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The End of Western Civilization: America Alone, by Mark Steyn

May 1, 2009
Mark Stey: Author of America Alone

Mark Steyn: Author of America Alone

One of the most interesting and, (in my view), important books that I have had the opportunity to read recently is America Alone, by Mark Steyn.

The thesis of America Alone concerns current real-world demography. Wow…Sounds boring, right? I thought so too, but even though Mark takes on a very serious and somewhat ‘dry’ subject, he does so with a great sense of humor which keeps you interested. Though he writes from a conservative perspective – his main point revolves around real numerical trends, and not necessarily a political, or partisan agenda.

Unfortunately, when people discuss this topic, the word, ‘Islamophobia,’ starts popping up. The real point though revolves around the survival of Western Civilization. I believe that it may be possible for peoples of any faith, as I agued here at length, to further and continue western civilization, however – that is only possible when a free and civil society is the actual goal of the majority of people. Mark Steyn is simply arguing that this much needed majority, is already in rapid and steady decline around the globe.

It’s also worth noting that, unlike most statistical data, demography is the one study in which we can be fairly certain of the results. For instance, it is impossible to argue that declining birth rates in Spain, will result in more native Spaniards in 30 years.

With all this in mind, here is a great lecture by Mark Steyn, where he fleshes out the thesis of America Alone. I highly recommend reading his book, whatever your political position, as the survival of western civilization and values effects everyone, regardless of your particular viewpoint.

If you don’t have time to listen to his lecture – the last video in this post is a short recap of the actual data, on which America Alone is based.

Part 1: (Mark starts speaking about America alone at 6:50 in this first clip.)

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

Summary video: I think the tone of this video is a little over-the-top, but as far as data goes – it’s a great summary of Mark’s thesis (sans the remark about the gospel.):

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