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This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Paperback)
Why has Mark Steyn's book "America Alone" been labeled "alarmist" by his opponents? Look at the title: America Alone. Its meaning is obvious, but concerning what? When the Soviet Union fell, America was left standing as the sole super power in the world. But that is not the meaning of America Alone. However, do you remember what Nikita Kruschchev said? America would fall from within, without one shot fired. America would destroy herself through societal softness and the Soviets would walk in and take over.
Steyn states that Muslims have adopted this concept of a country falling from within, beginning in Europe. Through immigration, Muslims are establishing themselves as a stronghold. Belgium, Sweden, England, Denmark, the Netherlands, and France are on their way to becoming majority Muslim and geo-political. In fact, he says, Eurotopia is fast becoming "Eurabia."
Three events are rapidly leading to Eurabia:
1. Demographic decline
2. The unsustainability of the advanced Western social-democratic state
3. Civilizational exhaustion
Do you remember years ago forecasters urged population control? Europe heeded this warning and now faces two factors that will change it drastically: its population is aging and couples are not reproducing themselves. According to Steyn, these are the statistics of the population under the age of 15: Spain and Germany--14%, United Kingdom--18%, the United States--21%. On the other hand Saudi Arabia's 15 and under is 39%, Pakistan--40%, and Yemen--47%.
Who is reproducing themselves: the US at 2.1 babies per couple, [...] at 7.46, Mali at 7.42, Somalia at 6.76, Afghanistan at 6.69, Ireland at 1.9, New Zealand at 2.11. There are Germany and Austria at 1.3, Russia and Italy at 1.2, and Spain at 1.1. Those with birthrates over 2 are Muslim; those under Caucasian Christian.
With an aging population and declining birthrate and a swelling benefits package supplied by the government, who will pay for this social welfare? Answer: incoming immigrants with high birthrates.
Therein, Steyn says, lies the problem. While people of Europe have abandoned their churches and religious beliefs, Islam immigrants bring with them "a religion, and an explicitly political one." In fact, if a European wants to marry a Muslim, he must convert, or as they call it, revert. Muslims believe that everyone is born Muslim--he/she must find that calling. And no one may leave the religion.
How pervasive are Islam and Muslims in Europe? "Go to any children's store in Amsterdam or Marseilles or Vienna or Stockholm. Look at women in headscarves or full abaya. That's the future" (21).
Remember the Kruschkrev comment? This is what Col. Gaddafi once said: "There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe--without swords, without guns, without conquests. The fifty million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades" (36) Steyn gives example after example of how Islamists are taking over, first neighborhoods, then schools, then city governments, then the country.
For example, in 2003, Abdurahman Alamoudi, helped devise a three-week course taught in California's public schools in which students adopted Muslim names, wore Islamic garb, memorized suras from the Koran, recited prayers and so on. Another place Islamists are targeting is the prison population in America, Australia, and Western Europe, seeking reverts. Where there is a religious void as in prisons and Europe, Muslims seek to fill the void with a rigorous religion.
Steyn quotes Imam Zaid Shakit as wanting the United States to become Muslim; however, he sees it as a country with Muslim civil institutions, sharia, a complete way of life. As a country's population dies out and immigrants replace them, a nation's collective past also dies and is replaced with a new.
In France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Sweden, riots over equal rights have disturbed traditional peace. Women feel safer walking neighborhoods in Muslim garb in order to be left alone by Muslim men. When Muslims take over, they take the land and distribute it to Muslims, creating reverts out of the native people. Because the United States doesn't take land, Muslims consider the US weak and defeatable. As Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong of Singapore said in 2004, " The central issue is America's credibility and wil to prevail" (176).
Steyn concludes in outlining America's exceptional nature and how it can prevent Muslim reversion of an entire country. It is not too late! Reading this book can provide invaluable information necessary for action.
In the process of reading this book, I met a military family just back from England. The wife verified everything Steyn says in this book. She says England is quickly becoming Muslim and that violence is becoming common. They were very glad to leave when they did.
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Initial post: Jul 1, 2008 6:04:05 PM PDT
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So what in fact does the title America Alone imply? Is it that America stands alone, without a worthy ally, in a dangerous world of agressive fanaticism? Or is it that American Alone, only America, has the righteous might to withstand that aggressive fanaticism? The first interpretation suggests paranoid hysteria; the second implies exceptionalist chauvinism.
The third possibility is that mark Steyn intends both interpretations. I've looked this book over off the shelf at Borders, and I think this third possibility is what he wants to convey. Alarmist books like this one are nothing new in America. The "old stock" Protestant Anglo-Saxon has been warned of being swamped by the higher birthrate of the Others often before. After reading this book, I'd suggest looking at the classic, the grandaddy of racist/eugenicist jeremiads about America's vulnerability, a book called The Passing of the Great Race, by Madison Grant. The Others in that era were not Muslim; they were southern European Catholics, eastern European Orthodox, and Jews, but Grant's diatribes were curiously similar to Steyn's.
