In this riveting take on America’s downfall, Buchanan’s (The Death of the West) candid narrative explains how liberal social trends promoting equality will ultimately destroy the country through unfair social mandates. Formed by shared Christian morals and values, America’s greatness is the ability to bind people together in common purpose, he says, but a rising hedonistic popular culture that assails Christianity is fracturing these essential social bonds. “If we no longer agree on what is right and wrong, we can never be one people again,” he argues. Buchanan lashes out at leftist ideologues who have distorted the historical precedence of “equality” in America while seeking to establish an egalitarian society, which violates the precepts of natural law and personal liberty. He claims that egalitarianism is not rooted in our history, and recent events show a triumphant rise in tribalism and ethnonationalism throughout the world, a trend America must assimilate by preserving its traditions and Christian heritage. Progressives may recoil at these assertions as well as his positions on immigration, affirmative action and morality, though they may share his sentiments regarding war and America’s unnecessary military presence around the world. Not to disappoint his loyal followers, Buchanan reveals the essence of conservative thought and its origins with clarity and precision. (Oct.) Agency: Fredrica S. Friedman & Co., Inc.
Reviewed on: 11/07/2011 Release date: 10/01/2011 Genre: Nonfiction