- Hardcover: 308 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (December 12, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312285485
- ISBN-13: 978-0312285487
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 447 customer reviews
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Patrick J. Buchanan's contentious premise in The Death of the West is that the United States is no longer a healthy melting pot, but instead a confused, tottering "conglomeration of peoples with almost nothing in common." Relying on United Nations population statistics, and citing such diverse sources as Yogi Berra and Rhett Butler, Buchanan sees for America four "clear and present dangers": declining birth rates; uncontrolled immigration of peoples of "different colors, creed, and cultures"; a rise of "anti-Western" culture antithetical to established religious, cultural, and moral norms; and a "defection of ruling elites" to the idea of world government. His solutions include higher wages and tax breaks for parents than for singles, a dramatic rollback of immigration quotas, and a National History Bee. Buchanan's volatile, adamant book eschews any middle ground. Readers will either applaud his ideas or be repulsed by them. --H. O'Billovitch
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"Historians may one day call `the pill' the suicide tablet of the West," writes former presidential candidate Buchanan in this cri de coeur regarding the perils that await Western civilization. And he is correct in his assessment that the advent of artificial contraception brought about huge changes in the ways American and European cultures dealt with sex, children and family. Buchanan, a staunch Roman Catholic and a conservative, feels that these changes were socially and politically disastrous. Worried about the declining birth rate of European-Americans and increased immigration from nonwhite countries, Buchanan predicts that people who are now celebrating diversity "will spend their golden years in a Third World America." Along with shifting racial demographics, Buchanan also frets about the changes in morality "rampant promiscuity and wholesale divorce and tax-payer funding of abortion." Buchanan is equally upfront about his position on homosexuality: "had the killers of Matthew Shepard chosen a sixteen-year-old girl rather than a twenty-one-year-old gay man, her rape-murder would have been to me an even greater evil." Fearful that American is being "de-Christianized," Buchanan argues that "while the prognosis is not good," America must reevaluate itself and reclaim its white, Christian origins; despite the current "coarseness of her manners, the decadence of her culture, or the sickness in her soul," the nation is worth saving. Buchanan's passionately expressed ideology will be too extreme for most readers, and its proud bigotry is unlikely to play well even among most conservatives.
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Buchanan seems far too pessimistic about the ability of American culture to assimilate its newest arrivals. He rightfully worries about the deleterious impact of political correctness and radical multi-culturalism on slowing down this necessary process. I remain, though, unconvinced that this problem cannot be resolved. The history of the United States strongly suggests that the second and third generations of immigrants become thoroughly American. Buchanan underestimates the importance of learning English if one deserves to earn a good income. Few younger immigrants are likely to prefer speaking only their native language if this dooms them to a meager lifestyle. This factor alone considerable weakens Buchanan's case.
Pat Buchanan is not a racist. I'm sure that he would have no problem if the vast majority of Americans were not white as long as these individuals embrace the essential values of the West and our constitution. The author also strongly dislikes neo-conservatives such as myself. We are supposedly guilty of sacrificing America's interest to the demands of the large globalist corporations and other New World elite groups. However, Buchanan's irritation with the neo-con agenda doesn't prevent me from strongly encouraging the reader to purchase this book. "Death of the West" should dominate the continuing debates on the American future. The author offers much food for thought, and it is unwise to blithely disregard his warnings. Alas, there is indeed a possibility that I am wrong, and Pat Buchanan is right! The consequences therefore could be tragic.