The Unz Review - Mobile

The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection

A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
Show by
 

Email This Page to Someone


 Remember My Information



=>
 Ilana Mercer Archive
shutterstock_95571682
There were likely no kids on board EgyptAir Flight 804 that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, on May 19. Had there been kids on board, we’d be hearing about it a LOT. Of the 224 people on board the Russian metro jet airbus—it crashed in March—17 were children. I know this because each time TV... Read More
A Norwegian male was raped by a Somali asylum seeker. The last term—Somali asylum seeker—is something of a contradiction like the first (Norwegian man). The asylum-seeker honorific is given to practically anyone from the Dark Continent or the Middle-East who washes up on Continental Europe’s shores. The politician, Karsten Nordal Hauken, who says he’s heterosexual,... Read More
Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com
As of May 7, the outgoing neoconservative priestly cast had raised its game. Since Donald Trump has effectively clinched the Republican Party’s nomination, based on his America First platform, they had an ultimatum for him: Stop your nonsense and we’ll take you back. If Trump quits denouncing George Bush and his Good War, and starts... Read More
Gino Santa Maria / Shutterstock.com
“Unsophisticated rambling,” “simplistic,” “reckless.” The verdict about Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy, unveiled after his five-for-five victory in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut, was handed down by vested interests: members of the military-media-think tank complex. People like Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. People Dwight Eisenhower counseled against, in his farewell address to... Read More
chrisdorney / Shutterstock.com
There are only two men in the 2016 presidential race: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Like or dislike her, there’s no questioning Hillary’s manly bona fides. Mrs. Clinton is as tough as she’s philosophically misguided. At the first Democratic debate, on October 14, 2015, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee shuffled meekly to their... Read More
2014, Sept., Ilana-9804
The reader should know that I cringe as I write this first-person account. Why the disclaimer? Opinion differs about how often to use the first person pronoun in various genres of writing. Certainly its overuse in opinion writing is a cardinal sin. To get a sense of how bad someone's writing is count the number... Read More
Olya Steckel / Shutterstock.com
There’s a difference between (small r) republican principles and the Republican Party’s rules of procedure. But National Review neoconservative Jonah Goldberg doesn’t see it. Or, maybe Goldberg is using America’s founding, governing principles to piggyback the Republican Party’s oft revised and rigged rules to respectability. Conservatives who harbor the quaint expectation that voters, not party... Read More
In the 1990s, broadcaster Charles Sykes wrote an important book called “A Nation Of Victims: The Decay of the American Character.” Fast forward to 2016, and Mr. Sykes is defending a character on grounds he once rejected in his trailblazing book. When Mr. Sykes lamented the “The Decay of the American Character,” no reader was... Read More
“I think Islam hates us,” said Donald J. Trump days before the last, March 10 debate in Coral Gables, Miami. To mainstream media, this was a body blow as big as the blasts at the Brussels airport and metro station, on March 22. The debate moderator gave Trump room to retract. Or, rather, to furnish... Read More
a katz / Shutterstock.com
With his decisive victory on Super Tuesday II (March 15), Trump is already winning for America. We’ve won a reprieve. There will be no 13th Republican debate. It was cancelled by the candidate. Megyn Kelly can save her new outfit and mink eyelashes for the next liberal shindig she attends. Despite the best efforts of... Read More
shutterstock_49482364
Mitt gives Mormons (whom I love) a bad name. I thought Mormons weren’t meant to bad-mouth others. Yet Mitt had nothing but bad things to say about Donald Trump, who is political tabula rasa, and has never passed a law in his life. Neither has Trump ever caused the death of a single Iraqi kid.... Read More
GrAl / Shutterstock.com
Van Jones was having a tantrum on TV. The former special advisor for green jobs to Barack Obama, and all-round politically privileged and successful African-American, was demanding that Donald Trump, forthwith, get “passionate” about the black community. Atone The Donald must for allegedly cozying up to the Klan. The dust-up was about David Duke, former... Read More
ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com
Donald Trump has buried George W. Bush, for good. Or so we hope. This might not be "Morning in America," but it is a moral victory for values in America. Somewhere in those Judeo-Christian values touted by “values voters” is an injunction against mass murder. Before the February 20 South Carolina primary, it looked as... Read More
