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Not so long ago, mere mention of the deliberate murder of whites in South Africa—country folk and commercial farmers, in particular—was called "racist." "Raaacist!" the media collective brayed when candidate Trump retweeted a related "white genocide" hashtag. It's still "racist" to suggest that the butchering of these whites, almost daily, in ways that beggar belief,... Read More
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CNN’s Jake Tapper wanted to know if there was anything that could have prevented the murderous rampage, in Manhattan, by a Muslim immigrant, who had been recruited to live in America for no good reason. Once upon a time that was known as a rhetorical question. To ask the question would have been to answer... Read More
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News first broke about America's Niger misadventure on October 4. "The real news here is that the US has forces in Niger, where they're conducting covert operations," this writer tweeted out. "Hashtag America First." Official media ignored the ambush of the American Special Forces, until the story gained anti-Trump traction. No word came from John... Read More
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"Another attack in London by a loser terrorist, "tweeted President Trump. "These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard." Prime Minister Theresa May and the mad media fumed over the president's insinuation that the Parsons Green "bucket bomber" was a "Known Wolf," and not a lone wolf. But Donald... Read More
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No sooner do terrorists attack, than those who monopolize the conversation revert to abstractions: "terrorism returned," "terror struck," when, of course, not terrorism, but terrorists struck Barcelona, Spain, on August 17. Terrorists did the same days later, in Newcastle, England and in Turku, Finland. The men who murdered 14 in Spain, maiming and injuring over... Read More
Said the president: "For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and, at times, a policy-making arm of the Government. ... [T]his quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being... Read More
If you want to picture the relationship between the 60 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump and the Deep State seeking to unseat him; DON'T picture a Venn diagram. There is no overlap between the two solitudes. Rather, picture a giant amorphous amoeba, geared toward survival. This single-celled organism will galvanize all systems within... Read More
"ISIS" did not attack in Manchester; a second-generation Muslim, son of immigrants, did. The Islamic State may have inspired 22-year-old Salman Abedi, but ISIS in the Middle East did not murder 22 youngsters and injure dozens at a performance of pop tart Ariana Grande. ISIS, no doubt, is pleased Salman Abedi has killed in Manchester.... Read More
As I write, the Russians are hunting down the perpetrator of an attack on the St. Petersburg subway, in which 11 people were killed and some 45 injured. It took Russian authorities no time at all before an image of a possible culprit was circulated. Vladimir Putin, it appeared, would not be taking a page... Read More
The attacks keep coming. Murder or maiming by Muslims living among us is an almost daily occurrence in the West. The latest was knifeman Khalid Masood, who plowed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, London, and then proceeded to slash at them with a 12-inch blade. Immoral media counted five dead, with the killer.... Read More
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President Trump has credibly accused Obama of wire-tapping the Trump Tower phones during the 2016 campaign. Whether the tapping of Trump Tower phones can be traced to Obama; whether it's true or false—consider the counter-accusations floated by President Donald Trump about Barack Obama as part of a strategy. The president is in survival mode. He's... Read More
RELOCATING the American Embassy to Jerusalem, as President Donald Trump has pledged to do, is more than symbolic. It’s what Christians should be praying for if they value celebrating future Easter Holy Weeks, in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, located in Jerusalem’s Old City. With such a forceful gesture, the Trump Administration will be... Read More
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Can we cut the cr-p, kids? Forgive my language, but, as Ecclesiastes teaches, there’s a time for everything. The time to cuss is now. "Radical Islamic terrorism": He has to be able to say it! This, preach conservative talking heads, is the acid test for electing the next American president. Is this convoluted concept one... Read More
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Programmed as they are in feminist myth-making, journalists, young and old, often ask incredulously, “Why would western girls travel to join ISIS fighters?” “ISIS men don’t believe in equality between the sexes.” At heart, neither do women. Not when hormones rage. Islamic State projects strength. Strength is an aphrodisiac. Women are biologically programmed to be... Read More
