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One of many cringe-making moments in Christine Blasey Ford’s protracted complaint before the Senate Judiciary Committee—and the country—was an affectation-dripping reference to her hippocampus. “Indelible in the hippocampus” was the memory of supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulting her, some 36 years back, asserted Ford in that scratchy, valley-girl voice of hers. With that,... Read More
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By the time this column goes to press, Christine Blah-Blah Ford would’ve appeared before the coven once considered the greatest deliberative body in the world: The United States Senate. At the time of writing, however—on the eve of a hearing conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee to ascertain the veracity of Blasey Ford’s sexual assault... Read More
Adroitly, President Trump has optimized outcomes for the American Worker. His is a labor market like no other. Long overdue in the U.S., a labor market is one in which firms compete for workers, rather than workers competing for jobs. “For the first time since data began to be collected in 2000, there are more... Read More
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It takes no time at all. You listen to Bob Woodward’s halting speech. You read his lumpen prose, and you get right away what undergirds his Trump-phobic tome, “Fear: Trump in the White House.” Naively, the president had expected to fulfill his revolutionary campaign promises to the American voters, an assumption that threw Woodward and... Read More
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Monomaniacal Westerners—they have one thing on their minds: it begins with an “R”—have come to think and speak of apartheid as a theory of white supremacy. It was not. The policy of “separate development,” as it was admittedly euphemized, was not a theory of racial supremacy, but a strategy for survival. But first: To perceive... Read More
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In a recent translation of Tacitus’ Annals, a question was raised as to whether “there were any ‘nations’ in antiquity other than the Jews.” Upon reflection, one suspects that the same question can be posed about the Afrikaners in the modern era. In fact, in April of 2009, former South African President Jacob Zuma infuriated... Read More
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He who believes he has a right to another man’s property ought to produce proof that he is its rightful owner. “As the old legal adage goes, ‘Possession is nine-tenths of the law,’ as it is the best evidence in our uncertain world of legitimate title. The burden of proof rests squarely with the person... Read More
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Liberals have taken to promoting socialism, which is the state-sanctioned appropriation of private property. Or, communism. In communism’s parlance, this theft of a man’s life, labor and land is referred to as state-ownership of the means of production. Liberals are less known for misappropriating intellectual concepts. But they do that, too. Take the term “liberal.”... Read More
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Once upon a time there were two politicians. One had the power to give media and political elites goosebumps. Still does. The other causes the same dogs to raise their hackles. The first is Barack Hussein Obama; the second Vladimir Putin. The same gilded elites who choose our villains and victims for us have decided... Read More
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To listen to political psychologists and demographers, women are “abandoning the Republican Party” and voting for progressive policies because “they care about reproductive rights.” Get it? Women “care.” What do they care about? “Rights.” The implication, at least, is that “the gender gap in American politics” is related to something women possess in greater abundance... Read More
Ben Shapiro is an anti-Trumper, who continues to assert baselessly that “the future of the Republican party is anti-Trump.” Fox News, generally pro-POTUS, persists in exposing Deplorables to Shapiro’s twitter travails and spats with a left that, in turn, doesn’t know left from right—for Ben is no rightist; he’s a neoconservative media-pleaser. In this farcical... Read More
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Peter Strzok, the disgraced and disgraceful Federal Bureau of Investigation official, is the very definition of a slimy swamp creature. Strzok twitched, grimaced and ranted his way to infamy during a joint hearing of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees, on July 12. In no way had he failed to discharge his professional unbiased obligation... Read More
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On just about every issue, in 2016, candidate Trump ran in opposition to Sen. Lindsey Graham. Donald Trump won the presidency; Lindsey Graham quit the race with a near-zero popularity, as reflected in the polls. The People certainly loathe the senator from South Carolina. A poll conducted subsequently found that Graham was among the least... Read More
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The late Charles Krauthammer was right about the rules of good writing. The use of the first-person pronoun in opinion writing is a cardinal sin. To get a sense of how bad someone's writing is count the number of times he or she deploys the Imperial "I" on the page. Krauthammer considered a single "I"... Read More
Big Media, the policy veterans and the chancelleries across Europe and Britain are constantly complaining: Donald Trump has had the temerity to defy their international order, summit—and seek peace—with their enemies, and mess with the multilateral maze they call agreements. He even declared, early in June, that the US would be far better off if... Read More