Joseph August / Shutterstock.com
Making America great again, the theme of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, depends on dispelling the myths and myth-making that made America bad. Beginning with George W. Bush. Said Saint Augustine: "The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works." The Republican Party under Bush did the devil's work. Bar the sainted Ron... Read More
Rich Koele / Shutterstock.com
“Wish fulfillment is “the satisfaction of a desire through an involuntary thought process.” This Freudian term encapsulates the coverage of the riveting 2016 primaries by the Megyn Kelly wing (or coven) of the Murdoch Media. Yes, a news personality—a showgirl really—is running more of Roger Ailes' show than she should. And, as Newsmax reports, not... Read More
Ilya B. Mirman / Shutterstock.com
If Donald J. Trump wishes to lessen the impact of his disappointing second in the Iowa caucuses and walk back the tack he’s taken with Ted Cruz—he must begin to think big and talk big. Loud in not necessarily big. Call it triangulation, a concept associated with Bill Clinton’s successful strategies, or call it "the... Read More
Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com
The Iowa caucuses are upon us. Every sentient human being who has lived through The Trump Revolution thinks Donald J. Trump, the enfant terrible of establishment politics, will likely win the Republican caucuses, come February 1. As of January 27, an Iowa Monmouth University Poll places Trump at 30 percent to Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s... Read More
a katz / Shutterstock.com
Former Fox News Channel broadcaster Glenn Beck, now of The Blaze TV, has been warning theatrically of an inchoate catastrophe should the country choose Donald J. Trump “as its next president.” Trump “will be a monster much, much worse" than Barack Obama, says Beck. Worse than George W. Bush? Will Trump be worse than the... Read More
a katz / Shutterstock.com
Donald Trump’s mortal enemies in mainstream politics and media have shifted strategy. In the ramp-up to the Iowa, February 1 Caucuses, the culprits have been pushing presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio onto a defiant Republican base. The Cartel has taken to discussing Trump as a nightmare from which they’ll soon awaken. Candidate Trump’s... Read More
America, as one wag put it, is a “post-constitutional” country. Even worse, a plurality of Americans has now turned, en masse, against the First Principles of its founding. The organizing principle that currently informs American thinking is statism. It’s the state über alles: its laws, and the foot soldiers that enforce hundreds of thousands of... Read More
Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
The following is Part II in a conversation with Jack Kerwick, author of "The American Offensive: Dispatches From The Front." Read Part I, “Black Muslims & the Racial-Industrial Complex.” Visit Jack’s Beliefnet blog—"At the Intersection of Faith & Culture"—friend him on Facebook, and email him at: jackk610@verizon.net. ILANA MERCER: Barack Obama as a devotee of... Read More
shutterstock_221027581
The following is part I in a conversation with Jack Kerwick, author of "The American Offensive: Dispatches From The Front." Jack received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University. A lifelong Roman Catholic, his work on philosophy, politics, religion and culture has appeared in various publications. He teaches philosophy at Rowan College at Burlington County... Read More
Ilya B. Mirman / Shutterstock.com
Donald Trump strode into the gaudy Venetian, in Las Vegas, for the CNN-Facebook Republican presidential debate, with a primary lead for the history books. As Weekly Standard put it, “Trump's lead over his primary opponents is larger than both Ronald Reagan's was in the 1980 race, and George H. W Bush's was in the 1988... Read More
a katz / Shutterstock.com
Right after the Murder-by-Muslim of the San Bernardino 14, on Dec. 2, immigration lawyers peppered the press with praise for America’s fiancé K-1 visa program. This immigration program is "robust" came the message from the lobbyists. Onto this rickety scaffolding stepped the attorneys for The Fockers, I mean the Farooks. The family that spawned the... Read More
Hadrian / Shutterstock.com
“HEY, it’s me, Salah Abdeslam. Did you see the attacks across Paris? Bismillah, may we have many more like them. Brothers Brahim Abdeslam, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, myself and others pulled it off. I’m still in Paris. I need a ride back to Brussels. Come get me.” After executing 130 people in Paris, Nov. 13, and maiming... Read More
In the West, crying and dying is framed as … winning. Or so an Extra-Terrestrial from Deep Space would conclude, should he look down upon the landmasses that make up The West. From his worldly perspective, ET will observe that when they are blown up by the Aliens in Their Midst, The West is wont... Read More
shutterstock_295376369
Yale, Mizzou & Your Child's School
