Decline & Fall: Europe’s Slow Motion Suicide

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Once a colossus dominating the globe, Europe today is a doddering convalescent. Sluggish economic growth, high unemployment, an addiction to expensive social welfare entitlements, a dwindling birth-rate among native Europeans, and most important, an increasing Islamic immigrant population chronically underemployed yet demographically prolific--all point to a future in which Europe will be transformed beyond recognition, a shrinking museum culture riddled with ever-expanding Islamist enclaves. Decline and Fall tells the story of this decline by focusing on the larger cultural dysfunctions behind the statistics. The abandonment of the Christian tradition that created the West's most cherished ideals--a radical secularism evident in Europe's indifference to God and church--created a vacuum of belief into which many pseudo-religions have poured. Scientism, fascism, communism, environmentalism, multiculturalism, sheer hedonism-- all have attempted and failed, sometimes bloodily, to provide Europeans with an alternative to Christianity that can show them what is worth living and dying for. Meanwhile a resurgent Islam, feeding off the economic and cultural marginalization of European Muslims, knows all too well not just what is worth dying for, but what is worth killing for. Crippled by fashionable self-loathing and fantasies of multicultural inclusiveness, Europeans have met this threat with capitulation instead of strength, appeasement and apologies instead of the demand that immigrants assimilate. As Decline and Fall shows, Europe's solution to these ills--a larger and more powerful European Union--simply exacerbates the problems, for the EU cannot address the absence of a unifying belief that can spur Europe even to defend itself, let alone to recover its lost grandeur. As these problems worsen, Europe will face an unappetizing choice between two somber destinies: a violent nationalistic or nativist reaction, or, more likely, a long descent into cultural senescence and slow-motion suicide.

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Bruce S. Thornton is the author of Plagues of the Mind: The New Epidemic of False Knowledge; Greek Ways: How the Greeks Invented Western Civilization, and other books. He teaches Classics and humanities at California State University in Fresno.

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Bruce Thornton's wisdom, nourished by deep reading in the classics, is on ample display in this trenchant analysis of contemporary Europe. From sclerotic economies unable to assimilate burgeoning Islamic populations to a strange fecklessness when it comes to providing for a common defense, Europe seems caught in a historic downward spiral. Thornton shows us why this is happening--and what it means for the United States and the world. -- Brian C. Anderson

In a number of important books and articles, Bruce Thornton has written passionately about Western culture, contemporary society and the current war against radical Islam. Now in Decline and Fall, he combines those literary and historical skills to analyze why Europe has turned its back on a once illustrious Western tradition. The result is not merely a postmortem on the failed European utopian experiment, but also a brilliant mediation itself on the human condition and our dangerous pursuit of heaven on earth. -- Victor Davis Hanson

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