A couple of weeks ago Mark Steyn marked the tenth anniversary of his book America Alone with a few columns — and in his fifth entry he links the first four: “Do check out the first part of the series, the second part, the third and the fourth.”
I reviewed the book a few of months after it came out: A Must Read: Mark Steyn’s ‘America Alone’, and still recommend it all these years later. The content of the book is as relevant today as it was then.
In Steyn’s fifth article marking the anniversary, he quotes Andrew Lawton writing in the Toronto Sun:
I’ve never seen Steyn chant “I told you so.” In fact, it appears to sadden him how right he was more than it brings him any sense of delight.
“America Alone” catapulted Steyn from an observer of the decline of freedom into a victim of it.
Paperback versions of the book bear a seal saying “soon to be banned in Canada.”
It may seem like a distant memory now, but for years, Steyn was forced to defend himself against human rights complaints charging not only that the book was mean to Muslims, but also that such a thing was illegal in the True North Strong But Not So Free.
Steyn’s refusal to go down without a fight contributed to efforts to abolish the “hate speech” section of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
While that change was necessary, it’s hard to argue that we are any freer now than we were before.
Then Steyn writes:
That’s true. However, I don’t think of myself as a victim of “the decline of freedom”. Au contraire, I was liberated by my battles with the Canada’s “human rights” commissions: I learned what craven, cowardly, furtive rodents they were, and, rather than trying to calibrate what they’ll permit you to get away with, it’s much easier – and certainly psychologically healthier – to say what you want, and screw ’em all.
Read the rest of this fifth article on America Alone here.