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After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

a book by Mark Steyn

(our site's book review)

America Has Caught Up with Europe in Its Great Rush to Self-Destruction

The Amazon blurb says that Optimistic About America’s Future?

Don’t Be.

In his giant New York Times bestseller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction.

Steyn offers his own prescription for winning America back from the feckless and arrogant liberal establishment that has done its level best to suffocate the world’s last best hope in a miasma of debt, decay, and debility
Steyn offers his own prescription for winning America back from the feckless and arrogant liberal establishment that has done its level best to suffocate the world’s last best hope in a miasma of debt, decay, and debility

It’s not just our looming financial collapse; it’s not just a culture that seems on a fast track to perdition, full of hapless, indulgent, childish people who think government has the answer for every problem; it’s not just America’s potential eclipse as a world power because of the drunken sailor policymaking in Washington—no, it’s all this and more that spells one word for America: Armageddon.

Among other things, it’s our looming financial collapse and a culture that seems on a fast track to perdition, full of hapless, indulgent, childish people who think government has the answer for every problem that spells one word for America: Armageddon
Among other things, it’s our looming financial collapse and a culture that seems on a fast track to perdition, full of hapless, indulgent, childish people who think government has the answer for every problem that spells one word for America: Armageddon

What will a world without American leadership look like? It won’t be pretty—not for you and not for your children. America’s decline won’t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction (and the odd Greek or Islamist riot). No, America’s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession.

With his trademark wit, Steyn delivers the depressing news with raw and unblinking honesty—but also with the touch of vaudeville stand-up and soft shoe that makes him the most entertaining, yet profound, columnist on the planet. And as an immigrant with nowhere else to go, he offers his own prescription for winning America back from the feckless and arrogant liberal establishment that has done its level best to suffocate the world’s last best hope in a miasma of debt, decay, and debility. You will not read a more important—or more alarming, or even funnier—book all year than After America: Get Ready for Armageddon.

With his trademark wit, Steyn delivers the depressing news with raw and unblinking honesty—but also with the touch of vaudeville stand-up and soft shoe that makes him the most entertaining, yet profound, columnist on the planet
With his trademark wit, Steyn delivers the depressing news with raw and unblinking honesty—but also with the touch of vaudeville stand-up and soft shoe that makes him the most entertaining, yet profound, columnist on the planet


Mark Steyn Correctly Analyzes How the Liberals Have Wrecked Our Country

“Mark Steyn is a modern day Jeremiah with a quiverful of devastating one-liners, nailing what the liberals have done to our country. He presents an alarming—and frighteningly convincing—prophecy of where we’re headed. The choice is stark—we either listen to Steyn and act on his recommendations or face economic and cultural armageddon.”—Mark Levin

The choice is stark—we either listen to Steyn and act on his recommendations or face economic and cultural armageddon
The choice is stark—we either listen to Steyn and act on his recommendations or face economic and cultural armageddon

“Mark Steyn has done it again. In his new book, After America, he clearly defines the dangerous signals which show America is embracing the same doomed path as the failed European economies, and how vital it is to implement and avoid policies right now to prevent us from the same fate.”—Sean Hannity

“Only Mark Steyn can write about the decline of America and leave you laughing.”—Ann Coulter

Mark Steyn is the bestselling author of the book America Alone. His writing on war, politics, the arts, and culture has appeared in almost every major newspaper around the world, from The Wall Street Journal to The Irish Times to The Australian. In the United States he is National Review’s “Happy Warrior,” as well as a regular guest-host on America’s number one radio show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, and America’s number two cable news show, Hannity on Fox News (America’s number one cable news show is Tucker Carlson on Fox News). He lives in New Hampshire.

Somewhere like Detroit isn't Somalia, not yet. But like other parts of the country it is en route to Latin America—a society with a wealthy corrupt elite that controls the levers of power, and beneath it a great swamp of poverty, whose inhabitants divide into two species—predators and prey [pictured: an abandoned house in Detroit]
Somewhere like Detroit isn't Somalia, not yet. But like other parts of the country it is en route to Latin America—a society with a wealthy corrupt elite that controls the levers of power, and beneath it a great swamp of poverty, whose inhabitants divide into two species—predators and prey [pictured: an abandoned house in Detroit]


Our Country Is En Route to Latin America—a Society with a Wealthy Corrupt Elite That Controls the Levers of Power, and Beneath It a Great Swamp of Poverty

Steyn says that "Decay sets in imperceptibly, but it accelerates, and, by the time you notice it, it's hard to reverse. Somewhere like Detroit isn't Somalia, not yet. But like other parts of the country it is en route to Latin America—a society with a wealthy corrupt elite that controls the levers of power, and beneath it a great swamp of poverty, whose inhabitants divide into two species—predators and prey. The Motor City is the Murder City, with one of the highest homicide rates on the planet—and 70 percent of them go unsolved? It will not seem quite such an outlier in the future."

