Fall of a Titan

Pat Buchanan’s new book  is another tour de force.  Suicide of a Superpower builds on the prophetic warnings first articulated in such earlier books as The Great Betrayal; A Republic, Not an Empire; and, most importantly, Death of the West.  The current work exhibits the most famous paleoconservative’s trademark word-crafting verve, encyclopedic knowledge of history and politics, and emotional power.

I discovered Buchanan’s books and columns in my senior year of high school, about a year after first listening to “conservative” talk radio, watching Sean Hannity, and reading National Review.  I had quickly grown tired of the latter’s intellectually shallow, globalist, interventionist, and pro-mass-immigration, milquetoast “conservatism.”  The reaction of my teachers and professors to my discovery was predictable.  “Pat Buchanan is the devil, Eugene!” shrieked a young leftist history professor when I quoted Buchanan on the destruction of U.S. manufacturing jobs by NAFTA.  Another professor, an arrogant Rockefeller Republican, threw back my essay arguing for immigration limitation and control: “This reads like Pat Buchanan’s 1992 speech.”  His face fell when I thanked him for the compliment.

Nonetheless, many of my peers were surprisingly...

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