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Donald Trump went into a gathering of special interests, on March 6. It was comprised of Goldman-Sachs Democrat Ivanka Trump, American multinational CEOs like Apple’s Tim Cook and assorted Chamber of Commerce lobbyists.

The president of the United States (POTUS) then emerged with assurances to all those lowly American workers sick of rising wages and growing employment opportunists. He was now fully committed to the importation of still more foreign workers to “give … to large companies.” Yes! He listened! Deplorables were getting sick of winning.

Ivanka, who clearly calls the shots on the un-American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, sermonized blithely about retraining American workers (who don’t have daddies to hire them).

Last year, when the same kind of cabal tried to make Trump dance to its drums, POTUS responded with his notorious “shithole countries” epithet. He was not bringing in people from, well, you know the rest.

All this made me long for the time Gen. John Kelly, formerly White House chief of staff, was present to stop first daughter Ivanka from, as the general put it, “playing government.”

Nostalgically, I traveled back in time to survey the Trump “shithole countries” designation—and destinations. Was he proven right in his aversion to accelerating the tipping point in our own country?

Haiti is located in the Caribbean Sea, east of Cuba. The country is forever convulsed by political or natural disasters. In January of 2010, this, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere—where four out of five people live in poverty and more than half in abject poverty (NYT)—was struck by a massive, magnitude-7.0 earthquake.

The rescuers, spokespersons, geological surveyors and geophysicists; the missionaries, medicine and military men and women; the aid-deliverers—most all were Westerners. Without the West, Haitians would no longer be hobbling along in their post-apocalyptic zombie land.

In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami, the gravest danger was an epidemic; the greatest danger in the wake of the Haiti disaster was a crime wave worse than the one ongoing.

Southwest of Haiti, bounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, is the Republic of Chile.

Only on CNN did they attempt to dispute the fact that Chile had coped swimmingly with what was “one of the most powerful earthquakes in history.”

At the time of Chile’s March 2010 tremblor, the West’s malfunctioning media ran a lot of pieces about the little looting in Chile, following that disaster. It was as though activists at CNN, Anderson Cooper in the lead, had been hoping that Chile, who’d been subjected to aftershocks as strong as Haiti’s main event, would fare as poorly as did “the Africa of the Western Hemisphere.


Not mine, that last reference is to Haiti (which, as mentioned, had undergone a massive event around the same time as did Chile). “A piece of Africa transported to the new world” is how David S. Landes described Haiti in a 1986 article for The New Republic, entitled “Slaves and Slaughter.” The article belongs to a time when scholars were more honest.

Our anchors-cum-activists at CNN penned derogatory blogs about Chile (dominated as it is, demographically, by conquistadors). One got the impression that had CNN let rip, the blog, “In Chile, looters are leaving the biggest aftershocks,” would have been titled “Chile Earthquake Proves White People Loot a Lot.”

But Cooper and company were destined for disappointment. The death toll in Chile was quickly revised down from about 800 to 452. Troops and firefighters galvanized. Chilean telethons were conducted without George Clooney. And Chileans were soon flying patriotic slogans such as “Chile Helps Chile,” something you never saw in Haiti.

No doubt, non-“shithole countries” seem to recover quickly from disasters, natural or man-made. To wit:

In 2008, Iceland collapsed under the weight of its banking industry’s federal-reserve like excesses.

In 2018, Iceland has a red-hot economy. The highly able population has shifted from finance to technology and tourism. No bailouts—allowing the banks to collapse and a natural recovery to take place—had a lot to do with Iceland’s success. But brainpower and resolve were needed to arrive at that determination.

Likewise did Chile, but not Haiti, cope reasonably well with what was “one of the most powerful earthquakes in history.”

It’s nearly two decades since a pair of earthquakes struck El Salvador in 2001. The U.S. government granted Salvadorians a generous grant of privilege, in the form of a temporary protected status (TPS) for nearly 200,000. The American taxpayer did the same for the “Haitians who were stranded after the 2010 earthquake.”

To the din of protest, “the United States’ Department of Homeland Security has only recently revoked the longest of the “temporary” protection grants lasting nearly two decades.

