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  • Africa

    • "It should be news to no one that American refugee policies favor the Bantu peoples of Africa over its Boers."—ILANA MERCER, "Obama Ignores Possible Genocide In South Africa," Townhall.com, August 10, 2018.
    • "The only potential immigrants who still have that frontier spirit are South-African farmers. But American and European elites are uninterested in refugees who are ACTUALLY and actively being killed-off. That would be too much like preserving 'white privilege.'"—ILANA MERCER, "Trashing Populism: Dim-Bulb Academic Vs. Deplorables," Townhall.com, April 18, 2018.
    • "South Africa's Constitution is descriptive, not prescriptive—full of pitch-perfect verbal obesities that provide little by way of recourse for those whose natural, individual rights are violated. As a protector of individual rights to life, liberty and property, it's worse than useless—a wordy and worthless document."—ILANA MERCER, "South Africa Land Theft: Constitution All But Allows It," Townhall.com, March 11, 2018.
    • "The African National Congress (Mandela's party) has always, not suddenly, disregarded the importance of private property, public order and the remedial value of punitive justice."—ILANA MERCER, "South Africa Land Theft: Constitution All But Allows It," Townhall.com, March 11, 2018.
    • "How did the mythical land of Saint Nelson Mandela turn into Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'? How did that country's 'vaunted' constitution yield to 'the horror, the horror' of land theft? Easily, even seamlessly ..."—ILANA MERCER, "South Africa Land Theft: Constitution All But Allows It," Townhall.com, March 11, 2018.
    • "Corruption invariably flows from state to society."—ILANA MERCER, "A New Party Boss In South Africa Is No Reason To Party," Townhall.com, December 28, 2017.
      "Why have the leaders of the most powerful country on the African continent (Mandela, Mbeki and Zuma) succored the leader of the most corrupt (Mugabe)? These South African strongmen were, in a manner, saluting the Alpha Male Mugabe by implementing a slow-motion version of his program. When he socked it to the whites, Mugabe cemented his status as hero to black activists and their sycophants across South Africa."—ILANA MERCER, "Why All Three South-African Presidents Supported Robert Mugabe," Townhall.com, November 30, 2017.
    • "Human action is the ultimate adjudicator of a human being's worth; the aggregate action of many human beings acting in concert makes or breaks a society. Overall, American society is superior to assorted African and Arab societies because America is still inhabited by the kind of individuals who make possible a thriving civil society."—ILANA, Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) Chapter 5: "Africa BC/AC (Before and After Colonialism)," p. 160.
    • "From their plush apartments, over groaning dinner tables, pseudo-intellectuals have the luxury of depicting squalor and sickness as idyllic, primordially peaceful and harmonious."—ILANA, Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) Chapter 5: "Africa BC/AC (Before and After Colonialism)," p. 160.
    • "Grievance-based explanations have a way of evolving. Before independence, Africa's backwardness was attributed to colonialism. After independence, neocolonialism replaced colonialism as the excuse du jour for the failure of African leaders to ameliorate their people's plight. Neocolonialism encompasses any unhappy condition that can no longer be attributed to colonialism."—ILANA, Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) Chapter 5: "Africa BC/AC (Before and After Colonialism)," p. 160.
    • "Ultimately, the rights to life, liberty and private property will forever be imperiled in a country (South Africa) whose constitution has a clause devoted to 'Limitation of Rights,' and where redistributive 'justice' is a constitutional article of faith."—ILANA (December 20, 2103)
    • "Apartheid is a necessary explanatory variable in the black dysfunction equation, but never a sufficient one."—ILANA (December 20, 2103)
    • "There goes the promiscuous use of the apartheid pejorative again. It is as ignorant as it is glib. Like antibiotics that lose their potency through over dosage – yelling ‘apartheid’ at people just because they are richer and more educated than you makes you look ridiculous. At least it ought to make you look ridiculous."—ILANA (May 11, 2013)
    • "It is futile to expect Americans, Republican or Democrat, to grasp the magnitude of the demise of South Africa. Like Esau did, Americans have squandered the birthright bequeathed to them by their philosophical forefathers. Having frittered away their philosophic inheritance for a mess of pottage, my countrymen are incapable of comprehending the loss of South Africa."—ILANA (October 26, 2012)
    • “Why have some people produced Confucian and Anglo-Protestant ethics—with their mutual emphasis on graft and delayed gratification—while others have midwived Islamic and animistic values, emphasizing conformity, consensus, and control? Why have certain patterns of thought and action come to typify certain people in the first place? Such an investigation political correctness prohibits."—ILANA (Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa, August, 2011)
    • "Bad leaders or bad weather patterns are not what shackle backward peoples. ... the values and cultural influences which people (and peoples) bring to the polity cannot be tweaked out of existence like some unsightly nose-hair."—ILANA (Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa, August, 2011)
    • "By staving off crime and communism, the apartheid regime, a vast repressive apparatus though it was, saved black South Africans from an even worse moral and material fate."—ILANA (Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa, August, 2011)
    • "The apartheid libel is fast replacing the Nazi and fascist ones, which have been mocked out of meaning."—ILANA (March 14, 2008)
    • Hollywood and Africa: "If colonialism was our original sin; capitalism is our cardinal sin. Our voracious system of production, Hollywood do-gooders typically claim, is a zero-sum game. To wit, the standards of living we enjoy come at the expense of Africa's poor."—ILANA (June 10, 2007)
    • "The commentariat hasn’t protested the evils of property confiscation [in Zimbabwe] so much as it has bemoaned the fact that the land ended up in the hands of Mugabe's cronies, rather than being redistributed 'fairly' to all black Zimbabweans.—ILANA (March 30, 2007)
    • "In democratic South Africa, dispossession is nine-tenths of the law."—ILANA (January 19, 2007)
    • "Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of Africa, is now its dust bowl."—ILANA (January 19, 2007)
    • “The Catholic Church’s consecration of condoms will have the same overall effect on African AIDS infection rates as its condemnation of sex outside marriage.”—ILANA (April 29, 2005)
  • Bush

    • "Let Milo design The Wall. If conservatives can rehabilitate the unrepentant George Bush; they can forgive Milo for saying stupid stuff."—ILANA, "Let Milo Design The Wall," March 3, 2017, The Liberty Conservative.
    • "Said Saint Augustine, 'The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.' The Republican Party under Bush did the devil's work. Bar the sainted Ron Paul, not a dog of a Republican lifted his leg in protest of the unjust war on Iraq. To embark on the good, the GOP must come clean about the bad."—ILANA (February 19, 2016)
    • "Donald Trump has buried George W. Bush, for good. Or so we hope. This might not be 'Morning in America,' but it is a moral victory for values in America. Somewhere in those Judeo-Christian values touted by 'values voters' is an injunction against mass murder."—ILANA (February 26, 2016)
    • "We do know. We can say for sure. And we have all the documents. George W. Bush lied America into war."—ILANA (February 26, 2016)
    • "Whereas Barack Obama allowed Hillary to henpeck him into destabilizing one country, Libya; Bush Jr. gave the world the Iraq-Syria Axis of ISIS."—ILANA (January 22, 2016)
    • "Barack Obama's cringe-factor has crescendoed—so much so that conservatives feel comfortable about dusting off an equally awful dictator, Bush 43, and presenting him and his dynasty to the public for another round."—ILANA ("Don't Get 'Grubered' By W’s Groupies," Nov. 21, 2014)
    • "Sideshow 'O' has done Bush one better. Obama is using the the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) provisions against 'friendlies.'"—ILANA (May 17, 2013)
    • "The dome of drones with which Barack Obama has blanketed the world, and this president's more modest forays abroad—these have only convinced conservatives of the righteousness of Genghis Bush's faith-based initiative to Iraq and beyond."—ILANA (May 10, 2013)
    • On the difference between Bush and Obama: "C'mon. Six trillion dollars of debt vs. eight trillion: the act of racking up such financial liabilities exists on a continuum of criminality - it does not constitute a difference in kind (or in 'core values')." —ILANA (August 6, 2010)
    • "Bush and Obama are not big government guys. Genghis B. and B. Hussein Obama stand guilty of government giganticism; of government elephantiasis." —ILANA (August 6, 2010)
    • "Bush harbored a death wish for America of the Founders. So does Obama."—ILANA (March 6, 2009)
    • "George W. Bush set the scene for Barack H. Obama. Stimulus, bailouts, a house for every Hispanic—these were Bush's babies."—ILANA (March 6, 2009)
    • “'Bush’s bailout society' is an instantiation of the principles upon which 'Bush’s ownership society' was founded: credit for those who are not creditworthy.—ILANA (October 3, 2008)
    • "Bush’s ownership society, built as it was on quicksand, has metamorphosed into the bailout society."—ILANA (September 26, 2008)
    • "Bush would wrestle a crocodile for a criminal alien. Medellín the murderer was no exception."—ILANA (August 8, 2008)
    • "Bush babble, I believe, is less a consequence of congenital stupidity than it is of the confusion caused by incessant, habitual lying. —ILANA (February 8, 2008)
    • "The Bush Doctrine: Aggress against non-aggressors (Iraq); surrender to aggressors (gangs, goons and grafter crossing our Southwestern border)."—ILANA (March 7, 2008)
    • “Left-liberals ... believe a judicial activist is someone who reverses precedent. George Bush thinks a judicial activist is someone who disobeys the President.”—ILANA (October 3, 2005)
    • "Bush's 'bring 'em on' grin one can also observe on the face of a demented patient with end-stage syphilis."—ILANA (July 16, 2003)
    • "Bush is a stupid man, but he’s not a yes man. He’s not even a 'let’s-hear-what-you-have-to-say' man. He’s a 'do-as-I-say' 'Decider,' a nickname he gave himself."—ILANA (July 13, 2007)
    • "Bush has betrayed US borders and identity because, he doesn’t believe in them. Afghani and Israeli: if Bush had his way, they’d all be molded into global democrats, citizens of the world."—ILANA (July 13, 2007)
    • "I liked Bush when he started out. Libertarians were generally hopeful about a president who promised a humble foreign policy and less taxation. I still liked Bush when he chased bin Laden in Afghanistan. But soon after, the real Bush revealed himself to anyone willing to see: A man with a megalomaniacal glint in the eyes and an unstoppable will to wage war on a backward, secular, harmless Arab state, hobbled by sanctions." (July 13, 2007)
    • "Bush ... should be slithering on his belly to Bashar to thank him for serving as the US’s pressure relief valve vis-à-vis Iraq. Together, Jordan and Syria have taken in 1.6 million fleeing Iraqi refugees."—ILANA (April 2, 2007)
    • "If Bush is so concerned about how the Arab world views us, he should not have invaded a sovereign Arab country, killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians, and propelled the place into a bloody civil war."—ILANA (March 11, 2006)
    • “Why would George Bush care whether Harriet E. Miers can tell Blackstone from Bentham when he can’t?”—ILANA (October 3, 2005)
    • "Our Demagogue-in-Chief insists that democracy will both empower and pacify Muslims. [But] Democratic elections across the Muslim world would see the pan-Islamists take power everywhere; then elections would cease."—ILANA (January 26, 2005)
    • "Bush bamboozled Boobus Americanus into believing that war in Iraq and terrorism in America were mutually exclusive conditions."—ILANA MERCER (November 4, 2005)
    • “In the process of pursuing some sort of neoconservative ‘Manifest Destiny,’ President Bush has junked the American Constitution—it gave him no authority to ‘promote’ global freedom, democracy or nation-building with blood and treasure not his own.”—ILANA (September 11, 2003)
    • "George W. Bush is oblivious to a basic principle of his own conservative ideology: Top-down central planning—economic or political—is doomed to fail."—ILANA (September 11, 2003)
    • “Under the Bush Iraq Doctrine, evidence against a theory constitutes evidence for a theory: No smoking gun meant that there was a hidden gun somewhere or a plan to acquire a gun, or a hidden plan to acquire a gun and hide it.”—ILANA (December 18, 2002)
  • China

    • “A silly society is a youth-obsessed society: To the Chinese, who appreciate the value of experience, the greater the ratio in a team of grey ‘hairs and no-hairs’ to ‘black hairs’—the faster and better a task will be completed. The opposite assumption obtains in the youth-obsessed U.S.”—ILANA (March 7, 2014)
    • "Chinese mercantilism is not free trade, but it is far better than American militarism."—ILANA (August 24, 2012)
    • "Sadly, Sinophobia is sanctioned among American opinion makers. The dislike for China falls within the realm of perfectly respectable economic theory. Accordingly, the Chinese have levered themselves out of poverty not through industry, frugality, and ambition, but by manipulating their money and stealing American intellectual property."—ILANA (January 21, 2011)
    • "It’s time we came clean about our economic system. The Chinese are honest about theirs; they call it 'socialism with Chinese characteristic.' We call ours free-market capitalism, when in fact it is a Third Way system too: 'Socialism with American characteristics.'”—ILANA (February 29, 2008)
    • "Since American society is increasingly silhouetted by the State, we’re in the unproductive business of graduating lawyers. Because the Chinese State is receding, they’re in the productive business of graduating engineers."—ILANA (February 29, 2008)
    • "The picture of China to emerge from behind those pretty Chinese screens is complex. The embodiment of feng shui it is not. The trend, however, is unmistakable: China is becoming freer, America less free. The devil is in this detail."—ILANA (February 29, 2008)
    • "China is changing. It is 'out of the red' in more ways than one. The US is changing too: It’s in the red and getting redder."—ILANA (February 29, 2008)
    • "The Chinese are ditching Mao for Milton, as Americans trust Oprah to pick their literature and leaders."—ILANA (February 29, 2008)
    • "While America is becoming more militaristic; China is growing increasingly capitalistic. As America’s middle-class dwindles due to government’s wastrel ways, China’s middle class is 200-million strong and growing. The Chinese have money on their minds; murder, not so much."—ILANA (May 11, 2007)
  • Christianity & Judaism

