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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 Station (where I was hosted by two exceptional young, Southern gentlemen), I headed south-west to San Antonio. There I lingered long enough to conclude:

The Republic of Texas is a civilization apart.

Ordinary Texans—from my brief travels—tend to be sunny, kind and warmhearted. Not once did I encounter rude on my Texas junket.

On the Pacific Coast, however, kindness and congeniality don’t come naturally. Washington-State statists are generally aloof, opprobrious, insular. And, frankly, dour.

Southern historian Dr. Clyde N. Wilson tells of receiving “a package containing a chamber pot labeled ‘Robert E. Lee’s Soup Tureen.'”

It came from … Portland, Maine.

Unkind cuts are an everyday occurrence around here, where the busybody mentality prevails.

Stand still long enough, and they’ll tell you how to live. They’ll even give chase to deliver that “corrective” sermon. A helmeted cyclist once chased me down along a suburban running trail.

My sin? I had fed the poor juncos in the dead of winter. (Still do. Bite me, you bully.)

Having caught up with me, SS Cyclist got on his soap box and in my face about my unforgivable, rule-bending. Wasn’t I familiar with the laws governing his pristine environmental utopia?

Didn’t I know that only the fittest deserved to survive? That’s the natural world, according to these ruthless, radical progressive puritans.

Yes, mea culpa for having an exceedingly soft spot for God’s plucky little creatures.

When a Washington statist gets wind of your core beliefs—why, even if your use of the English language irks His Highness—he will take it upon himself to fix your “flaws,” try to make you over in his sorry image.

For the distinct cluster of characteristics just described, Dr. Wilson aforementioned uses the term Yankee.

The professor, whose métier is American intellectual history, was described by Eugene Genovese as “an exemplary historian who displays formidable talent.” Another stellar scholar, Thomas Landess, lauded Wilson as “a mind as precise and expansive as an encyclopedia.”

Duly, Dr. Wilson makes the following abundantly clear: By “Yankee,” he does not mean “everybody from north of the Potomac and Ohio.”

“The firemen who died in the World Trade Center on September 11 were Americans. The politicians and TV personalities who stood around telling us what we are to think about it are Yankees.”

“Yankee” as a designation belongs to “a peculiar ethnic group descended from New Englanders, who can be easily recognized by their arrogance, hypocrisy, greed, lack of congeniality, and a penchant for ordering other people around.”

“A perversity of character,” said Thomas Jefferson succinctly of the Yankee character.

Indeed, “Puritans long ago abandoned anything that might be good about their religion but have never given up the notion that they are the chosen saints whose mission is to make America, and the world, into the perfection of their own image.”


The cover of Wilson’s “The Yankee Problem: An American Dilemma” is bedecked with the quintessential Yankee mugs of Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush and John Brown, each a murderer in his or her own right. The one butchered with his bare hands. The other two killed by proxy.

The contemporary face of the fanaticism alluded to here is pundit Richard Painter, who is the spitting image of Brown. A Republican until Trump, Painter is now a member of the anti-Trump high-command at MSNBC.

In zealotry, Painter could pass for the terrifying Radical Republican Thaddeus Stevens.

A broader truth hit me in the solar plexus during the sojourn from the American Deep North to The South. On hand to better contextualize it is my friend, Clyde Wilson:

“Texas is still a Red State, despite a large number of minorities. That is because Texas, as you observed, Ilana, has a real culture. That means that there is a reality there that minorities can identify with and assimilate to. Unlike, say, Chicago or New Jersey or L.A., where they simply become aggrieved ‘victims,’ clamoring for special benefits, that being the only culture present.”

“The peculiar character of the Yankee was observed by Tocqueville in the 19th century and Solzhenitsyn in the 20th. The first great American novelist, James Fenimore Cooper, wrote a whole series of books about the New England Yankees who spread into and destroyed the unique culture of his home country of Upstate New York.

Plenty of Northerners, like Governor Horatio Seymour of New York and Governor Joel Parker of New Jersey, blamed the War between the States on New Englanders, and not the South, which simply wanted to be let alone.”

“One cannot really grasp American history unless you understand how Yankees have dominated and distorted it since the late 18th century.”

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. North of the Ohio means “Yankee”.

