The big question that hangs over Donald Trump’s trip through Europe is not whether America’s NATO allies should spend more on defence or whether Vladimir Putin poses an overriding strategic threat to the continent. The big question is this: why should Uncle Sam continue to provide the military assets and leadership across the pond as it has for the past 70 years?
I recently read Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali’s book Triple Jeopardy for the West: Aggressive Secularism, Radical Islamism and Multiculturalism. Nazir-Ali’s point is that all three movements pose a grave threat to the West as the vacuum where Christianity once was is filled.
It is increasingly obvious that the multitude of errors in thinking that dog the modern world can be brought back to the same root problem: the rejection of God. An obvious example is the transgender obsession that has swept the country, seemingly coming out of nowhere.
Michael Walsh’s survey of Western culture and its enemies.
As Europe commits slow-motion suicide via a flood of Muslim migrants, and as Marxist mobs in America exploit the issue of immigrant family separation to advance their open-borders agenda, it is useful to step back from the hysteria and reflect on the bigger picture of the cultural history of the West and the inimical forces seeking to subvert it.
Michael Walsh’s compact new book The Fiery Angel: Art, Culture, Sex, Politics, and the Struggle for the Soul of the West provides that salutary perspective. A subtitle as grand as that promises a sweeping survey of the West’s artistic and intellectual heritage, as well as an insightful portrait of its enemies, and Walsh is one of the few writers who can deliver on that promise.
“We have to decide if our ethnicity, if our white race, if our society continues to exist — or if it will be wiped out.” This observation was recently made by Attilio Fontana, a politician with the anti-immigrant Northern League, who is running to govern the Italy’s northern region of Lombardy. Fontana’s remarks sparked quite a political storm. He may not have chosen the most delicate words, but he was right in pointing out the potential suicide of Europe. Italy’s problem, in fact, is not the word “race”, but the empty cradles and the crowded boats which have brought in 500,000 African migrants in a relatively short time
In Milan, Italy’s financial district and second-biggest city, there are more dogs than newborns. The city has literally “lost” half its births in a mere ten years. From 2006 to 2016, the number of children born in Milan has declined from 17,000 a year to fewer than 10,000. By comparison, in 1880 Milan had a population of 350,000, and that year, 10,000 children were born. Today, Milan is inhabited by 1,362,000 people with fewer than 10,000 new births. So, relatively, 138 years ago Milan had proportionately four times as many children as today. That is how Europe’s indigenous population will die out.
Europe’s march towards a post-Christian society has been starkly illustrated by research showing a majority of young people in a dozen countries do not follow a religion.
The survey of 16- to 29-year-olds found the Czech Republic is the least religious country in Europe, with 91% of that age group saying they have no religious affiliation. Between 70% and 80% of young adults in Estonia, Sweden and the Netherlands also categorise themselves as non-religious.
The most religious country is Poland, where 17% of young adults define themselves as non-religious, followed by Lithuania with 25%.
A symbol of a deeper sickness in Western societies.
Two recent items offer the latest illustration of how manic adherence to PC norms cripples Western society.
Broward’s Bureaucratic Bumbler. We now know who gave the stand-down order that abandoned Parkland schoolchildren to an armed predator: a captain (an affirmative action diversity hire?).
The captain ordered a perimeter established, despite the wisdom since Columbine 1999 that officers should go in ASAP. Broward’s policy re entering buildings during shootings requires that a supervisor approve. Simply put, she didn’t.
England’s 40-Year Desertion. If you thought no horror in England could match the revelation that in a 16-year period, East Pakistanis living in the northern English city of Rotherham raped at least 1,400 white females, with not one held to account — and even some complainants threatened with human rights prosecution, guess again.
The year 1968 marked a turning point in Western civilization. It was a year of seismic social and political change from which it has not recovered.
The black and white images of the students in the Latin Quarter of Paris will dominate a series of exhibitions, books and events by which France is preparing to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of 1968 when students rioted against traditional institutions, values and order, almost bringing the country to a halt. It is still unclear how and if Emmanuel Macron, the first French president born after that year, wants to celebrate the “event”.
America’s inexorable decline continues.
After watching the horrific events unfold last week at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — and seeing that it was a former student, a young man named Nikolas Cruz, who perpetrated the massacre — can anyone honestly argue that Western civilization is not in decline?
On February 18, 2018, The Speakers Action Group presented Melanie Phillips at Holy Blossom Temple with her talk entitled “No Liberty, No Equality, No Fraternity: Dealing with the Failure of the West”.
The fall and sack of the city of Troy at the hands of an avenging Greek army is one that has been told for some 3,000 years, but contained within it are clues to a much wider global collapse – with lessons for our own 21st Century.
In 1300BC, at the height of the Bronze Age, the great powers of Egypt, the Hittites in central Turkey, the Greeks, Babylonians and Middle Eastern city states would have seemed secure to any merchant sailing around the Mediterranean.
None more so than the walled city of Troy, on Turkey’s north west coast at the mouth of the Dardanelles.
In the West, marriage is no longer considered essential for raising children, nor is having them at all, while God and national identity are mostly irrelevant.
Marriage, which was the default way to form a family in the West regardless of income or education, has become another part of US life reserved for the privileged. One of greatest Western institutions is now increasingly reserved for middle and upper classes.
The British weekly magazine The Economist now explains that marriage is no longer considered essential for raising children. A once universal institution has become the brand of those “who made it”. 48 per cent of children in the UK today are born out of wedlock, compared to 8 per cent in 1970. One third of new borns in Italy come from de facto unmarried couples. In 1960, three quarters of American adults were married. Half of them are today.
Fukuyama, in 1992, wrote that Western liberalism had triumphed and helped disarm the secular West mentally. But he was wrong.
Ten years ago, after the massacre at Virginia Tech, African-American libertarian intellectual Thomas Sowell, an economist at UCLA and Stanford, wrote an article in which he explained that mass shootings in America might be the consequence of the Sixties. The first of these massacres took place in 1966, in Austin, Texas, where sixteen people lost their lives when Joseph Whitman, stationed on the university tower, started shooting.
James Alan Fox, author of “The Will to Kill”, blamed the eclipse of the traditional community, too many divorces and the rapid church decline as the cause of the insidious violence in America. Other scholars pointed at the “fatherless America”, the illegitimacy and the destruction of traditional family.
‘Playing with all the colours in the crayon box’: inside Europe’s first ever drag convention
Europe is full of ‘Last men’ (and perhaps women, I suppose we are now forced to say, given the incessant demand for political correctness).
Why is this so and who will come to dwell in these territories we have hitherto called — home?
We are not talking about some imaginary seven kingdoms, as in the legendary but fictional television series, Game of Thrones, either. The point of contention is about a real place, with real peoples, and real nations that have existed for centuries on end, perhaps thousands of years—called Europa.
Voters on Sunday will not be asked whether they wish to proceed with the assembly, only to select its 545 members from more than 6,100 candidates representing a broad array of Socialist Party allies.