Skip to comments.Book Review: Suicide of a Superpower
Posted on 10/31/2011 9:36:59 PM PDT by WilliamHouston
Pat Buchanan's new book Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025 is the bluntest and most cogent statement of the truth about the present course of Western civilization that has been seen in American bookstores in many years.
In this book, Pat takes the gloves off and hits the American Left with the Hard Right. He knocks the liberal establishment out of the ring. Everything that real conservatives have privately known to be true for generations is finally aired in this brave and long overdue new book.
Christianity is the foundation of Western civilization. As people of European ancestry abandoned their traditional faith, Western culture began to die. As Western culture began to die, Western civilization began to die. Finally, the people of the West are literally dying out and the Third World is flooding into the West to take our place in our own homelands.
The American Left has become a utopian death cult in the grips of a suicidal ideology like the Shakers. The Baby Boomer elite that was captured by the counterculture in the 1960s has set America on a course to national oblivion: radical multiculturalism, open borders, the welfare state, affirmative action, the obsession with diversity, the embrace of the sick and degenerate "free love movement," the embrace of abortion and family planning, the embrace of an adversary secular culture that has flatly declared war on Christianity.
As a historian, Pat Buchanan is here to remind us of the awful truth that this sort of progressive worldview and the lifestyle that accompanies it has consequences:
First, America is disintegrating into a balkanized landscape of racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious enclaves - a secession of the heart, as Buchanan describes it - that disagree with each other on the most profound and fundamental questions that unite a people.
Is this not true? Surely, the Left must admit there is some truth to this after the debt ceiling crisis and the failure of Barack Hussein Obama to usher in the "post-racial" and "post-partisan" America that was promised in this 2008 presidential campaign.
Does it seem like America is unraveling at the seams? Does it seem like the "center" has collapsed? Does it seem like the federal government is increasingly unable to perform the most basic tasks of a functioning government? Does it seem like we talk past each other on television?
That's what happens when there is no longer any moral or cultural common ground to appeal to anymore in Washington. The Left set out to dismantle America's traditional Christian culture - it was racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, nativist, reactionary, bigoted, repressive, etc. - and succeeded in shredding our national fabric which underpins our state.
Second, the attack on the European-Christian core of the American nation by the revolutionary cadres of the Baby Boomer elite has been successful. Christianity is no longer the dominant culture in America. It has been replaced by a secular hodgepodge of various radical utopian leftwing counterculture causes. The adversary culture has become the dominant culture.
From the 1950s to the 1970s, the "Civil Rights Movement" triumphed in America. The "Antiwar Movement" triumphed in America with the assistance of the Mainstream Media. The "counterculture" of the hippies and beatniks triumphed in America and became the new mainstream - the free love movement, radical environmentalism, gay liberation, second wave feminism, the cult of self-centered, liberated individual that rebels against any form of restraint.
What's the result of this? What does the awe inspiring Baby Boomer culture of social liberalism look like when it has been tried out in practice?
A quick survey of the wreckage of the European-Christian core of America will find a demoralizing culture of chronic drug addiction and nihilism, millions of aborted babies, dysfunctional children living in shattered households, soaring household debt, soaring income inequality, sexually transmitted diseases, infidelity, the "hook up" culture among adolescents, teen pregnancy, the "man-cession," unprecedented suicide rates, obese slobs covered in tattoos and piercings, "boomerangs," and now Millennials are being labeled the "Lost Generation."
If European-Christian America is a jet plane, then we have stalled somewhere above the clouds. Now comes the terrifying descent, the inevitable nosedive, and the awful crash into reality.
The Left, which has always hated European-Christian America, has succeeded in destroying European-Christian America for the Gen X'ers, the Millennials, and their children.
Third, the utopian leftists of the 1960s made sure to throw open America's borders to all comers. These hippies invited the whole Third World into the United States to feast upon the fat of the land. They were also encouraged not to assimilate to the hideous and racist culture of the richest and most scientifically and technologically advanced society that had ever existed in all of world history.
By 2042, freedom loving European-Christian Americans will become a minority in the United States - the European-Christian core of the American nation, which was the wealth producing dynamo that rocketed America to the top of the international pecking order, is swiftly collapsing like a black hole.