    You will find that Yankees tend to cuss a bit more than normal people. I live in a river town. We would have paddle boats bringing tourists in on a regular basis. You could always tell the Yankees because there were rude and cussed every other word.

    I have had Yankees ask me to talk just so they could hear what they thought was an accent. Even though they were the ones speaking pidgin English.

  2. what devious webs the Jewish spider weaves:

    Ilana Issacsohn-alias-Mercer (she and whose family played an active role in destroying the White regime in S. Africa and replacing it with the current Black-communist racket) is replete with awe and wonder at

    the Texican ZOG regime…where those wishing to bid on a gubmint contract must first pledge allegiance to Israhell.

    Israhell…not coincidentally yettanother of the Issacsohn-Mercer’s former habitats.

    and all this aside, Tejas is long since majority non-White and will flip completely Mex by 2024.

    as to the rest, the Jewess trying to drive a wedge between Whites in general and the “evil Yankees”.

    another typical Tribal machination.

    it’s long past time for Ilana-in-Seattle to make Aliyah. Again. And this time, stay there.

  3. The Pacific NW is a lot like New England in some respects. Highly aggressive, educated whites who demonstrate the pathological altruism that Puritans first introduced like a virus into the body politic. If there’s some issue on which they can signal their virtue — count on it, they will. However, I’ve also noticed some other things in recent comment threads. Seattleites really don’t like their city’s descent into left-wing madness. The homelessness and attendant filth are big issues there. Even left-wingers like clean streets and order, it would seem. (All that human poop on the sidewalk harshes their anti-Trump buzz) And it bugs them that their city’s leaders seem a lot more interested in preening over amnesty and climate change than in addressing Seattle’s rot.

    • Replies: @Giuseppe
  4. Zman often brings up the Yankee…and especially their penchant for telling others what’s what. A must read.

  5. @Haxo Angmark

    Texas is not majority nonwhite, let alone “long since.”

    But it will be all too soon; you’re right about the ugly, impoverished, disorganized MEXICAN future of Texas and this country.

    • Replies: @Longfisher
    , @attilathehen
  6. What they need to do is to cease funding of all the anti-tobacco and anti-vaping campaigns and allow cigarette ads back into broadcasting. Americans need to start thinking in terms of personal choice again and NOT in terms of “US government said XXX is bad for me and the children” and so I must OBEY!

    I for one am sick of it; paying for government propaganda against my own liberties. Listening to some BATF bureaucrat telling me Chicago needs more “gun control,” seeing BATF agents concentrating on “high powered assault weapons” for the purpose of aiding the MSM war on gun rights. There are TOO MANY ATF agents in the US, they are like locusts in that they show up at local house fires.

  7. Giuseppe says:
    @Haxo Angmark

    “And stay off my lawn.”

  8. Giuseppe says:

    There may be a superficial political resemblance to New England and Washington state in some ways, but the Northeast and the Northwest achieved that resemblance through different historical processes. Washington state was not settled by people from New England, but from the Mid West, and changing honest farmers and I presume honest small town merchants into obnoxious Left Coast nazis is a complicated process that I am not equipped to describe or even to fully understand. But what Ilana calls out here, the obnoxiousness of Washington state in general and Seattle in particular, may be only tangentially a reflection of Yankeeness, if Yankee is defined not merely as rude and radical, but rather as the aggressive military and historical movement it seems to be. At the risk of sounding like the self-righteous eco-terrorist prig who attempted to catechize her against the feeding of junkos, I would say that this Yankee militarism, that cut its teeth in the struggle with the South to capture control of the U.S. government in the early years of the Republic, did not end with the Civil War. Rather, once Yankees had the government firmly in control and had subjugated the South as well as the eastern native peoples, Yankees pushed westward, liquidating native claim to lands in the West as well as liquidating many of the natives themselves. The Mexican War, occurring slightly before the War Between the States, can also be understood as Yankee aggression prosecuted in the same way.

    The Manifest Destiny that was a reflection of this aggressive militarism shape shifted into American Exceptionalism and then the Indispensable Nation once the reduction and subjugation of the continent was complete, and Yankee eyes began roving the earth for other lands to subjugate. The Yankee militarism that began really before the American Revolution, continued through the wars of aggression in the 19th century, right up to Syria and Iran today, all of this aggression is a fully traceable, well-connected historical process. Washington D.C. still staffs the halls of power with the old Yankee families and Yankee Ivy League graduates, but no doubt I have greatly over-simplified a very complicated process.

