault in our society is exacerbated beyond measure by the fact that young Muslims are becoming more strongly ideological enemies of liberal society even as they benefit from its welfare subsidies and 'one-way toleration'. For a growing population, in which there are ever more radical young than 'moderate' elders, things can only get worse.
Islam is therefore ripe for a natural take-over of Europe, though the global jihad may be considered to be a violent pre-emption of that event. Steyn's proof is the nightly riots by 'youths' (of unknown description) in Paris that go unreported by the progressive news media; the murder and intimidation of critics of Islam in Holland and Denmark; the gang-rape of women by Muslims in Norway; antisemitic attacks up a thousand-fold around Europe; and women all over Europe intimidated into wearing long dresses and head-scarves because they live on estates with large immigrant populations.
America is an exception in having a religious rather than a welfare-state birth-rate; yet even America is also vulnerable to demographic defeat.Read more ›
The point is well made; it doesn't matter what side of the fence you sit, once society's demographics have changed, with more people arriving from, or born into other cultures not attuned to the specific Western (read British, American, Canadian, French, Dutch, etc) culture, conflict is bound to increase, as each grouping within society vies for power. And as the elites give more ground to minority cultural groups, so society will shift away from the liberal (free speech) democratic (freedom of voting choice) path it has followed for the last 60-70 years. Steyn doesn't predict a collapse of society any time soon, more an erosion of social values and expectations such that our grandchildren will be born into a world very different (i.e. a lot less free and tolerant, with far more social strife) from the one in which we live today.
A great book, soon to be banned in Britain/France/Netherlands too?
Alas, Europe is now very likely a lost cause. Steyn's anology of the neutron bomb is right on the money; Europe within a generation or two will still have it's historic buildings and landmarks, but there just won't be any people with enlightened Western Christian based values living there. They will have been replaced by Muslims living under Sharia Law. Once that has happened, it remains to be seen whether or not the United States can survive in a Muslim dominated world bent on the destruction of The Great Satan.
The final irony is that Liberals who are so tolerant of everything will in the end find themselves living under the most intolerant religious political system ever devised.
UPDATE: Since I last posted this review on the Canadian Amazon.ca site, author Mark Steyn is being harrassed by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, a "pseudo" court operating outside the Canadian legal system which goes out of it's way to muzzle free speech. Canada, wake up. Our freedoms are under attack because we are so obsessed with political correctness.
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I have read several of Mr. Steyn's books and am an avid reader of his blog 'SteynOnline' (which I would also highly recommend). Read morePublished 4 days ago by Paul
Scarily true but nobody in government or public service wants to listen. At last somebody who tells it like it is.Published 2 months ago by kiwi wanderer
I fail to understand how people do not see this as racist alarmist drivel. Any half-decent point he makes about the radicalisation of muslim youth in the west is marred by the fact... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Matthew Broadbent-Meznaric
Good book and funny in places. It's a little outdated though but it has proven to be very prophetic. Read morePublished 13 months ago by stephenb857
Mark Steyn has a very entertaining style of writing & you wont get tired of turning the pages. But his message is a serious one & well argued, his statistics on population changes... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by Eamon Campbell
Do not waste your time on this book. This book could be used as a great example of How Propaganda is written and how to write dishonestly about important issues.Published on 10 Oct. 2013 by yogibob
Is there anyone else like Mark Steyn? Thought provoking, very strong on facts and stats, brilliantly insightful, laugh out loud funny and blood chillingly very likely to be dead... Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2013 by Anon