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ABOUT ILANA MERCER

"Would that Republicans fussed as much over the many fully formed human-beings dying daily in Iraq, as they do over fetuses."~ILANA

ILANA Mercer is a US-based, libertarian writer. She pens WND's longest-standing, exclusive, paleolibertarian weekly column, “Return to Reason.” With a unique audience of 8 million, the site has been rated by Alexa as the most frequented “conservative” site on the Internet. Ilana has also featured on RT with the "Paleolibertarian Column," and she contributes to Economic Policy Journal (the premier libertarian site on the web), Junge Freiheit, a German weekly of excellence, and Quarterly Review (the celebrated British journal founded in 1809 by Walter Scott, Robert Southey and George Canning), where she is Contributing Editor. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Ilana is a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies (an award-winning, independent, non-profit, free-market economic policy think tank).

Ilana has written for The Financial Post, The Globe and Mail (Canada's National Newspapers), The Vancouver Sun, The Report Newsmagazine, London's Jewish Chronicle and Quarterly Review, The American Spectator, The American Conservative, and The New Individualist. Her work has appeared in The Ottawa Citizen, The Orange County Register, The Colorado Gazette, and in other Freedom Communications, Inc. newspapers across the United States, including The Valley Morning Star, The East Valley Tribune, Jacksonville Daily News, Washington County News, Holmes County Register.

Ilana's work has also been published in The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, Free Life: a Journal of Classical Liberal and Libertarian Thought, the Foundation for Economic Education's Ideas on Liberty and in Insight On the News (an affiliate of The Washington Times), for which she has penned essays in symposia debating intellectual property. Ilana has written weekly columns for the conservative Calgary Herald, Vancouver's North Shore News, and  for Taki's Magazine, formerly the premier paleoconservative/libertarian webzine. As was she an analyst and commentator for Free-Market News Network, founded by the late Harry Browne, one-time libertarian presidential candidate.

Ilana’s commentary has been mentioned in the European edition of Time (see “Trading Places” by Peter Gumbel, appeared in the print edition of March 28, 2005), cited in the Boston Globe ("The Downside of Diversity" by Michael Jonas, August 5, 2007); the New York Times'  Economix blog ("Are Federal Workers Overpaid?" by Prof. Nancy Folbre, October 13, 2009), and featured on web sites such as the Ludwig von Mises Institute, LewRockwell.com, The Hudson Institute, The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Laissez Faire City Times, Rational Review, Antiwar.com, VDARE.COM, FrontPageMagazine.com, and Jewcy.com, an acclaimed "online ideas-and-culture magazine."

Ilana, who supported Ron Paul for president in 2008 and 2012, was asked by the Paul campaign for a written endorsement. Here it is:

"Ron Paul stands alone among the presidential contenders for a solvent, sovereign America—he has the will to stop the squandering of men and matériel in Iraq and the intellectual wherewithal to salvage an ailing currency, fortify forsaken borders, and restore individual liberties."

John Derbyshire, formerly of National Review Online, called Ilana’s case for the Texas Republican “Pauline Gospel at its best”:

The most persuasive Paul booster remains the ravishing, brilliant, and eloquent Ilana Mercer. I don't say you'll agree with her, only that this is the Pauline Gospel at its best. If you won't buy it from Ilana, you won't buy it from anyone.”

Ilana is the founder, editor, and creative force behind IlanaMercer.com. This aesthetically pleasing thematic website, on which ilana's essays are archived conveniently, reflects her particular tastes, standards and vision, perfectly transformed into pixels. IlanaMercer.com was ranked by the Intellectual Conservative as number 61st out of the top 131 conservative-cum-libertarian political websites of 2007. She is also the proprietor of the weblog, Barely a Blog (BAB), to which prominent thinkers such as Tibor Machan, George Reisman, and the late Thomas Szasz have contributed. (Mercer contributed a dust-jacket blurb to Professor Szasz's book, Coercion As Cure.)