The specter, on the nation’s campuses, of frightened, middle-aged white educators, mostly men, resigning in fear of a mob rising in rage against hurtful words and gestures—all constitutionally protected speech—is an organic extension of the American educational project, down to your child’s school. If your kids are in the country’s educational gulag—primary, secondary or tertiary—however... Read More
360b / Shutterstock.com
Angela Merkel, elected for life, or for what seems like an eternity, squints at ordinary Germans from behind the parapets of her usurped authority. The German chancellor has signaled her express intention to foist a new identity on the German people, whether they like it or not, and without the broad consent of her citizens... Read More
JStone / Shutterstock.com
It has to be said. Hillary Clinton did her side proud at the Benghazi hearing, held by the Select Committee on Benghazi in October. This predictable outcome came about because the Stupid Party, the Republicans, focused on posturing and self-aggrandizement. A clever bunch of people would have arrived at the House Benghazi committee hearing with... Read More
Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com
How vampiric Republican regimists and their zombie media work against the insurgent
Washington is moving aggressively to inoculate itself against The Insurgents. By the looks of it, there will be no Republican insurgency. The series of political eruptions begun when Donald Trump appeared on the scene is losing momentum. The Republican Comitatus, to use Cullen Murphy's description of Rome on the Potomac —"the sprawling apparatus that encompasses”... Read More
Rostislav Glinsky / Shutterstock.com
A DAY IN THE LIFE. The Bennett family’s day began with a prayer at “the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism.” It ended in the murder of the family’s father, stabbed to death in the Old City as he attempted to save wife and son from the same fate. A rabbi who rushed to... Read More
Albert H. Teich / Shutterstock.com
“The top one-tenth of 1 percent in this country own almost 90 percent … as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent,” roared the independent senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, at the first Democratic primary debate of 2015, in Las Vegas. Standing for president, Sanders implies, somehow, that there exists in nature a delimited income... Read More
shutterstock_243988993
The public personas who pass as conservatives are NOT system builders. We know them as conservatives not by their well thought-out, philosophically consistent thinking; but because they’ve staked out certain positions on The Issues, over time. “Gun violence” is the term used by conservatives with this messy habit of mind. A careful thinker would allude... Read More
giulio napolitano / Shutterstock.com
In the wake of America’s week-long, Pope Francis bacchanalia, a few column titles suggest themselves: “Benedict, What Have You Wrought?” “The Global Village Idiot.” “Lady Di of The Papacy.” The last hints at the trendy, pop-philosophies that animate Pope Francis’ Lady Di-like belief system. The intellectual equivalent of these papal shopworn shibboleths you’ll find in... Read More
Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com
Bless Donald Trump. Inadvertently, by just being Donald, Mr. Trump has delivered more good news to liberty lovers. In his bid for the presidency, Mr. Trump is not only threatening the Republican establishment, but is forcing a war with the cable news channel that does the Republican regimists’ bidding. The Fox News Channel backed Genghis... Read More
Albert H. Teich / Shutterstock.com
WHEN IN THE US, SPEAK ENGLISH. Donald Trump's retort to Jeb Bush's rattling off in Spanish on the campaign trail conjures an old joke told in Israel of my youth. It was aimed at the ultra-orthodox Jew who dresses weirdly and won't speak Hebrew. Here goes: Walking down the street is a Sabra (a Jew... Read More
For a short while, the thing called “gun violence” was uppermost in the minds of the blabbering class. Two lovely young people, Alison Parker (news reporter) and Adam Ward (photojournalist), of Roanoke, Virginia, were gunned-down on live TV, is a scene reminiscent of the film “15 Minutes,” in which an anchor’s drive for ratings and... Read More
Donald Trump’s brusque, plainspoken manner masks a fierce intelligence that should not be underestimated. Myself, I had experienced a momentary lapse in judgment with respect to the quality of Fox News Channel’s journalism, during the first prime-time Republican debate, in Cleveland, Ohio. Trump, on the other hand, was never blindsided by the nicely-packaged production that... Read More
It’s “R & R for Megyn Kelly,” the Fox News channel announced last week on its website, followed by a gooey note from Kelly herself. Why was FNC broadcasting the vacation schedule of the Golden Goose that henpecked Donald Trump? Had Kelly been licked into shape by Trump? Was she off to lick her wounds?... Read More
During the first primetime Republican debate, in Cleveland, Ohio, Donald Trump delivered the same slogans and failed to flesh out positions. While the man is quick and engaging; he came unprepared. Ideas have not solidified Trump's success, but a powerful persona, true-blue patriotism and a willingness to put his substantial estate to the service of... Read More
