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Buchanan: Western Civilization Is on the Way Out

Monday, 07 January 2002 12:00 AM

That is why the new book

Powerful forces in academia, literature, the arts and entertainment, and the news media will try to keep the book out of your hands. They will try to see that you don’t even know about it.

First this volume, arguably one of the most important books of our time, will be ignored in the mainstream media. If that doesn’t work (and it won’t), it will be ridiculed. If that doesn’t work (and it won’t), things will get ugly.

Look for the inevitable campaign of smears and name-calling directed against the author and anyone who tries to engage in a serious discussion of the book’s substance.

What makes "The Death of the West” so important is that it bypasses the trees and concentrates on the forest.

Buchanan does not reprise the familiar debates over abortion, immigration, diversity and the secular religion of environmentalism, which puts animals and "Earth” ahead of the well-being of the human race.

Instead of the defensive response to charges of "discrimination,” "bigotry,” "pollution,” and "patriarchy,” the author cites irrefutable facts and figures showing that collapsing birth rates, unchecked immigration, and the debasing of popular culture are de-westernizing and de-Christianizing the advanced industrial societies of Europe and North America.

One can argue all day and all night about whether encouraging employers to pay a "family wage” to one household breadwinner so that there is less incentive for both parents to enter the workforce instead of raising children is "old think”, "discrimination,” or whatever.

Similarly, there can be robust debate over whether using taxpayer dollars to support filth in the name of art is a contest between "Puritanism” and "tolerance.”

Those debates are permissible in "mainstream” circles.

But those who (silently or otherwise) cheer the decline of the West cannot countenance a cold, hard look at the future decay of Europe and America and the decline of Western culture.

That is why there will be an all-out effort to suppress this book. Buchanan cites all of these diverse trends and presents the big picture.

If enough grassroots Americans awake to the fact that the United States is becoming "a nation within a nation” or if the "First World” overseas understands that Europe will be inundated by an Islamic-Arab-African invasion, there might be a "backlash” at the polls of the western world. That is the one thing the so-called liberal establishment cannot allow to happen.

For the above reasons, it will be illuminating to watch how this book is treated in powerful circles. It could be a classic case of censorship aimed at keeping the public’s attention focused on the peripheral issues.

The author cites recent U.S. Census figures and expert policy studies to show that North America, Europe and Japan have begun to slowly vanish from the earth. And the leftist establishment can’t allow these irrefutable facts to come to light.

They might cause an alerted public to question some carefully nurtured conventional wisdoms.

Better to frame the debate in such emotional terms as "diversity.” Clichés and intimidating trigger words are effective in ending debate on serious issues. But many who today hail "diversity” may live to spend their golden years in a Third World America.

As Buchanan puts it, "To the new elite, what advances the revolution is moral and what threatens it is immoral.”

But didn’t we hear this during the Cold War when international Communism was the threat?

Exactly. And the author pinpoints that too. He explains that "where Lenin’s revolution failed, the one that erupted on the campuses in the sixties succeeded.”

In fact, there were signs of this trend at the very height of the Cold War. Decades ago, ex-Trotskyite and Cold War strategist James Burnham wrote about it in his book, "The Suicide of the West,” which Buchanan, in his present volume, quotes at length.

Even then, Burnham warned of a mind-set that reconciles Western peoples to the death of their empires and the eclipse of their civilizations. He called it an "ideology of western suicide.”

Buchanan says that disease "now appears to have become an epidemic.”

The ideology of the 1960s counter-culture "put down roots in society, and it created a new America,” the former aide to Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan believes. That culture, he points out, has caused millions "to feel like strangers in their own land.”

They "recoil from a popular culture that is saturated with raw sex and trumpets hedonistic values. They see old holidays disappear and old heroes degraded.” Art and artifacts of the nation’s glorious past are removed from museums, replaced by "the depressing, the ugly, the abstract, the anti-American.” The same applies to books they grew up with in schools. They are replaced "by authors and titles they never heard of.

"The culture they grew up with is dying inside the country they grew up in,” Buchanan observes.

He quotes Terry Teachout who wrote last year in Commentary magazine that "the rancorous intensity with which the Bush and Gore camps disputed the outcome of the 2000 election all too clearly reflected the magnitude of their differences, and it may be that the tone of that dispute will characterize American politics for the foreseeable future.”

"The savagery of our politics reflects the depth of the moral divide that separates us as Americans,” agrees Buchanan.

The TV commentator, columnist and erstwhile presidential hopeful laments that even the unity that came through after the savage terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 has begun to fade.

Nonetheless, he writes, that attack clearly demonstrated that among those who have entered this country, millions illegally, tens of thousands are loyal to regimes with which we could be at war, and some are trained terrorists sent here to murder Americans.

"For the first time since Andrew Jackson drove the British out of Louisiana in 1815,” Patrick Buchanan observes, "a foreign enemy is inside the gates, and the American people are at risk in their own country. In those days after September 11, many suddenly saw how the face of America had changed in their lifetimes.”

NewsMax.com intends to explore this book in depth in the coming days. Anyone who has asked himself "What is happening to our country?” will find "the big picture” clearly outlined in

This volume goes way beyond what might be called "boilerplate Buchanan.” The author has discussed some of these issues before. But here for the first time, the reader will see how the pieces of the puzzle come together to demonstrate clearly the gradual takeover of America, and the kind of country in store for future generations unless today’s Americans fight back.

Whatever opinions one might have about the author’s political exploits against the first President Bush or his later decision to bolt the GOP are irrelevant here. This is not about the messenger. It is about the message. It is about the well-being of our children and grandchildren.

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