So says Peter Hitchens, who in the last three decades has seen the England of his youth vanish without a trace — only to be replaced by Tony Blair’s ‘Cool Britannia,’ an internationalist welfare state brimming with ignorance and contempt for the glories of British civilization. In “Abolition of Britain”, he details how it happened; in doing so, he reveals the Left’s full agenda for the United States.
Hitchens (the conservative brother of arch-leftist writer Christopher Hitchens) compares the funeral of Winston Churchill in 1965 to that of Princess Diana in 1997 to show that a cultural revolution has taken place in Britain — a revolution that went largely unnoticed (since it unfolded in slow motion), but which was more destructive of the national way of life than anything that happened in Mao’s China. In a chapter full of telling and unusual insights, he imagines what a young woman from 1997 might experience if she were suddenly transported back to Churchill’s funeral. She’d find a poorer, dirtier place, Hitchens admits forthrightly, but one with a social cohesion and proud common culture that the intervening thirty years have almost completely obliterated.
Nothing that has happened in that fateful thirty-year span escapes Hitchens’ notice. With a tone by turns elegiac and scathing, plus a keen ability to see through the new establishment’s deceptions, he discusses the Left’s triumph over British culture in terms that will be uncomfortably familiar to American conservatives. He details how the patrimony of British civilization and even the simplest acts of patriotism have been held up as objects of ridicule for so long that now virtually everyone assumes that they are in fact ridiculous. Naming names and calling a spade a spade, he explains how self-denigration and self-doubt completely supplanted national pride, and how homosexualists and feminists overturned venerable societal arrangements before most conservatives even realized what was happening.
It’s sobering reading, but the fact that this book was written at all (and the uproar it has already caused) is a sign of hope that all is not lost. Hitchens gives you a clearer idea of the Left’s international plans, so that you can be better equipped to combat them here at home.
“Reading this honest and indignant account, I could not repress a twinge of fraternal solidarity.” — Christopher Hitchens
“A cri de coeur from an honest, intelligent and patriotic Englishman, desperately worried about the corruption of his country.” — The Spectator
“A stunning elegy for the England that the Left destroyed.” — David Horowitz
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