Every year the burden of taxation, affirmative action, diversity, multiculturalism, the welfare state, and socialist wealth redistribution schemes to fund these wild utopian projects becomes more unbearable for the 53 percent that is the Atlas that carries around the 47 percent on its back.
If something can't continue, it will stop.
As things stand today, it is the aging and shrinking European-Christian core of America (along with intelligent, hardworking, and entrepreneuerial Asian-Americans) who are propping up the declining United States. Foreigners know this despised, maligned constituency is the foundation of America.
Black America is culturally and economically a basket case. Hispanic America is worse off in some ways, better in others. White America has gone completely off the rails under the influence of the counterculture. Even Asian America has been negatively affected by the sickness of the dominant culture.
The Left is ideologically committed to pushing the limits of diversity, democracy, and radical egalitarianism. In Suicide of a Superpower, Pat Buchanan unflinchingly takes on all three liberal sacred cows from a traditional conservative perspective.
Historians will look back in stupefacation at twentieth- and twenty-first century Americans who believed the magnificent republic they inherited would be enriched by bringing in scores of millions from the failed states of the Third World.
Far from being a strength, diversity is our greatest weakness. Far from being the American ideal, the Founders took a dim view of democracy. The Constitution of 1789 was designed to shackle and restrain democracy within a republican political order. The Declaration of Independence acknowledges equality only in the sense that all men have natural right to liberty.
The Constitution and Bill of Rights are the foundational documents of the republic and the organic documents of American union. And the word "equality" does not appear in either. Nor does the word "democracy."
The Founding Fathers rejected social equality. They rejected economic equality. They also rejected the Left's insane dogma of human equality. None of these forms of equality are reconcilable with liberty.
In 1971, the Atlantic Montly ran a cover article by Harvard's Richard Herrnstein. His thesis was that even if we are able to equalize the home and school environment of all children, natural academic ability will enable some children to outperform others. No matter how much money is invested in reducing class size and enhancing teacher training, an "hereditary meritocracy" will arise in a public school system where expenditures are equal ...
America plunged forward. U.S. and state governments and local school districts began the most massive investment in education in all of history. Expenditures per pupil doubled and tripled. Head Start, a preschool program for low-income children established in 1965, was lavishly funded. Perhaps $200 billion was poured into Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provided additional funds to schools based on their population of low-income students.
What were the results? Writes Murray, "no evaluation from Title I from the 1970s onward has found credible evidence of a significant positive impact on student achievement ... A 2001 study by the Department of Education revealed taht the gap widened rather than diminished.
There is no proof that all people are literally equal at the cultural or hereditary level - it is an absurd idea, a doctrine easily refuted by history and experience. Similarly, there is no proof that human societies can conform to the Left's ideals of social equality and economic equality and survive in the long run.
In order for social and economic equality to exist and for "diversity" to be celebrated as our greatest strength, you need a massive state apparatus to constantly redistribute wealth and repress freedom of association - you have to strangle liberty to force society to conform to this type of "equality," as it is a rebellion against natural law and cannot be sustained without the state application of force.
European nations that are being forced to conform to this cruel and inhumane leftist experiment are dying. European-Christian Americans are dying out at a slower pace. The Left looks upon the death of European Christendom as a "progressive" development and a cause for celebration. It wants First World nations without Europeans and without Christianity.
The pursuit of this utopian fantasy will usher in a dystopian return to the Dark Ages: Western civilization will collapse, the American Republic will collapse, the global economy will collapse, the world will descend into chaos and warfare, as the shibboleths of the Left become as antiquated as Roman aqueducts in the future which is about to befall us.
America is entering a time of troubles. The clashes of culture and creed are intensifying and both parties are perceived to have failed the nation. Republicans were repudiated in 2006 and 2008, Democrats in 2010. And the crises that afflict us - culture wars, race division, record deficits, unpayable debt, waves of immigration, legal and illegal, of peoples never before assimilated, gridlock in the capital, and possible defeat in war - may prove too much for our democracy to cope with. They surely will, if we not act now.
At this point, Pat Buchanan is warning us yet again as a statesman that such a world is all but inevitable. Even if we were to radically change course now, the momentum of Western decline will still take us straight into the path of the historical iceberg. It is too late. This sucker is going down like the Titanic.