“Shithole countries,” a Trump coinage, don’t seem to recover very well from disasters, natural or man-made, now do they?

Yet to the dilemma, “What makes a country, people or place?”, Chilean leaders have, alas, responded unintuitively.

Via the Wall Street Journal comes news that,

… one of Latin America’s richest and safest countries has opened its doors to some of the region’s poorest migrants in record numbers. … the most dramatic surge has come from Haiti. Last year, almost 105,000 Haitians entered Chile, compared with about 49,000 in 2016 and just a handful a decade ago, according to federal police that oversee border crossings.

Once a country transitions to “shithole” status, it is well-nigh impossible to make it great again.

And once a populist president takes dictation from his globalist daughter … well, you know the rest.


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. Rational says:


    Thanks for the article, Madam. You are so right.

    The Globalists somehow blackmailed Trump and turned him into an alienist. He passed amnesty and has not yet built a wall and now wants to bring more aliens.

    The only option left for us is to amend the constitution to allow binding superseding national referenda so the public can ban immigration directly. Even 3rd world countries have them.

    See National Citizens Initiative For Democracy:

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @SMK
  2. That retraining-American-workers’ betrayal is just an echo of Bill Clinton, the man I inadvertently voted for again. I thought Trump aimed to reverse the damage done to the USA by Bill Clinton’s pro-offshoring / pro-mass-immigration policies. Trump was supposed to be the superhero, muffling the “giant sucking sound” of all of those automaking and other manufacturing jobs leaving America for Mexico via NAFTA.

    American-in-name-only automakers comprise the biggest portion of Mexico’s GDP. Bill Clinton and all of his presidential successors have served the Mexican government well. It is not because of skilled Mexican workers who do not need “retraining.” It is because they undercut American workers—below and above the southern border line—with the help of American politicians.

    Nor has the cheap Mexican labor meant lower auto prices for what is left of the tapped-out American consumer’s paltry budget after rent soaks up more than half of earned-only income. But, at least, the vanquished American middle class has the jobs left on the northern side of the US’s southern border, right? Nope. Nor is that due to a need for “retraining.”

    Aided by monthly welfare that covers their major household bills and refundable child tax credits up to $6,431 for their US-born kids, immigrants can afford to suck up most of the jobs left in the USA, regardless of what those jobs pay. When labor comes cheap due to welfare-covered rent & food, employers somehow find a way to train. Even when they do not speak a word of English and have a 6th grade education, they can train the cheap, welfare-assisted workers—pronto, no problemo.

    Attention Mexico & other Latin American nations: Ignore all of the vitriolic hyperbole, focusing on the actions of neoliberal politicians in both parties. American leaders—from the US Senate, to the US House of Representatives, to the US Supreme Court, to America’s lower courts—have your back, Mexico. Deplorables thought the executive branch might have the back of American citizens.

    But from continued mass legal immigration flows, to a truncated wall, to womb-productivity-based welfare galore, to womb-productivity-based tax credits, to the remittances that beef up your economy 2nd only to jobs from US automakers, to offshoring from A to Z—it is Mexico First, the rest of Latin America second, China third and the USA fourth runner up, maybe if we’re lucky winners.

  3. Only on CNN did they attempt to dispute the fact that Chile had coped swimmingly with what was “one of the most powerful earthquakes in history.”

    What do you expect from the Clinton News Network? Seriously, the Clintons raped Haiti relief to the tune of a couple billion dollars, so CNN had no choice but to distract from the clear difference Clintonian involvement makes in human relief efforts.

    Ivanka … sermonized blithely about retraining American workers (who don’t have daddies to hire them).

    What was she supposed to do, date Daddy?

  4. Realist says:

    The only option left for us is to amend the constitution to allow binding superseding national referenda so the public can ban immigration directly. Even 3rd world countries have them.

    Right. How would do that???

  5. Realist says:

    Ivanka, who clearly calls the shots on the un-American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, sermonized blithely about retraining American workers (who don’t have daddies to hire them).

    Or Jewish husbands.

    And once a populist president takes dictation from his globalist daughter … well, you know the rest.