    • "Undergirding what Christians call the Old Testament is a message of particularism, not universalism."—ILANA MERCER, "Busted: Scripture-Twisting Reverend Pushing Borderless US," WND, December 13, 2017
    • "The ancient Hebrews would have been appalled by many a modern, left-liberal Jew who has betrayed the nationalistic message underlying the 24 best-written books ever."—ILANA MERCER, "Busted: Scripture-Twisting Reverend Pushing Borderless US," WND, December 13, 2017
    • "The Hebrew Testament is not the New Testament. Although Christians often appropriate the Hebrew text to their humanistic ends, it's not the text you want to use in spreading the Christian, 'We Are The World' dogma. For the Hebrew Bible revolves around distinguishing the Jews and their homeland from the nations of the world."—ILANA MERCER, "Busted: Scripture-Twisting Reverend Pushing Borderless US," WND, December 13, 2017
    • "Jews like presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders have forgotten that riches are a reward for work well done. In the Jewish faith's infinite wisdom, wealth justly acquired is a sign of God's blessing."—ILANA (October 16, 2015)
    • "On Christianity in America: No longer doctrinaire or demanding, the mishmash of pop-religion practiced in churches across America is an extension of the therapeutic culture: festooned with feelings, mostly misdirected. Untempered by intelligent interpretation of scripture."—ILANA (December 27, 2013)
    • "On American pop-theology: light on doctrine; heavy on hellfire and damnation.'"—ILANA (December 27, 2013)
    • "American public life is such that even our pick for pope (Cardinal Timothy Dolan) struts his stuff like a 'Jersey Shore' reality star. Let us give thanks that the world was spared the self-promoting sins of a 'superpower pope.'"—ILANA (March 15, 2013)
    • "Although the breakdown of boundaries in society is at the root of the rot around us, the Roman Church will not be permitted to survive in the only way it was intended to function since antiquity: as a hierarchical organization."—ILANA (March 15, 2013)
    • "The Christian faithful no longer see themselves as members of a community of believers, but as members of gay, lesbian, feminist, black, brown and plain angry clans. Unless the Church recognizes and recompenses their brand of identity politics—the masses will bring it down."—ILANA (March 15, 2013)
    • "The righteous give secretly. The pious give publicly."—ILANA (January 22, 2010)
    • "It is impossible for a commentator to credibly expatiate upon America, in particular—and the West, in general—without reference to the Judeo-Christian tradition."—ILANA (December 7, 2007)
    • "It is impossible to appreciate the greatest composer of all times—Bach—without acknowledging the contribution of his muse—Christianity—to the glory of his music."—ILANA (December 7, 2007)
    • “Christian forgiveness is... contingent on the sinner's repentance, and can be granted only by the one sinned against, and not by the various proxies of popularity. Instant expiation flows more from the values of the 1960s than from any doctrinal Christian values.”—ILANA (November 25, 2005)
    • "The proper metaphor for the relationship between Judaism and Christianity is that of parent and progeny. Self-anointed Jewish leadership, however, has managed to cast Jews as a mere faction among a multicultural mob, a position Jews (being liberals) love."—ILANA (May 4, 2005)
    • “The Catholic Church’s consecration of condoms will have the same overall effect on African AIDS infection rates as its condemnation of sex outside marriage.”—ILANA (April 29, 2005)
  • Donald Trump

    • "What comes out of the Trump White House is an ideological cacophony. Hiring different perspectives in business could well be a strength. But it's a weakness when politics and policy are in play. Needed to advance a political agenda is a team that shares the political philosophy underlying the agenda."—ILANA Mercer, "Trump's Phone Call To Putin," Mises Institute, Power & Market Blog, March 22, 2018.
    • "How exactly did the president normalize neoconservatism? In 2016, liberals accused candidate Trump of isolationism. Neoconservatives—aka Conservatism Inc.—did the same. Having consistently complained of his isolationism, the Left and the phony Right cannot but sanction President Trump's interventionism. To some, the normalizing of neoconservatism by a president who ran against it is a stroke of genius; of a piece with Bill Clinton's triangulation tactics. To others, it's a cynical sleight of hand."—ILANA Mercer, "How President Trump Normalized Neoconservatism," WND.com, January 4, 2018.
    • "Trump has made it perfectly acceptable, on the Left and the pseudo-Right, to casually quip about troops in Niger and Norway."—ILANA Mercer, "How President Trump Normalized Neoconservatism," Storia.me, January 3, 2018.
    • “President Trump is too set in his ways and independent-minded to imbibe the layers of debased semiotics with which government lawyers routinely rape reality."—ILANA Mercer, "Trump Fends Off 'Showboat' Comey And The Federal Zombies," American Thinker, June 9, 2017.
    • "The tools threatening President Trump with impeachment have one bag of tricks stuffed with power tools: they audit, indict, arrest, bomb, change regimes. They don't make profitable business deals; they tax them. They don't make peace; they wage war."—ILANA Mercer, "Trump Fends Off 'Showboat' Comey And The Federal Zombies," American Thinker, June 9, 2017.
    • "The president's linguistic infelicities—a word salad, at times—have given the press popinjays and their Washington overlords the foothold needed to go after the president. Throw in the 'bad' habits of a businessman he has retained. Trump transacts with everyone—Russians too. We voted for deals, not wars."—ILANA Mercer, "Trump Fends Off 'Showboat' Comey And The Federal Zombies," American Thinker, June 9, 2017.
    • "Look at Jared Kushner. The poor man looks low T—like he might one day go the way of Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner. (I love LGBTQ, so long as they come in peace.) Jared's not wearing the pants in the Kushner castle. The beguilingly beautiful Ivanka is."—ILANA, "What Ivanka Wants, Ivanka Gets," American Thinker, April 13, 2017.
    • "If a veteran political operative like Barack Obama is considered beyond reproach, incapable of abusing power—all the more so is it irrational, irresponsible and in Third-World style to hound an administration not yet fully assembled or ensconced, for a political past it lacks. Sane people must walk away from Fake News' Russia Ruse."—ILANA, "The Donald Vs. The Deep State," The Daily Caller, March 9, 2017.
    • "Donald Trump's political record is a few months old. Trump is a political newborn. In the language of law, President Trump has no political criminal record."—ILANA, "The Donald Vs. The Deep State," The Daily Caller, March 9, 2017.
    • "Look forward to epic images of heavy equipment barreling toward the Southern border. The sight of a gold-plated structure going up, as sections of the borderland along Mexico start to resemble Liberace's backyard: This is sure to warm the cockles of your heart, and make America's monomaniacal media go berserk."—ILANA, "Let Milo Design The Wall," The Liberty Conservative, March 3, 2017
    • "The countdown to President-elect Trump's inauguration morphed into a search-and-rescue for the Obama legacy, except that when something is dead, it becomes a recovery operation."—ILANA (January 19, 2017)
    • "Donald Trump, acting as a political Samson that threatens to bring the den of iniquity crashing down on its patrons."—ILANA, "The Trump Revolution: The Donald's Creative Destruction Deconstructed," p. 2 (June 29, 2016)
    • "Donald Trump doesn’t collapse the distinction between 'America' and the U.S. government. He exhibits no confusion of category. To Trump, making America great means making the people great."—ILANA, "The Trump Revolution: The Donald's Creative Destruction Deconstructed," p. 4, (June 29, 2016)
    • "Our neoconservative pseudo-conservatives speak like Tocqueville but act like Robespierre."—ILANA, "The Trump Revolution: The Donald's Creative Destruction Deconstructed," p. 16, (June 29, 2016)
    • "The cable commentariat is a cog in the corpulent D.C. fleshpot."—ILANA, "The Trump Revolution: The Donald's Creative Destruction Deconstructed," p. 40, (June 29, 2016)
    • "When the magic number of delegates was obtained, '1237' became the new '300' (a reference to the comic-book rendition of the epic Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC)."—ILANA, "The Trump Revolution: The Donald's Creative Destruction Deconstructed," p. 43, (June 29, 2016)
    • "American journalism is a circle jerk of power brokers."—ILANA, "The Trump Revolution: The Donald's Creative Destruction Deconstructed," p. 54, (June 29, 2016)
    • "By definition, a professional politician is opportunistic and parasitic. For his survival, he must feed off his hosts. To convince the host to let him hook on and drain his lifeblood, the political hookworm must persuade enough of them to believe his deception."—ILANA, "The Trump Revolution: The Donald's Creative Destruction Deconstructed," p. 60, (June 29, 2016)
    • "Flawed though he most certainly is—Donald Trump belongs to the category of Americans who wield economic power. He has provided goods and services people want, built buildings and resorts they inhabit and frequent, provided his investors with a return on their investment. And he has done so using the peaceful, voluntary means of free-market capitalism. He has not passed an individual mandate to compel any and all to patronize his buildings, businesses or buy his products."—ILANA, "The Trump Revolution: The Donald's Creative Destruction Deconstructed," p. 61, (June 29, 2016)
  • Drug War

    • "Cannabis: The reason it's not in the Constitution is because letting states and individuals decide is in the Constitution. That thing of beauty is called the Tenth Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."—ILANA MERCER, "Whodunit? Who Meddled With Out Democracy?" February 8, 2018, The Unz Review.
    • "Like no other, drug legalization is a proxy black issue, worthy of the endorsement of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement."—ILANA (August 7, 2015)
    • "By all means, argue against laws that prohibit victimless 'crimes' on the ground that these disproportionally ensnare blacks. But do not err in accusing all cops of targeting blacks, when the former are entrusted with enforcing the law, and the latter violate the law in disproportion to their numbers in the general population."—ILANA (August 29, 2014)
    • "From dwarf tossing to drug taking: The legislator has no place in voluntary exchanges between consenting adults, as dodgy and as dangerous as these might be."—ILANA (November 11, 2011)
    • "There will always be meddling third parties who'll seek to circumscribe and circumvent a voluntary activity not to their liking. Some feminists want to stop pornographers from making or consuming the stuff. Other busybodies would like to coerce adults to quit gambling. These third parties have no place in transactions between consenting adults, unless these trades infringe directly—not foreseeably—on their property or person. Ultimately any transaction that was at the time of occurrence voluntary, and hence beneficial to the participants, can, retrospectively, be denounced as harmful and regrettable."—ILANA (November 11, 2011)
    • "If for harming himself a man forfeits his freedom, then he was never free in the first place."—ILANA (March 6, 2009)
    • "Incarcerating people for their [drug] consumption choices has the consistency of arresting a survivor of suicide for attempted murder."—ILANA (May 8, 2002)
    • "If for harming himself a man forfeits his liberty, then it can't be said that he has dominion over his body. It implies that someone else—government—owns him."—ILANA (May 8, 2002)
    • "Policy wonks have arbitrarily decided that heroin consumption is potentially worse for individual and society than compulsive eating, bunjie jumping, gambling, alcohol consumption, fatty foods, or tobacco.—ILANA (December 28, 2001)
    • "The U.S. has been able to make prohibition piety an integral part of its foreign policy."—ILANA (December 28, 2001)
    • "The brutal punishing of adults for the substances they ought to be able to ingest, inhale, or inject at their own peril is based on a parochial prior restraint argument."—ILANA (December 28, 2001)
  • Economy

