Mark Steyn

A Se'nnight of Steyn, October 17-23

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:

~The week began with our tenth anniversary observances of Steyn's bestselling book, America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It.

~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.

Mark's cat album Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, dedicated to his own beloved cat Marvin, continues to stack up five-star reviews at Amazon, including this one from Daniel McKenzie:

Meow! This was very entertaining - me and my two cats enjoyed it a lot.

Feline Groovy is available on CD - and, for instant gratification, via digital download from Amazon or iTunes.

Do join Mark on the radio this Wednesday.

October 23, 2016 at 6:48 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, October 10-16

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!":

I bought it for my husband's birthday. BIG HIT..! When you listen to Mark do his version of Cat Scratch Fever, you cannot help but smile big!!! Entire CD is great. Helps if you love cats too. :D

Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats is available on CD. But, if you can't wait for the mailman, it can be yours in seconds via digital download from Amazon or iTunes.

Mark will be returning to the airwaves in the week beginning October 24th. Check SteynOnline for more details.

October 16, 2016 at 5:51 am  |  Permalink

As I Was Saying...

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:

The good news is you're credible. The bad news is you're very credible.

But Ms Myers' colleagues throughout the American media covered their eyes and ears. And they've been covering them for almost 20 years:

BROADDRICK: I was completely dressed. I had a skirt and a blouse. He tore the waist of my skirt. And then he ripped my pantyhose. And he raped me. It was very vicious. I was just pinned down... I did not know what to do. I was so frightened. I was only 35 at the time. And it was horrible. I just wanted it to be over with. So he would go away.

KLEIN: He got up?

BROADDRICK: No, he held me down for a long time. And then he did it again. I was so ready for him to leave me alone, when he started raping me again. And it was very brief... And he did get up and he straightened himself. And my mouth was bleeding and it was hurting. And he just straightens himself and goes to the door.

KLEIN: With you still on the bed?

BROADDRICK: Yes, crying. He straightens himself and he goes to the door. And puts on his sunglasses. And tells me to get some ice on that on my lip. And goes out the door... He would push down on my left clavicle and it hurt so much I thought my clavicle was gonna break. And my lip was just ballooning out four times the size that it should have been.

KLEIN: While he was raping you?


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:

The problem is you can't out-asshole Donald Trump... Personally, I'd like it if Calvin Coolidge were on the ticket, or indeed the Marquess of Salisbury. But they've decided to sit out Campaign 2016, so one must take what one can get. And a citizenry that votes for an asshole is less deluded than one that votes for a messiah ...and, come to that, less damaging to republican virtue than voting for the previous guy's wife or brother.

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.

October 9, 2016 at 4:10 pm  |  Permalink

A Bone is Thrown

Laura Rosen Cohen has been very patient, but it's getting to her:

This has got to end. I can't take it anymore.

I'm looking for signs of life, reported sightings, a lifeline, a something JUST THROW US A BONE!



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:

Reading @MarkSteynOnline's 2006 book, America Alone & amazed at how precisely correct his predictions have been.

And this one:

All these attacks from radical Islam make "America Alone" by @MarkSteynOnline look like Nostradamus. Amazing.

And one more:

Have you ever read America Alone by @MarkSteynOnline ? It was written in 2006. Basically everything he predicted largely came true

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:

Reading "After America." You're a prophet @MarkSteynOnline.

That's also available direct from the Steyn store in paperback or hardback.

~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!"

I bought it for my husband's birthday. BIG HIT! And he loves this guy also. When you listen to Mark do his version of Cat Scratch Fever, you cannot help but smile big!!! Entire CD is great. Helps if you love cats too. :D

And you'll be smiling big, too. Mark looks forward to your company on the radio this Friday.

September 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm  |  Permalink

A Note to our Readers (and Listeners, and Viewers)

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 ménage.

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.

July 10, 2016 at 9:51 pm  |  Permalink

The Insecure Security Line

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:

Ataturk Airport is one of the international gateways between East and West, between North and South, and with the start of the holiday season, while all security is focused on the European Football Championship, it represents the perfect target.

By beginning their attack outside the security perimeter of the airport, the terrorists simply overcame all security measures inside. This means theoretically that, in order to establish airport security from now on, the security perimeter will have to be made wider and will have to span around the airport...

