On August 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm, Madge wrote:
Mark, With each posting, my sister and I 'race' each other to find some of your most delectable, funny, ironic, hilarious bits in your columns or other sources, often lamenting that we can't remember them all. So, the other morning we discussed how much fun it would be to have a set of coffee mugs, some T-shirts etc, with some of your best lines on them and then choose according to the mood of the moment, which to display. So, here is a suggestion to add to your merchandise, as I bet many of your fans would be interested in adding more of your wit into their daily life and at the same time introduce others to it. You could have club members submit their most favorite Steyn-lines and vote to get the top favorites, which then would end up on various types of merchandise in your store. Run this past the club members and see what happens. :-) Madge
On August 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm, Jason Hodges wrote:
You write about an expansive list of topics--music, theater, movies, politics, etc. If you could write only about one subject, which would it be? Which one really fires up your passion?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm, Joseph Dornisch wrote:
I would say most people outside of the greater Steyn community believe we are entering a Chinese century, with an outside shot of having an Indian century. Despite very poor demographics, it seems to me that it will take the China to have serious issues with its population size since it can shrink from 1.3 billion for a while and still be comparatively large, including having a comparatively large population - perhaps long enough for it to work through its fertility rate issues (which seems to include the realization that its a problem). Don't you think you are discounting China as a the real next power? Short version: Do we focus too much here on the rise of Islam verses the rise of China?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:05 pm, PK33 wrote:
I still have the question regarding the popular culture of men with huge beards becoming the norm. Yes, I know Mark you have had a neatly trimmed beard forever, or at least as long as I've been following you and I'm not questioning one man's choice, however it seems Hollywood, "music" and sports personas have taken up the full-bearded look in droves. I think it is in part to normalize the "Muslim look". I tuned in to the first episode of the second season of "Ballers" the other day and was floored to see that Ricky now looks like a full-on Imam. That cannot be an accident. Although he had a beard last season it was smaller and trimmed and his hair was much more naturally loose. Am I imagining this or is there a shift in the entertainment business to make the "Muslim look" more mainstream?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:05 pm, Mark Ferrigno wrote:
Mark, What, if any role will Eastern Europe play in Europe's demographics while Western Europe continues along its suicidal demographic path? Will it be enough to save Europe? Mark Ferrigno Peyton, CO
On August 1, 2017 at 4:06 pm, Jack Shore wrote:
I would like your input on how the obvious politicization and corruption of the DOJ and FBI, particularly in the handling of the Hillary email scandal can have gone so far without proper investigation and prosecution, particularly in light of the opinions of Judge Andrew Napolitano and ex-prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, and also in light of the fact that the Trump administration has been in power since January. Regardless of the deep state and mainstream media impediments in that regard, is the Trump White House incompetent in prosecuting this issue and other issues of corruption or is just not appointing the right people such as the said McCarthy, Rudy Guliani,and Newt Gingrich to properly get these investigations and prosecutions under way?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm, TF Boggs wrote:
Mark, is their any weirder jazz single to become a hit than Candy Man (performed by Sammy Davis Jr.) from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm, Joseph Meade wrote:
Please comment on the Australia climate fixers. Seems to be a conspiracy.
On August 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm, Laura Rosen Cohen wrote:
Mark, do you think that General Kelly will be able to reign in President Trump on Twitter? Is it necessary? Or is Twiter sacrosanct for President Trump?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm, Ian wrote:
Mark, Pleasure to be with you. Could you give us an update on Steyn v. Mann, i.e. what will you do with the $5m payout? Best wishes, Ian
On August 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm, Andrew Lawton wrote:
If Trump bypasses the media infrastructure through Twitter, is the role of press secretary/director of communications even an important one in a Trump presidency?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm, Mike wrote:
Re Europe's deathbed demography and childless leaders, I agree with your analysis in large part. But Poland's birthrate seems to contradict some of the logic as to the cause of dropping European fertility rates. Poland is a religious country, at least by European standards. It is fairly heterogeneous in terms of ethnicity and religion, much like Ireland. Poland has also been on the receiving end of the last century's injustices – invaded by Germany, ruled by the Soviets, etc. Therefore, Poland is without the guilt causing the ethno-masochism in Germany, et al. All of these are evidenced by its display of cultural confidence and its refusal to admit refugees as demanded by EU leaders. Yet, despite being more religious and comfortable with themselves, and despite having a relatively low cost of living, Poland has one of the lowest fertility rates in the EU (1.3 children per woman). Why? Btw, when Sebastian Kurz becomes Austria's new Prime Minister in a few weeks, add another childless PM to the list. Although he's young and will probably make a good one.
On August 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm, Richard Drake wrote:
Mark, Do you see any difference in the future for "Europe" between Western and Central Europe? In comparison to the barrenness of the political class in Western Europe that you have documented, all of the heads of government in the former Soviet Bloc members of the EU (including the non-Soviet nations of Slovenia and Croatia) have children, with the European champion being our own Viktor Orbán with 5 legitimate children. The birthrate is also not quite so bad as in Western Europe, and here in Hungary, as well as in the Czech Republic and Poland, there has been bit of an uptick, with the current rate at about 1.4-1.5. Far less than optimal, but still the fact that it has been going up seems to be a good sign. There also seems to be a willingness to stand up for the idea of Western Civilization, and in their own particular national contributions to said legacy. I always thought that it would have been better for the Visegrad countries to have not joined the EU outright, but to form their own club in a kind of associate membership with the Western EU states. I am afraid the solution will end up being reconstructing the Iron Curtain for our own self protection. What do you think of the general idea,
On August 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm, Yvonne Cunnington wrote:
Have you heard about Jordan Peterson google account being suspended? What if all your videos were not available on YouTube. The social media sites are moving into censorship now. Distressing but predictable in our current atmosphere of hysteria.
