Laying around my hotel room, I finally got around to reading Mark Steyn’s America Alone, a book which my friend Gregory Hood has been urging me to review for several months now.
I’ve known of America Alone for years. Steyn’s book was published in 2006 with much fanfare. I knew through reputation it was about the Islamification of Europe, but dismissed it as a triumphalist kosher con version of Buchanan’s The Death of the West.
Pat blew that whistle years ago. I took his warning to heart and changed my life accordingly. What could Mark Steyn possibly say that Buchanan had not already covered?
I was pleasantly surprised.
The Coming of Eurabia
As far as analysis goes, I found America Alone to be worth reading. In a little over two hundred pages, Steyn lays out the unvarnished truth about Europe’s precipitous decline in language accessible to the average reader. He identifies the most important factors driving changing demographics on the Old Continent:
- The abuse of birth control and abortion.
- The ideal of expressive individualism.
- The spread of radical multiculturalism.
- The spread of political correctness.
- The collapse of confidence in Western civilization.
- The perversion of liberal ideals such of equality, tolerance, and non-discrimination.
- Immigration from the unreconstructed Islamic world.
- The Western ideals of hedonism and materialism.
- The expansion of the state which has rendered private virtue and the family superfluous.
- The confusion of gender roles.
- White guilt and Western self hatred.
There is a lot of truth in this book.
Spiritually, Europeans have been decapitated. Their churches are emptying as new mosques are being constructed. Their women would rather go to college and enter the workforce than raise children. Their men would rather apologize and surrender to Muslims than stand up for their own interests.
The European superstate has steadily usurped all the functions of adulthood. Who needs a husband, a family, a church, or a kinship network when the state performs all these roles? Who needs a military when defense has been outsourced to the Americans? Who needs private virtue when you can rely upon a social safety net?
Addicted to welfare, postwar Europeans have been turned into children, and now lack the will to even reproduce themselves. Government bureaucrats make all the important decisions in life while the people amuse themselves with the modern version of “bread and circuses.”
European birth rates have plummeted to record lows. As a consequence, the old are ever more numerous than the young, and “guest workers,” “refugees,” and “asylum seekers” from the Third World are imported to serve as the new labor force.
An exhausted Europe confronts a self-confident, resurgent Islam which has advanced deeper into the Old Continent than ever before. Within thirty years, France and the Netherlands will be semi-Islamified. Muslims will grow strong enough to exercise a veto over French and Dutch national policy. Eventually, Muslims will become a majority in France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and other European countries.
Through a combination of immigration, conversion, and emigration, Muslims will become more powerful in Europe over time. The weak European middle class will abandon their countries and flee to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The hardcore minority left behind will eventually turn to the “(old) strong man on a horse” who promises to solve the problem.
A “Eurabian Civil War” will break out between European nationalists and Muslim invaders sometime around mid-century. Liberal democracy will perish in Europe one way or the other: either European nationalists retake the continent or Europe will be absorbed into the Islamic world.
America vs. Europe
According to Steyn, White America is relatively healthier than Europe. The Mexicans colonizing the American Southwest are not as dangerous or alien to Western civilization as Muslims from North Africa and the Middle East. White Americans have a higher birthrate than Russians, Germans, and Italians.
Americans are more suspicious of government, more individualistic, more self confident, and less cowed by the orthodoxies of multiculturalism and political correctness. Compared to Europe, America is more assertive and acts like the “stronger horse” on the world stage.
America Alone was written before the emergence of the Tea Party movement which stresses individual responsibility and opposes the concentration of power in the federal government. I haven’t read any of Steyn’s columns, but I suspect he would interpret this as a positive development and a confirmation of his thesis.
Criticism: Amexica vs. Eurabia
Having read this far, I suspect our readers are already chomping at the bit to point out the obvious. In many respects, America is just as bad, if not worse than Europe in its surrender to multiculturalism and political correctness.
America is ruled by Barack Obama. At least David Cameron and Angela Merkel are White. The Obama administration recently smacked down the uppity Whites of Arizona for having the audacity to enforce federal immigration law. We’re also having a great ongoing public discussion in America about the “racist elements” within the Tea Party.
America is infected by the same disease that afflicts Europe. The Mormons in Utah might have a higher birthrate, but the Russians and French have the better organized resistance movement. Britain has socialized healthcare, but it also has the BNP.
Criticism: Kosher Solutions
At no point in America Alone does Mark Steyn endorse the obvious solution: banning Islamic immigration and deporting European Muslims to their own countries.
Steyn can turn a phrase when it comes to criticizing the multiculturalism and political correctness of others, but ultimately he stands convicted of the same moral cowardice as his liberal targets. Take up the White Man’s Burden and conquer Iraq and Iran to spread women’s rights and gay marriage? Few are likely to respond to that call. That’s hardly the solution.
Throughout America Alone, Steyn makes several comments that will irritate our readers. He invokes gallant little Israel and criticizes the barbarous Palestinians. He says that culture is what matters, not race, as if the two were separable. He refuses to follow his own argument to its logical conclusion: expulsion of the Islamic cancer in Europe.
In a way, I suppose these egregious omissions are justifiable. Mark Steyn doesn’t “name the Jew,” but he wrote a best selling book that warned millions of moderates and ordinary conservatives that Western civilization is in mortal danger. Had Steyn not included these concessions to kosher con orthodoxy, the book would not have sold as well or been as influential as it ultimately was.
In 2001, I woke up after reading Pat Buchanan’s The Death of the West, which more or less told the same story. While ideas certainly matter, the physical means to distribute those ideas are equally important, and this is a huge advantage kosher conservatives have over us.
This book points conservatives and moderates in the right direction. If nothing else can be said for America Alone, it is valuable in this crucial respect, as opposed to some of the more extreme titles which preach only to the converted and no one in the mainstream will ever read.