The end of the world as we know it

Peter Louter
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The end of the world as we know it

Berichtdoor Peter Louter » Do Nov 23, 2006 4:30 pm

Steyn's New Book Combines Humor, Accuracy, Depth
BY DANIEL PIPES
November 14, 2006
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/43450





The political columnist and cultural critic Mark Steyn has written a remarkable book, "America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It" (Regnery). He combines several virtues not commonly found together — humor, accurate reportage, and deep thinking — and then applies them to what is arguably the most consequential issue of our time: the Islamist threat to the West.

Mr. Steyn offers a devastating thesis but presents it in bits and pieces, so I shall pull it together here.

He begins with the legacy of two totalitarianisms. Traumatized by the electoral appeal of fascism, post-World War II European states were constructed in a top-down manner,"so as to insulate almost entirely the political class from populist pressures." As a result, the establishment has "come to regard the electorate as children."

Second, the Soviet menace during the Cold War prompted American leaders, impatient with Europe's (and Canada's) weak responses, effectively to take over their defense. This benign and far-sighted policy led to victory by 1991, but it also had the unintended and less salutary side effect of freeing up Europe's funds to build a welfare state. This welfare state had several malign implications.

The nanny state infantilized Europeans, making them worry about such pseudo-issues as climate change while feminizing the males.
It also neutered them, annexing "most of the core functions of adulthood," starting with the instinct to breed. From about 1980, birth rates plummeted, leaving an inadequate base for today's workers to receive their pensions.
Structured on a pay-as-you-go basis, it amounted to an intergenerational Ponzi scheme under which today's workers depend on their children for their pensions.
The demographic collapse meant that the indigenous peoples of countries like Russia, Italy, and Spain are at the start of a population death spiral.
It led to a collapse of confidence that in turn bred "civilizational exhaustion," leaving Europeans unprepared to fight for their ways.
To keep the economic machine running meant accepting foreign workers. Rather than execute a long-term plan to prepare for the many millions of immigrants needed, Europe's elites punted, welcoming almost anyone who turned up. By virtue of geographic proximity, demographic overdrive, and a crisis-prone environment, "Islam is now the principal supplier of new Europeans," Mr. Steyn writes.

Arriving at a time of demographic, political, and cultural weakness, Muslims are profoundly changing Europe: "Islam has youth and will, Europe has age and welfare." Put differently, "Premodern Islam beats post-modern Christianity." Much of the Western world, Mr. Steyn flat-out predicts, "will not survive the twenty-first century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most European countries." With even more drama, he adds, "It's the end of the world as we know it."
(In contrast, I believe that Europe still has time to avoid this fate.)

"America Alone" deals at length with what Mr. Steyn calls "the larger forces at play in the developed world that have left Europe too enfeebled to resist its remorseless transformation into Eurabia." Europe's successor population is already in place, and "the only question is how bloody the transfer of real estate will be." He interprets the Madrid and London bombings, as well as the murder of Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam, as opening shots in Europe's civil war and states, "Europe is the colony now."
The title "America Alone" refers to Mr. Steyn's expectation that America — with its "relatively healthy demographic profile" — will emerge as the lonely survivor of this crucible. "Europe is dying and America isn't." Therefore, "the Continent is up for grabs in a way that America isn't." Mr. Steyn's target audience is primarily American: Watch out, he is saying, or the same will happen to you.

Pared to its essentials, he counsels two things: First, avoid the "bloated European welfare systems," declare them no less than a national security threat, shrink the state, and emphasize the virtues of self-reliance and individual innovation. Second, avoid "imperial understretch," don't "hunker down in Fortress America" but destroy the ideology of radical Islam, help reform Islam, and expand Western civilization to new places. Only if Americans "can summon the will to shape at least part of the emerging world" will they have enough company to soldier on. Failing that, expect a "new Dark Ages ... a planet on which much of the map is re-primitivized."

Mr. Pipes (www.DanielPipes.org) is director of the Middle East Forum and author of "Miniatures" (Transaction Publishers).

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Polleke
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Berichtdoor Polleke » Do Nov 23, 2006 6:10 pm

Arriving at a time of demographic, political, and cultural weakness, Muslims are profoundly changing Europe: "Islam has youth and will, Europe has age and welfare." Put differently, "Premodern Islam beats post-modern Christianity." Much of the Western world, Mr. Steyn flat-out predicts, "will not survive the twenty-first century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most European countries." With even more drama, he adds, "It's the end of the world as we know it."


Dear Peter,

I think that this author indulges in fatalism. The western world is facing a big challenge but this diagnosis is too theoretical.

I believe that a fast majority of young immigrants in Western-Europe is adjusting to this so-called "post-modern society". In a faster pace then most of us realize.

The pictured outline does not meet my reality, managing a helpdesk with more than a 100 immigrant support professionals. From time to time we help a young moslima to escape her faith. Today a new case arose as a young Moroccan girl told her parents that she's having an affair with a non-Muslim guy. So we helped her relocating to one of our company's accommodations.

So there's no need for fatalism but for hands on the job!

Kind regards,

Polleke

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Berichtdoor Linda Danvers » Do Nov 23, 2006 6:48 pm

Er zijn nog nooit opzienbarende prestaties geleverd of nuttige ontdekkingen gedaan door mensen die zeggen:

Ach, laat maar. Alles gaat toch naar de kloten.

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Berichtdoor Lodewijk Nasser » Vr Nov 24, 2006 1:15 am

Sta ik net mezelf wijs te maken dat het wel goed komt, moet ik dit lezen. Ach, ik denk dat Rusland en China sowieso (nieuwe wereldmachten) zullen worden. Europa zal het lachertje van de wereld worden.

Ik denk mijn heil elders te gaan zoeken.
Tussen droom en daad staan wetten in de weg en praktische bezwaren.
Willem Elsschot (1882-1960)

Peter Louter
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Berichtdoor Peter Louter » Vr Nov 24, 2006 10:52 am

Polleke, Linda en Lodewijk, (er zit poëzie in deze aanhef :)

Steyn's visie is wat mij betreft een uitdaging. Hij beschrijft een vermoeid Europa dat onvoldoende weerstand biedt aan het opkomend islamisme.
Als kritiek mogen we ons dat aantrekken, lijkt mij.
Lees de verkiezingsuitslag. De postmoderne partijen hebben het onderspit gedolven. Een duidelijk signaal vanuit de bevolking dat als boodschap bevat: wees trouw aan onze normen en waarden. Het zijn vooral CDA, CU en SP die daar redelijk helder in zijn.
De kiezersreactie vertaal ik in een oproep om wat te doen aan de normen en waarden van veel immigranten die we niet als de onze kunnen zien.
Er wordt dus om een stellingname gevraagd.
De omgang met de islamitische cultuur in Europa zou ik als 'aarzelend' willen omschrijven. Het postmoderne waardenrelativisme zit ons in de weg.
De kiezers willen daar van af, maar het is de vraag of dat gaat lukken.
Ik ben niet optimistisch. Dat word ik pas als Nederland en Europa zich helder te weer beginnen te stellen tegen een aantal aspecten van de immigrantencultuur en het islamisme.
Ik beschouw mezelf als een van de pleitbezorgers daarvoor.
FFI is daarbij een van mijn belangrijke steunpunten
Uit naam van de Verlichting: Red moslims van de orthodoxe islam!

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful" - Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)


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