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:

SIX years ago, following the introduction of further airport security measures in the US, American-based columnist and author Mark Steyn made the following acute observation:

"The second thought that strikes you is that the ever- longer lines to get into the 'secure' area are now the least secure area in America. Why not blow up the security line? You could kill as many people as on an aeroplane, and inflict more long-term economic damage.

"But don't worry. The Transportation Security Administration has plans to expand the 'secure' area, so the insecure perimeter will be somewhere else, with even more vulnerable people standing around waiting to get into it."

Steyn's views from 2010 rang true following the terrorist attacks in March at Brussels airport, which targeted two security check-in areas, and they ring true again following yesterday's horrific terrorist attacks at Istanbul's Ataturk International, which also occurred at a security point.

An initial and understandable impulse may be that we need to rethink how airport security should operate — perhaps by expanding the secure areas. But as Steyn more recently pointed out, that would only shift potential targets:

"Clearly we need a secure zone outside the secure zone — maybe, say, outside the concourse. So everyone has to crowd on the sidewalk. And then when they blow that up we can move it back to the perimeter of the airport. And then ..."

And then ... where?

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.

June 29, 2016 at 11:17 am  |  Permalink

"Steyn Was Right" (cont) (again)

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:

At a hearing in Maryland arising from Kimberlin's "lawfare" campaign, the blogger Aaron Walker was arrested. Aside from the merits of the case, I was struck by the appalling performance of the presiding judge, one C. J. Vaughey. As is increasingly the way with our decaying justice system, there is no easily searchable court transcript, only an audio tape that a few individual bloggers have been painstakingly transcribing. Judge Vaughey comes across as a near parodic combination of bluster, ignorance and narcissism...

Over the years, I've faced unsympathetic judges in various courts around the world, but I can't recall ever listening to such a stream of unjudicial drivel from the bench as that which poured from Judge Vaughey... I'm genuinely curious: Is this Vaughey clod unusually awful? Or all too typical?

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.)

June 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm  |  Permalink

"Steyn Was Right and I Was Wrong" (cont)

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:

On Wednesday, revisiting Mark's bestseller America Alone, The Toronto Sun's Tarek Fatah wrote:

My fellow Sun columnist, Farzana Hassan, and I wrote a rejoinder in Maclean's titled, "Mark Steyn has a right to be wrong."

Today, I recognize, Steyn was right and I was wrong.

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":

I smell a bet. I propose the following terms to Steyn (or up to any three other people):

If any current EU member with a population over 10 million people in 2007 officially withdraws from the EU before January 1, 2020, I will pay you $100. Otherwise, you owe me $100.

Any takers? (I've emailed this link to Mark Steyn's website, though I doubt it will actually filter up to him).

In fact, Mark responded:

Throwing caution and my children's college fees to the wind, I've recklessly taken this guy's bet...

Professor Caplan enthused that "The Bet's On":

Mark Steyn's graciously accepted my latest Euro bet... In the process, Steyn raises a fair question:

'Hey, why not make it a grand? A hundred bucks'll barely buy you a falafel at the Tour d'Argent in the Paris of 2020.'

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.

June 24, 2016 at 1:34 am  |  Permalink

"Steyn Was Right and I Was Wrong"

Mark is overseas in connection with research for a new book. But his decade-old bestseller America Alone is timelier than ever. Tarek Fatah begins his column in today's Toronto Sun as follows:

Almost 10 years ago, Maclean's magazine published an essay by Mark Steyn titled, "The future belongs to Islam".

In it, he suggested, "the West is growing old and enfeebled, and lacks the will to rebuff those who would supplant it."

It was an extract from Steyn's then best-selling book America Alone, where he concluded, "It's the end of the world as we've known it..."

There was an outcry among Canada's Islamists, who took Steyn and Maclean's to the Ontario and British Columbia Human Rights Commissions.

My fellow Sun columnist, Farzana Hassan, and I wrote a rejoinder in Maclean's titled, "Mark Steyn has a right to be wrong."

Today, I recognize, Steyn was right and I was wrong.

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.

June 22, 2016 at 3:38 am  |  Permalink

A Nation Once Again!

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:

And Ireland ...whoops, Britain... long a province, be a nation once again!

~A day after the Orlando slaughter, I reported a small shaft of good news:

So far there's been no sign of that self-promoting opportunist twerp who drags his piano to the scenes of jihadist slaughter in Europe and plays 'Imagine'.

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:

Orlando Killings Rob Young New York Muslims of a Cherished Holiday Respite

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.

June 19, 2016 at 9:24 pm  |  Permalink

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