Mark returns to the North American airwaves this week with a live appearance on AM640 with his old pal, and Toronto's Number One morning man, John Oakley. Steyn and Oakley chew over the state of the world starting at 8.30am Eastern this Wednesday.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark:
~As longtime readers of Mark's work well know, he believes free speech is in deep trouble in America, Britain and throughout the western world. Down Under, Australia's "hate speech" laws are a grotesque blemish on a great nation. They've now ensnared the newspaper cartoonist Bill Leak. Steyn responded with a vigorous column pushing back against statist twerps who presume to tell freeborn citizens to shut up.
~Ahead of Wednesday's final presidential debate, Mark's most-read column of the week considered the state of the race, the corruption of the republic, and the comparative merits of an unknown versus the most known known in the history of knowns.
~On Friday, Steyn turned to the desperation of the perpetual grievance industry and the University of Wisconsin's determination to stamp out racial facials.
Do join Mark on the radio this Wednesday.
Today marks the tenth anniversary of Mark's influential book America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It. It was published on October 16th 2006, and quickly hit the US bestseller lists, and Number One in Canada. In this weekend's Toronto Sun, Andrew Lawton pays an anniversary tribute.
South of the border, the week began with the second Clinton/Trump debate. During Steyn's absence overseas in recent months, there's been a steady stream of emails asking for his view of the race. As he explained just ahead of the debate, it hasn't changed. Mark also recalled that Hillary's legions of Hollywood backers felt rather differently about her once upon a time.
Throughout the week Mark revisited the early reaction to America Alone and noted its surprising range of fans, from Cameron cabinet minister and doughty Brexiteer Michael Gove to the Hollywood star Richard Dreyfuss to leftie novelist Martin Amis.
~On Monday Steyn reflected on the view from The Economist and others that his book was "alarmist" - a complacency harder to maintain after a summer of terror from Orlando to Nice to Munich and beyond. Indeed, a 2006 interview Mark did with Michelle Malkin remains highly relevant a decade later. Click below for Part One:
~On Tuesday Steyn re-stated the demographic argument of America Alone, and noted that, ten years on, politicians can only speak of it as part of what Tony Blair calls the "subterranean conversation".
~On Wednesday Mark revisited a throwaway line from the book in light of his recent visit to France, where soldiers now patrol the topless beaches.
~On Thursday Steyn considered the western world's lack of cultural confidence and its appalling surrender on core issues like free speech.
~For Friday's final instalment of this anniversary series, Mark reprised an old joke from the book and set off in search of the moderate Muslim.
SteynOnline readers might also enjoy seeing how Mark's argument holds up a decade later in this speech in Washington to the Heritage Foundation:
The Q&A at the end is worth sticking around for. If you haven't got around to America Alone during its first decade, personally autographed copies are exclusively available from the SteynOnline bookstore.
For our weekend entertainment feature, Mark's thoughts turned to this week's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan. Our Song of the Week acknowledged the number that provided the subtitle to his bestselling book: "It's the End of the World As We Know It."
Listeners continue to enjoy Steyn's new cat album Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, featuring Mark and his beloved cat Marvin. It has a four-and-a-half star rating over at iTunes and continues to rack up five-star reviews at Amazon, including this one from Kathy headlined simply "Love It!":
Mark will be returning to the airwaves in the week beginning October 24th. Check SteynOnline for more details.
Just in case anyone still remembers me, I am preparing to emerge from my long hibernation overseas and get back into the swing of things - starting with some tenth-anniversary observances for America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It.
Meanwhile, there's a gazillion-and-one emails piled up demanding to know what I make of Trump vs Hillary in the final stretch. My view of Hillary hasn't changed in decades (she's the stinkingly corrupt enabler of a depraved sexual monster) and my view of Trump hasn't changed since I wrote about him a couple of weeks after he entered the race.
P*ssygate? Sorry, I decline to play by Washington Post rules. Every GOP nominee is a sexist pig: last time round, it was poor blameless Mitt with his "binders full of women" and his long track record of giving cancer to laid-off workers' wives. The fact that this particular nominee for once actually is a vainglorious sexist is not even interesting in a media stopped-clock kind of way - because Trump has more or less been advertising the fact on the Howard Stern show for a quarter-century. So the story is chiefly of note as a near parodic example of the ludicrously lop-sided standards applied to Democrats and Republicans: I mean, the alternative to a Trump victory is the restoration to the White House of a credibly accused rapist and serial abuser, accompanied by the woman who has gleefully trashed his victims for 40 years. This race would be very different if Juanita Broaddrick and "You might want to put some ice on that" had received a thousandth of the media coverage given to Alicia Machado and "Miss Piggy":
In 1998 I was covering the impeachment trial in the US Senate for the UK Telegraph and Canada's National Post and various other non-US outlets when Juanita Broaddrick's story bubbled up around the Capitol. NBC's Lisa Myers:
But Ms Myers' colleagues throughout the American media covered their eyes and ears. And they've been covering them for almost 20 years:
This is the man pearl-clutching Republicans are abandoning a vulgar braggart for - in order to install a rapist as "First Gentleman".