    • "Far be it from me to endorse tariffs as a means of reducing trade deficits. I am only here questioning the totemic attachment free-traders have to trade deficits, given that Americans live under conditions of systemic debt and state-managed trade that is anything but free."—ILANA MERCER, "Trade Deficits In The Context Of State-Managed Trade And Systemic Debt," Townhall.com, March 16, 2018
    • On trade deficits: "Our improvident government's debts, liabilities and unfunded promises exceed the collective net worth of its wastrel citizens. Given these historic trends, it seems silly to dismiss the yawning gap between U.S. exports and U.S. imports as an insignificant economic indicator."—ILANA MERCER, "Trade Deficits In The Context Of State-Managed Trade And Systemic Debt," Townhall.com, March 16, 2018
    • On trade deficits: "Because of decades of credit-fueled, consumption-based living, the defining, current characteristic of our economy is debt—micro and macro; public and private. Unless one is coming from the pro-debt Keynesian perspective, is this not an economically combustive combination?"—ILANA MERCER, "Trade Deficits In The Context Of State-Managed Trade And Systemic Debt," Townhall.com, March 16, 2018
    • "The price of labor in the high-tech labor market is a function of a political, artificially created, ceaseless supply of immigrants. Prattle about the price at which American workers will do certain work is meaningless without a reference to borders and to the thing they bound—communities. Render asunder the quaint idea of borders—and the world is your labor market; communities be damned. Realize that this ceaseless supply of labor is maintained not through peaceful market forces, but through the use of political power, wielded by wealthy men and women with access. At work here is their Brave New Borderless World, not the invisible hand we love."—ILANA, "Why Tax Breaks Won't Stop High-Tech, H-1B Human Trafficking," Constitution.com, November 16, 2017."
    • On Trade deficits: "Voluntary exchanges are by definition advantageous to their participants. Costco, my hair stylist and the GTI dealer—all have products or skills I want. Within this voluntary, mutually beneficial relationship, I give up an item I value less, for something I value more: a fee for the desired product or service. My trading partners, whose valuations are in complementary opposition to mine, reciprocate in kind. Ceteris paribus (all other things being equal), there's nothing wrong with my running a trade deficit with Costco, my hair stylist or my GTI dealer, as I do—just as long as I pay for my purchases. However, the data demonstrate that Americans, in general, are not paying for their purchases"—ILANA (March 11, 2016)
    • "I don't know that Trump favors protective tariffs, import quotas or export subsidies.  I do know that we don't have free trade. What goes for 'free trade' is trade managed by powerful bureaucracies—national and transnational international—central planners concerned with regulating, not freeing, trade; whose goal it is to harmonize labor, health, and environmental laws throughout the developed world. The undeveloped and developing worlds do as they please. My understanding is that Trump simply wants to make these agreements and organs work for the American people."—ILANA (March 11, 2016)
    • "Be it Hillary Clinton or burn-the-wealth Bernie Sanders—both agree that it is up to them, the all-knowing central planners, to determine how much of your life ought to be theirs to squander."—ILANA (October 16, 2015)
    • "Where, pray tell, are those 'made in Russia' labels? Other than crude and commodities; Kalashnikovs (AK-47s) and Vodka —what does post-communist Russia peddle?.'"—ILANA (March 20, 2015)
    • "President Roosevelt had his lucid moments. Or moment, rather. According to Paul Jonson, 'When asked what single book he would put into the hands of a Russian communist, Roosevelt replied: 'The Sears, Roebuck catalog.'"—ILANA (March 20, 2015)
    • "Sears, Roebuck was one of the great American companies which, through mass production and mass marketing, made available to America's own Kulaks the luxuries that were previously enjoyed only by her rich."—ILANA (March 20, 2015)
    • "Obamacare is a marketplace in the same way the Knockout Game is a game."—ILANA (February 14, 2014)
    • "Inegalitarainism is a feature of a free economy. If history is anything to go by, certain minorities will achieve prosperity from poverty, no matter how gravely the state and society impede them. Jews did it in Europe. Levantines and Indians in Africa and the Middle-East. Chinese in southeast Asia and everywhere else they go. Europeans in South Africa."—ILANA (December 20, 2013)
    • "Contra the economic reductionism of the lite libertarian, free-market capitalism is a necessary but insufficient condition to sustain freedom in a country of South Africa's complexion."—ILANA (December 20, 2013)
    • "What the good [free-market] economists are loath to let on is that a free market is a market in which groups and individuals are differently represented. Parity in prosperity and performance between differently able individuals and groups can be achieved only by playing socialist leveler."—ILANA (December 20, 2013)
    • "The non-stop monetary stimulus results in a rise in prices, stocks included. Homes too. And an increase in the price of an item is not the same as an appreciation in its value."—ILANA (October 18, 2013)
    • "Our staggeringly pompous president is incapable of comprehending that a businessman cannot pay a worker in excess of his productivity and hope to stay solvent, and that an act of force—a law—will not make medical manna fall from the heavens."—ILANA (October 4, 2013)
    • On John Maynard Keynes: "It would appear that the Keynesian faithful have foisted on free-market capitalists an unfalsifiable theory. Evidence that contradicts it, Keynesian kooks enlist as evidence for the correctness of their theory. Besides, public works, economic protectionism, cheap money, 'deficit-financed government spending,' and 'the animal spirits of the spendthrift in the service of boosting 'consumption demand': Doesn't Keynesianism simply appeal to the worst in human nature?"—ILANA (August 23, 2013)
    • "The alleged lack of funding for police in a rich tax base that pays through the proverbial nose in property taxes is invariably a result of the perennial and inescapable misallocation of funds in centrally-managed, politically driven systems."—ILANA (June 21, 2013)
    • "A balanced-budget requirement implies is that government has the constitutional right to spend as much as it takes in; that government is permitted to waste however much revenue it can extract from wealth producers, and that the bums must merely bring into balance what was stolen (taxes) with what is squandered (spending)."—ILANA (March 1, 2013)
    • "Like any voluntary exchange of goods, 'gouging' amounts to free people exchanging property to which they hold title. Each relinquishes something he values less (money/goods/labor) for something he values more (money/goods/labor). Prices are like a compass. Pegged to supply and demand they ensure the correct allocation of resources. Without market prices, supply and demand cannot be brought into balance and, by extension, consumer need cannot be satisfied, especially in times of great scarcity."—ILANA (February 8, 2013)
    • "Facebook went to market. The stock exchange got crowded. The equivalent of a traffic jam ensued. But thanks to invidious resentment toward big, 'bad,' business, coupled with the quest for headlines—a good thing has been portrayed as something that went sour."—ILANA (May 25, 2012)
    • "Business, in contrast to Barack Obama, is a positive-sum game."—ILANA (May 25, 2012)
    • "Facebook users love it and cannot imagine life without. Yes, they complain endlessly—but largely because they can. Unlike government (and CNN's Anderson Cooper), you can keep private enterprise honest. Business aims to please its constituents, the consumers. Complaints encourage compliance."—ILANA (May 25, 2012)
    • "'You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave!' Those are the chorus lyrics to 'Hotel California,' the haunting rock classic by the Eagles. Americans who try 'running for the door'—in the evocative words of Glenn Frey, and the Dons Felder and Henley—soon discover that they 'are all just prisoners here …' Prisoners of Uncle Sam's device. An American who chooses to live and work overseas cannot escape the Internal Revenue Service. The United States is perhaps the only country 'to tax its citizens on income earned while they're living abroad.'"—ILANA (April 20, 2012)
    • "Europe has a long way to go if it wishes to approximate the degree of economic and legal harmonization accomplished by Uncle Sam, and to become one nation under inflation."—ILANA (December 2, 2011)
    • "What a balanced budget requirement implies is that the government has the right to spend as much as it can take in. There is nothing constitutional (or just) about fine-tuning—increasing or decreasing—state spending to coincide with a supposed sovereign people's acquisitive abilities and economic energies."—ILANA (July 22, 2011)
    • "The United States has already passed on as the world’s economic leader. Having flouted Thomas Jefferson for too long, America has succumbed to public debt, the 'fore horse for oppression and despotism,' after which 'taxation will follow, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.'"—ILANA (June 3, 2011)
    • "Just how backward is Barack? Such an intellectual laggard is the country's commander-in-chief as to frame the massive spending he is directing as a 'key investment in our future.' The wherewithal for the largess exhibited by Mr. Obama's menagerie of moron has been siphoned off from the private economy (and from China)."—ILANA (April 15, 2011)
    • "The Securities and Exchange Commission operates with the understanding that competition in capital markets must proceed from a level playing field. All investors are entitled to the same information advantage irrespective of effort and abilities. In a word, information socialism.—ILANA (November 26, 2010, and June 19, 2002)
    • "Government jobs are not an addition to the country's payroll; they are an increase in the nation's payload." —ILANA (June 25, 2010)
    • On The Trade Deficit: "There is nothing wrong with my running a trade deficit with Costco, my hair stylist, or my GTI dealer, as I do—just so long as I pay for my purchases. The data demonstrate that Americans, in general, do not." —ILANA (July 16, 2010 )
    • "Far from comprising discrete parts, the economy is ineluctably interconnected. The trade deficit belongs to a nation enmeshed in debt. From the fact that America purportedly ran trade surpluses during the Great Depression it does not follow that the nation's current trade deficit is inconsequential as economic indices go. It could just as well mean that the economic fundamentals today are worse than they were during the Great Depression, since this country has never before been so deeply in hock as it currently is." —ILANA (July 16, 2010)
    • "The voluntary free market is a sacred extension of life itself. The free market—it has not been unfettered for a very long time—is really a spontaneously synchronized order comprising trillions upon trillions of voluntary acts that individuals perform in order to make a living. Introduce government force and coercion into this rhythm and you get life-threatening arrhythmia. Under increasing state control, this marketplace - this magic, organic agora - starts to splutter, and people suffer."—ILANA (April 23, 2010)
    • "The hi-tech endeavor is all about (older) Americans and Asians uniting to supply (younger) twittering twits with the playthings that keep their brainwaves from flatlining."—ILANA (February 19, 2010)
    • "Government consuming what it appropriates, prints or pirates from the nation's dwindling savings cannot generate plenty; it can only destroy or crowd wealth out."—ILANA (July 10, 2009)
    • The Bernanke coin-conjuring magic is to our money as Diprivan drips were to Michael Jackson’s mortality."—ILANA (July 10, 2009)
    • "A beastly bureaucratic feeding frenzy cannot awaken the slumbering beauty that is the private economy."—ILANA (July 10, 2009)
    • "Contra the kook Keynes, government consumption is a zero-sum-game: the more plans and planners, czars and czarinas Obama adds to his ranks, the fewer you’ll be adding to yours."—ILANA (July 10, 2009)
    • "Once Fellini-style consumption gives way to Puritan-worthy production, jobs driven by sustainable market forces will germinate and grow."—ILANA (July 10, 2009)
    • "Keynes was to economics as Katrina was to New Orleans."—ILANA (July 10, 2009)
    • "A JOBLESS RECOVERY is the equivalent of a housewarming for the homeless. This sophistic term is a political construct, not an economic one, meant to coat the entrenched, systemic effects of endemic, employment-killing government policies with a patina of scholarly respectability."—ILANA (July 4, 2009)
    • "Allow me to dispel distaff America’s claims of disadvantage with a decisive argument:: If women with the same skills as men were getting only 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, men would have long-since priced themselves out of the market."—ILANA (March 13, 2009)
    • On central planning: "The thing we call the ''economy' is no more than the trillions upon trillions of voluntary, capitalistic acts individuals perform in order to make a living. The economy responds poorly to economic planning and planners. Introduce government force and coercion into this synchronized spontaneous order, and it starts to splutter."—ILANA (March 6, 2009)
    • "The defining characteristic of the Unites States is debt—public and private. America is a debtor nation. Socialism is secondary to state squandering—and a consequence of it."—ILANA (February 20, 2009)
    • "Let us give credit where it’s due. Was Bush not first to break the bank? And if deficit spending is a salve for insolvency, why did Bush’s non-stop spending not ward off the depression?"—ILANA (February 6, 2009)
    • "A natural shift must take place in the economy from a credit-fueled, consumption-based economy, to one founded on savings, investment and production."—ILANA (January 16, 2009)
    • "Compared to the United States government, Bernie Madoff is a mere babe in grand larceny boot camp."—ILANA (January 16, 2009)
    • "Politicians and theoreticians who claim the natural laws of economics can be violated with impunity are proffering politics, not economics."—ILANA (November 28, 2008)
    • "The laws of economics are natural, universal laws. One cannot violate them without repercussions. It follows from this that to adhere to the economic laws of nature is to be faithful to truth and justice."—ILANA (November 28, 2008)
    • "Voluntary exchanges are by definition advantageous to their participants. They involve giving up something one values less for something one values more and finding someone else with 'opposite valuations.' The H-1B visa holder forfeits his (apparently unexceptional) labor for a salary many times the salary he'd get in India or China or Pakistan. If he were not incalculably better off than he was in his previous life, he would not have taken a calculated risk in a plush American office."—ILANA (November 18, 2008)
    • "The gargantuan, government give-away to the financial sector combined elements of fascism and socialism. However you define the Bush bailout – it was bad. Bad and bipartisan."—ILANA (October 24, 2008)
    • “The progressive income tax is a good example of Karl Marx’s maxim, 'From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.' America, the cradle of capitalism, clings to Karl. Russia, the cradle of communism, has abandoned him in favor of a flat—and very low—tax on income.—ILANA (October 24, 2008)
    • “'Bush’s bailout society' is an instantiation of the principles upon which 'Bush’s ownership society' was founded: credit for those who are not creditworthy.—ILANA (October 3, 2008)
    • "Is America ever going to understand that nothing can grow in the shadow of a State that has squandered trillions and makes up for it by printing more?—ILANA (October 3, 2008)
    • A crisis that was created by cheap credit must be corrected by less of the same.—ILANA (September 26, 2008)
    • "Bush’s ownership society, built as it was on quicksand, has metamorphosed into the bailout society."—ILANA (September 26, 2008)
    • "Trade, not democracy, is also the best antidote to war. The more economically intertwined countries are, the less likely they are to go to war. Boycott Iran less and barter with it more and it’s bound to tone down its belligerence."—ILANA (September 19, 2008)
    • "All in all, Exxon Mobil has done a smashing job of bringing oil to market considering the fly-in-amber policies it faces."—ILANA (June 13, 2008)
    • On Glorious Gas: "The more efficient the source of energy, the less waste and pollution are involved in its conversion into energy. Think of the totality of the production process! The fewer resources expended in bringing a fuel to market, the cleaner and cheaper is the process."—ILANA (June 13, 2008)
    • McCain's pronouncements on pumping-up oil supply—the only way to satiate demand and reduce prices—are limited and delimited by the shamanic thinking he and Obama share: Godless humans are overheating the Goddess Gaia."—ILANA (June 13, 2008)
    • "Profits and prices are the street signs of the economy. Only fools flout them. The much–maligned price system works not only to secure supply but to conserve."—ILANA (June 13, 2008)
    • "Obama is an ass with ears when it comes to the economy. The same goes for Clinton. So Sen. McCain did not help himself (or us) by being charmingly self-deprecating about his understanding of the economy. He has allowed Obama and Clinton, infinitely more asinine than he, to assert their superiority."—ILANA (March 28, 2008)
    • "Where Kemp-McCain economics meet Obama-Clinton “freakonomics” is in the unnatural and un-American idea that the government is entitled to a portion of your income; that it has a lien on your life and on what you acquire in the course of sustaining that life. Be it Hillary, Hussein or McCain—they all agree that it is up to the all-knowing central planner to determine how much of your life ought to be theirs.—ILANA (March 28, 2008)
    • "Forced to choose between various forms of enslavement, as we indeed are, then the flat tax is the second best option, revolution being the first."—ILANA (March 3, 2008)
    • "CNN's Lou Dobbs would do a great service to American innovators and middle class, if he waged his wordy war against their government, which has buried American business under a burdensome bureaucracy."—ILANA (February 29, 2008)
    • "The marketplace doesn't adjudicate the quality of art or pop culture—it does no more than offer an aggregate snapshot of the trillions of subjective preferences enacted by consumers. Aguilera (Christina) probably sells more than Ashkenazy (Vladimir) ever did. Britney outdoes Borodin. For some, this will be faith-inspiring, for others deeply distressing."—ILANA (February 7, 2003)
    • "Politics is a form of sheltered employment."—ILANA (February 8, 2008)
    • "Profits are the street signs of the free market—without profits there’d be no products."—ILANA (February 8, 2008)
    • "It’s high time Americans, who never tire of cramming their values down gagging gullets, remember that solvency is a virtue; bankruptcy a vice."—ILANA (January 25, 2008)
    • "The freer a society, the less likely government is to placate the envious by taking from those they envy. In unfree societies, that’s precisely what governments do: pacify the multitudes by mulcting the few."—ILANA (March 2, 2007)
    • "The concept of an income gap is meaningless in its circularity. Some people are richer than others. Some don’t like it. It’s called envy."—ILANA (February 5, 2007)
    • "Antitrust laws ought to be deployed, not against business, but to bust this two-party monopoly, which subverts competition in government and rewards the colluding quislings with sinecures in perpetuity.”—ILANA (May 26, 2006)
    • “The Securities and Exchange Commission operates on an unconstitutional ex post facto basis—its victims have no way of foreseeing or controlling how vague law will be bent and charges changed in the course of seeking the desired prosecutorial outcome.”—ILANA (December 2, 2005)
    • Socialists: Their zero-sum economics dictate that one person’s plenty is another’s poverty.”—ILANA (August 19, 2005)
    • “Statists say that if not for the state, man would be unable to produce. That's like saying that the tick created the dog! Production predates government predation. Government doesn't produce wealth—it only consumes it.”—ILANA (Sixteen, the Number of the Beast, in Broad Sides, 2004)
    • "Real wealth is created only by the production and consumption of products, not of paper money. An abundance of goods, not money income, is what makes for an increase in wealth."—ILANA (April 30, 2003)
    • "The Securities and Exchange Commission operates with the understanding that competition in capital markets must proceed from a level playing field. All investors are entitled to the same information advantage irrespective of effort and abilities. In a word, information socialism.—ILANA (November 26, 2010, and June 19, 2002)
    • "By protesting free trade, arm-chair anarchists are opposing both commerce and comity."—ILANA (December 7, 2000)
  • Education