On August 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm, Tom Lewis wrote:
Comment on Congress's passing new Sanctions against Russia. Is it to thwart Trump from trying to improve relations?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm, Charles Wascher wrote:
On the anniversary of the Reformation do you feel there is anyway for Christendom to secure its future? You hear nothing about this anniversary in the media. We seem to have lost any historical understanding of who we are. The future seems bleak
On August 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm, Zack Jones wrote:
"An unprincipled and uncommitted, clown can never be permitted, to sit around and laugh at what the decent people try to do" Have you considered Randy Newman and his considerable body of work worthy of review or interview?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm, Jeremy Frankel wrote:
Hi Mark, What is your take on the current North Korea crisis? What should the US do to retaliate?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:26 pm, Hamish wrote:
Why does the left seem not to have a sense of humor? Especially at any satire aimed in their direction. Do they see it as a dissent from the accepted narrative, and therefore it must be shut down?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm, Grayson wrote:
What do you think of the Israeli government's acquiescing to the demands of the Palestinian Muslim leadership, and removing metal detectors and surveillance cameras from the entrances to the Temple Mount?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm, PK33 wrote:
Jordan Peterson's YouTube account has been reinstated. Partly. Videos are back up but he said via Twitter that he cannot post anything new.
On August 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm, Michael Seth wrote:
Mark, will there ever be a grassroots backlash against the Islamists? If so, where? Much obliged! Mike, Rockaway, NJ
On August 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm, Mark Shere wrote:
NOT HOLDING OFFICE, GOVERNING: I wonder if you see hope in President Trump's comment back in May that we 'need a good government shutdown.' At the time, the matter at hand was one of these continuing spending resolutions. Next month, Congress starts the regular budget process for next year. I'm wondering--hoping--will Trump take the reigns of government in a big way? We've never had a shutdown with a Republican president deciding what's essential and what's not. Btw, your stuff on Obama shutting down parks back in the was priceless. Trump won't need 51 squishy senators for this. He can just do it and... not hold office, instead truly govern.
On August 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm, David Forestell wrote:
Speaking of free speech (i.e. its dying days in the Great White North), did you hear about the guy in Manitoba who had his licence plate confiscated because it said "ASIMIL8", with the plate holder reading "We are the Borg, resistance is futile"? Well some First Nations folks complained and the Government of/du Manitoba took it away. He's now suing.
On August 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm, Allison wrote:
If we've lost the belief that civilization is worth suffering for, what brings us back from that? Real suffering? I think it's imperative we find a new New World where the risk takers find liberty worth the risk. Any other ideas?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm, Philip Mason wrote:
Any new books in the works?
On August 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm, Michael Seth wrote:
Greetings Mark, - If Western governments maintain their refusal to combat radical Islam at home, do you see a violent confrontation twixt the common Westerner and the Jihadis, or just more gradual atrophy resulting in eclipse? Thanks much! Mike in Rockaway, NJ
On August 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm, Adam from Toronto wrote:
Dear Mark: I'd be interested to hear your views on the interaction between sub-replacement level fertility across the developed world and the phenomenon of youth joblessness. It seems to me a bit of a paradox that a society ostensibly in need of more children should have no economic use for them (or at least a large subset of them). In Douglas Murray's recent book he notes that only 8% of British women wanted no children, however, obviously more than that percentage will leave no descendants. Is it not possible that the dearth of children is not the result of existential malaise but economic incentive problems? Also in the absence of a welfare state and mass migration surely a drop in population even a large one is not a civilization destroying event. The black death killed between 1/3 and 1/2 of all Europeans yet European civilization persisted. Perhaps rather than try and get into a baby race with the foreigners in our midst to maintain some semblance of demographic stability it would be better to simply bar them entry and restructure our entitlement programs.
On August 1, 2017 at 4:41 pm, Patty Burke wrote:
any chance you would consider "Zip a dee doo dah" as song of the week down the road? If I have missed it, please provide a link. I think I have 23 versions of it
On August 1, 2017 at 4:43 pm, TF Boggs wrote:
Where can I contribute to the "Have Mark Interview Theodore Dalrymple" fund? The combination a Dalyrmple/Steyn bleak outlook on the future of Western society would be enough to send us all running for the bar at the Mark Steyn Show. Could you two finish with an "Ain't That A Kick In The Head" duet???
On August 1, 2017 at 4:46 pm, Denyse O\'Leary wrote:
Why do women want to be Muslimas now that the world offers women so much by way of security WITH freedom? I can understand if you don't know either.
On August 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm, Drew Weber wrote:
Pls comment on denying birthright citizenship granted to illegal aliens
On August 1, 2017 at 4:50 pm, BallBounces in Toronto wrote:
When will you be announcing the Club Members' write-the-caption t-shirt contest for the new line of SteynStore Tees?
On August 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm, Andrew Lawton wrote:
Only Mark Steyn could make me interested in global time zones.