|by Mark Steyn, get it at Amazon|
"A is for ADDICTION
We spend too much, borrowing from the future to such an extent it’s no longer clear we’ve got one.
R is for REDISTRIBUTION
Day by day, an unprecedented transfer of wealth from the productive class to the obstructive class is delivering a self-governing republic into rule by regulators, bureaucrats, and social engineers.
M is for MONOPOLY
Old ruling class: “We the People.” New ruling class: “We the People who know better than you frightful people…” America is ruled not be a meritocracy but by a cartel of conformicrats imposing a sterile monopoly of outmoded ideas.
A is for ARTERIOSCLEROSIS
“Yes, we can”? No, we can’t! By comparison with the past, America is already seizing up.
G is for GLOBAL RETREAT
As Britain and other great powers quickly learned, the price of Big Government at home is an ever smaller presence abroad. An America turned inward will make for a more dangerous world.
E is for ENGINEERING
“Celebrate Diversity”? The ideological homogeneity and social engineering of the nation’s schools would be regarded as child abuse in any other age. Aside from its other defects, it diverts too many Americans into frivolous unproductive activity, while our competitors get on with the real work.
D is for DECAY
Mired in dependency and decline, much of the United States will be on a fast track to the Third World. And, no matter how refined the upscale communities the elites retrench to, it will prove increasingly impossible to insulate yourself from the pathologies a decadent liberalism has loosed to rampage Godzilla-sized across the land.
D is for DISINTEGRATION
We are becoming the highly singular United States of America. No advanced society has ever tried hyper-regulatory direct rule for 350 million people. Will it work? Or is it more likely that increasingly incompatible jurisdictions and social groups will conclude that the price for keeping fifty stars in the flag is too high? Without the American idea, there will be insufficient glue to hold the United States together.
O is for OPEN SEASON
Do you find it hard to imagine a world without America? The Russians, the Chinese, and the would-be New Caliphate don’t. And on a planet where rich passive nations are defenseless while every failed state from North Korea to Sudan is butching up, it’s not hard to figure out what comes next.
N is for NUKES AWAY!
Addiction, Redistribution, Monopoly, Arteriosclerosis, Global retreat, social Engineering, Decay, Disintegration, Open season, Nukes away. Put them all together, they spell…?
From Big Government to busted government, from federally regulated school bake sales to Armageddon – in nothing flat."
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