There are certainly good things about Dinesh D’Souza’s film "America: Imagine a World Without Her," as sharp-eyed critics like Jack Kerwick have observed. But those don’t matter much for this reason: The central question asked and answered by the film maker is premised on an epic error of logic. But first, in honor of Bad... Read More
Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com
Working people warm to Donald Trump. He appeals to a good segment of real Americans. The circle jerk of power brokers that is American media, however, lacks the depth and understanding to grasp the fellow-feeling Trump engenders in his fans. THE MEDIA STRUMPETS Amid sneers about Trump’s “crazy, entertaining, simplistic talk,” the none-too bright Joan... Read More
Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com
“It’s the beginning of the end for Donald Trump." "It disqualifies him as a presidential candidate.” “This is the end of his run.” So crowed the political operatives looking to take down Mr. Trump, and by so doing, protect the political status quo and ease themselves into positions of greater power. The egos in the... Read More
Not so fast, Rachel Dolezal. The country is not finished with you yet. It merely got distracted. We scampered in other directions: onto the “genocidal” Confederate flag and the depraved-heart murders of Freddy Gray (black) and Kathryn Steinle. More “Black Lives Matter” riots took place. Not one “White Lives Matter” march was held. (And as... Read More
From her bright eyes and big smile to her sun-kissed, luscious locks, Kathryn Steinle was the consummate California girl. The 32-year-old was shot dead by a proxy of the American Immigration-Industrial-Complex. ICE, the federal wing of The Complex, was quick to blame its local branch: the City of San Francisco. San Francisco is the sanctuary... Read More
Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com
CNN anchor Don Lemon conducted an interview with Donald Trump. It went very well, for Mr. Trump, that is. So well that Lemon’s scoop is difficult to locate on CNN’s website. Instead, Mediate.com scooped the telephonic exchange. Lemon was at a loss. He got more sour-looking by the minute, as Trump bulldozed him with the... Read More
shutterstock_271699937
Fox News anchor Sean Hannity promised to provide a much-needed history of the much-maligned Confederate flag. For a moment, it seemed as though he and his guest, Mark Steyn, would deliver on the promise and lift the veil of ignorance. But no: The two showmen conducted a tactical tit-for-tat. They pinned the battle flag of... Read More
Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com
Since he announced for president, real-estate tycoon Donald Trump has distinguished himself from the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls. Trump claims he opposed the invasion of Iraq. If this is true, it would make him better than almost all his Republican competitors, who mulishly continue to justify the most disastrous military campaign in American history... Read More
Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com
"Adios America" is the apropos title of Ann Coulter's latest book. It details how mass immigration is killing America, as Bill O'Reilly would say (or still will). Adios means farewell in Spanish. Hola is the opposite. Immigration patriots bid a hearty hello to Ann Coulter, as she takes over and takes the battle to the... Read More
Fellow Canadian Kathy Shaidle sends her latest Taki's Magazine column, "Beta Male Suckiness at National Review." In it I learn that Kathy's benevolence approaches the saintly; only recently has she terminated her subscription to National Review (NR). I did so about 15 years ago. The Alberta Report, a Canadian paleoconservative publication with libertarian leanings, soon... Read More
Ilana Mercer
About Ilana Mercer

ILANA Mercer is a US-based, libertarian writer. She pens WND's longest-standing, exclusive, paleolibertarian weekly column, “Return to Reason.” With a unique audience of 8 million, the site has been rated by Alexa as the most frequented “conservative” site on the Internet. Ilana has also featured on RT with the "Paleolibertarian Column," and has contributed to Junge Freiheit, a German weekly of excellence, as well as to the British Libertarian Alliance and Quarterly Review (the celebrated British journal founded in 1809 by Walter Scott, Robert Southey and George Canning), where she is also contributing editor. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Ilana is a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies (an award-winning, independent, non-profit, free-market economic policy think tank).


Past
Classics
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
Hundreds of POWs may have been left to die in Vietnam, abandoned by their government—and our media.
The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
Talk TV sensationalists and axe-grinding ideologues have fallen for a myth of immigrant lawlessness.
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?
Confederate Flag Day, State Capitol, Raleigh, N.C. -- March 3, 2007