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Douglas Murray gives the background of the wave of immigration, legal and illegal, that has swept Europe. The introduction of new cultures to Europe, when it occurred at a time that European culture was secure, added new ideas, new costumes, and new cuisines to the continent. However, when those arriving have little interest in assimilating, have even less interest in the parliamentary and relatively free economies, and the history and culture of the host countries, we risk a hostile take-over rather than an enriching and diversification. This is the point of this book's grim conclusion.
The first few chapters outline the problem in philosophical form. Then we get the historical numbers, followed by illustration after excruciating illustration of actual real-time happenings.
Much like herd immunity, when most of a population is secure in its beliefs, newcomers add variety in a constructive way. But if the population no longer values its identity and the newcomers have a more robust but antithetical identity and ideology, the newer and more virulent strains will eventually prevail.
Hopefully Murray's jeremiad is exaggerated, but I fear otherwise.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This is a good book. It’s well written to be easily understood and absorbed and the performance is on point.
It does rhetoric well, tapping into the narrative that liberals are sowing the demise of western culture and western civic governance by playing identity politics and refusing to examine the facts of Muslim/Islamic immigration honestly.
It does references poorly, in the audiobook anyway. While there may be references galore in the print version, this book “listens” much like a conversation style podcast would; say Joe Rogan Podcast, Waking Up with Sam Harris, The Rubin Report, etc. it’s as though Murray is extemporaneously giving an account of the European immigration crisis in a conversational format. One full of information from polls and events and news stories and death tolls and attacks et cetera et. al., but like a podcast conversation you have to take what’s being said for granted until you look it all up.
As long as you take that into account and know that you’re going to have to do a fair bit of research on the hard claims, then you’re good to go.
The books does make a lot of good points and is worth the money.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
A very informative account of the EU it's origins and the story and motivations behind it. Our politicians of ALL sides have a lot to answer for
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Very informative and worrying. It especially highlights the lunacy of European politicians and policy they have imposed.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Clear and to the point, this refreshingly honest and objective explanation of the greatest global crisis of our time is sure to spark pertinent discussion the world over. This could be one of the most important publications of the decade.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
In The Strange Death of Europe Douglas Murray dispels myths about the benefits of mass migration, identifies the origin of the West's loss of faith in its values, institutions, religion and culture and explains how Europe has ended up in such a terrifying situation as well as much more!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful