Read a Book!: America Alone
March 4, 2009
America Alone: The End of the World as we Know it
by Mark Steyn
I finally went and bought the “Soon to be Banned in Canada” edition of Mark Steyn’s America Alone (and Goldwater’s Conscience of a Conservative, but that’s for another day…) I finished it last night.
The general premise of the book is that the Islamic jihad is stealthily advancing due to differences in demographics and the West’s self-destructive tendencies. With the exception of America, the entire Western world is not longer reproducing at the replacement rate so, their populations are declining; the Mohammadan population is reproducing at a much higher rate, so they are becoming “the children Europe could not bother to have”; the West (with the exception of “red state” America) does not wish to defend our culture. That combination allows for the more fecund and “culturally confident” Mohammadans to eventually crush the West, resulting in a new Dark Age. But this Dark Age will, in all likelihood, look more like the Greek Dark Age (where civilization stopped) than the Medieval one (where there were some limited cultural progress).
It’s a good book. Mr. Steyn has some good one-liners in there. So what if it is “alarmist”, as quite a few book reviewers called it; sounding an alarm when danger is afoot is a good thing.
As a side note, this book reinforced the one stupid bit in Mass Effect. In one of the Tali conversations, she brings up the fact that Quarian population control generally bars multiple births. If the goal is to have enough Quarians in the flotilla to keep the ships a’goin’ and the species viable, would it not make sense to require breeding exactly at the replacement rate? Demanding only 1 child means the population halves every generation. It’s stupid.
I did have a problem with the book, though: Steyn’s ultimate solution to the Mohammadan problem is, like most authors that write on the subject, to encourage the so-called “moderates” to effectively reform Islam. This is a bad solution on multiple counts. First off, Steyn even points out that any reform of Islam has undergone as of late has been a return to original concepts, not modernization. He points out that some female Mohammadan nurses refuse to “scrub up” before surgery because that requires baring ones arms; the Mohammadan concept of modesty has been made more important than sanitation.
Secondly, I think the “moderate Muslim” (a.k.a. a Muslim that rejects the “kill or virtually enslave all non-Mohammadans” additions Mohammad added to Islam after getting initially rejected) is either a myth or not worthy of our encouragement. The difference between the “moderate Muslim” and the Mohammadan is one of zeal, not theology; the “moderate” may not be plotting to blow up people or whatnot, but they are donating to Mohammadan charities like the Holy Land Foundation, supporting the political arms of the jihad like CAIR, making life miserable for those that want to leave the Islamic death cult, et cetera.
Thirdly, Even if this mythical “moderate Muslim” exists and is a strong enough influence to affect change, their attempts is ultimately a bad thing in my opinion. I’m sorry, but cheering for these “moderates” is like cheering for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s attempts to “modernize” Christianity or cheering against the “Skyclad” Jainists; you are cheering for those that are destroying vital parts of the religion. Violence is inherent in the Mohammadan system; the progressive revelatory principle guided Mohammad in the writing of the Koran. The older, more peaceful suras are trumped by the newer, more violent suras.
Forth, modernization will also be ultimately ineffective. The Skyclads and the Fundamentalist/Evangelical Christians are still out there in droves, despite the theological moderates efforts. In fact, the modernist Christians are shrinking in numbers. It’s a bad plan.
I really do think that Mohammadanism needs to be treated just like the anti-Western concepts of the previous century (you know, fascism and communism); it needs to be crushed in the marketplace of ideas. Mohammadanism needs to be made so repugnant that it is rejected by all decent folk. Sure, there still will be small groups of fanatics, just like there are still Neo-Nazis and Communist groups out there but they will no longer have the finances or numbers to be effective. These fanatics efforts will be focused primarily on increasing their numbers by trying to talk people into stuff they have already rejected. The Koran will become like Mein Kampf, tossed in the dustbin of history, only to be temporarily picked up to be sneered at. We need to use reason on those who can be reasoned with and force (military, economic, diplomatic) on those who cannot.
Ultimately, the book was a good read. Pick it up. And, if you live in Canada, you might want to get it soon. The Mohammadan-Multiculture Complex is trying to get it banned.