    • "Your common, garden-variety academic is selected and elevated in academia precisely because of a pre-existing condition: a globalist, deracinated disposition."—ILANA MERCER, "Trashing Populism: Dim-Bulb Academic Vs. Deplorables," Townhall.com, April 18, 2018.
    • "Kids are Democrats by default."—ILANA MERCER, "The Teacher’s Pets Of Douglas High Can’t Think Straight," Constitution.com, March 2, 2018.
    • "Learning requires peace of mind. If fortress conditions are a prerequisite for survival—if fortification keeps the barbarians [school-shooters] at bay—then the rational mind will find tranquility in security."—ILANA MERCER, "The Teacher’s Pets Of Douglas High Can’t Think Straight," Constitution.com, March 2, 2018.
    • "Without the literary canon, young minds are doomed to become as dim and sclerotic as those of the educators who assign them piss-poor reading material. The literary canon is the best antidote to the educational Idiocracy."—ILANA (December 5, 2014)
    • "Natural order is not predicated on state-enacted laws. The natural order that has worked throughout the ages to tame young terrors is predicated on hierarchy; on the preservation of clear, never-to-be-blurred boundaries between adults and kids. These boundaries were once upheld in-house—in the principal's office, the home and the church.—ILANA (June 29, 2012)
    • "Restore old-fashioned discipline to classrooms and school buses. Revive the value of seasoned, stoical masculinity in education. Better still: Drain the septic tank that is our federalized education system, and with it the auxiliary personnel that infest the schools and feed off a dwindling tax base. There is now one non-teaching adult for every eight or nine children."—ILANA (June 29, 2012)
    • "America's progressive schools are overrun by ineffectual females. This feminized, cloistered world is the perfect breeding ground for bullies in the making."—ILANA (June 29, 2012)
    • "Do use the term 'government unions,' won't you, as 'public sector' or "public servants" implies, incorrectly, that these slackers serve the public."—ILANA (February 25, 2011)
    • "In America’s progressive schools prurience and psychobabble combine in equal measures."—ILANA (June 27, 2008)
    • "For decades, America’s progressive schools have been conducting a sick experiment in parallel parenting. Gloucester's Hatchery High is the payback: It’s Rosemary’s pedagogic Baby."—ILANA (June 27, 2008)
    • "Despite being the best funded school system in the world, American public schools graduate the thickest kids in the developed world."—ILANA (January 26, 2007)
    • "The National Education Association is the al-Qaida of education."—ILANA (January 27, 2006)
    • On smashing the state’s monopoly over education: “Staying stupid is a perfectly valid choice, so long as it’s not a government-enforced status quo.”—ILANA (January 29, 2006)
    • “[Ward] Churchill's tirades are [not] bereft of any truth. ... But, unless one is a magpie, one doesn't rummage through garbage in search of bright objects.”—ILANA (April 20, 2005)
    • "Government schools produce misguided, mediocre and frightfully monolithic minds...the uniformity of opinion is almost scarier than its uninformed nature."—ILANA (September 3, 2004)
  • Elections

    • "Mention of the Constitution means nothing. It’s on the list of items candidates check when they con constituents."—ILANA (January 22, 2016)
    • Elections 2016: First Republican presidential debate: "'The Murdoch Media's' golden goose, Megyn Kelly, henpecks Donald Trump ... "—ILANA (August 14, 2015)
    • Elections 2016: "Donald Trump would do well to triangulate,à laBill Clinton, and place the talented Jim Webb, a Democrat, on the Trump ticket. Then, make immigration a central theme in the campaign, advance a principled, major, pro-black policy by speaking to the legalization or decriminalizing of drug use and sale—and Trump will have secured the vote of blacks, white southern Democrats and other Reagan Democrats."—ILANA (August 7, 2015)
    • Election 2014: "The snake in the grass spat, slithered and hissed its way back to the White House."—ILANA (January 4, 2013)
    • "America is a mass of competing factions. Some vie to keep more of their rightful property; others fight to get their paws on that very property. The Rich vote defensively; The Poor vote extractively. This, Nov. 6, 2012 has proven."—ILANA (November 9, 2012)
    • "Should he succeed in vanquishing Obama come Nov. 6, Romney's brand of repeal-and-replace statism—not to mention maniacal militarism and Sinophobia—will be no victory for liberty. If not for liberty, Romney's victory was still a small victory for reality."—ILANA (October 5, 2012)
    • "The ladies, the Latinos, the halt and the lame: These identity groups—political constructs of the Left's making—will be galvanized to lambaste the two leading Republicans (Ryan abd Romeny) for being too attractive, too macho, too white, too Christian, and too rich"—ILANA (August 17, 2012)
    • "In a democracy, thumping majorities prevail."—ILANA (May 25, 2012)
    • "In Obama’s America, an idea equals a policy. And a world without a policy for every human malady, and 'clever' commissars to call the shots, is a world without ideas."—ILANA (November 14, 2008)
    • "So now it's Palin's PETA papers that aren't in order. Put it this way: If Rep. Ron Paul clubbed seals to death on ice floes; I'd still consider him a smashing potential president."—ILANA (October 17, 2008)
    • "McCain’s national greatness 'conservatism' sees the individual as a cog in the service of the collective. Contra McMussolini, the American Founders placed the individual before the collective, giving pride of place to individual liberties before duties."—ILANA (September 12, 2008)
    • "As she stood there in all her resplendence, it was crystal clear that Sarah Palin was the outsider; McCain the insider. Palin’s the candidate of change; McCain the Manchurian candidate. She’s the maverick and the man he’s not."—ILANA (September 5, 2008)
    • "When Barack Obama looked Americans in the metaphoric eye and told them he was not and was never a Muslim, he had, admittedly, been worshipping at the Trinity United Church of Christ for twenty odd years. So we know for certain that he is not a Christian. Obama’s voodoo theology aside, do we know with the same certainty that he was never Muslim?"—ILANA (August 1, 2008)
    • "America’s pathological elections-time self-absorption makes a mockery of the idea that it is suited to lead the world. Shouldn’t a world leader take an interest in the world?"—ILANA (July 11, 2008)
    • "Media were only too happy to mislead the man on the street into believing that Democratic Party petty rules were as sacred as those governing the Electoral College. The rules committee of the Democratic National Committee subsequently chose to halve the votes of the Florida and Michigan delegates. Slaves got a slightly better deal under the 'Three-Fifths Compromise' during the Constitutional Convention."—ILANA (June 6, 2008)
    • "Obama must be put on the spot not for his presence or absence in the pews during sermons delivered by the pornographic preachers of the Trinity cesspit, but for his adopted philosophy of two decades.”—ILANA (May 24, 2008)
    • "Why did Obama not attend a less radical church where Jesus, not Jeremiah, was king?"—ILANA (May 2, 2008)
    • On Obama's sliming of small-town America: "the incident is significant for what it tells us about who Obama is and what he disdains: guns and God—not the God of Rev. Wright, but the God white, rural, gun-toting America carriers close to its heart."—ILANA (April 11, 2008)
    • "McCain demonstrated his inability to tell Shiite from Shinola: Al-Qaida international and Al-Qaida Iraq are Sunni. Call them Wahhabis, Salafis, Takfiris, if you like, but not Shiites!"—ILANA (April 11, 2008)
    • "McCain might consider modifying his mantra about illegal aliens being God's children to whom he owes a path to citizenship. This is not about the Arizonan’s relationship with God and His creatures; it’s about McCain’s relationship with the Constitution. The Constitution binds a president to uphold the law; it doesn’t authorize him to legislate compassion."—ILANA (April 4, 2008)
    • "The genteel Obama is nothing like the Rev. Wright, except that they both appear to be overcompensating for not looking more like Kunta Kinte. There’s another small something the two share: a philosophy."—ILANA (March 21, 2008)
    • "McCain, the global warmonger, is also a global-warming Wing Nut."—ILANA (February 15, 2008)
    • "McCain has promised a monstrous 'Marshall Plan' for Iraq. What cuts to welfare he will deliver stateside, McCain will divert to Iraq in the form of massive government make-work schemes."—ILANA (February 15, 2008)
    • "All the 'giving' Hussein and Hillary plan to do is extraconstitutional. Obama’s Manna From Heaven Healthcare Plan, and Hillary’s Cuba Care—these are not inalienable rights."—ILANA ("The Hillary, Hussein, McCain Axis of Evil," February 15, 2008)
    • "It’s manifestly clear how close on the unconstitutional continuum Hillary, Hussein and McCain stand."—ILANA ("The Hillary, Hussein, McCain Axis of Evil," February 15, 2008)
    • "So what do I think of the next president? I didn’t like his predecessor’s 'New New Deal, so why would I like Barack Hussein Obama’s Great Great Society."—ILANA (February 15, 2008)
    • "The greater philosophical significance of McCain lies in his violence-for-values verbiage; in how he deceptively frames the bloodletting in Iraq and elsewhere around the world as the heroic upholding of individual rights."—ILANA (February 8, 2008)
    • "I had hoped that, in the dust-up between conservatives and the neocon-dominated Republican Party, McCain would serve as the curdling bacteria, separating the neoconservative whey from the conservative curd. I was wrong."—ILANA (February 5, 2008).
    • "Reaching across the aisle to get things done”: McCain’s euphemism for relinquishing principles in favor of political expediency.”—ILANA (February 5, 2008)
    • "As a man of the classical liberal, unquestionably American, Old Right, Rep. Paul is perfectly congruous in his defense of a sovereign America bounded by borders. It is his libertarian critics who belong to a different tradition—and who don’t make a lick of sense to sane Americans."—ILANA (January 11, 2008)
    • "From the fact that Rep. Paul celebrates free, unfettered movement of goods across borders—trade—Paul’s detractors have 'deduced' that he must also rejoice in the free flow of people across our borders. This is so because these anarchists confuse desires with rights—they believe that preventing anyone from studying or settling in the US is an act of savage aggression.”—ILANA (January 11, 2008)
    • “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.”—ILANA (December 19, 2007)
    • "I can see why media, women especially, love Big Daddy; whether he’s sermonizing about diet or the deity, Huckabee is fast becoming the Oprah of the Evangelicals."—ILANA (December 14, 2007)
    • "The paradox of the peace-loving Ron Paul is this: Given his commitment to national sovereignty—to defending this country, not Israel, Iraq or Afghanistan—Paul will have the will and the wherewithal to smash any enemy entering our orbit."—ILANA (October 12, 2007)
    • "Like the remarkable Rep. Ron Paul, opponents of the invasion [of Iraq] were right because we cleaved to the kind of intellectual and moral principles that were immutably true before Sept. 11, after it, and forever after."—ILANA (June, 2007)
    • The Republican presidential candidates "insist the American military’s obligation is to patrol the borders of Kosovo, Korea and Kurdistan, while our own borders remain perilously porous; Americans living alongside them forsaken."—ILANA (May 18, 2007)
    • “'Leadership' is a euphemism for overriding the will of the people. No sooner does the pesky popular will intrude into the debate than the top Republican contenders begin to yammer about their obligation to demonstrate 'leadership'."—ILANA (May 18, 2007)
    • "When Barack Obama looked Americans in the metaphoric eye and told them he was not and was never a Muslim, he had, admittedly, been worshipping at the Trinity United Church of Christ for twenty odd years. So we know for certain that he is not a Christian. Obama’s voodoo theology aside, do we know with the same certainty that he was never Muslim?"—ILANA (August 1, 2008)
    • "Media were only too happy to mislead the man on the street into believing that Democratic Party petty rules were as sacred as those governing the Electoral College. The rules committee of the Democratic National Committee subsequently chose to halve the votes of the Florida and Michigan delegates. Slaves got a slightly better deal under the 'Three-Fifths Compromise' during the Constitutional Convention."—ILANA (June 6, 2008)
    • "Obama must be put on the spot not for his presence or absence in the pews during sermons delivered by the pornographic preachers of the Trinity cesspit, but for his adopted philosophy of two decades.”—ILANA (May 24, 2008)
    • "Why did Obama not attend a less radical church where Jesus, not Jeremiah, was king?"—ILANA (May 2, 2008)
    • "America’s pathological, election-time self-absorption makes a mockery of the notion that the US is suited to lead the world. Shouldn’t a world leader take an interest in the world?"—ILANA (April 24, 2008)
    • On Obama's sliming of small-town America: "the incident is significant for what it tells us about who Obama is and what he disdains: guns and God—not the God of Rev. Wright, but the God white, rural, gun-toting America carriers close to its heart."—ILANA (April 11, 2008)
    • "McCain demonstrated his inability to tell Shiite from Shinola: Al-Qaida international and Al-Qaida Iraq are Sunni. Call them Wahhabis, Salafis, Takfiris, if you like, but not Shiites!"—ILANA (April 11, 2008)
    • "McCain might consider modifying his mantra about illegal aliens being God's children to whom he owes a path to citizenship. This is not about the Arizonan’s relationship with God and His creatures; it’s about McCain’s relationship with the Constitution. The Constitution binds a president to uphold the law; it doesn’t authorize him to legislate compassion."—ILANA (April 4, 2008)
    • "Obama is an ass with ears when it comes to the economy. The same goes for Clinton. So Sen. McCain did not help himself (or us) by being charmingly self-deprecating about his understanding of the economy. He has allowed Obama and Clinton, infinitely more asinine than he, to assert their superiority."—ILANA (March 28, 2008)
    • "The genteel Obama is nothing like the Rev. Wright, except that they both appear to be overcompensating for not looking more like Kunta Kinte. There’s another small something the two share: a philosophy."—ILANA (March 21, 2008)
    • "McCain, the global warmonger, is also a global-warming Wing Nut."—ILANA (February 15, 2008)
    • "McCain has promised a monstrous 'Marshall Plan' for Iraq. What cuts to welfare he will deliver stateside, McCain will divert to Iraq in the form of massive government make-work schemes."—ILANA (February 15, 2008)
    • "All the 'giving' Hussein and Hillary plan to do is extraconstitutional. Obama’s Manna From Heaven Healthcare Plan, and Hillary’s Cuba Care—these are not inalienable rights."—ILANA ("The Hillary, Hussein, McCain Axis of Evil," February 15, 2008)
    • "It’s manifestly clear how close on the unconstitutional continuum Hillary, Hussein and McCain stand."—ILANA ("The Hillary, Hussein, McCain Axis of Evil," February 15, 2008)
    • "The greater philosophical significance of McCain lies in his violence-for-values verbiage; in how he deceptively frames the bloodletting in Iraq and elsewhere around the world as the heroic upholding of individual rights."—ILANA (February 8, 2008)
    • "I had hoped that, in the dust-up between conservatives and the neocon-dominated Republican Party, McCain would serve as the curdling bacteria, separating the neoconservative whey from the conservative curd. I was wrong."—ILANA (February 5, 2008).
    • "Reaching across the aisle to get things done”: McCain’s euphemism for relinquishing principles in favor of political expediency.”—ILANA (February 5, 2008)
    • "As a man of the classical liberal, unquestionably American, Old Right, Rep. Paul is perfectly congruous in his defense of a sovereign America bounded by borders. It is his libertarian critics who belong to a different tradition—and who don’t make a lick of sense to sane Americans."—ILANA (January 11, 2008)
    • "From the fact that Rep. Paul celebrates free, unfettered movement of goods across borders—trade—Paul’s detractors have 'deduced' that he must also rejoice in the free flow of people across our borders. This is so because these anarchists confuse desires with rights—they believe that preventing anyone from studying or settling in the US is an act of savage aggression.”—ILANA (January 11, 2008)
    • “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.”—ILANA (December 19, 2007)
    • "I can see why media, women especially, love Big Daddy; whether he’s sermonizing about diet or the deity, Huckabee is fast becoming the Oprah of the Evangelicals."—ILANA (December 14, 2007)
    • "The paradox of the peace-loving Ron Paul is this: Given his commitment to national sovereignty—to defending this country, not Israel, Iraq or Afghanistan—Paul will have the will and the wherewithal to smash any enemy entering our orbit."—ILANA (October 12, 2007)
    • "Like the remarkable Rep. Ron Paul, opponents of the invasion [of Iraq] were right because we cleaved to the kind of intellectual and moral principles that were immutably true before Sept. 11, after it, and forever after."—ILANA (June, 2007)
    • The Republican presidential candidates "insist the American military’s obligation is to patrol the borders of Kosovo, Korea and Kurdistan, while our own borders remain perilously porous; Americans living alongside them forsaken."—ILANA (May 18, 2007)
  • Environmentalism & Animal Rights

