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AMERICA ALONE: The End of the World As We Know It Paperback – April 7, 2008
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It's the end of the world as we know it...
Someday soon, you might wake up to the call to prayer from a muezzin. Europeans already are. And liberals will still tell you that "diversity is our strength"--while Talibanic enforcers cruise Greenwich Village burning books and barber shops, the Supreme Court decides sharia law doesn't violate the "separation of church and state," and the Hollywood Left decides to give up on gay rights in favor of the much safer charms of polygamy. If you think this can't happen, you haven't been paying attention, as the hilarious, provocative, and brilliant Mark Steyn--the most popular conservative columnist in the English-speaking world--shows to devastating effect. The future, as Steyn shows, belongs to the fecund and the confident. And the Islamists are both, while the West is looking ever more like the ruins of a civilization. But America can survive, prosper, and defend its freedom only if it continues to believe in itself, in the sturdier virtues of self-reliance (not government), in the centrality of family, and in the conviction that our country really is the world's last best hope. Mark Steyn's America Alone is laugh-out-loud funny--but it will also change the way you look at the world.
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Praise for America Alone
"Mark Steyn is a human sandblaster. This book provides a powerful, abrasive, high-velocity assault on encrusted layers of sugarcoating and whitewash over the threat of Islamic imperialism. Do we in the West have the will to prevail?" --Michelle Malkin, New York Times bestselling author of Unhinged
"Mark Steyn is the funniest writer now living. But don't be distracted by the brilliance of his jokes. They are the neon lights advertising a profound and sad insight: America is almost alone in resisting both the suicide of the West and the suicide bombing of radical Islamism." --John O'Sullivan, editor at large, National Review, and author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister
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If you're at all familiar with his humorous, sarcasm and tongue cheek speaking style in a British accent....you'll be able to hear that voice in every line he writes. Steyn is a very astute observer of our political condition, society and his welcome commentary on these subjects, with his own personal stamp, will not disappoint the reader. Plus.. he's easier to take than Coulter or Malkin! /grin
Steyn says September 11, 2001, was not "the day everything changed," but the day that revealed how much had already changed. Islamic extremists are not fighting so that we can provide them with something. They are fighting to eliminate America and the West. We need to be shaken from our pre-occupation with elevating the secondary impulses (self-gratification) over the primary ones: national defense, self-reliance, family, and, most basic of all, reproductive activity.
Steyn offers a series of alternative responses to this global threat and rules all but "reforming Islam" unrealistic. His plan for reform places an emphasis on creating conditions which will increase the likelihood of Muslim reform including:
1. Supporting women's rights in the Muslim world.
2. Roll back ideological exports like Wahhabi, that radicalize Muslims.
3. Support economic and political liberty in the Muslim world.
4. End the Iranian Regime.
5. Strike militarily as needed.
"America Alone" will change the way you look at the world. Steyn argues we don't know who we are, we don't know the issues, and we still do not understand the nature of the enemy. We are the ones who are nuts. We have the better government, religion, and culture but our ideological insecurity is a weakness that becomes this particular enemy's strength. We must turn away from a culture that is suicidal. A suicide bomber is not a weak weapon against a culture intent on killing itself.
If not, western relativist multicultural values will lead to its collapse... Low population, low will versus higher birth rate of Muslim s in Europe can lead to losing those values by Democratic vote and institutional accommodation.. Leading
to loss of freedom slowly
And, it really is worth reading what Mark Steyn has to say in this book. This book is about a really big trend happening under the radar (both the sensationalism radar and the ideological radar) of the mainstream political correct media.
Essentially, what we might think was the "end of history" when the Soviet Union collapsed was no such thing. History just entered another phase. In the next phase, people with other world views are going to dramatically out breed the "Western World", and this is going to change the world.
Mark Steyn, with his clever and very readible style, introduces us to this trend and attempts to project it's consequences over the next century or so. It isn't pretty. The "post modern generation" is aptly named indeed, because "post modernism" may only last a single generation, to be replaced by the "re-primitivised generations" for a long time.
This is very sobering and scary to think about. I likely will not live to see this, but my grandchildren will. (Ironically, the huge numbers of westerners who have decided not to have children have no need to worry about what kind of world their children or grandchildren live in, and that's the problem.)
So, read this book and see some of tomorrow's headlines today. You won't be surprised when the next wave of immigrants is from Europe.
The one huge weakness of this book, and the reason I could not give it five stars, is the lack of a bibliography. There are lots of quotes with no references. It's like you just have to take Steyn's word for it. The subject matter covered in this book is way too important to publish without thorough referencing. Would this have been so difficult? All this information came from somewhere, and from reading the text it's possible to trace down some of it, but it still needs a bibliography.