By now most Americans, for or against, get the idea. All an individual or family need do to live in America, and off the avails of the American taxpayer, is to arrive at an approved port of entry and “lodge a legal claim to stay.” That’s it. The same understanding animates an entire, parasitical industry... Read More
No good deed goes unpunished. Jeff Sessions wants to restore to America the "sound principles of asylum” and long-standing tenets of immigration law, abandoned by American leaders over the decades. That makes the attorney general a Hitler, to use liberal argumentation. Condemned for all eternity. As the left sees it, if America isn’t going to... Read More
Melinda Gates, a silly woman with an enormously wealthy husband, has decided to reinvent herself as a venture capitalist. With a difference. With her husband’s billions, Mrs. Gates announced her intention to venture into funding start-up companies that are likely to fail. In an interview with Fortune Magazine, Gates “bashed ‘white guys,’” and vowed to... Read More
"There are no more civil libertarians left," warned celebrated attorney Alan Dershowitz. The topic was the left. The location was Tucker Carlson’s TV studio, May 30. Dershowitz, a life-long liberal and civil-libertarian, has refused "to allow partisan politics to pre-empt his views on the Constitution," in general, and in the matter of Grand Inquisitor Robert... Read More
The tele-experts assert that to do what he did—kill 10 and maim 13, at Santa Fe High School, in Texas—Dimitrios Pagourtzis had to be insane. Likewise, Nikolas Cruz—killer of 17 in Parkland, Florida—and many shooters before him: All were victims of mental disorder. Or, so say the experts. Come to think of it, the structure... Read More
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Not a day goes by when the liberal media don’t telegraph to the world that a “Trumpocracy” is destroying American democracy. Conspicuous by its absence is a pesky fact: Ours was never a country conceived as a democracy. To arrive at a democracy, we Americans destroyed a republic. One of the ways in which the... Read More
I recently traveled to Texas to speak about South Africa, at the Free Speech Forum of the Texas A & M University. To travel from the Pacific Northwest all the way to College Station, Texas, without experiencing more of the "Lone Star State" was not an option. So, after driving from Austin eastward to College... Read More
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It’s hard to feel sorry for liberals when they reap the results of the policies they force on the rest of us. A middle-aged woman, who campaigned against the deportation of migrants from her native Sweden, was raped by the very refugees she advocates for. She met two Afghani teens on the street, outside a... Read More
An "aging white population [is] speeding [up] diversity," blared a headline in The Hill. Could this be a case of confusing cause-and-effect? Are the two trends—whites dying-out and minorities thriving—really spontaneous and strictly parallel? The reverse is likely true. Corrected, The Hill headline should have read: Could speeding up diversity contribute to a decline in... Read More
To say that academic elites don’t like ordinary folks is to state the obvious. To them, Lanford, Illinois—the fictional, archetypal, working-class town, made famous by Roseanne and Dan Conner—is not to be listened to, but tamed. A well-functioning democracy depends on it. Taming Fishtown—Charles Murray’s version of Landford—is the thread that seems to run through... Read More
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Planning for a show-down, a column of 1,500 Central Americans, largely from Honduras, has been beating a path to the Mexican-American border. Some report that the column has been halted; others dispute that. Interviewed by Reuters in Mexico, a sojourning mother of seven—what are the chances none is an MS13 gangster?—signaled her intention to proceed... Read More
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As individuals, we want the best doctors treating and operating on us, the best pilots flying the airplanes we board, the best engineers designing the bridges we cross, the best scientists inventing and bringing to market the medicines and potions we ingest. Yet the American Idiocracy is moving to equate merit-based institutions with institutionalized racism.... Read More
"This is just a truly astonishing moment coming from the White House podium," tweeted MSNBC's Kasie Hunt. Like the rest of the media pack-animals she hunts with, Ms. Hunt had been fuming over President Trump's telephone call to Vladimir Putin, congratulating him on winning another term as president. Reliably opposed to a truce were party... Read More
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In the turbulent times of Trump, it seems like an eternity, but last week, Gary Cohn, the president’s chief economic advisor, resigned from his position. President Trump had asked “Cohn directly” if he could be relied on to help implement tariffs. Cohn said no, by Bloomberg Politics’ telling. Hours later, he was out. Asked and... Read More
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Up until, or on the day, a predictable calamity unfolds in South Africa, you still find Western Media insisting that, No, there's no racial component to the butchering of thousands of white rural folks in ways that would make Shaka Zulu proud. No, the mutilated, tortured, white bodies of Boer and British men, women and... Read More
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"In America," observed Oscar Wilde, "the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience." So it is with the activist kids who’ve emerged from the Parkland, Florida, school massacre of February 14th, in which 17 of their own were murdered. Each one sounds like... Read More
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The United Nations, naturally, disapproved. Pope Francis, more enigmatically, protested, too, when President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the eternal Capital of Israel. By 2019’s end, the Trump administration plans to open the American Embassy in Jerusalem. There's a reason Muslims living in Israel proper—1.5 million of them—don't migrate to the adjacent Palestinian Authority. They're... Read More