Predictably, Buchanan's small minded critics on the Left - groups like the SPLC, Media Matters, and "Color of Change" - are distorting his work and charging him with heresy against the hoary old pieties of political correctness, as the Tea Party, the flash mobs, and Occupy Wall Street, not to the mention the mobs in Greece and Spain, arrive as omens of the American future.
A true statesman writes for history and posterity. One day the Millennial generation will look back and wonder why no one listened to the man who saw it coming and who could have been our president.
P.S.: Perhaps the most unimportant observation made in Suicide of a Superpower is that the GOP will share the fate of European-Christian America. The Republican Party can either start representing the interests of the shrinking pool of European-Christians which constitutes 90 percent of Republican voters or follow in the footsteps of the Whig Party.
The GOP deserves to be trashed when it puts idiots like Michael Steele in charge of the GOP and selects John McCain as the Republican nominee.
Only a fool would have read that book and arrived at that conclusion. We have been governed by fools for so long than many people are unable to tell the difference.
In what sense did Britain win the Second World War? In what sense did Poland win the Second World War? Both countries lost the war.
As for America, it was FDR who foolishly got us involved in the U.N. and NATO, and who mired us in a thousand conflicts which are none of our business, and which have sapped our strength as a nation.
There is nothing whatsoever “anti-Catholic” about Pat Buchanan. He is one of the most serious Catholic conservatives around.
What’s your definition of “conservative”?
Is a conservative someone who opposes diversity, opposes multiculturalism, opposes abortion, opposes gay marriage, supports gun rights, opposes third world immigration, opposes affirmative action, takes the culture war seriously, who is serious Christian, who knows a thing or two about history and tradition, and who consistently puts American interests first in foreign policy and economic policy?
If that is conservatism, then Pat Buchanan is a conservative.
OTOH, there are “conservatives” (aka liberals) who believe in civil unions for homosexuals, who change their position on abortion, who support open borders and comprehensive immigration reform, who believe it is a good idea to create “democracies” in places like Libya and Egypt, who support multiculturalism and amnesty for illegal aliens as a means to “reach out” to Hispanic voters.
All of Pat Buchanan’s books are great.
Buchanan is a fool. His "facts" about Danzig either show he is completely uneducated or he's a bald-faced liar.
‘Will America Survive to 2025...’
Wow, way to come up with something irrelevant. Poland may not have "won" WWII. But that is not evidence that the USSR and Nazi Germany were just. Nazi Germany murdered many Polish, including a huge number of priests. Russia came through and did the same thing. (Karol Wojyla was saved by a mere accident) Now does the fact that Poland was in a rather unfortunate position after WWII somehow make those two facts somehow benevolent? That is a bizarre accident.
Furthermore, it's major logical flaw to somehow conclude that any stupid actions FDR may have undertaken, somehow vindicate Stalin or Hitler.
“Did you read the book?”
Yes, I have it right here.
“His idea is that the Poland should have been divided up by Nazi Germany and the USSR and the Poles murdered by them.”
No, Buchanan’s idea was that Poland should have ceded Danzig (a German city anyway) to Germany, and Britain shouldn’t have given its foolish war guarantee to the junta that ruled Poland.
If Britain and Poland had done that, then Hitler wouldn’t have invaded Poland and wouldn’t have forged a strategic alliance with the USSR, and Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union wouldn’t have carved up Poland and millions of Poles and Jews wouldn’t have died and Poland wouldn’t have lost its independence until the 1990s.
In what sense was the British war guarantee a good idea? It turned out to be a worthless guarantee and Poland’s death certificate. It was also Britain’s death certificate as a great power as that stupid war guarantee turned out to be the occasion of the Second World War.
“He advocated the kidnapping of Pius XII by Hitler.”
I don’t remember coming across that one. Buchanan has never been anything but stridently pro-Catholic and I have been reading him for ten years now. That is clear from his latest book and his latest column which happens to be about anti-Catholic bigotry.
