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Lift Your Steyn And Offer A Toast To Mark

27 September 2011 @ 14:30

I’m in one of those contradictory moods right now: happy that I just finished Mark Steyn’s latest book, After America: Get Ready For Armageddon, and sad my spending quality time with the wise man in the White Mountains is over.

I was going to write a review in the hope of encouraging people to read it, but Paco has beaten me to it and, per usual, makes the case more coherently than I could. A highlight:

Books that credibly map out the flight plan of pending social and economic disaster tend to make us want to run for the hills screaming. Mark Steyn, however, having cornered the market on the humorous apocalyptic essay, has authored a book which, while it will still make you want to don your mountain boots, gather your gold, guns and canned goods and head for that fortified compound in the wilderness, will at least give you much to chuckle over on the way. After America: Get Ready for Armageddon, manages the difficult task of raising both alarms and laughter, but don’t let the witticisms fool you; this is a deadly serious tome, the lessons of which we will ignore at our peril.

Please do take the time to click here and read the full review From The Shelves Of The Paco Library.

One of Paco’s favorite Steynisms from the book is: ‘Big government makes small citizens’. Indeed, why seek to be or create anything large when the state will take care of you and take the worry from your shoulders?

Near the end of his book, Mr. Steyn enlarges on what he means:

…When governments annex a huge chunk of the economy, they also annex a huge chunk of individual liberty. You fundamentally change the relationship between citizen and the state into something close to that of a junkie and pusher ― and you make it very difficult ever to change back. In the end, it’s not about money, but about something more fundamental. Yes, you can tax people to the hilt and give them “free” health care and “free” homes and “free” food. But in doing so you turn them into, if not (yet) slaves, then pets. And that’s the nub of it: Big Government leads to small liberty, and to small men…. [page 346]

Unlike any other nation in the history of the world, power in The United States ultimately resides with the people. They are the sovereignty from which all just powers are derived. The people do not exist for the government. The government of The United States exists because the people of America have deemed it necessary for it to exist. To quote Mark Steyn again:

…the American colonists overthrew the Crown because they believed the people are sovereign. If that means anything at all, it means that power is leased up from the citizen to town, to county, to state, to the nation, and ever more sparingly at each step along the way. [page 333]

Reverse the direction and power now resides in the hands of a small elite that exists only to maintain itself through the gathering of more power and control, with the tragic result that, as Mr Steyn puts it: ‘The unceasing centralization of power nullifies the American Revolution’.

Please read this book. Even if you, like me, know that you already share many of Mark Steyn’s wisdom, his arguments will only help (1) clarify your thoughts further and (2) aid in combating the willful blindness of your fellow Americans. Time is short.

UPDATE on 28SEP2011 at 1707…


Thank you, Mark Steyn

  1. 27 September 2011 @ 23:47 23:47

    Thanks for the link, Bob!

    This really is a good book. Steyn is a national treasure.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      28 September 2011 @ 17:17 17:17

      You’re quite welcome. It was Kismit, reading your review and finishing the book on the same day.

      Viva Le Steyn!

  2. 28 September 2011 @ 04:33 04:33

    Yep, I recently finished reading and heavily underscoring and noting After America. It’s ESSENTIAL reading, along with Breitbart’s fabulous and inspiring latest ‘Righteous Indignation’ and Ann Coulter’s book on the left liberal mob ‘Demonic.’ AA covers almost everything and is damn witty and funny doing it.

    Ein Steyn!

    No, really. Colonel Neville.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      28 September 2011 @ 17:16 17:16

      I agree.

      I didn’t know you were back, Colonel. I had given up hope — foolish me!

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