    • "Alaska runs in Sarah's bloodstream; its wildlife, its seascape and landscapes, as well as man's reliance on both for muse and ... meat. This Alaskan Diana, goddess of the hunt, is carnivore and conservationist."—ILANA (January 15, 2010)
    • "So now it's Palin's PETA papers that aren't in order. Put it this way: If Rep. Ron Paul clubbed seals to death on ice floes; I'd still consider him a smashing potential president."—ILANA (October 17, 2008)
    • "Environmentalists are seeking to drop civilization down a black hole."—ILANA (July 11, 2008)
    • "All in all, Exxon Mobil has done a smashing job of bringing oil to market considering the fly-in-amber policies it faces."—ILANA (June 13, 2008)
    • McCain's pronouncements on pumping-up oil supply—the only way to satiate demand and reduce prices—are limited and delimited by the shamanic thinking he and Obama share: Godless humans are overheating the Goddess Gaia."—ILANA (June 13, 2008)
    • "Environmental lobbies abhor all by-products of human existence, unless generated by illegal aliens. In that case, the vast latrine and land fill created along the border with Mexico, as millions of illegals defecate and despoil their way to their destinations in the US, are just dandy. To interfere with the natural formation of this outsized outhouse is to “jeopardize the quality of life and beauty of South Texas.”—ILANA (April 4, 2008)
    • "A heart-warming thought about global-warming wombats: These mutant Marxists are worried sick about the planet. The Worry Factor may just increase the rate at which this particular invasive species falls off the earth."—ILANA (January 30, 2008)
    • "If one is looking to criminalize 'excessive' emissions of carbon, as Al Gore is, then buying carbon credits is like getting a hit-and-run allowance. Exceed your allowable hit-and-runs, and you get to pay a lesser offender for the right to pick-off more pedestrians."—ILANA (November 2, 2007)
    • "To PETA, man and beast exist along the same continuum, their faculties and feelings differing in degree, not in kind."—ILANA (September 2, 2007)
    • "The only thing that might lift the malodorous aura that has clung to Sheryl Crow since she came out of the toilet with these schemes is the knowledge that her well-appointed bathroom sports a bidet."—ILANA (April 27, 2007)
    • "Global warming, that manufactured monomania."—ILANA (April 27, 2007)
    • On the unfalsifiable theory of global warming: "Evidence that contradicts the global warming theory, climate kooks enlist as evidence for the correctness of their theory; every permutation in weather patterns—warm or cold—is said to be a consequence of that warming or proof of it."—ILANA (December 29, 2006)
    • "Katrina Culpability: 'Please don’t neglect the environmentalists. ... A Holy Grail for these humanity-haters is to launch litigation to hinder the construction of hurricane-prevention floodgates and other barrier projects. They’ve succeeded. I happened on a car sporting one of their bumper stickers: 'save the planet; commit suicide.' 'Save the planet; commit murder' better encapsulates their 'philosophy.'”—ILANA (September 13, 2005)
    • “It used to be that men killed and hunted encroaching creatures. Thanks to decades of cultural queering and legal emasculation, men no longer have the urge to protect home and hearth. Instead, they now robotically spew the Sierra Club’s line: animal are the true homesteaders of the planet; humans come second.”—ILANA (June 11, 2005)
  • Feminism & Feminization

    • "The anti-Trump protest ongoing is not cerebral or visceral, it’s gynocentric. And it’s expressly anti-male."—ILANA MERCER, "The Dominatrix Party, AKA The Party Of Man-Haters," WND.com, October 18, 2019.
    • "A Democratic takeover promises to be a bitch for ordinary men."—ILANA MERCER, "The Dominatrix Party," American Greatness, October 21, 2018.
    • "The Democratic Party has come to be controlled by hysterical women and their domesticated man servants. In conduct, these Democratic women are more feral than female."—ILANA MERCER, "The Dominatrix Party," American Greatness, October 21, 2018.
    • "The sounds emanating from the uterine core of the Democratic Party are the subhuman grunts and growls one hears from animals in estrus or mid-feed. Something is terribly wrong with them."—ILANA MERCER, "The Party of Man-Haters," Townhall.com, October 19, 2018.
    • The demands 'to be heard': a cliché coming from a cadre of women that never shuts up."—ILANA MERCER, “GOP Betrayal: The Cross Examination That Never Was,” WND.com, September 27, 2018.
    • "If men flashed for freedom as women do; they'd be arrested, jailed and placed on the National Sex Offender Registry."—ILANA MERCER, "Harvey Sweinstein And Hollywood's Hos," Townhall.com, October 20, 2017.
    • "Liberalism and libertinism are intertwined. The more liberal a woman, the more libertine she'll be—and the more she'll liberate herself to be coarse, immodest, vulgar and plain repulsive."—ILANA MERCER, "Harvey Sweinstein And Hollywood's Hos," WND.COM, October 19, 2017.
    • "Arisen online and beyond is a niche-market of nudniks (nags): Women talking, blogging, vlogging, writing and publishing about women in high-technology or their absence therefrom; women beating the tom-tom about discrimination and stereotyping, but saying absolutely nothing about the technology they presumably love and help create."—ILANA MERCER, "James Damore Confronts The Hags of High-Tech (& Loses)," Townhall.com, August 12, 2017.
    • "Survival—of the species of the culture of the faith—has a biological dimension. What would have befallen our Hominid ancestors had they implemented gender parity in their hunter-gatherer societies—sometimes the women hunt while the men forage and mind the kids, and vice versa?"—ILANA MERCER, "Emasculated West Primed For A Muscular, Muslim Takeover," FrontPage Magazine, July 29, 2016.
    • "By upholding the moral order, President Trump is also restoring the natural order, inverted by his predecessors. The feminist order of Obama had humiliated thousands of American men-of-action, ICE agents, by making them mind illegal-alien minors. Obama messed with their biology. Men who think of themselves as protectors resent looking like child minders."—ILANA, "ICE Agents Prefer Deporting Illegals to Changing Their Diapers," March 3, 2017, Townhall.com.
    • "The female franchise has sissified and socialized our politics."—ILANA (February 14, 2016)
    • "It's always good to see gender set-asides and affirmative action—in particular, the delusion that women are just as qualified as men to be soldiers, security guards, firefighters and cops—hurt those who inflict it on non-believers."—ILANA (October 3, 2014)
    • On the Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., decision: "Settle down 'ladies.' You'll get your free IUDs and morning-after-pills, if not from your employer or the insurers—then from the increasingly desperate taxpayer (who, by now, might even consider paying for a spaying, too)."—ILANA (July 4, 2014)
    • "Ludwig von Mises referred to Ayn Rand as 'the most courageous man in America.' If that doesn't say it all about the economist's man-centric frame of reference, I don't know what does."—ILANA (March 28, 2014)
    • "In aggregate, women pose a threat to scarce resources. One has only to trace the statistically significant 'growth of government during this century as a result of giving women the right to vote'—to grasp the severity of this threat."—ILANA (March 28, 2014)
    • "The proposition that economist Ludwig von Mises was a feminist is an apodictic impossibility"—ILANA (March 28, 2014)
    • "So Mike Tyson slapped a woman. Who hasn’t felt like doing that!"—ILANA (December 15, 2013)
    • "Newtown shooter Adam Lanza was a product of a freewheeling, fatherless household. The tele-experts have been mum about a mother who was weak and ineffectual. Nancy Lanza was filled with fear. She used a menacing gun collection to overcompensate for her parental inadequacies. A strong, caring male might have taught the troubled Lanza to handle firearms responsibly; might have helped diffuse the lad's rage. A manifestly weak woman playing at make-believe manhood only added fuel to that fire."—ILANA (May 3, 2013)
    • "The 2012 Democratic National Convention had the feel of a 'Vagina Monologues' revival. With exceptions. The weepy women dominating the event prove that Democratic distaff has come a long way since Eve Ensler's troupe took to the stage to pan priapus. No longer content to converse with an orifice in the confines of the theatre, these women want to force the conversation on the entire country, in dissembling, devious ways."—ILANA (August 7, 2012)
    • "Men in authority are now a threatened minority."—ILANA (June 29, 2012)
    • "A Swiftian suggestion: Go ape on affirmative action in the Secret Service. Not only should women and minorities be well-represented among the parasites' security details; but they should be overrepresented. Adjust admission tests, physical and cognitive. Make the Police Officer Selection Test (POST) easier. Or admit the desired gender and race with still lower scores. Drop the IQ requirements by two standard deviations, if necessary! And a bull's eye on the target be damned. Sharpshooters of the new, 'improved' intake needn't drop an attacker; they can settle for grazing him. Aiming the firearm in the general direction of the assailant will suffice. ALSO, support the super obese for the Secret Service too. Smother D.C. sons-of-guns in mountains of protective flesh, female, male or other.That's my Modest Proposal."—ILANA (May 11, 2012)
    • "As sincere as she is in her conviction that a woman's 'reproductive rights' are the responsibility of other taxpayers, Sandra Fluke is no statistical fluke. Sisters love Uncle Sam."—ILANA (March, 9, 2012)
    • The underlying truth of the very public, Sandra Fluke-Rush Limbaugh tiff remains this: On the whole, extending the franchise to females was in furtherance of egalitarianism, not freedom."—ILANA (March, 9, 2012)
    • Lettermen/Palin: "Dull meets Dumb in a veritable storm in a C-cup."—ILANA (June 13, 2009)
    • "'You Go Girl!,' the bimbo battle cry."—ILANA (February 18, 2008)
    • Girl Talk: “And he was like, ‘come here’; and I was like, ‘No’; and he was like, ‘You’re amazing’; and I was like, ‘I know.’”—ILANA (February 13, 2008)
    • "Feminists once aimed to unseat men, now they are actively engaged in queering them."—ILANA (July 14, 2006)
    • "Only women can cause traffic jams with supermarket trolleys."—ILANA (February 13, 2008)
    • "Vagina monologues or uterus prattle—feminists believe that as long as their insides are being discussed, humanity’s progress is guaranteed."—ILANA (July 14, 2006)
    • The Vagina Monologues: "the soliloquies from down under."—ILANA (May 25, 2000)
    • On the author of the Vagina Monologues: "In an orifice, I suggest, women like Ms. Ensler have found a suitable interlocutor."—ILANA (May 25, 2000)
    • "I’d give up my vote if that would guarantee that all women were denied the vote."—ILANA (August 8, 2007)
    • "Is it at all possible that the feminization of society over the past 20 to 30 years is changing males, body and mind? Could the subliminal stress involved in sublimating one’s essential nature be producing less manly men?"—ILANA (November 2, 2006)
    • "The admixture in so many American men of maniacal, missionary militarism and humbug humanitarianism follows decades of emasculation—legal and cultural—at home."—ILANA (March 9, 2005)
    • “Feminism has aimed to make man over in the image of woman (a caricature of woman), and woman in the image of man."—ILANA (Everyman: A Men’s Journal, April-June 2005)
    • "By deconstructing what it means to be a woman and a man respectively, feminism has helped immeasurably to coarsen the culture."—ILANA (Everyman: A Men’s Journal, April-June 2005)
    • Few things are uglier than the 'Girls Gone Wild' of North America—promiscuous, sexually aggressive, but never sensuous; loud, and Nietzschean in their unjustified self-adulation. Feminism has helped sunder softness, femininity, romance, and has thus been an uncivilizing force.”—ILANA (Everyman: A Men’s Journal, April-June 2005)
    • Does suppressed manhood in America result in rampant militarism abroad?—ILANA (March 9, 2005)
    • "Today’s metrosexuals malign manliness. To the hip, heroism is 'so yesterday.'”—ILANA (March 16, 2007)
  • Foreign Policy

