The book is interesting and grim. It does deal with demographics in a readable way.
Most of us know the deep trouble Europe is in. Steyn touches upon the causes of population decreases. Most of it does fall in the realm of economics.
The reality is our society has changed. In my fathers generation it was common for a person to work for the same company thirty years. One could start a Mom and Pop business and many did. The reality is jobs and even the nature of employment have changed. One can easily find oneself unemployed and between jobs and offshoring is a real problem. My friends in the fashion industry seem to change employers every three
years. Sometimes they work for three years and miss one year.
The cost of housing and education are at all time highs. Students emerge saddled with debt into an uncertain job market with worthless degrees to find the cost of housing through the roof.
The truth is we need to fix higher Ed ASAP. We need to stop subsidizing worthless degrees and drive the cost of higher ed down. The first step is the elimination of the current liberal arts base. The second step is the elimination of the Marcuse victimology departments. The third step is elimination for funding of studies with zero probaility of a job at the end. An Accounting, Computer and Education majors should find jobs. The fourth step is to eliminate the pretense of research outside the hard sciences. Most of the research is worthless and read in obscure journals by fellow Marxists.
The reality is that we should encourage the growth of genuine trade schools. A trained auto mechanic or even truck driver has a greater probability of finding steady work than a Peace Studies major.
Steyn touches upon the endless saftey net as a problem. However, the nature of the world we live in has changed. The problem is not the saftery net but a lack of focus
on the real problems of dependency. We also need to invest our scarce resources intelligently. Throwing money at worthless degrees and sham research is a waste.
America need to learn from the disaster of Europe. However, we have an entire political party that seeks to emulate these disasters in America. In reality the far left marxist infiltration of the Democratic party may pose a greater threat than jihadis. We have Muslim enclaves in the USA like Dearborn and Patterson. However, we do not permit endless stays on welfare.
Steyn sees the problem and most of us know Europe is in for a rough time. There was a European arrogance about America. America is a violent society yada yada yada. The Euros had the dream that with an endless saftey net and absurd multiculturalism they could do a better job of assimilating immigrants than America. Thus Mahmoud is given a welfare check and a pat on the head like a good dog. Mahmoud is happy to take your money and thinks it is his divine right. Moreover, Mahmoud doesn't respect your culture or values and wants you to live in a theocracy. He will not respect your traditions and laws and you will convert or live under his thumb.
Steyn forgets that work itself is the greatest leveler. The paternalistic arrogant socialistic approach reduces people to domestic animals. You want a welfare check report at 5 AM and do whatever job you are told. Those that need funds will report
and get into the habit of following instructions meeting goals. One will also learn to respect authority. The jobs should be as menial and annoying as possible so people will be motivated to find other jobs. An endless infantilization and subsistence living is crueler than living a pointless subsitence life.
The book is iteresting in places, but you can do much better like the Gabriel Book.
Beamish in 08