Troubled Continent

European leaders staged a show of solidarity in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Muslims had a good laugh about that.

The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age, by James Kirchick (Yale University Press, 288 pp., $27.50)

James Kirchick’s The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age is an engaging meld of journalism and history. The product of six years of living in and reporting from Europe, Kirchick’s book is essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of the upcoming elections in the Netherlands, France, and Germany, which will take place amid economic stagnation, jihadist attacks, and Vladimir Putin’s attempts to undermine NATO by subventing philo-Russian populist/nationalist parties.

Across the continent, but particularly in those three countries and in Sweden, it’s almost impossible to discuss immigration and Islamism without being accused of racism. Free discussion is confined to what Europeans call the “opinion corridor,” and dissidents step outside it at their own risk. “Rising support across Europe for xenophobic, populist parties,” writes Kirchick, “is partly the result of a constricted political discourse in which decent, ordinary people are told not only that plainly visible phenomena don’t exist but also that voicing concerns about these allegedly nonexistent phenomena is racist.” It is as if Islam were a racial category.

  • Shebel

    It is go to see that Bibi was enjoying it.

  • Shebel

    Who is the Cat in the Hat with the Red tie.?
    It is sooo cool.

  • Shebel

    It must be difficult for a Warrior to put up with this sissified nonsense.

  • Shebel

    Oh well— such are ties and tribulations –
    That make you a LEADER.

  • Shebel

    Why on God’s green Earth would I waste money to read what I already know?

  • Shebel

    You really should not do that.

  • Art Deco

    The trouble with Europe is that the bulk of the population is too enervated to resist their repulsive political class. It appears that 10-15% are in Germany and the Nordic countries, and about 30% in France. That’s what makes Brexit all the more impressive. They did it.