    Washington state along with the individual US states, as well as much of the world, are today Yankee colonies. Yankees have taken over, and they have a lot to answer for. A careful dissection and separation of the concept of Yankee from American identity is important in helping Americans formulate a firm understanding of how this despicable and usurping alien militaristic movement has bankrupted the American soul and puts the nation at risk.

    • Replies: @Crawfurdmuir
    , @Hcat
  9. Realist says:
    @Haxo Angmark

    Ilana Issacsohn-alias-Mercer (she and whose family played an active role in destroying the White regime in S. Africa and replacing it with the current Black-communist racket)

    Quite true.

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  10. I’m a Texan, 66 years of it. I’ve also traveled widely in the word and U.S. as a result of, in the instance of the world my service years, and in the instance of the U.S. during my years in science.

    I also seems to come back to Texas and have recently said I’ll never leave it again, not even for a visit elsewhere.

    Texans are free. And, we practice our Texakanism gleefully. We’ve some of the nicest people I’ve ever met (but perhaps for those in Wisconsin) and we’re stand up brave and don’t wait around for someone else to do what needs doing.

    The Texas economy is booming again now that the oil industry is over its doldrums. And, there’s lots of employment here for virtually all trades and professions. I’ve seen forecasts lately that out state and a handful of others are poised for explosive growth. And, you can bet that we have the land to handle it.

    I also hear that the Pacific states are losing hundreds of thousands of resident a year who’ve gotten tired of all the taxes and regulations, the high property values that prevent them from owning a home and the craziness of the liberals in charge who give all their hard earned tax money to those not working and therefore those who are unworthy.

    We have NO STATE INCOME TAX (although we do have relatively high property taxes). And, we have both the room for more immigrants from any state and jobs to provide if you’ll just pack that Ryder truck and get over here.

    Oh, and all that B.S. about deplorable is just that, B.S. If you’re conservative or liberal or libertarian of anything else you’re welcome and if you must find a place to live that suites your politics you can find it.

    Don’t wait too long there in Pacific states or your governments will take all the cash you have so you can’t come here. GET OVER HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Replies: @JVC
    , @Alden
  11. Renoman says:

    Sounds like paradise longfisher, if I were American I’d go, the the stinking Liberal Trudeau Government is ruining Canada. He’s a National embarrassment and he’s taxing us to death.

    • Replies: @Longfisher
  12. @Giuseppe

    Washington state was not settled by people from New England, but from the Mid West

    Before farmers, lumbermen came to the Pacific Northwest, and if they were not directly from New England, their families had begun in that business there. Many made an intermediate stop in Wisconsin and Minnesota, staying until the lumbering industry in those places had exhausted itself, then moving to the unexploited forests of Washington and Oregon. Portland, Oregon is named after Portland, Maine.

  13. JVC says:

    come on now, Longfisher–we’ve got enough problems with all those west coast immigrants without advertising for more. Cost of housing and property along the I-35 corridor has gone crazy, and this long time Austin area resident had to flee to the woods of northcentral Texas when his little town of choice 30 miles NW of Austin was swallowed up whole.

    But, like you, I’ve been most everywhere in my time, and there ain’t no where like Texas, god bless the lonestar republic.

    • Replies: @Longfisher
    , @The Alarmist
  14. @Renoman

    We have a Canadian couple (absolutely the most polite and nicest people in the neighborhood) living just across the street from us. They couldn’t be happier. They both have businesses. Their children were educated here and are gone. And, their home is one of the nicest on the block.

    If you’re anything like them, and I suspect you are, we need you to move here…now.

  15. @JVC

    Yep, I was born, grew up and was educated in Austin, although I now live in Spring, a bedroom community of Houston. So, I know Austin well.

    There’s lots of employment for just about anyone with skills but particularly those with higher level engineering, scientific and IT skills. It reminds me of some of the IT rich cities on the Pacific coast.

    After graduating from A&M with an ocean engineering degree, my son worked for an ocean engineering firm there for a few years before developing wanderlust and joining a company in New Zealand which has offices all over the Pacific Rim. He departed just about 2 years ago, so, I came to know the modern Austin too while he was there.

