September 1, 2011
Steyn Power (DOUGLAS MURRAY, September 2011, Standpoint)
The word iconoclasm is a little overused, and tends to be used in journalism of people who are dully uniform. But Steyn really does deserve the label. When he was writing about demographics not only was it not talked about, it wasn't even whispered about -- even behind closed doors. At the end of his time as Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted that it was "a subterranean conversation". That it's even got that far is largely due to Steyn. [...]
In After America he looks at the causes and results of another elite-ignored catastrophe: the manner in which the world's hyperpower has followed Europe's failed societal models and spending behaviour, using borrowed money to live out a failed idea on borrowed time. Steyn is, as has frequently been said, one of the few writers who can make you laugh about things that should make you cry. And as After America reminds us, when all the voices in the city are mad, those from the wilderness (in this case New Hampshire) might just be worth heeding.
Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2011 7:20 AM