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JSPES, Vol. 44, No. 3-4 (Fall-Winter 2019)
pp. 366-378

BOOK REVIEW ARTICLE The West’s On-Going Self-Immolation, As Seen from Europe and Canada

Dwight D. Murphey
Wichita State University, retired

Over the past several years, several authors have warned of the impending demise of Western civilization. With the works reviewed here, two excellent new books that complement each other — one about Europe per se and the other about Canada — continue to add chapter-and-verse about an historic transformation that is every bit as significant as the fall of Roman-Hellenic civilization centuries ago. Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe centers on Europe and discusses the twin forces of its loss of faith in itself and its willingness to see its own population supplanted by mass immigration from the Third World. Ricardo Duchesne’s Canada in Decay tells how the same forces have been imposed from above by the opinion-making culture that since 1971 has been redirecting the fate of the Canadian people. The reviewer introduces the concept of an “interstitium” to describe the hold that the dominant opinion elite has over Western societies.