~I am thousands of miles from the scene of Sunday's debate and will be unable to see it. But, as I noted well over a year ago, during one of the first of Trump's many self-inflicted distractions, it was the issues he raised that powered his rise - particularly the transformation of America (and millions of American lives) through the dissolution of the border. It was an unusual package: the right issues championed by an openly flawed candidate. Me on July 20th 2015:
But, as I've already said, I've already said all that. Which is a bit of an occupational hazard for a writer. Speaking of demographic transformation, don't miss our anniversary commemorations of America Alone - because, notwithstanding Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell, it remains the biggest story of our time.
~For a musical accompaniment to our America Alone observances, don't forget to swing by our Song of the Week department.
Laura Rosen Cohen has been very patient, but it's getting to her:
That dull thud you hear is a thrown bone. After several months overseas researching a forthcoming project, Mark will be briefly interrupting his hiatus to return to the Golden EIB Microphone tomorrow, Friday, to guest-host for Rush on America's Number One radio show!
If you're in possession of the necessary receiving apparatus, we hope you'll dial him up for three hours of substitute-host-level excellence in broadcasting, either on one of 600 radio stations across the US or via iHeartRadio livestream or your Rush 24/7 subscription. It all starts live across America at 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific - and don't forget Friday is Open Line Friday, which means you can call Mark and talk about whatever you want to talk about - Hillary's pneumonia, Trump's maternity-leave plan, Fijian rugby, Sri Lankan cricket, whatever's uppermost in your mind Mark will be happy to chew over with you.
~Throughout Mark's absence, there have been a steady stream of Tweets and emails like this one:
And this one:
And one more:
If you'd read Mark's bestseller ten years ago, the grim events of the last three months - from Orlando to Nice to Munich and beyond - would not have surprised you: in many ways, Europe 2016 has been the Summer of America Alone. The book is still available - and, if you order it direct from the SteynOnline bookstore in paperback or hardback, Mark will be pleased to autograph it to you as soon as he's off the air after Rush.
As for the state of America this turbulent election season, let's not forget this Tweet:
~If you've missed Mark's entry into the overcrowded cat-video market, here it is - for every put-upon guy scrunched up at the end of the sofa:
That's Mark with Tony-nominated actress Marla Schaffel and "She Only Talks That Way To The Cat" from his cat album Feline Groovy - available at iTunes, where it has a four-and-a-half star rating, and at Amazon, where it's stacked up a ton of five-star reviews, including this one from Kathy headlined simply "Love It!"
And you'll be smiling big, too. Mark looks forward to your company on the radio this Friday.
As I mentioned a few weeks back, I'm traveling overseas for some time as part of my research for a forthcoming project. We'll have more news of that in a couple of months. However, I did make a brief reappearance a week ago on the morning after the Australian election (now more or less over), and in the month since I took off, on Brexit, the European Union, the Islamization of the west, and the insecure security state, things seem to be trending in a somewhat Steynian direction.
~Speaking of Australia, as the Lucky Country crawls out from the rubble of election night, you might enjoy this appearance of mine at the IPA in Melbourne back in February. The topical Aussie gags at the beginning may baffle American and Continental readers for a minute or two, although they're not without relevance to the election outcome. But I think the rest is of broader appeal - lots of of free speech, illegal gags, identity-group totalitarianism, and much more. Click below to watch:
~On a less apocalyptic note, every put-upon guy frosted out down the far end of the sofa can relate to this one. Enjoy!
That's "She Only Talks That Way To The Cat" from my cat album Feline Groovy, with Harold, a corpulent Quebecker as "the cat" and Best Actress Tony nominee Marla Schaffel as the missus - and me as the superfluous trois in the mÃ©nage.
For more on the cat and the song, see here (scroll down). Don't forget Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats is available at iTunes, where it has a four-and-a-half star rating, and at Amazon, where it's stacked up a ton of five-star reviews, and via CD Baby and other retailers in CD and/or digital format.
