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“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 Mueller and his tribunal, in particular.

Conversely, the American Civil Liberties Union has supported the FBI’s manifestly unconstitutional raid on Michael Cohen’s offices, even asserting that the seizing of client-attorney privileged files from the Trump attorney was kosher.

“… all indications thus far are that the search was conducted pursuant to the rule of law,” crowed the ACLU, in “stunning rebuke to the basic concepts behind the [organization’s] mission.”

To ACLU silence—and in contravention of that quaint thing called the Fourth Amendment—Mueller had previously taken possession of tens of thousands of emails exchanged among President Donald Trump’s transition team.

The meek, weak Jeff Sessions has failed miserably to bust these sham, kangaroo-court proceedings, leading former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz to carp: “The attorney general is just not up to the job.”

In the absence of an effective legal counterweight, Mueller, of course, is getting away with it.

On TV, Dershowitz has been joined by the talented Mr. Turley (Jonathan Turley, Esquire), in protesting the warrantless theft of the Trump campaign’s emails.

Let the record show that Dumbo Napolitano (Fox’s Judge Andrew) seconded Mueller’s legal authority, declaring, on December 18, 2017, that, “Mueller did not improperly obtain Trump’s transition emails.”

Talk to the hand, Judge Napolitano, because this face ain’t listening to you any longer.

“The left is less interested in civil liberties,” observed Tucker, ruefully, to which Alan Dershowitz quipped: “The ACLU is dead in the water when it comes to defending the civil liberties of people they don’t agree with.”

Do “the shoe is on the other foot test,” Dershowitz instructs. Ask yourself: “If the shoe were on the other foot, would you be taking the same position you’re taking today?” Everyone has to pass it.

Having taken the test, you’ll sympathize with the intractable positions against the partisanship of justice, taken by civil libertarians like Alan Dersh and libertarians like this writer.

For us, justice for all is about justice for every individual. Each one of us is safe only when justice is meted out equally. Defend the rights of all to be “be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,” so that every single one of us may live free of unconstitutional raids on our person, businesses and bedrooms.

“Too many on the right and the left do not pass the shoe-is-on-the-other-foot test,” averred Dersh: Conservatives fail the test. Liberals fail the test. Dershowitz, on the other hand, even stood up to the shill, Sean Hannity.

Indeed, by logical and ethical extension, good civil-libertarians and libertarians will have condemned the 1998 (Kenneth) Starr Chamber just as we do the Mueller Inquisition.

“We need neutral principles. We need standards of constitutionality,” inveighed Dershowitz.

We have them, sir. We ditched them. We don’t follow the original Constitution.

Another near-extinct political animal is your old-school, antiwar liberal.

Remnants of this Old Left eke out a political existence on The Nation magazine. They approve of President Trump’s North-Korea initiative and mock neoconservatives in opposition to peace with that country.


Foremost among the chicken hawks derided in The Nation for “spinning” the outreach to Kim Jong-un “as a dangerous event” were Mad Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin, who had grand mal fits over the pages of The Washington Post. They were joined by the fulminating Nicholas Kristof (New York Times) and Robin Wright (New Yorker).

In all, the absolute smackdown to Hillary Clinton and to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ vacuous “revolutionaries” was delivered by another liberal, John Pilger.

Pilger calls Hillary “the Great Obliterator,” for she “might have attacked Iran and lobbed missiles at Putin, whom she likened to Hitler, a particular profanity given the 27 million Russians who died in Hitler’s invasion.”

“What is known in the US as ‘the left,’” laments Pilger, “has effectively allied with the darkest recesses of institutional power, notably the Pentagon and the CIA,” to tamper with “a peace deal between Trump and Vladimir Putin and to reinstate Russia as an enemy, on the basis of no evidence of its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.”

“The true scandal is the insidious assumption of power by sinister war-making vested interests for which no American voted. The rapid ascendancy of the Pentagon and the surveillance agencies under Obama represented an historic shift of power in Washington.”

A coup of sorts, one approved by the left.

At its most effective and substantive, the left once protested against gratuitous wars.

Under Pilger’s lens, “the new liberal brand” amounts to nothing more than “commodified and market-tested ‘diversity.’”