They’ve been killing their way across Europe and the USA. They’re the Mohameds, Omars, Syeds, Tashfeens, Tareks, Maliks, Ibrahims, Brahim, Yassins, Rafiks, Khalids and Najims; Messrs. Abaaoud, Abdeslam, El Bakraouis, Abrinis, Abballas (blah-blah). But about them, the Twittersphere yields more plain spoken truths than the expert Idiocracy. The latest Muslim immigrant to unleash himself on... Read More
During the Bretton Woods Conference, in 1944, Lord Halifax is said to have “whispered to Lord Keynes: ‘It’s true: they have the money bags but we have all the brains.’” By “they,” Halifax meant the Americans. His frustration with the American mind—so prosaic and anti-intellectual—during the critical Bretton-Woods negotiations seems as valid today. As odious... Read More
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Democrats are frenetically trying to pass legislation that’ll make it impossible for anyone on the government’s terrorist list to legally purchase a firearm. Their renewed Brownian motion is due to the murder, last Sunday, of 49 gay club-goers in Orlando, Florida. The Muslim American perpetrator also wounded 53 more. The premise of passing such a... Read More
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Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee for 2016, has something in common with Donald Trump: Sinophobia. During a 2011 visit to Zambia, she warned about “a new colonialism in Africa.” This time, the Chinese were to blame. As Clinton sees it, the Chinese are extracting wealth from the continent by buying its raw... Read More
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“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
“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
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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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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It’s quite a surprise that John McCain did not rise on his hind legs when he got wind of what U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had said on the Memorial Day week-end. It was just the thing to make the War Party irate–even more so than the Iraqi prime minister was. (Who is he these... Read More
"If we knew what we know today, we would not have gone into Iraq": This is as good an apology Republicans vying for the highest office are willing to offer, 12 years after launching a war that was immoral andunjustfrom the inception—as some of us pointed outfrom theinception—cost trillions in treasure, tens of thousands of... Read More
When theydestabilizedLibya andoverthrewstrongman Muammar Gadhafi in 2011 the U.S. and its Canadian and European allies unleashed a series of events that accounts for the steady flood into Europe of migrants from North Africa. There are, purportedly,"up to 1 million"poor, uneducated, possibly illiterate, predominantly male, and by necessity violence-prone individuals, poised to board rickety freighters in... Read More
Franklin Delano Roosevelt is not the man to quote in support of the market economy. He was, after all, the president who gave America the assault on free-market capitalism known as the New Deal. He also capitulated to communism at Yalta, 70 years ago. There, in February of 1945, he and Winston Churchill met with... Read More
For the neoconservatives, ground zero in the creation of the Islamic State (ISIS) is the departure of the American occupying forces without a Status of Force Agreement (SOFA). At the behest of President Barack Obama, or so the allegation goes, the American military decamped, in December of 2011, without securing an SOFA. A residual American... Read More
The Fourth Estate has moved the country into the Third Dimension. The media lie so much, that when stuff happens that scares them, they no longer know where to turn for the truth. For now, mainstream media have stopped meditating on Charlie Hebdo, and moved on to the weather and other woes. But something changed... Read More
He adopted the religion of peace and forthwith proceeded to shatter the peace of his countrymen. In the waning months of 2014, Quebecer Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in the back, at Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa. Zehaf-Bibeau then stormed Parliament, but was dispatched by a sergeant-at-arms before he could do further harm.... Read More
WINNING IN THE WEST. A French "documentary maker"—a title everyone with a camera assumes these days—told CNN's Anderson Cooper that the West was winning. The docu-dude felt that the people of Europe were displaying a winning resistance to the imposition of Islamic blasphemy laws. How was the West vanquishing the enemies of free speech? In... Read More
There was a great cry throughout the land. Non-stop propaganda from a monolithic media-military- congressional complex had convinced a petrified people of the need for a military offensive in Iraq and Syria, in pursuit of a pack of wild dogs: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL). A plurality of Americans... Read More
"ISIL" is how President Barack Obama refers to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He pronounces it as one would the last syllable in "Moishel," giving it the ring of a Yiddish diminutive. Yiddish adds an "-l or ---ele" suffix to signify affection. "ISIL," the more expansive appellation preferred by the president, stands... Read More