Posted on Jul 1, 2008 6:04:55 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2008 6:43:41 PM PDT
Somehow, Gio, there is something in your reasoning that just doesn't jell. I think you missed the point with the racist thinking. I don't think he is being racist. Hear me out. I read this book very carefully and marked and noted many passages. What is worrisome is the loss of culture as we know it. What you say about prejudice towards immigrants, especially southern Europe, Catholics anywhere, Jews, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, you name it, is definitely true.
Now for my surprise for you. I taught a Multicultural course in high school, a one-semester look at this experience from the five major ethnic viewpoints. However, my first unit was the immigrant experience: statistics, locations, difficulties here, jobs, housing, all kinds of things. I had gone the text process and picked the one I thought best. It was all first person accounts of their experiences. My students, mostly honors and gifted students, took this study seriously and thoughtfully (there were a couple racist viewpoints, but classmates kept them at bay, not I). Bottom line, Gio: if they didn't speak English and weren't Protestant, they were discriminated against. That's a discrimination more encompassing than your list. What did happen is that they assimilated and became that "melting pot." Admittedly, some current immigrants are resisting that urge: Spanish speakers--but their children learn English in school and, of course, Muslims, who, according to imams speaking verbally and in writing, demand that certain requests be met.
America Alone, according to Steyn, indicates that America is still slightly more than reproducing itself, governmental social services are not so overwhelming to taxpayers as they are in the European countries the subjects of his book, we have barely begun giving in to Muslim demands (one foot then the next, I always say), and our military is still feared as others are not. Four reasons why America is now alone in preventing a Muslim take-over.
We disagree, Gio, but I will still respect you.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2008 7:37:00 PM PDT
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Have you read Richard rodriguez, Judy? I don't relish every notion he has, but his basic insight is, like yours, that assimilation occurs, even through discrimination.
On the other hand, American history shows radical reconstructions of American cultural norms in reaction to several massive immigrations of the past. America was never the same after the great Irish Catholic immigration of 1820-1850. America was never the same after the great German immigration of 1848 and thereafter. America was never never the same after the great Italian-Slavic-Jewish immigration of 1880-1920. America will NOT stay the same after the Latin/Asian immigration that began in the 1960s. Muslim immigration is a trickle by comparison. I see nothing that needs to be saved in the America of our times, except the basic American commitments to secular government and a fair deal for all.
As for the Muslim takeover of Europe, that's humbug. It ain't happening, and it ain't gonna.
You summarize Steyn thus:
1. Demographic decline
2. The unsustainability of the advanced Western social-democratic state
3. Civilizational exhaustion
#1 - I've already addressed
#2 - This is standard rightwing hyper-capitalist positioning, not a proven fact. Dogma, nothing more.
#3 - This is 19th C philosophical milliennialism; Hegel, Marx, Toynbee. Drivel.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2008 11:44:08 PM PDT
Gio, where was all of this righteous indignation when a couple of AFs were writing 5-star laudatory reviews for Pat Buchanan's books? If anyone is a bigot it's Pat Buchanan, with a worldview that's more in line with Madison Grant's than Mark Steyn's ever will be. As a matter of fact, the same people who sell those books by Madison Grant, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, and a slew of Holocaust deniers and "World War II revisionist history" also sell Pat Buchanan's work. These are also the same people, by the way, he'd courted in his runs for president.
As I said before, I don't care for Mark Steyn and I really didn't take to this book, despite some of the good points it's raised. However, you are going overboard in trying to make this connection between Mark Steyn and people of Madion Grant's ilk.
Before you condemn both book and author, go beyond the quick perusal of its pages and Amazon reviews, and read the book.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2008 11:45:51 PM PDT
Judy, I am glad you reposted this review.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2008 12:50:33 AM PDT
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I am not going to respond any more to your comments. You've dug in and so have I. I don't accept your assessment of my summary of Steyn's arguments nor your rebuttals. I cant see that anything is left to say. We are just rehashing now. it's just boring now.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2008 12:56:04 AM PDT
Caesar, thank you for your support. I appreciate it especially since you have a different viewpoint. Others can post controversial reviews and get pats on the back, but because I have an ugly, stinking albatross around my neck, it seems I am kicked and kicked and kicked. Oh, woe is me. Yes, I know not everyone gets pats on the back.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2008 9:36:28 AM PDT
Judy, I am patting your back. It's just that I have a heavy hand.
Caesar - How on earth have I become a Buchanan supporter in your mind? I tried to give the loud fool a chance because some of my ammy correspondents told me I should. I'll have to find that review and see if it bears being kept.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2008 11:30:59 AM PDT
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Come on now, GB, I never said you were a Buchanan supporter. What I'm saying is that you didn't react to those reviews for Pat Buchanan's books with anywhere near the amount of passion and anger you've expressed both here and elsewhere for Steyn and this book. I'm also saying that if you want to call somebody a white supremacist and a bigot, Buchanan will fit into those shoes much more comfortably than Mark Steyn ever could.