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Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? [Hardcover]

Patrick J. Buchanan
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  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (18 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312579977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312579975
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buchanan - Right on the mark 31 Oct 2011
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I normally never write reviews , but this is one book whre I have never read material which concerns me more about the future. The author has compiled in this one book all the major things that are going wrong with the political systems of the western world. The civilisation that our Western world has built up has with all its faults and problems, lifted the standard of living, the freedom from want and the democracy to go with it for great masses of people.
But now we watch our politicians and less well disposed people diligently working away to destroy it all, sometimes with good but ill considered intentions. eg why did Politicians rescue banks in 2008 but have no control over them or their obsene Bankers bonuses ?
I am British but this book concerns me as a lot of it is relevant to the UK and Europe - I have always admired Pat Buchanan since I watched him on the ' McLaughlin Report ' - see for yourself inside why this book SHOULD worry the West
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative Prophesy of America's Future 18 Oct 2011
By Fr. Charles Erlandson - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to say at the beginning of my review that while I don't always agree with Pat Buchanan's prescriptions, his descriptions of what's going on in America tend to be highly accurate and significant. Even if you disagree with Pat's assessment of the trends he chronicles in "Suicide of a Superpower," his passionate portrayal of these trends should be provocative and enlightening for both his critics and his allies.

What Pat presents are undeniable trends that are in the process of radically transforming America. It's up to us to debate whether these radical changes are good or bad, but we should thank Pat Buchanan for bringing so many of them together all in one place, and for helping to connect the dots to see how they all relate. We all know that these dramatic changes are provoking a series of crises: we'll all be better prepared to deal with these crises if we know what we're up against. What we'll all have to decide is if we want a Christian nation with the moral, economic, and social fruit of such a culture, or whether we want a more relativistic, socialistic, and atheistic nation.

Pat begins in his Introduction with a warning from Soviet Russia: that America is no longer truly a nation, which he defines as "a people of a common ancestry, culture, and language who worship the same God, revere the same heroes, cherish the same history, celebrate the same holidays, [and] share the same music, poetry, art, literature." Pat's thesis is clear throughout the book: America is disintegrating before our eyes. "What happened to the country we grew up in?" It's a question that I, as someone born in 1960 and someone who shares Pat's Christian beliefs, can identify with.

Pat begins his argument in Chapter 1 with an economic argument. I heartily agree with his assessment that our debt is a huge problem and that we have, unfortunately, become a "food stamp nation." I also share his misgivings about the role of The Fed in leading to a weakening of the American economy. However, while I agree that China is an economic threat, I don't completely buy Pat's negative assessment of globalization. In "Suicide of a Superpower," because Pat covers so many topics, he doesn't have to make an extended argument, for example, for his view of globalization. The most important statement Pat makes in Chapter 1 is that "the failure of our system is rooted in a societal failure."

Pat turns to "The Death of Christian America" in Chapter 2. Like it or not, this is the root of all of the momentous changes in America in the past several decades. Whether you hate or love the loss of the Christian identity of America, this transformation is the cause of all the others: to a large degree religion creates culture. It's clear from what Pat writes here and what others have written elsewhere that America saw herself as a distinctly Christian nation until recent decades. In Chapter 2, Pat gives but some of the many measures of how we are now much less a Christian nation, from the prayers at Obama's inauguration to the relative collapse of evangelical Christianity to the disintegration of The Episcopal Church. Pat then gives some measure of how the "death of God has blown up our decent and civil society." The loss of a Christian American identity has not only created many social ills but has also precipitated what have been called the "culture wars." I teach a class on Worldviews, in which I try to help my students see precisely the kinds of connections Pat makes for us. Most Americans only deal with individual issues about which they have feelings and are unable to articulate the theology and philosophy that are the foundations of their beliefs. Once again, Pat leaves us with a powerful and succinct summary of the point he's making: "the cycle is inescapable: when the faith dies, the culture dies, the civilization dies, and the people die."

