Mark Steyn

Do you miss Mark Steyn’s weekly column as much as I do? Fret not. In PJM Express Blogger Roger Kimball’s The New Criterion, Steyn pens an awesome essay on the decline of English speaking nations.


A dizzying tour de force written with passion and clarity, it’s part history lesson, part soothsaying, and filled with jaw dropping stuff like this:

A man of twenty-one with learning disabilities has been granted taxpayers’ money to fly to Amsterdam and have sex with a prostitute. Why not? His social worker says sex is a “human right” and that his client, being a virgin, is entitled to the support of the state in claiming said right. Fortunately, a £520 million program was set up by Her Majesty’s Government to “empower those with disabilities.” “He’s planning to do more than just have his end away,” explained the social worker.

“The girls in Amsterdam are far more protected than those on U.K. streets. Let him have some fun—I’d want to. Wouldn’t you prefer that we can control this, guide him, educate him, support him to understand the process and ultimately end up satisfying his needs in a secure, licensed place where his happiness and growth as a person is the most important thing? Refusing to offer him this service would be a violation of his human rights.”

A sign of the decline and a warning to us about where we’re headed.

Read the whole marvelous thing.


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