Clive Davis is more than mildly upset with two books that I’ve been reading recently. These highly recommended works are Claire Berlinski’s Menace in Europe : Why the Continent's Crisis Is America's, Too and Bruce Bawer’s While Europe Slept : How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within:
“Bruce Bawer and Claire Berlinski both have thoughtful points to make about the way the old continent is heading, but much of their analysis is couched in bleakly apocalyptic rhetoric more suited to one of John Gibson's Frog-bashing pep talks on Fox News.”
“What worries me about books like this is that they risk reducing Europe to a caricature in much the same way as Stupid White Men turns America into one big Wal-Mart with drive-by shootings.”
I have never visited Europe even once in my life. At best, I can read some French and German. Do I possess a caricatured view of the Old Europeans? Am I even possibly some sort of bigot? Isn’t Clive Davis far more knowledgeable than myself? Who in hell do I think I am? Alas, I am convinced that I am right and Davis is living in a dream world. The man is too close to the situation and it has warped his judgment. What do I have going for me? Just the hard facts. The evidence is overwhelmingly clear that the Old Europeans are not having enough children and socialist economic policies are destroying their economies. Clive Davis only offers an anecdotal counter argument. The hard data contradict him.
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