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5.0 out of 5 stars Grim Prospects for the Post-American World
Mark Steyn is no stranger to controversy and to the particularly scathing vain of apocalyptic social commentary. In "America Alone" he addressed an increasing sense of isolation on the part of America in world that seems to be irrevocably sliding away from the many principles that had built the Western Civilization. Unfortunately, in the intervening years even America and...
Published on 9 July 2012 by Dr. Bojan Tunguz

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2.0 out of 5 stars It`s Europe Jim but not as the Europeans know it
As someone who actually lives in Londonistan, capital of Eurabia, and not in the frozen safety of north America, I`d just like to say that Steyn`s Europe is an incredibly vivid piece of speculative fiction. Please don`t take it for realism. Steyn is a great comedian. And this is comedy. Scarey, brilliant comedy. About as true to life as a Hammer Horror film, THE LEAGUE...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grim Prospects for the Post-American World, 9 July 2012
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Dr. Bojan Tunguz (Indiana, USA) - See all my reviews
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Mark Steyn is no stranger to controversy and to the particularly scathing vain of apocalyptic social commentary. In "America Alone" he addressed an increasing sense of isolation on the part of America in world that seems to be irrevocably sliding away from the many principles that had built the Western Civilization. Unfortunately, in the intervening years even America and Americans have been drifting away from those same values and principles, and in Steyn's view are headed towards the inevitable doom. In "After America" he presents his case for this assessment.

A doomsday books ought not to be this much fun to read. Steyn's wit, erudition, and style are second to none in today's polemical political punditry, and in his latest book he's been combining them and using them to the max. He strips naked all the liberal sacred cows and reduces to the brutal essentials many of the big-state arguments from the left. Steyn argues that the recent encroachment on individual liberties in the US under the Obama administration, and a concomitant increase of the nanny state, are actively undermining the political and economic health of America, and make it far less competitive in the ever more treacherous seas of the changing geopolitical realignments. Aside form the economic uncompetitiveness, it's the lack of leadership when it comes to individual freedom that is rapidly eroding America's unique leadership position. As many generations of immigrants have known for well over two centuries, including Steyn and myself, America has for well over two centuries been a beacon to all who try to escape or overcome tyranny in all parts of the world. And in our view, the world without such strong and unique American leadership is a much more dangerous and uncertain world.

Steyn is a very opinionated writer, and this is one of his main selling points, as well as one of his biggest liabilities. He has a particular set of opinions, and although most of them form a coherent right-leaning worldview, he has enough of the personal pet peeves thrown into the equation that it's inevitable that some of that stuff will not resonate with all of his fans. I personally don't see the decline of government-sponsored space program as part of the decline of America itself. The space program was conceived and executed at the height of the cold war and it had its own rationale and value in promoting the American know-how and acting as a stand-in for all of American technological supremacy. Unfortunately, in my opinion the space program has been a victim of its own success. Like all other government programs of that size and scope it de-incentivized any privately initiated space exploration ventures for the better part of half a century. As it has been successfully demonstrated recently with the launch of Space X, the private sector has fully caught up and is able to execute space programs on its own. If this trend continues or, even more likely, accelerates, then in the decades ahead we may witness the true renaissance of the space exploration, and America-based private ventures at the center of it.

This book is a great read that provides a lot of insights and food for thought. However, it is an extremely partisan book and it's unlikely that anyone who is not already persuaded by its premise will find it convincing. For those of us, on the other hand, who are concerned with the future of freedom in America and beyond this book can serve as a much needed and welcome call to arms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making real-life economics both humorous and depressing - simultaneously!, 18 Oct 2011
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Kenneth J. Morris (Burton-upon Trent, UK) - See all my reviews
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Wow! What an incredible book. Mark Steyn, a cross between a stand-up comedian (great one-liners), a first class tabloid journalist (pithy, irreverent, and fearless) and an economist (who does reach a conclusion) has produced a MUST READ for all politicians, business folk and anyone else concerned with the current financial/economic chaos Europe and the US is going through. Essentially a plea to "get sovereign debt under control in the US" but there are lessons for all - particularly so in his Chapter, wickedly entitled, "The Hope of Audacity". Here's part of his recipe: De-centralize/De-governmentalize/De-regulate (less. much less Government),De-monopolize (including aspects of government), De-complicate, De-credentialize (less students to university/more compact courses, more technical/practical skill training). If there is one criticism it's Mark's "US tabloid" style - it gets just a little wearing but the underlying arguments are 24 carat gold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and yet hilarious, 10 Feb 2013
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Mark Steyn has the rare and unique ability to use humour and wit to drive home points that are actually as serious as can be. In his previous book, 'America Alone', Steyn argued that the demographic and moral collapse of Europe meant that only America was left to uphold Western values and confront Islamist terrorism and Sino-Russian authoritarianism. In the time since he wrote the first book, he concludes now even America may be doomed.

Steyn concludes in this book that pork barrel spending by successive US governments, and similar social trends that brought down Europe now taking root in America means that now even America cannot morally or financially maintain its role as global protector. Instead, he foresees a future where, without American global protection, regional thugs like Chavez bully their neighbours, and at a global level where rampant and unchecked radical Islam forces countries to become even more submissive to their demands.

This book is a chilling, but informative read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it and weep (for the world), 18 Nov 2012
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An unsparing polemic against the 'Europeanisation' of America, both in terms of the expansion of the state and the culture of entitlement, this is written with great humour and apposite historical / literary references.

For a Brit such as myself it's particularly interesting to read an articulation of the almost seamless transition from British Empire to American hegemony; in stark contrast to the historic examples and, of course, the possible transition to China that the book forewarns.

Regrettably I fear it will succeed more in cheering those who already share the views expressed within it than in converting those who don't. That's not a criticism of the book or its author; simply a weary recognition of human nature...

Thoroughly recommended.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading., 27 Sep 2011
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Once again, Steyn lays it all out. Just about everything he predicted in 'America Alone' is everyday life in Europe, and in 'After America' he foretells the next stage of the collapse of Western Civilization.

It's often said that Steyn is unique in making you laugh whilst also making you depressed; it's absolutely true. If you want to know your future, buy this book - and get reading before it's too late.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 2 Nov 2011
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TIM SULLIVAN (OXSHOTT, SURREY United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Mark Steyn knows his stuff. It may appear alarmist, but the facts he produces are all publicly available and the fact is the US is going down the tubes very fast. Gone is the baby boomer generation who consumed at olympic levels. They spent from earnings. Now everyone spends from cheap borrowed money, most especially the US Government, and they cannot possibly afford to pay it all back on time. Sound familiar?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars after america, 20 Oct 2011
nearly half way through this absorbing-quite funny piece of literature,in my case i agree with steyn"s view,very well sectioned into mini chapters.a lot of americanisms but can read through that.well worth the read(if you have the nerve)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally someone got it right, 23 Mar 2014
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Finally someone got it right. A must read for anyone interested in shaping the future for our kids and grandkids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I've Read for a Long Long Time, 19 Feb 2014
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This is very real. I wish I had to skill and wit to talk like Mark does and bring the most important things back to the centre of the conversation where they belong and where most of us like to hang around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steyn gets it, 26 Nov 2012
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Mark Steyn provides a glimpse into the future which should give everyone living in the West cause for sleepless nights. All the more so because he rightly analyses the ways in which we are racing towards oblivion of our freedom and our way of life.
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