The responsibility of all to end the prospects of a nuclear war fails to penetrate those “liberal brains pickled in the formaldehyde of identity politics.”

So spoke a bona fide liberal. And with disarming candor.

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She is the author of “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook,Gab & YouTube

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  1. There remains a shriveled vestigial organ that once was the American left. The Bernie Bros. But Bernie has coopted them for the Democrats. And there is a smattering of Communists, Socialists and Greens none of which has any clout whatsoever. If we would have a real left we would have to start from scratch. And of course we have the people who ruined America. The Democrats and Republicans. They like to call themselves centrists but really they are just in it for the money. Libertarians deserve mention but their number is tiny especially after you subtract the Randroids.

    The only political movement with any vigor belongs to the Nationalists. Or if you prefer, Populists. Commonly known as The Deplorables. They draw from all of the above. But the Nationalists are desperate for leadership. They came together behind the candidacy of Donald Trump. But Trump is not a leader. He is a battering ram. A blunt instrument, bashing away at the corporate media propaganda while trying to defuse the ongoing soft coup against him. There is not much us proles can do except support Trump in the midterms and hope he doesn’t kill us all in the service of Israel.

  2. Ilana Issacsohn-Mercer approves of

    (((Dershowitz))) because

    Dersh, like (((herself))), is a rabid Zionist-living-in-‘Murka.

    she detests the left-wing Tikkun Olas @ the ACLU

    because these Jews oppose the Zionist colonization of Palestine, and support the right to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction apartheid Israhell. “Apartheid” regimes are, incidentally, well within the Issacsohn-Mercer’s field of expertise, since (((she and her family))) helped destroy one in South Africa.

    all the rest is eyewash.

    it’s long past time for Dersh, Ilana, and all suchlike Jewish racial nationalists

    to make aliyah to Israhell.

    • Replies: @Reactionary Utopian
  3. Svigor says:

    Pied-piper nonsense; it’s a leftist’s version of “Dems are the real racists.” Cuck city.

    Leftists’ brains are pickled in the delusion of human group cognitive equality.

    Leftists’ brains are pickled in the obsession with White racial surrender.

    It’s really a rather juvenile argument; “HITLER used his military to defend Germany’s borders. You can’t use your military to defend your border, unless you want to be like HITLER. Do you want to be like HITLER?”

    Jews hate and fear the prospect of weaponized White psyches. They want to keep all the mental WMD to themselves and their stooges.

  4. @Haxo Angmark

    You don’t want to read Ilana’s stuff, don’t read it. How hard is that to figure out?

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  5. Good column, and Mr. Dershowitz sounds like a principled man (I have heard of him but never read anything by him). The meaning of the word “liberal”, as a noun, has been changed to almost the opposite of what it meant 100 years ago, maybe 75. It used to mean what we call a “libertarian” nowadays.

    Yes, the people we call liberals now are pretty far gone, even compared to 1990’s liberals. There are no principles they care about, just destruction of what’s left of American culture and, above all, power.

    The Left may appear strong from all the advances they have made, but that’s because most Americans won’t fight back – they are scared of being called names .. missed that “sticks and stones” advice during their kindergarten years, I suppose…

  6. @WorkingClass

    As I wrote a coupla minutes back to Miss Mercer, the definition of “liberal” has changed drastically. The “left” is indeed no longer the civil, big-gov-leaning types such as D’s in Congress as late as the 1980’s.

    Even before being co-opted, the Bernie Bros are far from my cups of tea. I’ll give Mr. Sanders credit at least for honesty for admitting he’s a Socialist, but I want nothing to do with Socialists.

    Your last paragraph, Working Class, is great stuff. I don’t know if you read VDare, but, like “battering ram”, they use the term “wrecking ball” to describe President Trump (or, at least candidate Donald Trump, as I believe he had much more kinetic and potential energy as a candidate than the Trump of 2018.)

  7. I’m short of time Newman. About Bernie and his bros. Bernie knew he was a stalking horse for Hillary. He knew he would not be nominated. Bernie says he is a Socialist but he is a Democrat. Real Socialists are NOT Democrats. The Bros are intentionally miss-led.