Chapter 3 gives us a close up of the Crisis in Catholicism, as one particular measure of the increasing impotence of Christianity in America. This includes not only the disbelief of American Catholics and the decline in the numbers of priests, nuns, etc. but also the cultural bias so many have against Catholics. My sense is that this is because Roman Catholics are the biggest, most prominent church - and because abortion is such a high-order issue for many atheists and nominal Christians.

In Chapter 4, Pat deals with The End of White America. He presents some attention-getting statistics from the New York Times: "whites would become a minority in 2042 and would fall to 46 percent of the population by 2050, comprising only 38 percent of U.S. population under 18." I can see the growth of the Hispanic population in the U.S. as a potentially positive thing. After all, as Philip Jenkins points out in "The Next Christendom," Hispanics are often devout Roman Catholics. But some of the facts that Pat presents has made me have to reconsider what the growth of illegitimacy, the allegiance of many Hispanics to Mexico, and other factors means for America's future.

Read Chapters 5-10 for yourself: they are necessary ingredients for understanding why Pat Buchanan and others fear the ultimate disintegration of America as we've known it. The push for equality of outcome, the cult of diversity, a nation that doesn't replenish its population and other disintegrating forces all lend strong support to Pat's overall thesis.

I'm fast running out of room in my review, so let skip to a discussion of Chapter 11, in which Pat discusses our "Last Chance." While I think Pat wastes too much time at the beginning rehashing some of the problems we face, he finally gets down to a potential solution. He starts with putting the nation's finances back in order, and I agree. This is an issue that has broad-based support, and if we don't solve this problem soon we may not survive long enough to deal with some of the cultural issues. Next, Pat recommends dismantling the American empire. For most of my adult life, I've been in favor of most of America's wars, but more recently I've had to re-think my position. While it's scary to contemplate a world without American intervention, it may, in the end, make us stronger and not weaker. I heartily agree with his proposal to downsize the state, and I think others are starting to agree. But, unfortunately, I think we're all so addicted to government handouts that we'll never have representatives who will vote for smaller government. Instead, I'm afraid that an economic catastrophe will force our hand.

Pat's final note is a weak one. I agree with him that we should reclaim a Christian culture and traditional religion and morality. However, Pat offers no real advice on how we can do this! If he's right (and I think he is) that culture follows religion, then he should have offered more advice on precisely this point.

In spite of a number of limitations I've mentioned, "Suicide of a Superpower" is a provocative, important, and well-written prophesy of where America seems to be headed.

Buchanan presents his argument in the following 11 chapters:

1. The Passing of a Superpower
2. The Death of Christian America
3. The Crisis of Catholicism
4. The End of White America
5. Demographic Winter
6. Equality or Freedom?
7. The Diversity Cult
8. The Triumph of Tribalism
9. "The White Party"
10. The Long Retreat
11. The Last Chance
99 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essentially the play-by-play of the disintegration of America. 28 Oct 2011
By Paul Tognetti - Published on Amazon.com
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Imagine an America where every major city from coast-to coast looks like Los Angeles. Sound far-fetched? According to author, syndicated columnist and conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan this is among the "coming attractions" our nation can look forward to in the coming decades. It is not a pretty picture. When I was growing up we were taught that the United States of America was the great "melting pot" where people of all races, religions and nationalities would come to assimilate themselves into the common American culture. For the most part these folks left native languages and most of their traditions behind. They were proud to become Americans. But as the result of the cultural revolution of the 1960's and some rather dubious legislation passed during that same decade the landscape has changed dramatically. The America that people of my generation grew up in is under seige and Pat Buchanan argues passionately that what is destined to replace it will be an unmitigated disaster. "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" lays out all of the pertinent facts for everyone to digest. This is an epic volume that is the culmination of Pat Buchanan's remarkable career commenting on the American culture and economy. Frankly, I just couldn't put this one down.

