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My 50 Favourite Quotes From ‘The Death of the West’

[1] On the demographic situation in 17 European countries: “There are more burials than births, more coffins than cradles” (Pat Buchanan, page 9).

[2] On how the New Economy has stifled the Western birthrate: “Forced to choose, women are choosing career, or career and the joy of motherhood, once” (Pat Buchanan, page 33).

[3] On the consequences of boundless hedonism, and individuals not thinking beyond themselves: “Societies organised to ensure the maximum pleasure, freedom, and happiness for all their members are at the same time, advancing the date of their own funerals” (Pat Buchanan, page 34).

[4] On communism’s plan for women: “The first condition for the liberation of the wife is to bring the whole female sex into public industry and… this in turn demands the abolition of the monogamous family as the economic unit of society” (Karl Marx, page 35).

[5] On the end of the family wage: “Is it not a remarkable coincidence how global capitalism’s view of women–as units of production, liberated from husbands, home and family–conforms so precisely to the view of the fathers of global communism?” (Pat Buchanan, page 35).

[6] On the end of the family wage: “There was a consensus in America… that employers should pay fathers a ‘family wage’ sufficient to support their wives and children in dignity without their having to leave the home to go to work. That was considered one of the defining characteristics of a good society… The system fell apart in the 1960s, when feminists managed to add ‘sex’ to the list of discriminations forbidden by the sweeping Civil Rights Act of 1964” (Pat Buchanan, pages 35-36).

[7] On the conservative fixation on economic concerns: They “believe man is an economic animal, that free trade and free markets are the path to peace, prosperity and happiness… But when the income tax rate for the wealthiest was above 90 percent in the 1950s, America, by every moral and social indicator, was a better country” (Pat Buchanan, page 37).

[8] An early feminist view on the effect of abortion: “It will burden her conscience in life; it will burden her soul in death” (Susan B. Anthony, page 39).

[9] On feminism’s effect, due its promotion of male-hatred: “The rise of feminism spells the death of the nation and the death of the West” (Pat Buchanan, page 42).

[10] On the new cultural order: “The cultural revolution is not about creating a level playing field for all faiths; it is about a new moral hegemony” (Pat Buchanan, page 53).

[11] The true meaning of Jefferson’s ‘All men were created equal’: “I agree with you that there is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talent” (Thomas Jefferson, page 62).

[12] On the importance of hierarchy and the limitations of democracy: “What America is about is not equality of condition or equality of result, but freedom, so a ‘natural aristocracy’ of ability, achievement, virtue and excellence–from athletics to the arts to the academy–can rise to lead, inspire, and set an example for us all to follow and a mark for us all to aim at.

“Hierarchies are as natural as they are essential. Consider the American institutions of excellence, from Microsoft to the New York Yankees, from the US Marine Corps to the Mayo Clinic. How many are run on a one-person, one-vote principle?” (Pat Buchanan, pages 62-63).

[13] On mere tolerance alone: It is “the virtue of men who no longer believe in anything (G.K Chesteron, page 64).

[14] On the fate of pro-choice boomers: “The baby boomers of Europe may live to see their lives ended, without their consent, by a society that has turned as callous toward their wish to stay alive as they were to the unborn in their own time. What goes around comes around” (Pat Buchanan, page 112).

[15] On pro-infanticide arguments: If we concede parents’ rights to abort an unborn infant up to nine months, why do they lose the right to ends its life the moment the foetus slips out of the womb?” (Pat Buchanan, page 113).

[16] On Islam: “the Islamic world retains something the West has lost: a desire to have children and the will to carry on their civilisation, cultures, families and faith” (Pat Buchanan, page 118).

[17] On the nature of power: “Is it in the nature of things that nations and civilisations rise, expand, dominate, and rule, only to recede and offer equality to their subject peoples–an offer accepted until those subject peoples acquire the power to rise, expand and dominate themselves? Is our era of the equality of nations really the end of history or but a temporary truce? (Pat Buchanan, page 120).

[18] On the nature of power: “It is in in the nature of things that nations and religions rule or are ruled” (Pat Buchanan, page 121). [[Personally, I would note the nature of power has a similar application to the culture, identity and institutions]].

[19] On the nature of power: “I put for a general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of Power after power, that ceaseth only in Death” (Thomas Hobbes, page 121).

[20] On multiracialism: “free institutions are next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities. Among a people without fellow feeling, especially if they read and speak different languages, the united public opinion necessary to the working of representative government cannot exist” (John Stuart Mill, page 146).

[21] On how civilisation is decomposed: “To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots” (Alexander Solzhenitzyn, page 147).

[22] On how civilisation is decomposed: “Dishonor or disgrace a nation’s heroes, and you can demoralise its people (Pat Buchanan, page 147).

[23] On what a proper public school system once did: “We established public schools in America to create good citizens and patriots who will protect and preserve their country” (Pat Buchanan, page 152).