What would Joan Rivers (allegedly) say about Rob Porter? Until her untimely death, the iconic comedienne was a personality that had somehow lived on into our post-personality era. Until his #MeToo ex-wives began baying for his blood, Mr. Porter, as good as dead politically, was President Trump's White House staff secretary. If the irreverent Rivers... Read More
Republicans have revealed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) treats Americans not as citizens, but as subjects to spy on. I'd expect nothing less from a Court strengthened by George W. Bush and his Republicans. But, what do you know? Following Barack Obama’s lead, President Donald Trump and his Republicans have renewed FISA Section... Read More
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President Trump's questioning of immigration into the United States from what he crudely called "shithole" countries masks a more vexing question: What makes a country, the place or the people? Does "the country" create the man or does the man make the country? To listen to the deformed logic of the president's detractors, it's the... Read More
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"DACA." That's the magic word, the "Open Sesame" of sorts, that stopped Democrats from saying President Donald Trump was senile. DACA is the acronym for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals." The DACA program is Barack Obama's grant of education, food stamps, health care, a shot at a job and a reprieve from deportation for the... Read More
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It's fact: Neoconservatives are pleased with President Trump’s foreign policy. A couple of months back, Bloomberg’s Eli Lake let it know he was in neoconservative nirvana: "… for Venezuela, [Donald Trump] came very close to calling for regime change. 'The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable,' Trump said. 'We are... Read More
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READERS were angry. I had rained on their parade by venturing that the appointment of a new party boss to head South-Africa's dominant party was an insignificant game of musical chairs. But perhaps it is I who should have been annoyed. Nobody with a modicum of cerebral agility should see in the new South-African Strong... Read More
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When preaching immigration leniency and lawlessness in America, immigration bleeding hearts should lay off the Hebrew Bible, Leviticus 19:34, in particular. One Rev. Ryan M. Eller, on Tucker Carlson's show, gave a dissembling and misleading reading of the tract, in mitigation of the immigration status of Kate Steinle's killer. The reverend glibly translated the word... Read More
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Retired US Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn's sin was lying to liars, not colluding with Russians. When he spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, following Donald Trump's 2016 election, former National Security Advisor Flynn was discharging a perfectly legal and patriotic duty to the electorate. In a fit of pique, then-President Barack Obama had expelled... Read More
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On November 21, after 37 years in power, Zimbabwe's dictator, Robert Mugabe, resigned in infamy. By contrast, the late South African leader, Nelson Mandela, was revered in the West. His successor, Thabo Mbeki, was well-respected. Yet over the decades, both Mandela and Mbeki lent their unqualified support to Mugabe. When the baton was passed from... Read More
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"If the tax reform bill goes through, do you plan to increase your company's capital investment?" The question was posed to a sizeable group of CEOs at The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council, in the presence of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn. A pitiful show of hands failed to wipe the smirk off Mr.... Read More
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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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I'd like to better understand the conservative media's orgy over Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced and disgraceful Hollywood film producer and studio executive who used his power over decades to have his way with starlets. To listen to conservative talkers, the women affronted or assaulted by Weinstein were all Shakespearean talent in the making—female clones of... Read More
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The Indian tribesman's claim to his ancient stomping grounds can't be reduced to a title search at the deeds office. That's the stuff of the positive law. And this was the point I took away from a conversation, circa 2000, with Mr. Property Rights himself, Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Dr. Hoppe argued unassailably—does he argue any other... Read More
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A man, Sonny Melton, 29, died, shielding his wife from the bullets. Another commandeered a truck to drive victims of the Oct. 1 massacre in Las Vegas to the hospital. At first, Vanessa, a concertgoer, fled the Vegas venue, which was being sprayed with bullets from high-velocity rifles. Then, she turned and ran back. She... Read More
"Taking a knee" stands for the specter of beefy, pampered athletes—they're not sportsmen—wealthy beyond belief, striking a political pose on the football field, during the playing of the national anthem. First to kneel when he was meant to stand was Colin Kaepernick. The reason the San Francisco 49er knelt, in 2016: "I am not going... 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
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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