At the time of writing, the death toll in yesterday's savage attack in Istanbul is over 40. King's College security analyst Frederic Ischebeck-Baum:
As we observed yesterday, while Mark is traveling overseas researching a forthcoming book, we could easily run the "Steyn was right" series all summer. It would be too sad and bleak to do so, but today Australia's Daily Telegraph, in its editorial on the airport attack, takes note of another ancient insight from Mark:
Indeed. We mourn the dead in Istanbul as in Brussels, but, as Mark remarked on another occasion, you get the feeling our rulers are hoping we're getting used to it.
It looks like we'll be running this series all summer, while Mark is away overseas researching a forthcoming book.
A week ago The Toronto Sun's Tarek Fatah conceded that "Steyn was right and I was wrong" on the question of Islam and an enfeebled west.
A few days later, in the wake of Brexit, economist Bryan Caplan conceded that Steyn is likely to win their 2008 bet on the withdrawal of a major EU member by 2020 (although he's now pinning his hopes on bureaucratic torpor to pull it out the hat for him).
Just to make it a trifecta: Followers of Michelle Malkin and other bloggers will be familiar with the outrageous abuse of the court system by the thuggish Brett Kimberlin to hound his enemies. Four years ago, Mark wrote of one such lawsuit:
Mark wrote that in 2012, in a piece headlined "Bozo The Jurist".
The wheels of what Steyn calls America's "sclerotic and dysfunctional justice system" grind exceeding slow, but, four years on, Bozo the Jurist got his. On Monday Judge Cornelius J Vaughey was belatedly reprimanded by the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities for his outrageous conduct in the Aaron Walker case.
As usual, even a simple and clear-cut matter takes the best part of half a decade in the American courts, and Mark regards it as disgraceful that Cornelius Vaughey remains on the bench at all, even in semi-retirement. However, Maryland's reprimand of Mr Vaughey (no "Your Honor" here) is still very welcome - even if it came four years after Steyn's.
(For Mark's own four-year courtroom hell, see here.)
With a plunging pound and predictions of economic collapse, the political earthquake in Europe and the United Kingdom is nevertheless looking pretty sweet for a certain Canadian doom-monger:
Economist Bryan Caplan was equally unimpressed by America Alone's analysis of Europe, and back in April 2008 responded with a piece called "Win Mark Steyn's Money":
In fact, Mark responded:
Professor Caplan enthused that "The Bet's On":
Mr Caplan declined to make it a grand - but, on this historic day when for the first time a "current EU member" has voted to leave, "winning Mark Steyn's money" appears to be trickier than the experts think.
~In a preview of last night's excitement, Mark shared the stage with Brexit victor Nigel Farage a few weeks ago at the Munk Debate in Toronto.
~Don't forget that autographed copies of America Alone are available at the SteynOnline bookstore. Mark is abroad researching a forthcoming book, but, following Wednesday's column by Tarek Fatah, several readers wrote to wonder why there isn't an updated, tenth-anniversary edition of America Alone. Well, we tried, but the book's publisher, Regnery, turned it down.
Read the rest of Mr Fatah's column to see why. America Alone was, as he says, a bestseller, and many presidents, prime ministers and other influential politicians read it and cited it. But too few western leaders made any serious attempt to change course. Autographed copies are available at the SteynOnline bookstore, and approaching its tenth birthday Mark's book remains an indispensable guide to the new world now emerging.
Summer is here, and I shall be traveling overseas for some time as part of my research for a forthcoming project. We'll have more news of that in a few weeks.
~This Thursday's big vote? Go, Brexit! As the Wolfe Tones would sing:
~A day after the Orlando slaughter, I reported a small shaft of good news:
Right pianist, right dirge, wrong atrocity. He turned up at Jo Cox's murder scene instead.
~As we've had cause to note with previous bloodbaths, whoever the actual dead are, the real victims are always Muslims. This New York Times headline is an especially choice example:
Aww, nasty Islamophobes, harshing your Ramadan mellow. In humdrum reality, the Orlando killings robbed young Florida non-Muslims of their lives. But who cares about the Pulse nightclub when there's a 24/7 Islamic pity-party going on?
~Before I check out for a while, a lot of listeners commented on my observations re Orlando on The Rush Limbaugh Show - especially my thoughts on a phrase Douglas Murray used to me, about "a party at the end of the world". By popular request, here it is. Click to listen:
~Enjoy your "cherished holiday respite" from SteynOnline. See you soon.
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