    I know things are getting more expensive there. And, it’s really growing. But we found him a stunningly beautiful apartment in a gorgeous apartment complex near Bee Cave Road and up on a high hill overlooking the surrounding nearly empty brush country and near the freeway which took him into his work in less than 15 minutes. So, he didn’t suffer at all even with the growth.

    There’s been a ton of highway and freeway construction there since I completed my undergraduate degree at UT (1979). It’s really impressive and much better that the system in Houston. While visiting my son we were never caught in any heavy traffic in Austin like we’re often caught in traffic if we visit Houston. So, you guys up there are lucky and I envy you.

    That said, my wife and I both telecommute now. So, we don’t have to deal with traffic at all. Lot’s of savings on auto expenses (we’re down to one nice 3/4 ton truck now vs. two sedans), travel expenses, wardrobe expenses and it keeps the wife from shopping (read that impoverishing us) on the way home from her work.

    Telecommuting or running a business from home is the cat’s meow. And, here in Texas if you do so you can live in some of the most beautiful, peaceful, wholesome communities on God’s earth.

    Come to Texas. We’ll welcome you with open arms.

    • Replies: @Hcat
    , @JVC
  16. @RadicalCenter


    As a native Texan who grew up in SW Houston in the 50’s and 60’s and even as a pretty much life-long social conservative but independent voter I have always been favorably impressed with the Latins and the Latin culture in Texas. And, I think Texas accommodated our Latin population very well, indeed.

    When I was growing up our neighborhood in Westbury had about 20 – 25% Latin families. Some of my best grade school friends were Latin. My first love at 9 or 10 years (entirely platonic and long-distance as I had no courage to even to speak to her) Cathy Morales has never left my memory. Our public schools educated them in English if they didn’t understand it. And, Spanish was mandatory for all non-Spanish-speakers in public school student until High School.

    All communities, Anglo, African American and Latin coexisted peacefully and mutually-supported one another.

    My culture is Central Texas German. By nature, we’re brusk, stand-offish, suspicious of those we don’t know and defensive and protective of our property and family. It can be a little austere.

    But the Latin culture here is incredibly welcoming to all, loving, very inclusive and family-oriented, patriarchal and cohesive. Their’s is a welcome change from the Central German culture and I can’t imaging that Texas would be in any way be better off without them.

    After all, Texas was wrenched from Mexico during the war for Texas Independence and they were here long before Texas was Texas and many remained after the war.

    In my view, they’ve beautifully assimilated and merged with the Anglo culture and the Anglo culture has been very welcoming of them, especially those who’ve been here a long time.

    If your concerns are about the more recent immigrants, especially the illegals and the drug cartels and MS-13 types, I share that concern. But I consider them separate and distinct from all the very fine long-term Texas citizens who happen to be Latin. And, I’m very glad the latter are here.

  17. Hcat says: • Website

    Abraham Lincoln (a Yankee by adoption) and Thoreau were both opposed to the Mexican War. The Siutherners pushed it. Perhaps grabbing California was a mistake!

    • Agree: James Kabala
  18. Hcat says: • Website

    If you’re driving from Kingsland (I have relatives there) to Austin Airport there’s a major bottleneck where two two lane roads converge and it’s a mile or so before the freeway starts. And I’ve heard I-35 is pretty horrible too.

  19. imbroglio says:

    @Haxo Angmark

    You are such a loser.

  20. JVC says:


    Wife and baby lived in Austin where she was in grad school while I did a year of post graduate work in VietNam–That was 1970. Came “home” to Austin, wife and baby soon moved on, while I pretty much joined the Austin culture of the early 70″s–Hippy Hollow, Armadillo World Head Quarters, some eclectic courses at UT.
    I first started visiting the Liberty Hill area in 71, also the Buda area–had friends living in both places. When it became obvious that I needed to lock my front door (about 75), it was time to get out of town–either south or northwest. Friend offered me a piece of land he had in Smithwick near Marble Falls on 1431. It was only about 12 miles from Liberty Hill driving a caliche road across the “mountain”, so northwest became the choice. Lived there in a tent for a year and a half, then with some other folks rented a house in Joppa, then into a house in Mohamet, got married again and rented a place in Oatmeal where a daughter was home birthed, and finally bought a house right in Liberty Hill where 2 more daughters were born. Had a LH post office box all that time–right up till I left for the woods (western Brown county) about 6-7 years ago.