    • "Today's America lectures and hectors the world about invading Arab leaders for 'killing their own people.' What did the sixteenth American president do if not kill his own people?.”—ILANA Mercer, "Lincoln or Lee? What Would Hitler Say?" The Unz Review, August 28, 2017.
    • "Our bickering wards in the Middle-East aren't about to forget their religious jealousies and join forces, certainly not under American guardianship. The conflicts are regional, tribal, ancient. They're impervious to outside, top-down intervention."—ILANA ("Truman Would Have Agreed With Trump On The CIA In Syria," American Thinker, July 22, 2017.
    • "America's foreign police is Disneyfied production, starring, invariably, an evil dictator who was killing his noble people, until, high on paternalism, America rode to the rescue."—ILANA ("Truman Would Have Agreed With Trump On The CIA In Syria," Townhall.com, July 23, 2017.
    • "When you're the most powerful entity in the world, as the US government certainly is—the only government to have dropped nuclear bombs on civilian populations ('good' bombs, because dropped by the US)—you get to manufacture your own parallel universe with its unique rules of evidence and standards of proof. What's more, as the mightiest rule-maker, you can coerce other earthlings into 'sharing' your alternate reality. Or else."—ILANA Mercer, "Beware The Atavistic Dynamics Undergirding Two American Wars," The Ludwig von Mises Centre For Property and Freedom, June 21, 2017.
    • "Evidently, victims of liberal interventionism and neoconservative global democratic crusades think putting Americans first is a wildly sophisticated idea."—ILANA (April 29, 2016)
    • "Ever ask yourself why so many northern and sub-Saharan Africans flocked to Libya? As bad as it was before the West targeted it for 'reform'—and thus paved the way for the daily privations of the Islamic State—Libya was still one of the mercantile meccas in this blighted and benighted region."—ILANA (April 24, 2015)
    • "Leave ISIS to Syria, Tehran and Tel Aviv. Let the locals take out their trash."—ILANA (September 12, 2014)
    • "He who saves you from war is better than he who sends you to war. The proof is in the Putin."—ILANA (September 14, 2013)
    • "More than anyone, who benefits when America goes to war? Those who 'function within the nimbus of great power' in D.C. and around it—the media-military-congressional-industrial complex."—ILANA (September 17, 2013)
    • "Distinguish we must between the right of the people the world over to be free and our obligation to free them. We have a solemn [negative] duty not to violate the rights of foreigners everywhere to life, liberty and property. But we have no duty to uphold their rights. Why? Because the ostensible upholding of the negative rights of the world's citizens involves compromising the negative liberties of Americans—our lives, our liberties and our livelihoods. A just government’s duty is to its own citizens first."—ILANA (September 6, 2013)
    • "To expect someone like UN Ambassador Samantha Power to care about her homies first is a lot like expecting Angelina Jolie to adopt a poor white baby."—ILANA (June 7, 2013)
    • "To a boy from a Muslim culture, America's man-in-chief has to represent a mass of contradictions. This president and those before him lead the lavish and licentious lifestyle of an emperor. This as they bomb and obliterate other people from afar. Hardly honorable, much less manly."—ILANA (May 3, 2013)
    • "In practical terms, what Benghazi-gate will mean is that America's dwindling tax-base will fork out for Green-Zone fortresses everywhere, rather than divest from democratizing the word."—ILANA (November 2, 2012)
    • "Benghazi-gate is unremarkable in the grand scheme of American politics. The Dems and Republicans are clashing here not over principles but over procedural mishaps. Namely, what happened? How did it happen? Who covered it up? And, above all, how do we return to doing what we did before IT happened. 'IT' being the Sept. 11 attack on the embassy in Libya that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and 'three other,' mostly faceless Americans dead."—ILANA (November 2, 2012)
    • "The question is, Why are we Americans rooting for the Sunnis of the Middle East? And the answer: America doesn’t know Shia from Shinola."—ILANA (June 15, 2012).
    • On the Sino-Russian alliance's support for a peace accord Syria: "A just course of action is a just course of action irrespective of the actor."—ILANA (March 23, 2012)
    • In Syria, we witnessed "a successful attempt by the Russians at replacing bully power with a balance of power."—ILANA Mercer, "Putin Saves Us From Ourselves," WorldNetDaily.com, March 23, 2012.
    • A bully's universe: US foreign policy operates upon the premise that American men and matériel should be capable of reaching and controlling all corners of the world."—ILANA (March 23, 2012)
    • Quran burning: "The dilemma over an apology is only the froth on the top. It is the elephantine character of American entanglement in Afghanistan that underpins the fury."—ILANA (March 2, 2012)
    • "The more menacing and hyper-masculine America's military, the less likely it is to be deployed and used injudiciously by its political masters. For who would want to risk unleashing a feral fighting force, unless absolutely essential? Mold the military into a friendly purveyor of soft power that fits with a social-engineering agenda—nation building—and you are guaranteed that cynical, unethical master manipulators will continue to use and abuse it.”—ILANA (March 2, 2012)
    • "It's okay to kill 'em, but it's not okay to pee on them once they're dead. This sums up the piss-poor discussion over the LiveLeak clips of 'four United States Marines urinating on three dead Taliban fighters.'”—ILANA (January 20, 2012)
    • "Purple" in Iraq, Blue in Kuwait, Cotton in Uzbekistan, Grape in Moldova, "Orange" in the Ukraine, "Rose" in Georgia, "Tulip" in Kyrgizstan, "Cedar" in Lebanon, Jasmine in Tunisia, Green in Iran, still un-christened in Russia and Syria: Dig around and you'll find LaHood à la Alinsky activists behind these "color-coded," plant-based revolutions, blessed and backed by baby Bush and his non-identical, evil ideological twin, Barack Obama.”—ILANA (February 10, 2012)
    • “Libya is a war of the womb. A product of the romantic minds of women — Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice — who fantasize about an Arab awakening. It is estrogen-driven paternalism on steroids.”—ILANA (April 8, 2011)
    • "Real or not, the possibility that the vote in Iran is the product of widespread fraud is simply none of the United States’ business. In case the advocates of a muscular response have failed to notice, we’re pinned down like butterflies by our own tyrants."—ILANA (June 19, 2009)
    • "Democracy was not sprung as Athena was from her father’s head."—ILANA (July 18, 2008)
    • "Electability in fin de siècle America hinges on projecting strength around the world—an American leader has to aspire to protect borders and people not his own. In other words, Obama needs a war he can call his own. In Afghanistan, Obama has found such a war."—ILANA (July 18, 2008)
    • "As Obama sets forth strategically to ingratiate the conflict in Afghanistan on his constituents—all in order to flaunt his fitness for the office—remember: This war too must end."—ILANA (July 18, 2008)
    • "Maybe Musharraf should have kept Bhutto under house arrest for her own good—and for the sake of the many bystanders.”—ILANA (January 4, 2008)
    • "About the futility of central planning: Societies are built from the soil up, not from the sky down. And by the people, not the pols.”—ILANA (January 4, 2008)
    • "Our adventurous foreign policy might be a necessary condition for Muslim aggression but it is far from a sufficient one."—ILANA (July 19, 2005)
    • "Patriots for a sane American foreign policy ought to encourage all America’s friends, Israel included, to push back and do what is in their national interest, not ours."—ILANA (April 6, 2007)
    • "Those of us who want the U.S. to stay solvent—and out of the affairs of others—recognize that sovereign nation-states that resist, not enable, our imperial impulses, are the best hindrance to hegemonic overreach."—ILANA (April 6, 2007)
    • "A real conservative would never graft democratic institutions onto a society in which adversaries have always assassinated—not outpolled—one another."—ILANA (October 6, 2006)
    • “‘Philanthropic’ wars are transfer programs—the quintessential big-government projects. The perpetually profligate Bush should quit pretending he’s an apostle of smaller government.”—ILANA (October 6, 2006)
    • “A Katrina Question: Hey, what do Americans have to do to get their army reservists to bat, not for Baghdad, but for the homies and the homeland? Climb on their rooftops and yelp for help?”—ILANA (August 30, 2005)
    • "So long as it's voluntary and doesn't involve The Rack … unleashing an army of missionaries on the Islamic patrimony would be far more efficacious than the military offensives currently underway."—ILANA (February 23, 2005)
    • "Healthy patriotism is associated with robust particularism – petty provincialism, if you like – and certainly not with the deracinated globalism exhibited by our GI Joes and Janes."—ILANA (March 9, 2005)
  • Free Will

    • "For the sins of man, hard leftists blame society, and hard-core libertarians saddle the state. 'The State made me do it' is how such social determinism can be summed-up."—ILANA (June 6, 2009)
    • "To say... that the state’s laws made masses of men and women commit ... crimes is to voice the philosophy of determinism, not individualism.”—ILANA (May 3, 2007)
    • “In the ‘progressive's’ universe, evil actions don't incriminate, they mitigate. Rather than signify a lack of moral fiber, the criminality of the darling buds of France—her raging Muslim youths— is said to be a symptom of inadequate freebies and fraternité.”—ILANA (November 11, 2005)
    • "The philosopher and distinguished psychiatrist Viktor Frankl said this of his experience in Auschwitz: 'In the camps one lost everything, except the last of the human freedoms, to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.' You can see why liberals have always preferred Freud to Frankl. Liberals retain a totemic attachment to the Freudian idea that traumatic toilet training is destiny.”—ILANA (December 29, 2004)
    • “In every situation, no matter the constraints, one can exercise some free will, even if it’s only to decide how to respond to a hopeless predicament.”—ILANA (March 20, 2002)
  • Hillary

    • "Mrs. Clinton’s riches are not capitalism’s reward for hard work. Hillary has accrued wealth by using the predatory political process to wield power over others."—ILANA (June 13, 2014)
    • "Hillary's game is up because of Benghazi. In the fullness of time, I believe, it will transpire that the woman who cracks the whip at Foggy Bottom had decided to leave the U.S. embassy in Libya undefended. The open community center she was running there was meant to signal that the war on Libya, Hillary's special project, was a success."—ILANA (November 23, 2012)
    • "US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: the woman who came close to squatting on Gadhafi's corpse, in honor of her country's custom of peeing on its dead enemies."—ILANA (March 23, 2012)
    • "'We came, we saw, he died,' cackled Hillary Rodham Clinton. The gorgon who heads Caesar’s state department was gripped by a paroxysm of joy when a CBS News reporter informed her that Col. Muammar Gadhafi had been executed. The parting (or Parthian) shot from the film 'Midnight Express' best captures the crassness and cruelty of Hillary’s countenance: asking mercy from the merciless is 'like asking a bear to sh-t in a toilet.'"—ILANA (October 28, 2011)
    • "The war in Libya was Hilary’s special project. As in Greek mythology, it all began with three Gorgon sisters. Medusa’s posse included Samantha Power (special assistant to the president and member of his National Security Council), and UN Ambassador Susan Rice. The women devised the casus belli for this war, and cultivated the 'angels and demons' Disney production, which starred an evil dictator who was killing his noble people, and three amazon warriors, who—high on estrogen-driven paternalism—rode to the rescue."—ILANA (October 28, 2011)
    • "All the 'giving' Hussein and Hillary plan to do is extraconstitutional. Obama’s Manna From Heaven Healthcare Plan, and Hillary’s Cuba Care—these are not inalienable rights."—ILANA ("The Hillary, Hussein, McCain Axis of Evil," February 15, 2008)
    • “Her claim to the contrary notwithstanding, Hillary’s 'progressivism' is as American as Jalal Talabani is Jeffersonian..”—ILANA (July 27, 2007)
    • “Hillary Clinton's sole contribution to political philosophy is a so-far failed attempt to try and revive the North Korean, Cuban, and Soviet traditions of slavery—or socialism—in medicine.”—ILANA (October 6, 2004)
    • “The ‘Hildebeest’ is another believer … in the power of legislation to renew communities. ... Clearly, it takes a village idiot to think of government policy as a means to a Renaissance.”—ILANA (January 23, 2002)
  • Hollywood

