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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh and cry, 22 Dec. 2006
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This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World as We Know it (Hardcover)
Those familiar with Steyn's written style and sense of purpose will enjoy the book even though many of the arguments are already well known. It is good to see them as a whole. He presents a future scenario where the world familiar to us from the later half of the 20th century has been transformed by ideological forces riding on massive demographic transformations.

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'. He describes how that scenario is being constructed right now before our eyes...brick by well-meaning brick. His scenario is not what could happen so much as what will happen if the enlightened world does not change its mental habits and develop confidence and a sense of self-preservation.

I hope that this book is an alarm bell instead of a prediction.

I read this book on a transatlantic flight from cover to cover. I did not sleep or watch any films and it was the quickest flight I have ever been on. Some parts of the book made me laugh but when I finally arrived back in England I just wanted to cry.
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