[24] On how attacks against the Lost Cause, give way to anti-Americanism: “Though the Cross of St. Andrew only flew over the Civil War battlefields for four years, the American flag flew for more than four generations over a country whose constitutions countenanced slavery. It was thus inevitable that the turn of Old Glory would also come” (Pat Buchanan, page 170).

[25] On secularism: “Wherever secularism triumphs, populations begin to shrink and die” (Pat Buchanan, page 180).

[26] On secularism: Could not the whole nature of our civilisation with its shortsightedness, with its proud emphasis on the individual… could it not all be but the natural manifestation of a simple phenomenon which, in simple terms, amounts to a loss of God? (Vaclev Havel, page 180, 181).

[27] On the misleading pretenses used to uphold the separation of church and state: “If you wish to reshape American society through the law… you may use as guides the books written by Karl Marx… but not the books written by Matthew, Mark, Luke or John” (Pat Buchanan, page 183).

[28] On the misleading pretenses used to uphold the separation between church and state: “The struggle for moral hegemony will end only when one side is defeated and the other triumphs” (Pat Buchanan, page 192).

[29] On the misleading pretenses used to uphold the separation between church and state: “With our public schools and public square de-Christianized, our private schools and private institutions are next” (Pat Buchanan, page 204).

[30] On the Portland State commencement, and how white students cheered on their future demographic demise: “Surely it is a rarity in history that a people would cheer news that they and their children would soon be dispossessed of their inheritance as the majority in the nation their ancestors built” (Pat Buchanan, page 209).

[31] On the Republican obsession with cutting taxes: “At times, it seems that is the only reason they were put on Earth” (Pat Buchanan, page 210).

[32] On Cultural Marxism’s relentless nature, even against rivals shy of racial, moral or cultural issues: “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you” (Leon Trotsky, page 211).

[33] On the Left’s perennially aggressive nature: “In a culture war, the revolution is always on the attack, and traditionalists are always on the defensive” (Pat Buchanan, page 212).

[34] On the beneficial nature of proactive tactics: “Strength lies not in defence but in attack” (Adolf Hitler, page 212).

[35] On weak conservatives: “They just want to get along. But, in a culture war, where the other side is always making demands, and the other side is always ready to fight, this translates into endless retreats and eventual defeat” (Pat Buchanan, page 214).

[36] On the need for conservatism with a defined context: “If our culture is going to be conserved, then we need to de-throne the dominant authorities that threaten it” (Sam Francis, page 215).

[37] On the slave trade: “Western man was among the many villains, but Western Man was also the only hero” (Pat Buchanan, page 220).

[38] On the new demographic realities for right-wing political parties: “If professional elites are moving left, poor whites are moving to the right” (Pat Buchanan, page 223).

[39] On the nature of our struggle: “The West does not lack the power to repel these dangers, but it seems to lack the desire or will to maintain itself as a vital, separate, unique civilization” (Pat Buchanan, page 223).

[40] On the place of large corporations in our traditionalist, right-wing struggle: “With share price and stock options its reasons for being, it will sacrifice everything and everyone on the altar of profit” (Pat Buchanan, page 229).

[41] On the necessity of winning the culture war: “Regimes not rooted in culture cannot endure. The Stalinist regimes in the captive nations of Eastern Europe never put down roots in the culture. When the threat of Russian tanks was gone, so were the regimes” (Pat Buchanan, page 230).

[42] On the state’s duty to promote pro-natal policies: What is more important than the permanence of the American nation and people?” (Pat Buchanan, page 232).

[43] On if the established US foreign policy continues: “We shall know no end of war and no security or peace in our own homeland” (Pat Buchanan, page 242).

[44] On the necessity of gender roles: “Women are not the same as men, and saying so does not make it so” (Pat Buchanan, page 244).

[45] On world government: “A world government in which all nations and peoples have an equal voice in determining the destiny of man is absurd. The pilot flies the plane, not the passengers, and parents do not give toddlers a voice and vote in family decisions” (Pat Buchanan, page 246).

[46] On how engaging in conflict to reclaim Western culture, is preferable to the status quo for Christians: “The government used their tax dollars to fund what they believe is the slaughter of unborn children… This is the asking price of peace in the culture war, and, for millions of Christians, the price is too high” (Pat Buchanan, pages 247-248).

[47] On the shortcomings of political change: “Politics cannot pull the West out of its crisis, for it is not a crisis of material things, but a crisis of the soul” (Pat Buchanan, page 252).

[48] On the need for certain decisions to be exempt from the democratic process: “Not all decisions by the people are going to be warmly received by traditionalists. After all, the adversary culture has made deep inroads” (Pat Buchanan, page 260).

[49] On the importance of faith in upholding morality: There is “no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion” (Will Durant, page 265).

[50] On the limitations of democracy: “It (democracy) can easily be transformed by them (the forces you dislike)” (T. S. Eliot, page 267).

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