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America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It

Author: Mark Steyn
Publisher: Regnery Publishing • 2008 • 224 pages
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Are you ready for a conflict between America and the rest of the world? In “America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It,” Mark Steyn (the most widely read and wittiest columnist in the world today) argues that that’s just what’s coming. European and Islamic anti-Americanism, he explains, threatens to leave us isolated in the world: the global situation is rapidly reaching a point at which America will have to confront the enemies of civilization without help from anyone else. And when the world is divided between America and the rest, all those who don’t want to see the world shrouded in a new Dark Ages should hope that America wins.

Steyn argues forcefully that much of the Western world as we know it will not survive the twenty-first century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes — including many if not most European countries. He shows how this process is already well advanced, and explains that whether we like the New Order in Europe and the world depends on whether America can summon the will to shape at least part of the emerging global picture. If not, then it will mean the end of the American moment and the beginning of the new Dark Ages: the return of much the planet to a primitive state.

America is facing this life-and-death challenge, says Steyn, because of the Western world’s demographic decline; the unsustainability of the welfare state in Europe (as well as in the United States, Canada, and Australia); and the apparent exhaustion of Western civilization. Suffused with Steyn’s trademark wit and piercing insights, this book calls on us to summon the will to fight this great struggle for Western civilization. In “America Alone,” Mark Steyn provides an enlightening primer to just how bad things are likely to get, and what we must do now to ensure that our children and grandchildren live in the bright light of freedom.

Illuminated with wit and wisdom by Mark Steyn:

  • The hidden reason that the problem of Islamic jihad has exploded across the world since 1970
  • Why the threats that the world faces today should be taken much more seriously than the environmental scare-mongering that has been going on since the 60s (and, thanks to Al Gore, continues)
  • The likely outcome of today’s global situation, in which Islam is militarily weak but ideologically confident — while the West is militarily strong but ideologically insecure
  • Disquieting implications of the fact Islam is a religion, not a race or nationality (as it is commonly portrayed in the West) — and an explicitly political religion at that
  • Why the liberal talk of finding the “root causes” of terrorism in the errors and excesses of Western foreign policy is so wrongheaded
  • The correlation between the structural weaknesses of the social-democratic state and the rise of a globalized Islam
  • Why we are witnessing the end of the late twentieth-century progressive welfare democracy
  • What is revealed about our civilization by both the non-problems that terrify us and the real problems we pay no heed to
  • Why Libya’s Colonel Qaddafi is probably correct when he says that “there are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe – without swords, without guns, without conquests”
  • How the environmentalist fantasy about the grave ecological threat America poses to the globe actually reveals how unthreatening America really is
  • Why the problem Europe faces today is not one of race, but of culture
  • How the willingness to subordinate individual liberty to the primacy of society – as expressed by Nazism, Communism, and more – has blighted Europe for over a century
  • The dangerous consequences that are likely to come from manifestations of “cultural sensitivity” — such as the fact that U.S. guards at Gitmo must handle copies of the Koran only when wearing gloves because the detainees regard infidels as “unclean”
  • Universally ignored: the single most important fact about the early twenty-first century in Western countries
  • How the terrorist attacks in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005 – along with other events such as the murder of Theo van Gogh – were the opening shots of a European civil war
  • The little-noticed reason why America’s European “allies” failed to grasp the significance of September 11
  • Why the progressive Left can be in favor of Big Government or population control but not both – and how that mutual incompatibility is about to plunge Europe into societal collapse
  • Sobering facts about how advanced civilizational suicide already is in Japan and Russia
  • How mosques in the West serve as recruiters for the jihad and play an important role in ideological subordination and cell discipline
  • Why the Spanish government was so eager to appease the jihad terrorists after the Madrid bombings of March 2004
  • How oil isn’t the principal Saudi export, Islamic jihad ideology is – and our oil money bankrolls its spread
  • Why the war against global Islamic jihad will be harder to win the longer it goes on
  • How Western analysts continue to fall into the error of thinking that if a violent Muslim has no ties to Al-Qaeda, he cannot be a terrorist and poses no threat
  • Europe’s suicidal multicultural malaise — and why jihadists understand that the Continent is ripe for the taking in a way that America isn’t
  • Why it is so important for Americans and others who want their families to enjoy the blessings of life in a free society to understand that the life we’ve led since 1945 in the Western world is very rare in human history
  • How the ultimate victory of Islam in America can be avoided not by more government but by less: by government returning to the citizenry the primal responsibilities it has taken from them in the modern era

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