In degenerated inner cities, there are predators and prey in swamps of poverty; predators are shown here and prey is anyone dumb enough to be without rifles and ammo
In degenerated inner cities, there are predators and prey in swamps of poverty; predators are shown here and prey is anyone dumb enough to be without rifles and ammo


Liberal Goal: Expand the Bureaucratic Class and the Dependent Class, Then You Can Put Together a Permanent Electoral Majority of Liberal Democrats

Steyn says that "The end-game for statists is very obvious. If you expand the bureaucratic class and you expand the dependent class, you can put together a permanent electoral majority. In political terms, a welfare check is a twofer: you're assuring yourself of the votes both of the welfare recipient and of the mammoth bureaucracy required to process his welfare. But extend that principle further, to the point where government intrudes into everything: a huge population is receiving more from government (in the form of health care or college subventions) than it thinks it contributes, while another huge population is managing the ever expanding regulatory regime (a federal energy-efficiency code, a transfat monitoring bureaucracy . . . )"

Work is for suckers—I get welfare and food stamps
Work is for suckers—I get welfare and food stamps

Steyn says that "But, if you're not on welfare, or working in the welfare office, or working for a 'green solutions' business that's landed the government contract for printing the recycled envelopes in which the welfare checks are mailed out, it's not an attractive society to be in."

"The purpose of a college education is to give you the correct view of minorities, and the means to live as far away from them as possible."—Joseph Sobran



When Reading This Book Should We Laugh or Cry? Both!

While reading this excellent book, we frequently didn't know whether to laugh or cry. The author's evidence is undeniable, and his on-the-nose descriptions of the decline of Western Civilization are both frightening and familiar. Capitalism is not at all perfect, but it beats the hell out of every other system. Example: the Venezuela basket case; liberals—this is where your socialist ideas always end, no exception.

It's a good thing 'After America: Get Ready for Armageddon' made us laugh or else we would have been weeping with hopelessness over the state of our nation—this book is an eye-opening wake-up call
It's a good thing 'After America: Get Ready for Armageddon' made us laugh or else we would have been weeping with hopelessness over the state of our nation—this book is an eye-opening wake-up call

It's a good thing After America: Get Ready for Armageddon made us laugh or else we would have been weeping with hopelessness over the state of our nation. This book is an eye-opening wake-up call, convicting us for what we have allowed America to become, and the book is also a warning for what will happen in our future if we don't change things now. Americans have carried the mantle and the hope of freedom and free enterprise in the world for a generation and are very close to losing it all. If we do, we will only have ourselves to blame. Steyn tells it like it is and doesn't worry about the "political correctness" crowds which is refreshing after decades of being lied to by the media, the federal government and the progressive political class.

The progressive expression 'woke' is ironic since it relates to those poor souls that have been the most highly indoctrinated with lies, and is nearly the opposite of the expression 'having woke up to the actual reality'
The progressive expression 'woke' is ironic since it relates to those poor souls that have been the most highly indoctrinated with lies, and is nearly the opposite of the expression 'having woke up to the actual reality'

See:

Most Americans Are Indifferent or Unaware of Our Coming Decline, and That Is the Real Reason Politicians Are Able to Continue Down This Current Road to Hell

Many Americans are indifferent or unaware of our coming decline, and that is the real reason politicians are able to continue down this current road to hell. They will not relinquish power until they must, and the people must wake up for that to happen. The progressive expression "woke" is ironic since it relates to those poor souls that have been the most highly indoctrinated with lies, and is nearly the opposite of the expression "having woke up to the actual reality of our current dire political status, mostly caused by liberal extremists with their ugly racist narrative being brainwashed into a sheeplike populace." If the mainstream media says it, it must be true—this is the pathetic level of awareness of Joe citizen. See Liberalism Unmasked.

