He is nothing less than the finest contemporary commentator in the world.
In one succinct paragraph in this post, he says a number of things we’ve been saying for some time. As usual, however, he says it better. He is the absolute unparalleled king of the bon mot.
Here’s the paragraph:
And, while Asghar sounds nutty to us, are we entirely confident we sound all that sane to him and his ilk? Imagine if you’re some upcountry imam in Waziristan taking time out from your child bride to catch up with current events via the BBC World Service: The most glamorous woman in America has a penis in her bustier, for which she gets the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. A white lady blacks her face every morning and goes off to her job as president of the local African-American grievance-mongering society. The most lucrative public-speaking engagements on the planet are 20-minute million-dollar talks on African diarrhea, and the wife of the man who pockets the check is running for president on her opposition to income inequality and the rapacious one per cent.
Do yourself a favor and read the entire post. Steyn doesn’t do fluff; it’s all spectacularly readable and a generally hilarious take on the really serious issues of the day.
I pointed out the above paragraph, because in it Steyn does what we consider it our mission to do here at our small but increasingly influential think tank: Distill the complex out of issues and present them in ways that bring greater comprehension. In this way, for example, we addressed the “Caitlyn Jenner” flap by suggesting that we muse on what a long-in-the-future archaeologist might conclude about Jenner’s sex upon discovering the mortal remains of “Caitlyn.”
In the above excerpt, Steyn mentioned one Asghar Bukhari who, upon waking one day, and being unable to find one shoe, immediately concluded that some anonymous intruder had entered his residence the previous evening, and stolen just the one shoe in order to strike fear into his heart.
However, in the same paragraph Steyn manages to cover the peregrinations of one Bruce Jenner, as we did. Only better.
In the same paragraph, he covered Rachel Dolezal as well, and while we characterized her organization as part of the “Race Grievance Industry,” Steyn says: “the local African-American grievance-mongering society.” See? No one can say it like Steyn! And we said it pretty well!
Needless to say, we’ve been less than kind to her Hillariness, but Steyn manages to sum the entire ridiculous ridiculosity and the absurd absurdity of all that she stands for in a few perfectly-placed words. Top, I dare you, this: “The most lucrative public-speaking engagements on the planet are 20-minute million-dollar talks on African diarrhea, and the wife of the man who pockets the check is running for president on her opposition to income inequality and the rapacious one per cent.”
Mark Steyn is a national treasure — even if he’s Canada’s national treasure. Really, he’s a world treasure. If you view his speech here, you’ll understand why. It’s down at the bottom of the post, and about 25 minutes into the video. It’s at once hilarious, completely Steynian, and highly revealing.