Sorry, no deal. Buchanan is neither Catholic or conservative. (He may be a baptized Catholic, but he is apostate) You may want to check out the writings of Eugenio Pacelli, who was Papal Nuncio to Germany in the 20s, and followed Germany in the 30s, and later became an important figure in the Church. His writings completely contradict everything Buchanan wrote, which may be why Buchanan collaterally approved of plans for his kidnap and murder. (Buchanan never says so much, but he approves of the plans which were to result in that.) Not too mention Buchanan's unapologetic support of communism.
“Buchanan is a fool.”
No, the fools were clearly the governments of Britain and Poland, whose actions resulted in the worst case scenario for both countries. The worst case scenario for Poland was the lost of independence for half a century, communist rule, and the death of millions of people.
“His “facts” about Danzig either show he is completely uneducated or he’s a bald-faced liar.”
So what you are saying is that Danzig wasn’t a German city and it wasn’t part of Germany prior to being stripped away and given to Poland after WW2? Buchanan is a “bald faced liar” and “uneducated” for stating the consensus view within Germany from across the entire political spectrum that Danzig was a German city?
“Sorry, no deal. Buchanan is neither Catholic or conservative.”
Define conservatism. I would like to hear your definition. This should be interesting. How in the world is Wilsonian liberal internationalism conservatism?
“His writings completely contradict everything Buchanan wrote, which may be why Buchanan collaterally approved of plans for his kidnap and murder. (Buchanan never says so much, but he approves of the plans which were to result in that.)”
In other words, having just said that Buchanan said that Hitler ought to kidnap the Pope, he really said no such thing in the book.
“Not too mention Buchanan’s unapologetic support of communism.”
I’ve never seen Buchanan defend communism anywhere. Where does Buchanan defend Marxism and communism?
In the world of nickcarraway ...
(1) It is irrelevant that millions of Poles lost their lives and that two countries, not one, ravaged Poland, and that Poland lost its independence for fifty years, and that the British war guarantee that was the occasion of the whole conflict was worthless, and that FDR and Churchill acknowledged the demise of Poland at the Yalta conference.
(2) Buchanan never argues anywhere in the book that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were “just.”
(3) Buchanan argues that it was the British war guarantee, which happened to be worthless, that caused the war.
(4) As Buchanan points out, it was the British war guarantee that inspired Hitler’s alliance with Stalin.
(5) A rather unfortunate position! Quite an understatement, don’t you think?
Once again, the worst case scenario unfolded in Poland - the death of millions, the annihilation of its cities, the murder of its elite, the loss of independence for half a century - because of the foolishness of its own leaders and the foolishness of the British government.
(6) No one is trying to “vindicate” Hitler or Stalin except in your own imagination. Winston Churchill was a warmongering fool who destroyed the British Empire. That’s the argument.
Poland would have been better off if it had never taken that stupid war guarantee and if it had ceded Danzig to Germany. How many millions of Poles would be alive today if Poland’s leaders had chartered a wiser course? How many Germans? How many Europeans?
How could Poland have ceded Danzig to Germany, when DANZIG WAS NOT PART OF POLAND!!! Is Buchanan a liar, or merely uneducated?
(1) Why did Germany invade Poland? What was the issue between those two countries that necessitated a war?
It was the question of whether Danzig - a city that was 95 percent German, which had been torn away from Germany by the Versailles Treaty - would be incorporated into Germany, right?
(2) You have your facts wrong.
- First, Germany demanded the incorporation of Danzig into Germany, as Danzig was a German city. The Poles refused to cede Danzig. The British, stung by Munich, gave a war guarantee to Poland.
- Second, the Poles refused to back down over Danzig. Germany declared war.
- Third, Britain and France declared war on Germany, not the other way around, because of the stupid and worthless war guarantee to Poland.
- Fourth, “Czechoslovakia” was a tyranny that was hated by the Germans, Slovaks, Poles, and Hungarians that had been forced to live under Czech rule.
The Poles and Hungarians also invaded “Czechoslovaka.” The Slovaks declared their independence. They didn’t want to live under Czech rule ... and rejected “Czechoslovakia” again in the Velvet Divorce.
- Fifth, it was Britain that dragged the United States into the war, after Britain was dragged into the war by the worthless war guarantee.
(3) Buchanan never argues that England was “evil” for giving the war guarantee. Unwise, yes. It was undoubtedly one of the most foolish decisions ever made by any empire in all of world history.
