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on October 30, 2011
I picked up this book after learning about Mark Steyn and his contribution to Canada's Maclean's magazine. I was interested in this book solely because I wanted to hear what one of Canada's prominent writers has to say and not because of any personal political view. Without a doubt, Steyn is a fine writer, one of those genius self-taught writers. To an extreme left-wing reader, this work would come across as nothing but a collection of right-wing conspiracy theories and the language in the book can be extreme in his descriptions of the nanny state, especially the "conformacrats", and the commander-in-chief of conformacracy - Barack Obama. However, one has to agree with his some of Steyn's observations, especially his view that college education is failing the students. The government's approach to education and easy student loans have not been helpful. Nevertheless, the book is in large part an attack on the Obama presidency. His obsession with Barack Obama at time seems unfounded. He appears to be a Bush-era war crime apologist and throughout the book, he makes no mention of George Bush's role in further endangering the American economy by amassing trillions of dollars of debt to fund two wars. Instead, his focus is on the incompetency of Obama and his "citoyen du monde" approach to governing. Consistent with a right-wing conservative's views, Mark Steyn fails to question America's complicity in Middle East and the ongoing senseless wars.
Overall, Mark Steyn is a fine writer and I greatly admire him for his use of literary references. The book is humorous throughout, typical of Steyn's style. The left-wing environmentalists and socialists will not be too amused with this book. But the book does point out some of the ills of our society as a result of outrageous spending by the government. Despite the author's no-nonsense, acerbic tone, this books is worth reading for anyone who wants to understand what is going on behind the all too politically correct facade in our society. The book spells out the dangers brewing underneath "conformacracy." Mark Steyn adeptly points out the hypocrasies within our conformacracy. And it's much more than Al Gore preaching the importance of saving the environment while leaving a giant carbon footprint of his own.
The book sounds an alarm bell to not just Americans but people everywhere living under an ever expanding government that is more interested in ensuring the shifting of wealth rather than the creation of wealth. This author's main audience is American, but because of his Canadian background, he weaves in various Canadian anecdotes to show our own struggle with the same set of challenges our neighbour to the south is dealing with at this moment. The book's message is clear - that over-reliance on government is unsustainable in the long term. Mark Steyn's book is an attempt at reorienting our priorities as a society.