    When I first visited Austin in the mid 60’s ( Bureau of economic geology , and Steck Publishing) , I-35 was still under construction, and what is now Steck Blvd & mopac was a long drive in the country from downtown. First trip out to Liberty Hill to play in the N. San Gabriel river, there was a red light at Burnet Rd and 183, and there wasn’t another red light on 183 until Lampassas–couple of flashing warning lights (620, 1431) and a 4 way stop at 183 & 29.. Got to watch some dramatic change and growth over the 40 years +/- I lived out that way. I understand that the old building downtown (LH) where Wanda’s cafe served great cheese burgers for many years is now a fru-fru coffee house–complements of some of those left coast immigrants. Actually, don’t really mind the influx–it has been great for the state’s economy—just wonder why so many want to change their new home into the same crap they left behind??

    And, some insight on the relationship between Mexico and Texas–so many families have generational ties on both sides of the river, going back to the days when Texas was just Norther Mexico, and travel back and forth was for years pretty much without restriction. In a rural community it would be hard to distinguish between a natural born citizen, or a cousin, nephew, niece, grand parent (child) who was just “visiting” , sometimes permanently. The Mexican culture is a big part of what Texas is, and it wouldn’t be Texas without it. Too bad that so many new comers don’t understand that, and see it in a negative light. Maybe we should institute “Texas citizen classes” for all those left coast and Yankee immigrants, so they learn how to behave themselves.

  21. Ariel says:
    @Haxo Angmark

    always a pleasure to read u Ilana and may I look fwd to your next article on S/Africa, sorry to say, another “shithole” country, yeah,yeah I can already hear/see the word racist but that’s the intolerant liberal/progressive way of shutting down dissenting opinion (political correctness), now this same Left is hell-bent on removing the 2nd amendment…

  22. @RadicalCenter

    You have a Chinese wife and Chinese offspring. There is nothing Western, Caucasian, European, Christian about China and its people. The only reason China is somewhat organized is because it is a totalitarian system. I have a sister who has been to China on business trips. She hates the country and its people. They are ugly and impoverished. Mexico speaks a European language and is Christian. However, the Mexicans coming to the USA are the low IQ Indians which the white Mexicans do not want to help. These Mexicans have to go back. We will still have to have diplomatic relations with Mexico, but we will be dealing with white Mexicans. The Chinese will never be white.

    • Replies: @Alden
  23. @Realist

    Frau Doktorin (((Ilana Mercer))) needs to figure out her own degenerate mindset first. Israel would be the best place for her to do this.

  24. @Chris Mallory

    Yankee is anyone who lives north of I-10 by choice.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  25. @JVC

    You’ve probably heard the old joke, “If I owned Texas and Hell, I’d live in Hell and rent out Texas.”

    I’ve lived briefly in Texas a couple times during my military days and still go there on business several times a year. The natives are very nice, and they even tend to be a civilizing influence on some of the outsiders who move in, but Dallas is now crawling with entire villages of South Asians imported to do tech work and a number of ethnicities imported for reasons that defy coherent description other than to flip the state decidedly blue, and few of these are assimilating as well as the earlier mexican population who make up the population of South Texas.

  26. My sin? I had fed the poor juncos in the dead of winter. (Still do. Bite me, you bully.)

    People who feed birds are assholes. It just invites more birds and thus birdshit.

    • Replies: @Alden
  27. @Chris Mallory

    If anything, that proves how greatly Northern culture has changes despite some real and alleged continuities. Could you imagine Ralph Waldo Emerson or Henry Adams swearing every other word?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  28. Alden says:

    For every hundred thousand Americans who leave each Pacific state every year, one million non White aggressive immigrants move in.

  29. Alden says:

    What a rude witch you are. What business is it of yours who marries whom?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  30. Alden says:

    People who feed raccoons should be shot.

  31. On hand to better contextualize it is my friend, Clyde Wilson:

    “Texas is still a Red State…”

    Prof. Wilson finally admits it. Texas is Communist. Texas has a culture, alright. One that went for Carter, Humphrey, LBJ, JFK, HST, and, most damning, FDR four times. Lee Harvey Oswald was right at home.