    And her Jewish husband.

    • Agree: Curmudgeon
  6. TG says:

    One is reminded that Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.

    Pretty much every natural disaster that hits Haiti, will also hit the Dominican Republic.

    But while the Dominican Republic is hardly Switzerland, it’s not doing too bad. It’s not a s*****e country like Haiti.

    But the Dominicans are ferocious in defending the border against illegal immigrants from Haiti. And somehow, our bleeding-heart liberal press doesn’t seem to mind, just like they don’t mind Israel defending its borders from invasion. Or Saudi Arabia. Or Japan. Just saying.

    • Replies: @SMK
    , @SMK
  7. SMK says: • Website

    But to all those who enjoy not only freedom of speech but also the power to speak to millions and shape their views on race and it’s cultural effects- from lawrence O’Donnel and Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper and all the other leftists on CNN and MSNBC to Sean Hannity and Mark Steyn and Tucker Carlson all other mainstream, respectable conservatives- the differences between Chile and Haiti have nothing to do with innate racial group differences.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  8. SMK says: • Website

    According to Wikipedia, the population of the DR is 70% “mixed race,” 16% black, and 14% white. I assume that those of “mixed race” are mulattoes/quadroons, overwhelming if not almost exclusively. The DR has a murder rate of 25 per 100 thousand, higher than Mexico’s of 24 per 100 thousand, and over 5 times higher than that of the U.S. despite the curse of almost 100 million blacks and Mestizos/Amerindians. Haiti is so primitive that it doesn’t even have murder/crime statistics. Albeit not as poor and hellish and violent as Haiti, the DR is a S-hole nation. “Hardly Switzerland”!

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  9. SMK says: • Website

    Switzerland has a murder rate of 0.54 per 100 thousand, roughly half a person as opposed to 25 for the DR.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    , @TG
  10. @SMK

    Wow, the DR’s murder rate is approaching a half that of Baltimore.

    Who knew the place was such a lawless hellhole.

  11. @SMK

    Switzerland’s murder rate has actually been declining, despite an influx (for them) of non-Whites. Of course, Switzerland isn’t interested in allowing economic migrants to enter the country in order to lower wages and the standard of living.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  12. for the umpteenth time,

    the (extremely ashkenazic) Issacsohn-Mercer

    is ferociously assaulting a genetic blue-eyed blond goy shiksa Aryan woman.

    Ivanka is not the problem.

    Drumpf is the problem.

    Ilana got played by a con artist…

    and she’s got lots of company.

  13. TG says:

    OK OK, the Dominican Republic is NOT utopia. Granted. Still, from Wikipedia:

    Dominican Republic: 2015 GDP per capita of $14,770 in PPP (“Purchasing Power Parity”) terms.

    Haiti: 2010 GDP per capita of $1,200 in PPP (and apparently unchanged for today).

    My point was simply that, because both these countries are on the same island, the difference cannot be due to hurricanes and other natural disasters…

    • Replies: @SMK
  14. NYMOM says:

    “Last year almost 105,000 Haitians entered Chile”

    I saw this as well and my first thought was “What were they thinking in Chile”…

  15. SMK says: • Website

    “Not utopia”! Not even Switzerland and Noway and Denmark before the invasion of Muslims were utopias but rather the least worst nations that have ever existed. I agree that the differences between Haiti and the DR are not the result of hurricanes and other natural disasters. The differences are a result of innate racial group differences. Haiti is a pure black country. The DR is essentially a mulatto country that is only 16% pure black and is blessed with a large minority of pure Europeans.

  16. @SMK

    You must not have listened to Mark Steyn or Tucker Carlson very much or you wouldn’t have lumped them in with the likes of O’Donnell and Maddow.

    • Replies: @SMK
  17. Radek says:

    Sorry to spoil your white supremacist fantasy, ilana, but Chile is not a white country. Overwhelming majority of Chileans are Amerindians – I have been to Chile on holiday- it is my favourite destination and yes you are right about Chile’s economic success. Next door Argentina is overwhelmingly European and Argentina is a failed state, a shithole country. Go to Chile and find out yourself, oops I forgot, as a penniless internet blogger you have no money to travel and stuck in the boring concrete shithole jungle of Seattle, screaming daily about the ‘bloody Indians’, the HB1 Visa IT workers who are becoming your neighbours in increasing numbers.
    I am sure you have been reminded repeatedly- you are a beneficiary of America’s lax immigration rules and moreover you are the mother of someone deported from the US. You have no moral authority to criticize a system of which you have been an undeserved beneficiary.