Britain didn’t have the resources or capability to ensure Poland’s independence. It surely had no real interests either in a poor country in Eastern Europe anyway.
(4) Saying that the “Nazis” were “aggressive” for demanding the annexation of the Sudetenland and Danzig is like saying that America is “aggressive” for refusing to cede Seattle, Portland, and Boston to foreign powers.
All of Germany - liberal, socialist, conservative, Nazi, communist - agreed that Danzig was a German city that had been unjustly torn from Germany. That was not a “Nazi” position. It was mainstream view within Germany for obvious reasons.
(5) Why was there a “Free City of Danzig” in the first place? Because after WW1 a punitive treaty - one that America rejected in disgust, which caused America to turn its back on Europe - was imposed on Germany by Britain and France which was designed to cripple the country and keep Germany in thrall to Britain and France.
(6) There is plenty of logic to Buchanan’s argument: the worthless Polish war guarantee was the cause of Polish brinkmanship which was the cause of the German invasion which was the cause of the Soviet invasion which was the cause of Britain and France declaring war and the cause of the Second World War.
That worthless war guarantee resulted in the worst possible scenario for Poland - enslavement, the death of millions, the ruin of the country, the obliteration of its cities, communist and fascist rule, the loss of independence for fifty years - and by extension it also destroyed Britain as a world power.
There is nothing in the least bit “communist” about Buchanan’s argument. On the contrary, it was Churchill who in his “naughty document” ceded Poland and much of Eastern Europe (with the exception of Greece) to Stalin at the Yalta Conference.
It was Winston Churchill who abandoned Poland.
So if you and Mr. Buchanan are intellectually honest, you believe that any U.S. city which has a population of more than 50% Mexican should be immediately ceded to Mexico. And if the United Stated doesn't immediately do that, and hostile actions taken by Mexico are the fault of the U.S.?
“How could Poland have ceded Danzig to Germany, when DANZIG WAS NOT PART OF POLAND!!! Is Buchanan a liar, or merely uneducated?”
Because the whole issue between the two countries was the status of Danzig, which was the “Free City of Danzig,” in spite of having a 95 percent German population, and Poland vowed to go to war with Germany rather than to consent to the annexation of Danzig by Germany.
Danzig was the cause of the war between Germany and Poland. The cause of the refusal of the Poles to cede their rights to Danzig was the British war guarantee.
Danzig was a free city, not part of Poland, and it was undemocratically controlled by Nazis after 1933. You might as well asked why Poland didn't cede control of Jupiter.
Since Nazis already controlled Danzig in 1939, when they invaded Poland, it was obviously a nonsensical pretext to invade Poland. Don't you get that? They were taking Danzig, which was already controlled by an nonDemocratic Nazi government, they were taking Poland.
“So if you and Mr. Buchanan are intellectually honest, you believe that any U.S. city which has a population of more than 50% Mexican should be immediately ceded to Mexico.”
That’s an absurd analogy. There are millions of Mexicans in the Southwest because Washington has allowed them to move there. Buchanan has already pointed out how Mexico has de facto control over parts of California, Arizona, and Texas.
In contrast, the Versailles Treaty was a farce that was designed to cripple and punish Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Danzig was only one example of German territorial cessions to foreign countries.
Germany and Austria were also forced to cede territory to Belgium, Italy, France, Czechoslovakia, and Denmark. Germans were placed under the rule of foreigners to cripple Germany.
Surely, that’s what the demilitarization of the Rhineland was about, the loss the Saar valley, putting the Sudeten Germans under Czech rule to given “Czechoslovakia” (a country that had existed before in all of history) a defensible border, as well as rewarding Poland with Danzig and the Polish corridor.
It was such an obvious and disgusting attempt to cripple Germany that America, let’s remember, rejected the Versailles Treaty and signed a separate peace and for the next twenty years had little to do with Britain or France.
“And if the United Stated doesn’t immediately do that, and hostile actions taken by Mexico are the fault of the U.S.?”
A more accurate analogy would be a war between the United States and Britain that resulted in putting Boston and New England under the rule of Canada and Louisiana under the rule of France.
Then you would sit here and cry about “American aggression” in attempts to take back New England and Louisiana.