Ten Years Ago
Mark on war and sacrifice, then and now
Steyn revisits The Closing of the American Mind
In today's Toronto Sun, Andrew Lawton pays his own anniversary tribute to America Alone...
Ten years ago America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It hit the bookstores...
Ten years ago this month - January 2006 - The Wall Street Journal and The New Criterion published my first draft of what would become the thesis of my bestselling book, America Alone. The Journal headline sums it up: "It's the Demography, Stupid." Opening paragraph: Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most Western European countries. There'll probably still be a geographical area on the map marked as Italy or the Netherlands--probably--just as in Istanbul there's still a building called St. Sophia's Cathedral. But it's not a ...
Hurricane Katrina made landfall exactly a decade ago
London's July 7th bombings, a decade on
Terri Schiavo died exactly a decade ago - March 31st 2005 - a fortnight after her feeding tube was disconnected by order of the court. I found the idea of a probate judge sentencing persons to death deeply unsettling - and that was at a time before Mann vs Steyn and other matters made me personally aware of the appallingly low quality of jurists. The hospital ceased feeding Mrs Schiavo on March 18th and settled back to watch her spend two weeks starving to death. Here's what I wrote in The Chicago Sun-Times four days before she finally expired: A couple of decades back, north of the border, it was discovered that some overzealous types in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had been surreptitiously burning down the barns of Quebec ...
It's Oscar Night in America!
In Britain and Europe Christmas isn't just for Christmas, it's a holiday that lasts halfway to Valentine's Day...
Steyn on Mel Gibson's big blockbuster from thirteen Easters ago
November 22nd 1963. Everyone, as they say, can recall where they were when they heard the news that Kennedy was shot. Even if you weren't born, you can recall it: the motorcade, Walter Cronkite removing his spectacles, LBJ taking the oath of office, all the scenes replayed a million times in untold documentaries and feature films. But history is selective...
Frosty the Snowman is the ultimate dead white male
Meet the most exquisitely sensitive warmongers in history
Fainthearted imperialists and the delusions of stability
In this tenth anniversary week, we're running various 9/11 material old and new. We started with Smelling Blood, my column on the summer of 2001, and a special audio edition of our Song of the Week: God Bless America. Then we looked at the war in its narrow, terrorist sense - Crying Lone Wolf - and on the broader front - Winning And Losing. Mark's Friday Feature considered September 11th in cinematic terms, and on Saturday we looked back at the war from five years on. This is what I wrote ten years ago, on Tuesday, September 11th 2001, for the following morning's National Post in Canada and that week's Spectator in Britain. This version is from The Face Of The Tiger, with second thoughts at the foot of the page: You can understandÂ why ...
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