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Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? Hardcover – October 18, 2011
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“Buchanan is an honest writer who … minces nothing except an occasional opponent.” ―The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Nobody turns a sharp phrase, drops an historical reference, or makes a literary allusion as naturally as Pat Buchanan.” ―Human Events
“Buchanan is a muscular writer, fully in command of the English language he feels is under siege. He is adept at linking history, statistics, and the writings of philosophers and economists to proffer forceful arguments.” ―The Washington Post
“Mr. Buchanan … is positively fearless. He is also right.” ―Tony Blankley, The Washington Times
“His approach is that of a true conservative, offering a perspective rooted in American tradition initiated by Washington.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Suicide of a Superpower traces the changes in governance and culture in America that foreshadow a decline of epic proportions. ... Buchanan is no stranger to controversy. Nor is he prone to exaggerate. The crises he describes are real, and he is not afraid to say they ‘may prove too much for our democracy to cope with.'” ―Jack Kenny, The New American Magazine
“A stunning Jeremiad on America's decline, written with characteristic muscle and wit.” ―Timothy Stanley, The Telegraph (UK)
“Buchanan offers an astute diagnosis of America's problems and gives constructive suggestions to put us back on track.” ―Virgil Goode (Former Congressman R-VA), The Daily Caller on Suicide of a Superpower
“Well-written, well researched and highly persuasive.” ―Tom Piatak, Chronicles Magazine on Suicide of a Superpower
About the Author
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN, America's leading populist conservative, was senior adviser to three American presidents, ran for the Republican nomination in 1992 and 1996, and was the Reform Party's presidential candidate in 2000. The author of ten other books, Buchanan is a syndicated columnist and founding member of three of America's foremost public affairs shows, NBC's The McLaughlin Group and CNN's The Capitol Gang and Crossfire. He lives in McLean, Virginia.
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His greatest accomplishments however, are not political, they are written. His books are always provocative.
In this book, Buchanan argues that America is entering troubled waters, so troubled in fact the United States might not survive. This pending calamity is due to several self-inflicted wounds.
1. A loss of religious faith. Buchanan is a Roman Catholic and so he is most critical of that church, especially since Vatican II.
2. Immigration and collapsing birthrates. Buchanan argues that the Third Worlders coming to America won't be able to sustain the great civilization created by whites.
3. Collapse of manufacturing and trade imbalances. Buchanan gets official scorn from the main stream media and political class for his pro-white views but perhaps the Global Elite really are mad about his protectionist, economic populist attitudes. Essentially, Buchanan supports the ideas of Alexander Hamilton, and Abraham Lincoln on trade and well-paid labor. In contrast to nearly all the casino capitalists on Wall Street who have benefited so well from dismantling America's industrial base. He provides alarming statistics showing America's trade imbalance with the Far East, so much so it appears that we have returned to the status as a colonial outpost.
This book is alarming indeed and is a very worthy book describing the crisis of America in a way few are able to express.
1. Some have claimed this book touts racism. I saw the oppossite--an exposure of the forces that are creating racism and ethnicism. Buchanan shows by example, after example, after example how the entire world and our own country is disintegrating into racial, ethnic, and other divisions. He also convincingly argues that America's noble quest to share democracy with the world, may be the unwitting agent for the splintering of these groups! Be careful what you ask for!
2. Buchanan claims that Americans created their own exemplary identity, which came from the melting pot of many peoples and cultures into a uniquely American identity. From there, again with noble intent, we began to celebrate ethnic diversity, purposelfully disregarding the greatness of that diversity when it is fully baked into the whole, not kept diverse. So instead, we have fracturing society along those lines of diversification. Many statistics and examples that will alarm you. Now we may never again enjoy the greatness of a unified America. Be careful what you ask for!
3. Classical western society is also a form of heritage and ethnicity. Advanced beyond most other countries and regions, western society took on the noble responsibility to lead the way on key human issues. For example: The world's under population strain, right? Again, nobly, Western society has led the way by dramatically depopulating--the statistics will blow you away. But in so doing, we are 'extincting' our cultural group (and our leadership, and our experience, and whatever else the West has contributed to the world's development) and guess what: only a few other populations are following. The rest of the world's population is exploding and is already driven to spill across the borders of all the countries of the West. Be careful what you ask for.
4. Think American kids are falling behind the rest of the world's education? Not so. White American kids test scores beat the scores of the rest of the world's white kids; our black kids beat the world's black kids; and our Hispanic kids beat the world's Hispanic kids. Ever heard that? Those are racial statements, but not racist--they are just fact. It's what we do with those facts, not ideologue, that will determine what kinds of Americans we are. Given a chance, the U.S. system can bring out the best in everyone. If our disparate groupings buy into what's right with the U.S. system and culture, the American dream is reachable to every child.
...Unless we commit suicide first!
Thanks Pat, for one of today's most important books!