Towards A Good Samaritan World

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Mark Steyn chronicles just how far the Germans have gone on the road to serfdom:

An unemployed waitress in Berlin faces the loss of her welfare benefits after refusing a job as a prostitute in a legalized brothel.

Who else would have the gumption to skewer the UN as savagely as Mark Steyn does in this column?

Humor is Steyn's salvation. Without it, he wouldn't be read: he's too extreme right, and some of the stuff he writes is too depressing. Because he makes you laugh, he can get away with being outrageous, and he lightens the mood of some very dark subjects.

Then, between the laughs, you gradually realize... he's right. Chillingly right.

Chrenkoff calls Steyn "the joker in the conservative pundit deck, but also in many ways the shrewdest and the most insightful of the lot."

Amen. Mark Steyn, joker. Mark Steyn, man on a mission.

[UPDATE: Another thing I like about Steyn. In both of these articles, he was defending the honor of women. In the first, he defends a German young woman being forced into prostitution by the state. In the second, he attacks widespread sexual predation by UN troops and other officials. Chivalry is not dead!

Steyn is a modern G. K. Chesterton. He is the only writer I can remember of whom I have thought that I was uncommonly fortunate to be alive at the time he is writing.]


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