This is the cover of my soon-to-be-published new book, Western Civilization Under Seige.
Under the sub-heading, The Assault on the Western Mind is a montage of faces representing what I consider to be eight of the most critical players in reshaping and undermining the culture and philosophy of Western civilization. Who are they?
Is it too late to save the greatest civilization in history?
Internationally-renowned social commentator and author Mark SteynIssued this ominous warning in his bestseller, America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It:
Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive the twenty-first century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most European countries.
These dramatic words give pause for thought.
Is it really that serious?
I am certain it is.
In this book I will set out to show you how I have arrived at this frightening conclusion.
I hope you will too, not to scare you, but to take you out of your comfort zone and motivate to do something about it.
This book traces the decline of Western civilization, and the West generally, from the early twentieth century until the present. It will present research and data from a variety of sources to support Mark Steyn's chilling warning. It sets out to trace the history of events leading up to this parlous state of affairs and offers some prescriptions to deal with the crisis.
While Mr. Steyn is concerned mainly with the Islamist threat, this book takes a wide-ranging look at the multitude of threats facing the West and Western civilization. In my opinion, the majority of these threats are exacerbated by what I call the assault on the Western mind.
I am a firm believer in the concepts and institutions that make up what we call Western culture and Western civilization: free speech, parliamentary democracy, the rule of law, property rights and the free market.
However, for the past 80 years or so, all of these institutions have been under attack by implacable foes, starting with the Soviets, then various Marxist and anti-capitalist groups together with what the Islamists call "the grand jihad against the West."
This relentless assault, starting from Stalin's Soviet Union and carried forward by various players for nearly a century has resulted in a weary and dispirited population which has lost confidence in its great civilization.
As well as the very real threats to our culture, this book also explores the threats to the West from an increasingly aggressive China, from rogue states, from financial collapse and from a catastrophic electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event, both man-made and natural.
In my opinion, and the opinions of many commentators, some of these threats, if not taken seriously and dealt with accordingly, will usher in the end of the freedoms and lifestyles enjoyed by the citizens of many Western countries, and ultimately the end of Western civilization.
Although there are numerous citations in the footnotes to support the material presented, this book does not purport to be an academic tome. It is aimed at a general readership – people who are concerned about where Western society is heading.
If you are concerned about the gradual erosion of free speech under the guise of promoting "cultural diversity" or protecting "religions," this book is for you.
If you are becoming concerned at the gradual Islamisation of your country, this book is for you.
If you are an older person who remembers a kinder, gentler, more tolerant society where you could speak freely without fear of being branded a "racist," "bigot," "homophobe" or "Islamophobe," this book is for you.
If you are concerned about the escalating levels of violence and terrorism in your country, this book is for you.
If you are a young person tired of being fed a diet of Marxist thought at school and university, this book is for you.
It is not necessary to read the book in sequence from cover to cover. Most chapters are stand-alone, thus allowing you to pick the sections of interest to you.
This book, however, is not just about doom and gloom. It offers some serious and practical steps to save our great civilization.
There have been many previous great empires and civilizations in the history of this planet.
All have disappeared.
If remedies similar to those prescribed in this book are not undertaken, then history students in a thousand years will ask (in a language unintelligible to today's English-speaking person), "How could such a great civilization just disappear?"
We have been subjected to not an immediate crisis, but just a slow, unceasing ratchet effect.
We live in dangerous times.
We have reached the stage where each country must act decisively or join most of the rest of the Western world in terminal decline.