Mark Steyn warns of the left’s ‘power calculation’ and western civilization ‘sliding off a cliff’

Bestselling Canadian author Mark Steyn sat down with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on the newest episode of Fox Nation’s “Tucker Carlson Today,” to discuss the worldview of the left.

“The whole point about the leftist worldview is it doesn’t have to cohere,” Steyn said. “Because they have the power calculation.”

He pointed to the recent burning of churches seen in Canada as part of the backlash over the use of church-run residential schools there to force indigenous children to assimilate.

“It’s not a story in Canada,” he said. “Dozens of churches burned, and it’s not a story. Whereas if you, for example, left rashes of Canadian bacon on the step of a Mosque, that would be a story for weeks.”

“So the leftist worldview is always the power calculation – what belongs to the past, traditional ideas about traditional churches, traditional institutions and what belongs to the rainbow coalition of the future,” Steyn opined.

Carlson shared a portion of the interview Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” with a focus on why the media in this country has stopped representing the people.

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“American national government doesn’t work because the congressional districts are now so populous that they don’t represent the people,” Steyn replied. “They represent a handful of players in each district who know how to get the guys on the phone.”

“Big government doesn’t just mean big government, it means it is no longer — at a certain point, it can no longer be representative of the people,” he added.

After a quick reference to democracy in India, where he said federalism works better than in the U.S., Steyn pointed out that the New Hampshire state House has as many representatives as the British House of Commons, suggesting that a representative in the state is likely to know more of his constituents on a personal level.

Carlson pointed out that Steyn has lived around the world and travels extensively, which may account for long periods where he is unavailable, prompting a hilarious reply from his guest that he’s actually on a bender “just around the corner from the Fox DC bureau, face down in coke and hookers” when unavailable for the show.

The Fox News host then asked about real threats Americans should be aware of.

“I think at a certain point, you have to go and see places for yourself,” he replied. “And I think that’s particularly true if you are in the media.”

Steyn said that “a lot of what the media do is phony,” pointing to coverage of 9/11 as an example, adding he “likes to go and actually get a grip on those places firsthand.”

“My problem right now is that western civilization is sliding off a cliff and most people in the western world aren’t even aware of that, which is tragic. So how do you stop it if they are not even aware of it?” he said. “One thing I’ve noticed… actually the western world right now gets more west the further east you go.”

He observed that American conservatism is “desperately stale and tired at the official level, at the think tank level and the conservative magazine level, if you can still find one,” before nailing the disconnect with the boots on the ground.

“It’s interesting to me, all the three phenomena of the pushback, the Tea Party in 2009, and then Trump in 2015, and now these people showing up at school boards and being mad over Critical Race Theory, all of these three phenomena have nothing to do with the conservative establishment, whether political or whether the think tanks — so that should tell those guys about the disconnect,” Steyn said.

Tom Tillison

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