Now I must confess that I have been a huge fan of Patrick J. Buchanan since I first discovered him on CNN's "Crossfire" and "The McLaughlin Group" in the early 1980's. As far as I am concerned he has been one of the few prominent political commentators with the courage to discuss the inevitable consequences of such dubious social and economic policies as NAFTA and GATT, the rush to multiculturalism and unchecked immigration. He has been spot on with his prognostications. Today we are dealing with the fallout from all of it. The thesis of "Suicide of a Superpower" is that America is disintegrating right before our very eyes and that it is probably too late to reverse it. So what do Americans have to look forward to?

According to Pat Buchanan "America is being transformed into a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic stew of a nation that has no successful precedent in the history of the world." The United States now lacks a common culture and a set of values most folks can agree on. Our nation appears to be hopelessly divided on many different fronts. Racially, we are more segregated today than we were in the 1970's. What ever happened to Dr. Martin Luther King"s vision of the "Beloved Community" which was essentially "a completely integrated society, a community of love and justice wherein brotherhood would be an actuality in all of social life?" If we as a society claim to love "diversity" so much why has America turned its back on the dream of Dr. King and chosen to seperate and segregate themselves from each other? Pat Buchanan offers answers and insights in his chapter "The Diversity Cult" . Meanwhile, our nation seems to be hopelessly divided politically as well. Liberal Democrats seem to have no clue why those who identify with the Tea Party are so upset and simply dismiss them as people "who cling to their guns and religion." Likewise, those of the conservative persuasion cannot for the life of them understand why so many of their fellow Americans are in favor of illegal immigration, out-of-control government spending, gay marriage and abortion on demand. Buchanan predicts the Balkanization of America will continue in the decades to come and paints a rather ominous portrait of the consequences. We can expect to see a continued spike in the illegitimacy rate, more teen suicides, even more people living in poverty and an increasing threat of violence. Indeed, much of what we are beginning to experience here in America has been going on around the world for quite some time. All of this is covered rather extensively in a chapter called "The Triumph of Tribalism".

"Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" covers so much ground that it is virtually impossible to summarize it in a short review like this. Suffice to say that Pat Buchanan has left no stone unturned in his heroic attempt to define the colossal problems we are facing as a nation and in his effort to present possible solutions. This is an exceptionally well-researched book and Pat Buchanan can turn a phrase with the best of them. Hopefully, "Suicide of a Superpower" will ignite a much-needed national dialogue on these important and controversial topics. Very highly recommended!
133 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Titillating title but our leaders aren't listening to anyone 18 Oct 2011
By Donald A. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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Titillating title but our leaders aren't listening to anyone. Here we have a Presdient spending full time running around voicing concern about his Jobs bill which has been summarily ejected by Congress, while his Republican wanna bees are slashing themselves silly over issues such as real immigration reform which should have been solved decades ago.

Books like this one are useful, not because you agree with the author's views entirely, but simply to see if they can inspire some in power to start thinking about key issues. For example, the mandatory reduction of our national debt begs for real action, not just bi-partisan lip service so our leaders can keep spending and wasting as usual.

Mr. Buchanan understands that issue perfectly.

Mr. Buchanan has long been right, when too many in his party are wrong, about the need to enact real immigration reform and to enforce the laws we have already on the books. Importing over 100,000 aliens a month on special work visas hardly encourages lowering of our egregious unemployment rate.