Antifa and the PC left feel that the liberals should get First Amendment rights but the conservatives should be stopped from speaking
Antifa and the PC left feel that the liberals should get First Amendment rights but the conservatives should be stopped from speaking


Steyn Blames America’s Grim Fate on Itself, for Replacing Its Faith in Individual Enterprise and Responsibility with a System of Popular Dependency on a Bloated Central Government

"A strident conservative crusader, Steyn blames America’s grim fate on itself, for replacing its faith in individual enterprise and responsibility with a system of popular dependency on a bloated central government. . . . Americans’ loss of spirit and sense of national identity (‘We are obsessed with identity, but any identity other than 'American' — female, gay, African-American, Muslim-American, Undocumented-American’) have sapped the country’s energy and ambition, he says. America’s spectacular advances in fields such as medicine and space exploration have ground to a halt. . . . It goes without saying that Steyn despises Barack Obama ‘because he’s the first president to be marinated his entire life in a post-modern, post-American cultural relativism’. [which seems to have given him brain damage]" (Source: After America: Get Ready For Armageddon by Mark Steyn, Alexander Chancellor, The Spectator)

Our so-called War ON Terror was actually a War OF Terror—the U.S. military is a terrorist factory: kill one, 10 of his relatives swear vengeance and join ISIS
Our so-called War ON Terror was actually a War OF Terror—the U.S. military is a terrorist factory: kill one, 10 of his relatives swear vengeance and join ISIS

"He advises us at the outset that America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It was “about the impending collapse of all of the Western world except America.” In After America: Get Ready for Armageddon, he laments having to report that America “has decided to sign up for the same program but supersized.” And he hopes that Americans will rediscover their historic strengths, seize the throttle and pull their country out of its current tailspin. . . . our descent into a 'multitrillion-dollar debt catastrophe' accompanied by 'increasing dependency, disincentivizing self-reliance, [and] absolving the citizenry from responsibility for their actions.' This is all brought to us by the core problem, what he terms 'the remorseless governmentalization of American life.' . . . What do we have to show for our debt today? Unsustainable entitlements, global economic and military decline and a new class war in which 'takers' in unions and among our 'pubic servants' and the permanently dependent face off against 'the rest of us.'" (Source: BOOK REVIEW: ‘After America’, Ray Hartwell, Washington Times)

We have the intelligence to correct our errors, to turn those things around that we are fast becoming victims of. But can we muster up enough cooperation, caring, and respect for life to do so? Or will we continue to be driven by greed, power, money, and selfishness and continue to be so shortsighted that we will have soon mortgaged our children's futures far beyond our (or their) ability to repair the damage?

national debt

Unless American citizens start defecating money, the debt has put us all in deep doo-doo
Unless American citizens start defecating money, the debt has put us all in deep doo-doo

". . . the debt 'represents a transfer from the citizen to the state not of money but of power.' . . . For a long time, optimism about the future was based on America’s technological/ industrial prowess and work ethic. But that was then, this is now. Try to invent a medical device, start a company or file a patent. 'Everything’s longer, slower, more soul crushing.' Briefly stated, the American spirit is being throttled by bureaucracy. . . . Steyn points out that the progressives we put in charge are waging a war on progress. They oppose air conditioning, the internal combustion engine, oil exploration and almost anything that contributes to prosperity. So, despite what candidate Obama told Joe the Plumber, it’s not about spreading the wealth. It’s about equalizing poverty. Steyn observes that we already suffer from a poverty of ambition. 'We do not save, we do not produce. Instead we seek new, faster ways to live in the eternal present, in an unending whirl of sensory distraction.' We are a cosseted society devoted to frivolousness." (Source: After America: Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn, Marcia, What Would The Founders Think?)


We Do Not Save, We Do Not Produce. We Are All Busy Chasing Shiny Objects

We do not save, we do not produce. Instead we seek new, faster ways to live in the eternal present, in an unending whirl of sensory distraction. We are a cosseted society devoted to frivolousness—we are all busy chasing shiny objects
We do not save, we do not produce. Instead we seek new, faster ways to live in the eternal present, in an unending whirl of sensory distraction. We are a cosseted society devoted to frivolousness—we are all busy chasing shiny objects


So, despite what candidate Obozo told Joe the Plumber, it’s not about spreading the wealth. It’s about equalizing poverty—Obozo lied: the progressives we put in charge are waging a war on progress
So, despite what candidate Obozo told Joe the Plumber, it’s not about spreading the wealth. It’s about equalizing poverty—Obozo lied: the progressives we put in charge are waging a war on progress

America is replacing its faith in individual enterprise and responsibility with a system of popular dependency on a bloated central government. The liberal elite do no want productive citizens who think for themselves, they want dependent citizens who think only what has been indoctrinated into them for decades. These are the people it is easiest to manipulate and control, to exploit to gain more power for themselves. Like in the Venezuela basket case; liberals—this is where your socialist ideas always end, no exception. But the leaders there are rich, which is the point for the liberal elite, whose pretense of crying crocodile tears for the little guy—especially blacks—has worn very thin in After America: Get Ready for Armageddon. This is a great book because it looks the truth in the face without blinking.

The liberal pretense of crying crocodile tears for the little guy—especially blacks—has worn very thin
The liberal pretense of crying crocodile tears for the little guy—especially blacks—has worn very thin