Sunday, January 08, 2006

An Important Article from Mark Steyn - WSJ

The Opinion Journal, online editorial page of the Wall Street Journal had an important and stimulating article on the dramatic demographic changes ahead for Europe and the West in general. Read it and think about it.

Here are a few choice quotes:

"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 cathedral; it's merely a designation for a piece of real estate. Likewise, Italy and the Netherlands will merely be designations for real estate. The challenge for those who reckon Western civilization is on balance better than the alternatives is to figure out a way to save at least some parts of the West."

"The design flaw of the secular social-democratic state is that it requires a religious-society birthrate to sustain it."

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