from the Hoover Institute and Victor Davis Hanson, Ten Paradoxes of Our Age

The great immediate dangers to Western Civilization are not hunger, global warming, inequality, or religious fundamentalism, but obesity, consumer culture, utopian pacifism, multiculturalism, declining demography, the secular religion of political correctness that threatens the right to free speech, an inability to protect national borders and to create a common culture rooted in the values of the West, and an absence of belief in spiritual transcendence and reverence for past customs and traditions. The challenge is not just that Australians, Canadians, Europeans, and Americans increasingly cannot articulate the values that explain why throngs of immigrants migrate to their shores, but that even if they could, they feel that they probably should not.


This is also the core of Jonah Goldberg’s Suicide of the West. Charles Murray also noted in Coming Apart that many who have succeeded fail to either recognize or share the ingredients of their success.