As the USA's leadership so often continues to ignore our Rule of Law, we will soon find ourselves even deeper into a purgatory where money buys everything, regardless of legality.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Partisan But Well Written Book On Human Nature and Current Policies 19 Feb 2012
By Prime Chuck - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by a conservative Republican for a like audience, it is unfortunate that the issues it raises are not apt to be openly debated in the media. Much of the book deals with the human proclivity for ethnonationalism versus the ideology of multiculturalism. Detailing the disastrously failed effects of splitting cultures and grouping them into arbitrary and disparate nations following WWI, Buchanan goes on to explain why such attempts are doomed to fail. Buchanan also criticizes the U.S.'s imperialistic and arrogant foreign policy failures following the end of the Cold War. The book also discusses our well-intentioned (but mismanaged) efforts with respect to civil rights, and the probable outcomes of those failed policies. And Buchanan discusses the post-1965 changes in the U.S.'s immigration policies and the probable outcomes of those changes. Buchanan also bemoans the loss of Christian faith in the U.S., and the subsequent changes in its citizens' behavior and moral perceptions. The final chapter is a rallying cry for the Republican party to get its priorities straight before our country becomes yet another dysfunctional, failed superpower for the pages of history. The book is well written and documented, although it certainly has a partisan bias. For a nonpartisan and scholarly treatment of many of the issues raised in Buchanan's book, I highly recommend Byron M. Roth's "The Perils of Diversity: Immigration and Human Nature". Buchanan's book addresses many of my own questions and feelings as I watch the quality of life in the U.S. decline: the crime and gang violence ripping apart our cities and even small towns, permanent unemployment and job loss, and the failed foreign policies and reputation of the country I grew up in. Although Buchanan ends his book on a hopeful note, I am too pessimistic to believe in a happy outcome. History books prove that all civilizations and superpowers will rise, only to eventually fall, and although it pains me to say it, I think the U.S. has seen its best days and is doomed to become a once-was, second rate nation. To prevent it would take courageous action from our leaders, which neither political party seems willing to do, despite Buchanan's appeal to his Republican Party. Corporate contributors before constituents, and party before country are the vulnerabilities of our democracy, it would seem. There's always that next election and those popularity polls to worry about, after all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't See This Coming! Too Important To Miss! 29 Feb 2012
By Duf-fan - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! Wow! Blew me away with facts! I don't see how any one can read SUICIDE and not have their view of the world completely shaken. Politicians rage about endless issues. Today's pop-topics will be overshadowed by other realities unfolding quietly all around us. Although Buchanan offers some opinion along the way, this is a far cry from a book of political pontification. This book is an endless stream of facts. Regardless the meaning one takes from these studies and facts, there is no question that people of all persuasions will be amazed by the story they tell; and there is no question that all discourse and debate around these topics will be immensely elevated in relevancy and import. Just a couple of examples:
1. Some have claimed this book touts racism. I saw the oppossite--an exposure of the forces that are creating racism and ethnicism. Buchanan shows by example, after example, after example how the entire world and our own country is disintegrating into racial, ethnic, and other divisions. He also convincingly argues that America's noble quest to share democracy with the world, may be the unwitting agent for the splintering of these groups! Be careful what you ask for!
2. Buchanan claims that Americans created their own exemplary identity, which came from the melting pot of many peoples and cultures into a uniquely American identity. From there, again with noble intent, we began to celebrate ethnic diversity, purposelfully disregarding the greatness of that diversity when it is fully baked into the whole, not kept diverse. So instead, we have fracturing society along those lines of diversification. Many statistics and examples that will alarm you. Now we may never again enjoy the greatness of a unified America. Be careful what you ask for!
3. Classical western society is also a form of heritage and ethnicity. Advanced beyond most other countries and regions, western society took on the noble responsibility to lead the way on key human issues. For example: The world's under population strain, right? Again, nobly, Western society has led the way by dramatically depopulating--the statistics will blow you away. But in so doing, we are 'extincting' our cultural group (and our leadership, and our experience, and whatever else the West has contributed to the world's development) and guess what: only a few other populations are following. The rest of the world's population is exploding and is already driven to spill across the borders of all the countries of the West. Be careful what you ask for.
4. Think American kids are falling behind the rest of the world's education? Not so. White American kids test scores beat the scores of the rest of the world's white kids; our black kids beat the world's black kids; and our Hispanic kids beat the world's Hispanic kids. Ever heard that? Those are racial statements, but not racist--they are just fact. It's what we do with those facts, not ideologue, that will determine what kinds of Americans we are. Given a chance, the U.S. system can bring out the best in everyone. If our disparate groupings buy into what's right with the U.S. system and culture, the American dream is reachable to every child.

...Unless we commit suicide first!

Thanks Pat, for one of today's most important books!
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