“San Pietro si fece la barba prima per sé e poi per gli altri.”
(“Saint Peter shaved himself first and then other people.”)
—A proverb from Lazio, near Rome
Americans believe that they are unusual. They use the word “unique” as a term of praise so often that it has lost its status as a superlative and now means “very good.” This feeling is so pervasive in the United States that scholars have even coined the phrase “American Exceptionalism” to describe it. The policies of Global Free Trade and Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, however, are forcing Americans to confront conditions that face the rest of the world. Pat Buchanan was right to devote several chapters of his recent bestseller, The Death of the West, to intellectual and population trends in Europe because we have much to learn from taking seriously the problems of Europe and its peoples.
The Silent Invasion. The Politics of Immigration: Resource or Conspiracy? begins by mentioning the events of September 11. Its Italian Catholic authors, Alberto Carosa and Guido Vignelli, devote thoughtful pages to the implications of that terrible day. As they note, however, the problems raised by immigration existed before then. In an interview in the International...