    I’m an occasional lurker at VDare and also at Peak Stupidity. I am a fan of Alfred E. Newman. I believe that he became enlightened and is now Pepe the frog.

    Go in peace.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  8. “What is known in the US as ‘the left’ “, laments Pilger, “has effectively allied with the darkest recesses of institutional power, notably the Pentagon and the CIA … ”

    What dismays old school lefties is the rise of Stalinists within the national security bureaucracy like John Brennan. And Stalinist/totalitarian racialists in academia, media, and government with an anti-democratic and anti-white agenda.

  9. @WorkingClass

    Croak! Croak!, I mean, thank you very much, W.C. It’s great to hear that.

  10. Che Guava says:
    @Reactionary Utopian

    Ynu are are a fool. I read her writing, and always enjoying some points, but the first time reading a comment like that of Haxo,
    on this site, (much earlier) it was a shock. I was looking the history of Isaacson (pere and filles) up,

    You may do well to do the same.
    Into the Cannibal’s Pot:Lessons for America from post-Apartheid South Africa, since her rabbi father was an activist, and she was an ANC or PAC sympathiser …

    In view of the title Ilana mnst heavily promotes, she really has a duty to explain her and her father’s roles before their, comfortable, even luxurious journeys via Isrtael to elsewhere.

    Am not holdhng my breath, seems tn be strong determination never to tellingl the trutth on those points.

    So, it is abslutely appropriate for at least one commentor to raise those points on any thread in response to any Ilana article here.

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  11. @Che Guava

    She, her rabbi father and the entire family were kicked out of South Africa for their anti-apartheid work. They gathered the kindling to start the fire under the cannibal’s pot. I have brought this out several times for other articles she has written.

    Always cherchez la femee/le homme/la famille of a writer. You will find out if they truly believe what they scribble. John Derbyshire has a Chinese wife and family. He has written Asians are smarter than whites. Yet, he scribbles about the West. Madness!!!

    • Agree: Che Guava
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    , @Che Guava
  12. Che Guava says:

    RepJy appreciated, Attila, but not logical. I like much of Ilana’s writing, she used to reply to commentors,, appreciated.

    It was a shock to me when another commentor pointed out the hypocrisy.

    So, I looked it up, i can’t recall the u-name and thread, but was checking, that other commentor was accurate. The hypocrisy is very real.


  13. Che Guava says:

    I was hastily replying after reading your reply on the verge of sleep, I take back ‘illogical’, very great post from you.

    On firsst readimg, I was misinterpreting the ‘light the firer under’ part, brilliance by you.


    Too tired me.

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  14. @Che Guava

    No worries. Thanks for the compliments. Always cherchez la femme/le homme/la famille of a “nationalist.” This hypocrisy must be dealt with. I don’t know if you read my comments, but I’ve stated that the only way the West is going to start solving its problems is to first define what the West is not. The West is not black/Asian/Jewish/Muslim. Jews are all over the map and cannot be trusted. I’m not a crazy anti-Semite. I support Israel and that’s where Jews belong. They cannot hold political offices in the West. The Catholic church is also another problem and will need to be split into Western/black/Asian churches. I’ll stop now because it’s getting late for me. If you need more info, let me know.

  15. Sean says:

    Is it really on the other foot for Dershowitz ? Trump is openly pro Israel, he lets them do whatever they want to do and I think he is actually encouraging them to contemplate something that they have not heretofore dared to seriously think about (sending their troubles across the river).

    The rest of the WEIRD, WEIRD West won’t approve, and there is a liberal mutation that certainly will stop it if they can. I speak of what John Gray has dubbed the “alt-liberals”.

    On the other hand there is what might be called alt-liberalism – a mutant version of liberal ideology that repudiates the Western civilisation that gave birth to a liberal way of life. Embedded chiefly in universities, where they shape teaching in the humanities and social sciences, alt-liberals may appear an insignificant force in politics. But while they cannot command a popular majority in any democratic country they shape the agenda on sections of the left, and weaken parties of the centre to which many voters were attached in the past.

    Alt-liberal influence on the American Democrats has been one of the principal factors in the rise of Trump, and in continental Europe the way has been cleared for the far-right by the collapse of centre-left parties that follow alt-liberals in viewing tighter controls on immigration as inherently racist.

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