"Here is an angry and cogent Israeli response to incessant provocation and violence, and one of the factors that triggered the Gaza campaign," wrote a reader. In his missive, the reader had attached an article for my edification. Chief among the problems with the article is that its author, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, is not an... Read More
For the past few weeks, the country's distinct national navel-gazing has shifted to the military. It began with horror stories about the treatment of veterans at Veterans Affairs facilities across the country and has reached a crescendo in the curious case of Taliban hostage Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, exchanged for five fierce-looking Muhammadans from Afghanistan's... Read More
A heroic American whistleblower chooses, oh-so wisely, to expose Uncle Sam's usurpations to the veteran reporters of the British Guardian and not to the partisan hacks of the American press. This fact tells you all you need to know about US presstitutes. Confirmation of the degree to which American media has been co-opted by power... Read More
Trust Republicans to give battle over the wrong broad and for the wrong reasons. Political posturing aside, Susan Rice, whom Barack Obama has appointed to be his national security adviser---despite or perhaps because of her role in developing the administration's Benghazi fable---is likely less dangerous than Samantha Power, who will be sent to the United... Read More
NO TO A "SUPERPOWER POPE." Mercifully, the new pope is not the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Shortly after Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th pope, Cardinal Dolan demonstrated why my prayers had been answered. The American had been bypassed. Out of the papal conclave and into the limelight charged... Read More
If you care about rebels the world over, as Senators John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham think you ought to, consider the fate of one brave rebel. Stacked as they are with The Dictator's judges, the courts in this rebel's country want to place him behind bars for shooting a predator on his property.... Read More
Just the other day, America was debating whether it was OK for our soldiers to pee on people they had killed in Afghanistan. There was no quarrel over whether it was OK to kill the peed-upon, in the first place. Building on the skewed, To-Pee-Or-Not-To-Pee diversion, the question du jour is whether the same soldiers... Read More
Left and right, the cable commentariat is currently engaged in a cut-and-thrust over the use of strong words in politics. In particular, does "terrorism" describe the initial reluctance of some tea partiers to support the US government's set-in stone spending? Lost in this silly squabble is the following: "the second coming of the Republican revolution,"... Read More
Despite a gutsy effort, Israeli ground forces are suffering heavy losses in close-quarter combat with Hezbollah guerrillas. The terrorist-cum-political organization, you recall, started the hostilities by crossing into Israel and ambushing Israeli soldiers. When the latter returned to retrieve the bodies of their comrades, they were cleverly cornered again and blown to smithereens. The Israel... Read More
A clear recognition that Israel is engaged in a just war against warlords that seek her demise has finally begun to emerge. No less a left-liberal source as the Los Angeles Times ceased the perennial excuse-making for Hamas and Hezbollah's holy terror against Israelis. Instead, they replaced Freudian exculpations (America loves Israel more, "occupation," traumatic... Read More
I've always thought the concerted campaign to delegitimize Israel conducted over the pages of The American Conservative (TAC) Magazine was the result of minds ravaged by the rot of Lawrenthian romanticism. The great classical liberal Ludwig von Mises did, after all, warn that "Romanticism is man's revolt against reason." It transpires I've been naive. The... Read More
Paula Hancocks of CNN and her bureau beau assumed their standard position when breaking the news of Israel's raid into Gaza to retrieve a kidnapped soldier and two civilians: face to Mecca and keister up in the air. The CNN flacks didn't exactly set the scene for the operation, although, to be fair, they mentioned... Read More
"Libertarians Who Loathe Israel" continued to generate a stream of fascinating letters throughout the week. These generally confirmed the column's thesis. Part of the hostility so many libertarians harbor toward Israel, as historian Paul Gottfried points out, has to do with an unfortunate guilt by association: Libertarian animus against neoconservatives has translated into revulsion for... Read More
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Ilana Mercer
About Ilana Mercer

ILANA Mercer is the author of "The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed," (June, 2016) and “Into The Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa” (2011) She has been writing a popular, weekly, paleolibertarian column—begun in Canada—since 1999. Ilana’s online homes are www.IlanaMercer.com & www.BarelyABlog.com. Follow her on https://twitter.com/IlanaMercer.


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