Ilana has been a guest on ABC Radio (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), and on radio stations across America. These include "Talk Back," the nationally syndicated show of the late, legendary George Putnam, The Mike Church Show (aka the "King Dude") on the Sirius Patriot Channel, and Sean Hannity's nationally syndicated radio show, on which she appeared to defend NFL quarterback, Michael Vick. About Ilana's work, Mr. Hannity had this to say:

Having read your columns throughout the years, I think I know you a little bit—I know you come from a very intellectual point of view, an intellectually honest point of view—you have given the most articulate argument I’ve heard ['In Defense of Michael Vick''] on the other side of this, one that is consistent with many of the views you have. (August 17, 2007)

Ilana has appeared on Russia Today (RT), most recently to mine the legacy of Mandela, and on the Public Network's television series, "America at War" (#434), where, in 2003, she debated the media's dereliction of duty during the invasion of Iraq. Her analysis of Martha Stewart’s legal travails, "Convicted for Fearing Conviction," was voted among the best Mises.org articles of 2004. In the same year, she received the "Ron Paul Liberty in Media Awards (LIMA)” for the essay “Wartime Socialism.”

Ilana was born in South Africa, which her father, Rabbi Ben Isaacson, decided to leave pursuant to harassment by the South African security police on account of his anti-apartheid preaching and activism. (Ilana herself fought petty apartheid tirelessly.) The family departed in the 1960s for Israel, where Ilana spent her formative years. She returned to South-Africa in the 1980s, married and had a daughter. The family emigrated to Canada in 1995, and then went on to settle in the US.

Described as an engaging, iconoclastic polemicist by National Post editorial writer Lorne Gunter, Ilana typically marshals powerful analytical argumentation in support of her case.

“All I can tell you is that you can’t win an argument with this woman. I’ve tried and failed,” said Victor Niederhoffer, Ph.D., in May of 2012. Dr. Niederhoffer is a noted stock-market investor, a former business partner to George Soros, and founder of the New York City Junto liberty forum.

In a review titled “The Passion of Principles,” the Objectivist magazine The Free Radical called Ilana’s first book, Broad Sides: One Woman’s Clash With a Corrupt Culture “a perfect mix of reason and rhetoric.” (Here are part 2 & part 3 of the review.) Maryland's Ron Smith of WBAL Radio has described her as “a refreshingly original writer on the issues of our time.” Others have praised Ilana as a particularly strong stylist, with “no less powerful an intellectual punch as Ayn Rand, only wickedly funny."  (Citations are here and here).

Ilana’s latest book, released in June of 2011, is Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from post-Apartheid South Africa. Into the Cannibal's Pot is a polemical work anchored in history, reality, fact, and the political philosophy of classical liberalism. It is a manifesto against mass society, arguing against raw, ripe democracy, here (in the US), there (in South Africa), and everywhere. “Into the Cannibal's Pot” follows Russell Kirk's contention that “true freedom can be found only within the framework of a social order.” It is intended as a reminder that, however imperfect, civilized societies are fragile. They can, and will, crumble in culturally inhospitable climes. The tyranny of political correctness, so unique to the West—plays a role in their near-collapse. Advanced societies don't just die; they either wither from within, or, like South Africa, are finished off by other western societies.

All is not grim. Ilana does pause to turn the arrows in her epistolary quiver away from the state—the Thing the inimical Sir Humphrey Applebee of the British satire “Yes, Prime Minister” called a disorganized criminal organization. She covers popular culture, mainstream media, Hollywood, and pseudo-science. From sex to music, it's all here, minus the unpalatable pabulum served by the mummified media.

When she is not expatiating upon the issues of the day, Ilana enjoys running outdoors. She has been a long-distance, recrational runner since the mid 1990s.

Parrots are another passion—in particular, the plight of psittacines in captivity and in the wild. Ilana supports a parrot rescue in the community. So too is the cause of the near-extinct Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) close to her heart. Ilana is owned by an adorable hookbill called Oscar-Wood (Poicephalus fuscicollis).

Then there is Music. Chamber music and Bach—any Bach—are her first loves, but she finds the hard core, intricate and masterful brilliance of progressive rock outfits like Symphony X, Dream Theater, Magnitude Nine, and Kamelot (sic) as alluring, to say nothing of neoclassical wizards such as Sean Mercer and Tony MacAlpine.

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