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How civilizations die (and why Islam is dying too)

Author: David P Goldman
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Regnery Pub., ©2011.
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Thanks to collapsing birthrates, much of Europe is on a path of willed self-extinction. But birthrates in Muslim nations are declining faster--at a rate never before documented. Europe may have the resources to support an aging population, if at a terrible economic and cultural cost. But in the impoverished Islamic world, an aging population means a civilization on the brink of total collapse. Muslim decline poses  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David P Goldman
ISBN: 9781596982734 159698273X
OCLC Number: 698332796
Description: xxiii, 306 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The fifth horseman of the Apocalypse --
pt. 1: The decline of the East. The closing of the Muslim womb ; Faith, fertility, and the world's future ; What the Arab revolutions mean ; Sex, drugs, and Islam ; "They want to destroy the Turkish nation!" ; The end of traditional Muslim society ; The Islamist response --
pt. 2: Theopolitics. Civilizational failure and suicide ; Four great extinctions ; Islam: the Arabs as chosen people ; How Christianity died in Europe ; Why some religion fails in the modern world --
pt. 3: Why it won't be a post-American world. Passing the acid test of modernity ; Europe's ruin and America's founding ; Can American democracy be exported? ; The morality of self-interest.
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Thanks to collapsing birthrates, much of Europe is on a path of willed self-extinction. But birthrates in Muslim nations are declining faster--at a rate never before documented. Europe may have the resources to support an aging population, if at a terrible economic and cultural cost. But in the impoverished Islamic world, an aging population means a civilization on the brink of total collapse. Muslim decline poses new threats to America, challenges we cannot face effectively without a wholly new kind of political analysis that explains how desperate peoples and nations behave. David P. Goldman--author of the celebrated "Spengler" column--reveals how massive shifts in global power are remaking our future: how extinctions of peoples, cultures, and civilizations are not unthinkable, but certain; how for the first time in world history, the birthrate in the West has fallen below replacement level; why birthrates in the Muslim world are falling even faster; why the "Arab Spring" is the precursor of much more violent change in the Islamic world; why looming demographic collapse may encourage Islamic terrorists to "go for broke;" and how the United States can survive the coming world turmoil.--From publisher description.

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Praise for How Civilizations Die "In How Civilizations Die, David Goldman muses on population trends and religion with a breathtaking depth, originality, and panache. Some of his startling but Read more...

 
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Arresting, thought provoking book

by JohnOgden (WorldCat user published 2012-08-07) Excellent Permalink

Goldman contends there is a nexus of faith, culture and demography that is turning out the lights on Europe, Japan, and -- surprise -- most of Islam.  He may be correct, but there is danger in projecting trends 50 to 100 years into the future.  It may well be that as various regions become...
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