    • Replies: @Rich
  18. Rich says:

    Wikipedia says that Chile is 64% White and 30% Mestizo and 5.7% Amerindian. Must be the part of Chile you were visiting. The Chileans I’ve known over the years have been either clearly Spanish or, oddly enough, of Italian heritage. I knew one guy who probably had an Indian ancestor, but was mostly Spanish by his looks, language and culture. Kind of like some of these White Southerners with their one Cherokee ancestor.

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  19. Radek says:

    Sorry Rich, my mistake. I meant mixed heritage (native Indian/ Spanish). Is Mezito the Spanish word for dual heritage? Having been to many parts of Chile such as Santiago, Atacama and Chilean Patagonia, I saw that most Chilians have a mixture of Indian and European blood. Pure Europeans are about 10-20% of the population at most.
    Although Wikipedia provides important information, many of its assertions remain unverified. Not quite fake news but not very reliable neither.

    • Replies: @Rich
  20. “Shithole countries,” a Trump coinage, don’t seem to recover very well from disasters, natural or man-made, now do they?

    They don’t even recover from success.

  21. @Rich

    The Chileans I’ve known over the years have been either clearly Spanish or, oddly enough, of Italian heritage.

    Italians are anything but odd in South America, particularly in Argentina and Brazil. Meeting one in Chile, though less common, is far from odd.

    There is also a significant, at least at the top, contingent of British Isles ancestry. The first president was O’Higgins, remember. A recent president was Patricio Aylwin, whose wife had Basque and Slavic family names.

    Then there’s this place:

    Over in Argentina, they still speak Welsh in Trevelin, Rawson and Trelew.

  22. @Curmudgeon

    25% of people resident in Switzerland are foreign born.

  23. Rich says:

    Yes, Mestizo means of mixed European and American Indian heritage. I agree that Wikipedia isn’t the greatest of sources (just the easiest), but I have to say, my experience with Chileans is that most are of European heritage. We must run in different circles.

  24. @Radek

    Sorry to disappoint:

    “The principal sponsor in [Mercer] family, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, had entered the US on an O-1 visa. Unlike the H-1B visa, the 0-1 visa doesn’t replace Americans; it adds to them. For it is granted to those with ‘extraordinary ability in the fields of science, education, business or athletics.’ The O-1 necessitates ‘a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentage who has risen to the very top of the field of endeavor.’”

    • Replies: @Radek
  25. SMK says: • Website

    Generally, I admire Mark Steyn and Tucker Carlson. I watch Tucker 4-5 nights a week while riding a stationary bike at Anytime Fitness. I so despise O’Donnell, Maddow, and Cooper and all the other leftists and Trump- hating “cucks” and neocons like Bill Kristol, J-Pod, Charlie Sykes, the uniquely vile and vulgar and venomous Rick Wilson, ad nauseam, that I can’t bear to see their faces much less listen to them for even a few seconds. I was simply noting that Sean Hannity, Tucker, and Steyn are race-denialists, as are the leftists, or pretend to be so for obvious reasons.

  26. Radek says:

    Thanks for the clarification Ilana. I did not know there was an O-1 Visa system in America. I learned something new. However, I am still baffled. How did someone from an educated and presumably cultivated family such as yours get involved in the murky world of white nationalism and far right extremism? This dark domain is heavily populated by neo nazis, and racialists, at least some of whom are violent thugs. I wonder whether you have ever been to a white nationalist gathering? Perhaps you feel at home in the company of the great unwashed, mostly white men, ill educated, uncultured, unsophisticated, socially inadequate and sexually inadequate. How do I know? Heck, do one really have to be a genius to work that out? You feel at home surrounded by people who shout during marches -‘Jews will not replace us’?

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