America Alone: The End of the World as We Know it Hardcover – 25 Oct 2006
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 ›
I suspect future generations will rate Steyn more highly than we do in the UK, assuming there are future generations.
And they are not very comfortable to read.
Europe is in a demographic death spiral. "In the fourteenth century, the Black Death wiped out a third of the Continent's population. In the twenty-first, a larger proportion will disappear--in effect, by choice. We are living through a rare moment: the self-extinction of the civilization" (p 3).
Spain's population will be cut in half every thirty-five years. "By 2050, Italy's population will have fallen by 22 percent, Bulgaria's by 36 percent, Estonia's by 52 percent" (p 11). The statistics on Russia are terrifying and grim. Not to mention that it has all those nukes rattling around, like deadly snakes slithering across a graveyard.
What will happen when the bill comes due? Can the welfare states of Europe continue to pay huge benefits to every unwed mother and aging pensioner when there is no one left to pay into the coffer? With no children to take over the jobs and pay for our hols what will happen?
Steyn points out that "There's no precedent for managed decline in societies as advanced as Europe's" (p 114). Will there be a catastrophic depression? Who knows?
This is an important book. Please read it.
Europe has an elderly native population living under the influence of a more fecund, self contained and more youthful Islamic community. The Islamic community sees no advantage in honouring the social costs or pensions that the indigenous thought were theirs by right. They also continue the process of common interest with the greater Islamic community instead of the rational, secular and `westernised' world we are accustomed to seeing as the model of all future development.
At the same time, China has suffered a population collapse, Africa is increasingly unable to lift itself from the stranglehold of corruption, tribal conflict and Islamist incursion. Russia too is just a hollow shell due to high mortality, abortion and a very low birthrate. A hollow shell that is being filled by Islamic expansion from the south. With South America continuing as a collection of uncooperative states with no global influence or reach it leaves only North America alone. More specifically, with Canada heading down the European model of self-destruction, it leaves only the United States (and probably Australia) as the last fragile enclave of the liberal, rational and tolerant world built by Christianity and the Enlightenment. Needless to say, the USA is no longer a global super-power.
The most disturbing part of this book is that Steyn does not just paint a scenario from thin air. That could be dismissed as `gloom-mongering'.Read more ›
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This book has had quite an impact on the world view of various right-wing contrarians around the world (not just in the US), laying out a nightmare vision of the "threat"... Read morePublished 17 days ago by dcw803
The book arrived on time and in good conditon. Started reading it and like it so far.Published 4 months ago by Raga
Was written long ago, but slowly we see how this is become reality.Published 4 months ago by D.Dekel
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 6 months ago by Paul