Mark Steyn Quotes

In defiance of traditional immigration patterns, Europe’s young Muslims are less assimilated than their parents and grandparents. Instead of becoming more European, they’re becoming more Islamist. If the “root cause” of September 11 is Islam’s difficulty with modernity, we shouldn’t be surprised that this manifests itself less in Indonesia than in Holland, the epitome of […]

I’d say it’s the peculiar genius of the left to have made homosexuality incredibly boring: I don’t think Cole Porter would have seen any point to being gay if it was all about lobbying for reciprocal pension benefits.

Language has been an important weapon in the gay movement’s very swift advance. In the old days, there was sodomy: an act. In the late 19th century the word homosexuality was coined: a condition. A generation ago, the accepted term became gay: an identity. Each formulation raises the stakes: One can object to and even […]

Some years ago, the (gay) columnist Andrew Sullivan said to me that he reckoned there was more male-on-male sex in the days before the invention of gayness as a round-the- clock identity. I don’t doubt it. But that only makes the triumph of gay marriage even more impressive: In the western world a minority that […]

Once upon a time we knew what to do. A British district officer, coming upon a scene of suttee, was told by the locals that in Hindu culture it was the custom to cremate a widow on her husband’s funeral pyre. He replied that in British culture it was the custom to hang chaps who […]

As a general rule, the more noisily an institution proclaims its commitment to diversity, the more slumped in homogeneity it gets – at least when it comes to the only diversity that matters, not diversity of race or gender or orientation, but diversity of ideas.

If I understand this global-warming business correctly, the danger is that the waters will rise and drown the whole of Massachusetts, New York City, Long Island, the California coast and a few big cities on the Great Lakes, in other words, every Democratic enclave will be wiped out leaving only the solid Republican heartland. Politically […]

“Conservative” has been carelessly appropriated by the media to mean no more than the side you’re not meant to like. John Ashcroft is a hardline conservative, but so, according to the press, is the Taliban and half the Chinese politburo and the crankier Ayatollahs.

Younger comics who for 30 years have despised Hope as a pro-war establishment suck-up forget that he more or less invented the form they work in: the relaxed guy who strolls on and does topical observational gags about the world we live in. When he started eight decades ago, there were no “stand-ups”; it was […]