    • "The power of the average pop artist and her products lies in the pornography that is her 'art,' in her hackneyed political posturing, and in the fantastic technology that is Auto-Tune (without which all the sound you'd hear these 'singers' emit would be a bedroom whisper)."—ILANA Mercer, "Harvey Sweinstein And Hollywood's Hos," The Daily Caller, October 20, 2017.
    • "Actors are a troupe that makes a living pretending to be something they're not. Professional poseurs, if you like. Granted, they're not parasites, like the politicians with whom they cavort. But Tinseltown is a left-liberal ideological collective. They march in thematic unison. That their cultural products have become artistically worthless could well be because activism has replaced acting, and sermons have supplanted stories and good scripts. Hollywood is a pretty, pea-brained community."—ILANA Mercer, "Thanks, POTUS, For Breaking-Up The Annual Correspondents’ Circle Jerk," The Daily Caller, May 8, 2017.
    • "The conservative-minded masochist comes to the cinema fully prepared to confront and forfeit his 'fascist' sympathies."—ILANA (April 13, 2012)
    • "Hollywood no longer offers entertainment. Instead, activism and abreaction have replaced acting, and sermons have supplanted stories. Instead of a good yarn, you get a yawn."—ILANA (July 6, 2007 & April 13, 2012)
    • On Hollywood and Africa: "If colonialism was our original sin; capitalism is our cardinal sin. Our voracious system of production, these do-gooders typically claim, is a zero-sum game. To wit, the standards of living we enjoy come at the expense of Africa's poor."—ILANA (June 10, 2007)
    • “Mel Gibson raged against the generic Jew of his belief system—the Illuminati who manipulate world affairs from the center of the earth and are responsible for unleashing Pokemon on children around the world.”—ILANA (August 4, 2006)
    • “It's hard to imagine Angelina Jolie tearing up over the systematic extermination of Boer Afrikaners by blacks. Or visiting an Israeli child who has survived a suicide bombing. I know she has hung out with the M.O.P.E (Most Oppressed People Ever aka the Palestinians). I guess some people just don't die as well as others.”—ILANA (June 23, 2006)
    • “Bono, a compassionate pickpocket, uses his undeserved celebrity to get Western heads of state to transfer funds not their own into corrupt African coffers. For his philanthropy-by-proxy, this shakedown artist was named Time's ‘Person of the Year.’”—ILANA (December 30, 2005)
    • "On That Timeless film, 'A Christmas Story'”: “This was boyhood before ‘bang-bang you’re dead’ was banned, family life prior to 'One Dad Two Dads Brown Dad Blue Dads,' and Christmas without the ACLU.”—ILANA (December 23, 2005)
    • "There is a lot to dislike about the self-aggrandizing Brangelina of Benetton. But where is Bollywood’s match for these giving, gullible, American do-gooders?"—ILANA (August 17, 2007)
  • Homosexuality & Sexuality

    • "Prosperity and penury do not turn on gyno-centric and gay matters."—ILANA (November 8, 2013)
    • In answer to the facile "Don't Ask Don't Tell" debate, here are my three "Rs":
      1. Remove ladies from the military.
      2. Restore the proverbial closet as a symbol of discretion, not oppression.
      3. Revive indiscriminate discretion.

      DADT will now apply to all military men, hets and homos alike."—ILANA (March 5, 2010)

    • "Gays have become colossal bores. Once interesting and iconoclastic, all they seem to crave nowadays is the State’s pension and seal of approval. They ought to go back to the days of the Stonewall Riots, when the police’s violations of privacy—and private property—were the object of their anger and activism."—ILANA (June 9, 2006)
    • “The closet, sadly, has come to signify oppression, rather than discretion.”—ILANA (August 14, 2002)
    • "Sex to [Ayn Rand] was an elevated union between two outsized personalities, united in values and life force; a savage yet spiritual act of conquest."—ILANA (July 9, 2004)
    • "Homosexuality is as innate as heterosexuality, but how one lives one's sexuality is a legitimate object for ethical judgment."—ILANA (July 9, 2004)
    • "The heroic and creative inner struggle of an older generation of Gay Greats, exemplified by the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist Patrick White, was Randian at its best: silent and stoic, principled yet private. White was a hero in the Greek tradition."—ILANA (July 9, 2004)
    • "If, in Ayn Rand’s magnificent words, 'civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy,' then sexual activism or exhibitionism—homo or hetero—is anathema."—ILANA (July 9, 2004)
  • Immigration

    • "Democrats, who control the intellectual means of production—schools, social media, TV, the print press, the publishing houses, think tanks, the Permanent Bureaucracy—they insist mass immigration comports with 'who we are as a people.'"—ILANA Mercer, "How The Disunited States Can Survive," American Greatness, November 3, 2018.
    • "It is the individual who creates the collective, not the other way around. The Man makes the country what it is. South Africa ceased being great once enough good people were expunged from state and civil society. The tipping point is coming. A sufficient number of bad people admitted into the Unites States of America will make America great no more."—ILANA Mercer,  "The Caravan Cometh, Making America Great No More," Townhall.com, October 26, 2018.
    • "Once illiberal, unassimilable people gain 'numeric superiority,' they will turn their population advantage into political advantage, using the host population's liberalism against it."—ILANA Mercer, "How The Left Stole Liberalism & Sold Out The West," Quarterly Review, August 19, 2018.
    • "Kids detained at the border, in accordance with US law, is the fault of bad parents who deploy children as human shields to gain entry into the US. It's unfortunate that children are born into disorganized, chaotic families. But a child is either the responsibility of his parents or of the state. Parents who put kids is such precarious a predicament are unfit. Why, then, are unfit parents fit to become Americans?"—ILANA Mercer, "Why are Unfit parents Fit To Become Americans?" Townhall.com, June 23, 2018.
    • "The squeaky wheels squatting on the US southern border, funneled daily into the interior to create facts on the ground, are not refugees or legitimate asylum seekers. Rather, they are merely from what President Trump has termed 'shit-hole countries.'"—ILANA Mercer, "Separated From My Child—And Nobody Cares," Townhall.com, July 5, 2018
    • "As the left sees it, if America isn't going to police the world; it must at least provide shelter to all people from unpoliced parts of the world."—ILANA Mercer, "A Global 'Right of Return' To The US? Who Knew?" Townhall.com, June 15, 2018.
    • On "shithole countries": "What makes a country, the place or the people? Does the country create the man or does the man make the country? The answer is no chicken-or-egg quandary. Human action is the ultimate adjudicator of a human being's worth. The aggregate action of many human beings acting in concert is what makes or breaks a society. In other words, it is the individual who creates the collective, not the other way around. The Man makes the country what it is."—ILANA Mercer, "Why Trump Pooh-Poohed 'Shithole Countries,'" Townhall.com, February 1, 2018.
    • "Billionaire tech execs derive greater pleasure from signaling their virtue (via immigration) than from turning a profit. They aim for stardom in Davos, Switzerland, not Des Moines, Iowa.”—ILANA Mercer, "Why Tax Breaks Won't Stop High-Tech, H-1B Human Trafficking," Constitution.com, November 17, 2017.
    • America's tech superstars are true believers in the borderless multicultural state. These arrogant CEOs and their minions are social-justice warriors, first; giants of industry, second.”—ILANA Mercer, "Why Tax Breaks Won't Stop High-Tech, H-1B Human Trafficking," Unz Review, November 16, 2017.
    • "Nations whose institutions promote cultural relativism and hate of the dominant culture have no business importing the sort of immigrant who'll be quick to act on an ideology of hate—be it the self-hate of the host, or the hate in Jihad.”—ILANA Mercer, "The Manchester Massacre was Murder By Muslim Immigrant," The Unz Review, May 25, 2017.
    • "ISIS and an abstract ideology called 'radical Islamic terrorism'—a redundancy, if ever there was one, since Islam unreformed is radical—are not attacking us. Men and women upon whom we've conferred the right to live among us are.”—ILANA Mercer, "The Manchester Massacre And The Immigration Vexation," American Thinker, May 25, 2017
    • "The more abstract the expert Idiocracy gets in defining what is murder-by-Muslim immigrant, the more removed will be their solutions—removed from solutions that are at once achievable and the legitimate purview of limited government.”—ILANA Mercer, "The Manchester Massacre And The Immigration Vexation," American Thinker, May 25, 2017
    • "Yes, Bill O'Reilly, President Trump was correct when he asserted that, 'We have a lot of killers.' Our country's politicians have left lands not theirs slick with blood. But this doesn't mean the American people deserve to be killed stateside, which is what the president's  Executive Order was meant to prevent.”—ILANA, "Coequal in Tyranny: The Ninth Circuit’s Rules for Radicals,"  Townhall.com, February 13, 2017
    • “Liberals have developed a utopian vision of how nature should behave. It must remain in perfect balance. To that end, they’ll exterminate harmless critters that violate the liberal idea of Order; of species correctness. While animals may not migrate illegally, or disrupt the preordained ‘natural’ order—liberal social engineers encourage non-indigenous peoples to mess with the social habitat of historic, host populations. Provided they’re white.”—ILANA (The Daily Caller, December 8, 2016)
    • "Despite The West's generosity to The Rest, its people is the only people to be shamed, ostracized, threatened and maligned when talking about the lands of their forefathers, the beliefs of forebears; the faith and folklore of Founding Fathers. (Discussing quilting is OK, I suppose.)"—ILANA (November 27, 2015)
    • "Every other people aside whites is allowed to claim and keep its corner under the sun."—ILANA (November 27, 2015)
    • "German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not unimpeachably moral, as Der Spiegel has claimed; she is plain impeachable. Germans must dethrone Angela Merkel before this dictator re-elects another people in their place and renders them aliens in their homelands."—ILANA (November 13, 2015)
    • "If Chancellor Merkel were using her privately owned land on which to accommodate these refugees, and her own funds to transport and sustain them; and provided she prevented her charges from venturing onto public property or accessing taxpayer-funded resources—Merkel's plot to swamp Germany with indigent, largely Muslim aliens would indeed be moral. But this is not the case. Moreover, when a government orchestrates the unfettered movement of people into a state in which the native population's rights to property, free association and self-defense are already heavily circumscribed by the same authority—that government is guilty of unadulterated social engineering, and worse."—ILANA (November 13, 2015)
    • "Does the U.S. have a problem with a deluge of illegal immigrants pouring over the Canadian border? No. Canada is a high-wage area. The U.S. is a high-wage area. Latin America is a low-wage area. Migratory pressure flows from low-wage to high-wage regions; from the Third World to the First World (until migratory equilibrium is reached when First World becomes Third World)."—ILANA (September 18, 2015)
    • "From the safety and comfort of rarefied zip codes, open-border theorists tutor the little people in the positive economic effects of, say, high population density on productivity and economic growth. But regular folks don't have to travel to Cairo or Karachi to discover that this urban theory is an urban myth."—ILANA (August 7, 2015)
    • "Propensities for crime are irrelevant in a discussion about the murder of an individual—Ms. Kathryn Steinle and all other victims of criminals who should not be in the U.S. For these deaths have nothing to do with aggregate crime rates; they're about individuals who should be alive: a baby that should have been born, a girl who should be among the living, young men and women who should not be dead. To justify the crime-probabilities line-of-inquiry in the context of killer Francisco Sanchez' presence that day on the San Franscico pier, you would need to show that had Sanchez been deported or jailed or turned back at the border—his victim, Ms. Steinle, would nevertheless have suffered the same fate at the hands of a native murderer. The same eventuality would need to be demonstrated with respect to each individual victim of a criminal alien. The implication is crushingly stupid."—ILANA (July 10, 2015)
    • "Programmed from on high, Europeans, like Americans, are bound by the suicide pact of political correctness to open their borders to the huddled mass of Third World people, no matter the consequences to their societies."—ILANA (April 24, 2015)
    • "Demographics need not be destiny. The West became the best not by out-breeding the undeveloped world—not due to huge numbers—but because of human capital; people of superior ideas and abilities, capable of innovation, exploration, science, philosophy."—ILANA (March 27, 2015)
    • "Good immigrants come to America to be part of the 'little platoons' that make up its glorious private economy: the people of Nike, Apple, Microsoft, Starbucks, McDonald's, Amazon, Google, Marriot, Mattel, FedEx, Costco, Coca-Cola, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Fred Meyer, Overstock.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and millions of local franchises run by innovative, everyday Americans. Bad immigrants come to America to partake of the state."—ILANA (September 19, 2014)
    • "From the fact that 23 percent of native-born Americans also use means-tested benefit programs, less-enlightened, open-border libertarians have concluded that it is economically and morally inconsequential to extend taxpayer-funded welfare to millions of unviable non-nationals. How is this asinine argument different from positing that because a bank has been robbed by one set of bandits (welfare-dependent nationals), repelling or arresting the next gang (welfare-dependent non-nationals) is unnecessary, as the damage has already been done? It isn't."—ILANA (April 5, 2013)
    • "Have you ever heard a member of America's low-brow glitterati and literati advocate for immigrants who are not poor, not brown, and not uneducated? I have not—with the exception of Tucker Carlson, a libertarian-leaning rightist."—ILANA (April 5, 2013)
    • "In pluralistic, multicultural America, the historic American nation — its culture and Christian faith — will, eventually, be confined to an ethnic enclave among many. This is the 'End of Days' scenario that immigration patriots must contemplate, once they've exited the hypobaric chamber that is the current 'conversation' about immigration."—ILANA (October 1, 2010)
    • "Friends of Israel in America are unequivocal in standing up for that country's right to retain its Jewish identity. What would become of that identity if all self-styled Arab refugees were to be granted the so-called right of return? Hatched by Israel's enemies, this scheme will see millions of such refugees granted the right to immigrate to Israel proper, where they will overwhelm the Jewish majority. Friends of Israel know that Jews must remain numerically preponderant in the Jewish state if the prosperous, progressive nature of the country and its liberal institutions is to endure."—ILANA (October 1, 2010)
    • "Think of mass immigration into America as a global 'right of return.'"—ILANA (October 1, 2010)
    • "Fifty five delegates convened in 1787 at Philadelphia's Independence Hall, to carve out the contours of this Constitution. Imagine those magnificent men making the case that the people of the colonies they represented ought to sit idle should their homesteads be overrun by trespassers and their families and friends imperiled. Imagine those very men arguing for a future central authority that acted as the sole arbiter in deciding who would breach the perimeters of their respective home patches. Inconceivable."—ILANA (September 3, 2010)
    • "Demographics need not be destiny. The waning West became what it is not by out-breeding the undeveloped world. We were once great not because of huge numbers, but due to human capital — people of superior ideas and abilities, capable of innovation, exploration, science, philosophy."—ILANA (March 12, 2010)
    • "Declining birth rates—and their antidote; the mass immigration imperative—are the excuses statists make for persevering with immigration policies that are guaranteed to destroy western civil society and shore up the State."—ILANA (March 12, 2010)
    • "Libertarian and leftist protest over any impediment to the free flow of people across borders is predicated not on the negative, leave-me-alone rights of the individual, but on the positive, manufactured right of human kind to venture wherever, whenever."─ILANA (May 1, 2009)
    • "A well-policed barrier on the border is the definitive, non-aggressive method of defense against ailments and afflictions. You don't attack, arrest or otherwise molest undesirables; you keep them at bay, away."─ILANA (May 1, 2009)
    • "Whether they are armed with bombs or bacteria, stopping weaponized individuals from harming others ─ intentionally or unintentionally ─ falls perfectly within the purview of the 'night-watchman state of classical-liberal theory.'"─ILANA (May 1, 2009)
    • "What kind of a nation neglects its own borders while defending to the death borders not its own?"—ILANA (March 6, 2009)
    • "John McCain thinks you commune with God by amnestying illegal aliens."—ILANA (July 25, 2008)
    • “Jefferson never entertained the folly that he was of immigrant stock. He considered the English settlers of America courageous conquerors, much like his Saxon forebears, to whom he compared them. To Jefferson, early Americans were the contemporary carriers of the Anglo-Saxon project."—ILANA (July 4, 2008)
    • "Breaking into a country signals quite reliably a willingness to break yet more of the invaded country’s laws."—ILANA (July 4, 2008)
    • "McCain might consider modifying his mantra about illegal aliens being God's children to whom he owes a path to citizenship. This is not about the Arizonan’s relationship with God and His creatures; it’s about McCain’s relationship with the Constitution. The Constitution binds a president to uphold the law; it doesn’t authorize him to legislate compassion."—ILANA (April 4, 2008)
    • "From their vantage point, cultivated usually from the serenity of their stately homes, open-border utilitarians often tout the advantages of high population density. Apparently, Cairo and Calcutta are models for the specialization that comes with an increased division of labor."—ILANA (November 2, 2007)
    • "While open-border libertines love Bastiat’s elegant argument about 'What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen,' they seldom apply it to mass immigration, where these implacable enemies of America choose to see only benefits. Thus, for every mound of cheap strawberries, there are crops of criminals, failing schools, and folding hospitals."—ILANA (August 3, 2007)
    • "The future leader of a superpower should be emphasizing innovation-oriented, not labor-intense, forms of production. More mechanization and less Mexicanization."—ILANA (October 12, 2007)
    • "The free flow of people across borders is not to be confused with the free flow of goods across borders. Free trade is a positive-sum game. Contrary to illegal immigration, it is always invited, consensual and hence mutually beneficial to the parties involved."—ILANA (March 31, 2006)
    • "When government orchestrates an unfettered movement of people into an interventionist state, in which the rights to property, free association, and self defense are already heavily circumscribed by the state—it is guilty of unadulterated social engineering, central planning, and worse."—ILANA (August 21, 2007)
    • On amnesty: "How better to diminish property rights and accelerate wealth distribution and, with it, the death of the republic, than to add to the 'union' each year the equivalent of a New Jersey, powered by identity-politics, and peopled predominantly by tax consumers seeking to indenture taxpayers?"—ILANA (June 15, 2007)
    • "The notion of dissolving the people and electing another, to paraphrase Bertold Brecht—that’s very much alive in the minds of the political caste."—ILANA (May 22, 2007)
    • The Republican presidential candidates "insist the American military’s obligation is to patrol the borders of Kosovo, Korea and Kurdistan, while our own borders remain perilously porous; Americans living alongside them forsaken."—ILANA (May 18, 2007)
    • “Whatever open-border libertarians think about immigration law, once the immigration scofflaw steals, trespasses, or vandalizes private property, said alien is guilty of crimes. To say, moreover, that the state’s laws made masses of men and women commit such crimes is to voice the philosophy of determinism, not individualism.”—ILANA (May 3, 2007)
    • "Want to see an immigration liberationist rise on his hind legs, mention a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Hysterical yelps of 'tear down this wall' will ensue. Irrational minds have transformed a defensive wall à la the Emperor Hadrian’s, intended to keep the 'barbarians' out, into the Iron Curtain or the Berlin Wall, constructed to keep people in."—ILANA (October 20, 2006)
    • "It’s now mandatory to pair an objection to the invasion of the American Southwest with an embrace of all forms of legal immigration. The sole emphasis on border security has, in all likelihood, entrenched the status quo—Americans will never assert their right to determine the nature of the country they live in and, by extension, the kind of immigrants they welcome."—ILANA (April 28, 2006)
    • “America’s immigration policies select for low moral character by rewarding unacceptable risk-taking and law-breaking—an undesirable feature that’ll be further refined by the imminent passing of the amnesty bill.”—ILANA (April 6, 2006)
    • “The purely economic argument about the price at which American workers will perform menial work is meaningless without a reference to borders and to the thing they bound—a nation. Render asunder the idea of a nation, make borders obsolete—and the world is your labor market.”—ILANA (March 31, 2006)
    • “Most illegal aliens do not come to the U.S. to wage war, but the reality is that, once in the country, almost all wage welfare.”—ILANA (March 27, 2006)
    • American immigration policy: "a statist revolution directed from above by a treacherous political class that has shared the ideological cockpit with 'intellectuals,' who hate their country’s history and inhabitants (aboriginals excluded)."—ILANA (December 16, 2005)
    • “Would that the American Welfare State did not exist. But since it does and is, unfortunately, likely to persist for some time to come, it must stop at the Rio Grande.”—ILANA (October 31, 2003)
    • "Inviting an invasion by foreigners and instigating one against them are two sides of the same neoconservative coin."—ILANA (January 16, 2004. Also mentioned here by Larry Auster)
    • "Why immigration ought to be the central issue in the 2008 elections: "The neoconservative 'idea' of preemptive wars or wars for democracy is as dead as a doornail. However, the notion of dissolving the people and electing another, to paraphrase Bertold Brecht, that’s very much alive in the minds of the political caste."—ILANA (May 22, 2007)
  • Individualism Vs. Collectivism

