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One Man's Travelogue of Doom!
on 31 March 2007
WARNING! This book is not for the squeamish! If you're a European and prone to bouts of depression then this book just might tip you over into an abject state of despair. It's stultifying stuff, without a glimmer of hope from beginning to end.
HOWEVER! I agree wholeheartedly with his analysis of our so-called 'moral and intellectual superiors'. They treat the views of the general public with patronising arrogance and contempt. Newspapers such as the Daily Mirror are all too ready to condemn anybody who favours immigration controls, or the preservation of their English identity as a racist. With the recent Big Brother controversy, they went berserk with self-righteous outrage. They were literally baying for the blood of Jade Goody (although she is a twit). It was tantamount to inciting her murder.
From my own experience of the conditions currently prevailing in the British education system, I notice it is firmly in the grip of the smug self-righteous left-wing middle class. Every academic subject is tainted by political correctness. For instance, Foreign language text books are full of "issues" such as 'right wing racism' and 'immigrant victims, the 'third world' and 'global warming' (blaming CO2 emissions and all the above on 'Joe Public' as usual). I'm sick of all their twisted moralising.
I thought the book laboured the point too much about European hostility to America and Americans. Yes the Yanks can be a little irritating at times, with their "we saved your arses in WW2" rant, and making war films about how 'they' won the war single-handed and minimising the not insubstantial contribution of their allies. As a Brit , that p***es me off, especially as our young men and women are doing their bit in Afganistan and Iraq right now. All good sons and daughters of the much maligned working class proles he seems to dismiss as a potential source of neo-nazism. Unfortunately Bawer let himself down here, with his College Boy contempt for the uneducated masses. He's not so different from the European elite he critisizes after all! He appears to be an academic elitist snob. Generally speaking I think most us have no particular axe to grind regarding Americans.
I just wish this book could have offered something more in the way of a hopeful solution, other than mass immigration to the United States. Turning oneself into an immigrant, in order to escape 'immigrants' would be quite a paradox. Besides the problems Bawer highlights also exist in America. The only way to escape Islam completely would be to go and live on the moon.