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The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society. This book is not only an analysis of demographic and political realities, but also an eyewitness account of a continent in self-destruct mode. It includes reporting from across the entire continent, from the places where migrants land to the places they end up, from the people who appear to welcome them in to the places which cannot accept them.
Told from this first-hand perspective, and backed with impressive research and evidence, the book addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel's U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, Lampedusa and Greece to uncover the malaise at the very heart of the European culture, and to hear the stories of those who have arrived in Europe from far away. In each chapter he also takes a step back to look at the bigger issues which lie behind a continent's death-wish, answering the question of why anyone, let alone an entire civilisation, would do this to themselves? He ends with two visions of Europe – one hopeful, one pessimistic – which paint a picture of Europe in crisis and offer a choice as to what, if anything, we can do next.
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The Strange Death of Europe
As per usual, Douglas Murray delivers an exceptionally elegant account detailing the internal and external forces that are slowly leading Europe off a cliff. Not to be confused as either an optimist or a pessimist, Douglas puts forth an honest - albeit bleak - vision of the European future that seems most probable given the current circumstances.
As a young American reading this book, I can't help but to draw comparisons between the civilizational crises afflicting Europe with those present in America. I have concluded that these fundamental issues of our time apply not just to the Old World, but to the New World as well. Douglas talks about Britain's "colonial guilt" as well as the peculiar dispersal of Germany's "Holocaust guilt" all throughout Europe, and I can't help but to be reminded that these same processes of historical rumination occur throughout America in the form of "slavery guilt" - our Original Sin.
The fundamental thesis of the book - that Europe has ultimately lost faith in itself - seems truer and truer after each successive terror attack. The "John Lennon" response to young children being blown limb from limb while exiting a music concert perhaps demonstrates this point most explicitly.
In short, I consider Douglas to be the single most sober voice in all of politics and culture, and therefore cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Thank you for all that you do, Douglas.