  32. @The Alarmist

    Yankee is anyone who lives north of I-10 by choice.

    Actually, the Rio Bravo. Which the Yankees call “Rio Grande” for some reason.

  33. People who feed raccoons should be shot.

    Or any other ‘coons, for that matter, right?

  34. @Alden

    What a rude witch you are. What business is it of yours who marries whom?

    Back during civilized times, marriage was a sacrament, and who married whom was very much the business of the Church.

    Now, after the barbaric developments of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, it is the business of the state. And we’ve seen where that leads to. Modern man is an obergefallen creature.

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  35. Indeed, “Puritans long ago abandoned anything that might be good about their religion…”

    What was ever good about their religion? At the first wedding at Plymouth, William Bradford took pains to emphasize that he was acting as a public official, not as a clergyman.

    WTH? Matrimony is one of the seven sacraments. The clergyman– or public official– does not administer this sacrament. The couple themselves do. Thanks to Bradford’s perversion of a holy sacrament, marriage in America was doomed from the start.

    I don’t know how the Virginians viewed this, but they themselves celebrated miscegenation years before the first Yankee arrived. Can’t keep the hands off that brown sugar, can we?

    When a Washington statist gets wind of your core beliefs… he will take it upon himself to fix your “flaws,” try to make you over in his sorry image

    If you’re talking about that Washington with the green flag with some Virginian’s face on it, which looks like the almighty dollar, that state has had shall-issue concealed carry permits since 1967.

    My mother’s cousin would have had to go through hoops and up ladders to get one in his native Queens County, NY, and perhaps even bribe someone. But he moved to Texas to run retail outlets in sketchy neighborhoods– and found out that he could not get one at all. He had to carry openly.

    Eventually there was a massacre of some kind in Texas, and a lady doctor persuaded the legislature that those “Washington statists” had the right idea.

    I think this was a move in the right direction, but I’m sure Miss Mercer will correct me on this point.

  36. @James Kabala

    If anything, that proves how greatly Northern culture has changes despite some real and alleged continuities. Could you imagine Ralph Waldo Emerson or Henry Adams swearing every other word?

    The foul language and rude behavior of Northeastern cities is actually an anti-Yankee race war of sorts. It was a way to get back at the bosses, and their fussy families.

  37. imbroglio says:

    Until recently, I’ve been an avid reader of the UNZ review one of whose leading contributors is Ilana Mercer. Ilana has great insight informed by natural gifts and the benefit of having lived in various cultures. Because of her (((background))) Ilana draws the mocking ire of trolls who hope to discount the value of what she says by means of their ad hominem attacks on her ethnicity. As we say in the legal world, argue the facts. If you haven’t got the facts, argue the law. If you have neither the facts nor the law, call your opponent unflattering names and argue to the jury that though the defendant didn’t commit the crime, he could have or at least he would have which makes him as guilty as if he had committed the crime.

    Free speech enables people to say what they want. But there are consequences. When the UNZ review lends itself to Jew bashing, which is better done by those who write for Takimag and whose skill, in that regard, has been refined to a finer art than UNZ readers seem capable of, Ron Unz and his contributors lose credibility and start to become cliché and uninteresting. In addition, the men who engage in this business – I’ve yet to see a woman do so – come off as weasels and wimps. Let the P.C. crowd do as it pleases, its denizens are hardly avatars of healthy gender relations, but though a guy may take sharp issue with a woman, no self-respecting man would demean a lady with the kind of snide and baseless insults Ilana seems to attract.

    There are two kinds of Jew bashers: the ruthless, intelligent sociopaths who’d inflict violence on Jews if they thought they could get away with it. Their presence on this site is rare. More numerous are the clever but vacuous Jew bashers who tend to end up as cannon fodder in their personal lives, conflicts and contests that have little to do with Jews. UNZ may find their comments useful, but why that would be so escapes me.

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  38. @imbroglio

    Fact: (((Mercer))), her rabbi father and family were kicked out of South Africa for their anti-apartheid work. We are to trust such a woman? I’m in favor of her writing her columns. I believe in free speech. But, I will point out facts and ask if this woman is really on our side? She is not.

  39. @Reg Cæsar

    Thanks. As I always say, cherchez la femme/le homme/la famille of a person. You will find out exactly what they really think. Actions speak louder than words.

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