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This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World as We Know it (Hardcover)
Forty years ago Mark Steyns world view and gut responses to international events would have been completely mainstream in Britain. It is striking how his views will be considered right-wing verging on fascistic by most Britons now. Reading this book about demographic change, European myopia and cowardice, and the virtual inevitability of the islamification of western Europe was highly topical in a week where the headlines of the British papers were concerned with Muslim veil-wearing and government efforts to combat Muslim extremism. Although Mr Steyn peppers his narrative with lots of humour, it is hard to read such a convincing and fact-based prophecy without becoming extremely morose. There are few positives to take from this book. The future for democracies based on enlightenment ideals of justice, equality for all citizens, religious freedom and liberal economics looks bleak. As the title makes clear, America Alone can look forward to a relatively benign near-future. Religious and neo-fascist internicine warfare are what loom for Britain and western Europe. Mark Steyn may be painting a relatively simple picture of a complex future, but as far as the big facts are concerned, I don't think he's wrong.