    • "Feminism is a form of collectivism. The solipsistic sorority known as feminism was alien to Mrs. Thatcher, who was a methodological individualist, if ever there was one. The 'Iron Lady' would have had nothing but contempt for the mediocrities claiming her achievements for their communal sisterhood."—ILANA (April 12, 2013)
    • "Most people would define treason as a betrayal of one's country or sovereign. In my book, the book of natural law, treason is properly defined as a betrayal of one's countrymen—and, in particular, the betrayal of the individual's right to life, liberty and property. (To your question, yes, this renders almost all politicians traitors by definition.)"—ILANA (January 18, 2013)
    • "Ayn Rand scorned those rich whose ill-gotten gains were derived by using the coercive power of the state—Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, to mention a few. In Rand's book, these men had not earned an honest crust. Rand's celebrated 'rich' were the men and women who bring to market the products and services without which life would be miserable, and for which MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is a walking ad. The clothes she is kitted-out in, her coif; the devices she uses to communicate and transmit her sub-intelligent message, the food she buys cheaply to sustain her efforts—these are all produced, facilitated or brought to market by the invisible hand she labors to lop-off."—ILANA (August 17, 2012)
    • "Ayn Rand was no fan of 'public service,' unless it was in the service of reversing the damage done to the voluntary economy by legislators. The Republicans' repeal-and-replace statism doesn't cut it."—ILANA (August 17, 2012)
    • "‘You didn't build That’ will be Obama's political epitaph: With these remarks, Obama has come out of the closet as a most odious collectivist, who believes religiously that government predation is a condition for production. Or, put simply, that the parasite created the host. With his near-religious repetition of the 'you didn't build that' dogma, the president of the United States demonstrated his irrational faith in the statist principle of compulsory cooperation."—ILANA (July 27, 2012)
    • "McCain’s national greatness 'conservatism' sees the individual as a cog in the service of the collective. Contra McMussolini, the American Founders placed the individual before the collective, giving pride of place to individual liberties before duties."—ILANA (September 12, 2008)
    • "What greater contrast can there be between the Olympian, who powers himself to the pinnacle, and the politician, who drapes himself in the noble toga of idealism, in the famous words of Aldous Huxley, so as to conceal his will to power.”—ILANA (August 20, 2004)
    • "Societies are only as good as the individuals of whom they are comprised, individuals only as good as their actions"—ILANA (June 22, 2007)
    • "Generalizations, provided they are substantiated by hard evidence, not hunches, are not incorrect. Science relies on the ability to generalize to the larger population observations drawn from a representative sample. People make prudent decision in their daily lives based on probabilities and generalities."—ILANA (May 27, 2006)
    • “To consider nationhood a collectivist concept is to confuse authentic individualism with a caricature thereof. The real individualist knows that man is a social being by nature. He knows that to belong to a variety of social systems is not necessarily to be bound by—or subjugated to—them. Mostly, the real individualist knows who he is and whence he came.”—ILANA (April 7, 2006)
  • Iraq

    • "To comprehend the hysterical mass contagion that is the war on Trump it's essential to trace the contours of that other war, 'Operation Iraqi Freedom,' and the way it was peddled to the American public."—ILANA Mercer, "Beware The Atavistic Dynamics Undergirding Two American Wars," The Ludwig von Mises Centre For Property and Freedom, June 21, 2017.
    • "The manufacturing of Fake News by the Deep State, circa 2017, is of a piece with the anatomy of the ramp-up to war in Iraq, in 2003. Except that back then, Republicans, joined by diabolical Democrats like Hillary Clinton, were the ones dreaming up Homer Simpson's Third Dimension."—ILANA Mercer, "The War On Trump: A Guide For Conservatives, Libertarians & Liberals," The Liberty Conservative, June 17, 2017
    • "Another dynamic is at play in the region besides the Sunni-Shia divide. It is that between the forces of centralization and the forces of decentralization. As a rule, the U.S. sides with the former; the Arab people with whom we meddle generally side with the latter. Given the tribal, familial focus of their societies; Arabs are unlikely to abandon their particularism in favor of American statism."—ILANA (May 29, 2015)
    • "This White House fetishizes Iraqi national unity. It believes that to succeed, Iraqis should be like Americans, forever imprisoned in an arranged, unhappy political marriage."—ILANA (August 15, 2014)
    • "The sight of the Yazidis driven up the arid, exposed mountain range, chased by the militant Sunni of the Islamic State (ISIS), conjures Masada, A.D. 73. , where Jews chose to die on their own terms."—ILANA (August 15, 2014)
    • "Iraq hasn't suddenly 'slipped back into' this backward and benighted state. It was bombed there by a mulish military power which didn't know Shiite from Shinola."—ILANA (June 20, 2014)
    • "In the early days, Saddam Hussein's foreign minister, Naji Sabri, provided the US with brick-thick 'documentary intelligence' showing that 'Saddam did not have WMD.' For presenting what turned out to be the only reliable intelligence in the sad saga of Iraq, Sabri was mocked and Saddam murdered."—ILANA (March 16, 2012)
    • "While small-time functionaries like Scott McClellan can be big enough to express remorse, self-reproach is rare in the leaders they serve. A breast-beating Bush: now that would provide a truly teachable moment."—ILANA (June 20, 2008)
    • "Petraeus is defending a pie-in-the-sky policy much more than a viable military mission. The former is beyond his purview. But then constitutional overreach is the name of the game for politicians and their pet generals."—ILANA (April 8, 2008)
    • "The idea that we can rehabilitate what we ruined in Iraq is delusional—a function of a collective mindset that rejects reality and its lessons. We can’t fix Iraq because of what we wrought—because of the Original Sin of invasion. The sinner cannot turn savior."—ILANA (October 12, 2007)
    • "The surge’s claim to success is more serendipity than science."—ILANA (September 14, 2007)
    • "The Bush Administration has gone from discounting Iraqi civilian casualties to miscounting them. That must surely be counted as progress."—ILANA (September 14, 2007)
    • "Like the remarkable Rep. Ron Paul, opponents of the invasion [of Iraq] were right because we cleaved to the kind of intellectual and moral principles that were immutably true before Sept. 11, after it, and forever after."—ILANA (June , 2007)
    • On the Baker et al. Report: "In Iraq, every potential for conflict, however small, is fully realized. Arabs and Turkmen feud with Kurdish irredentists; the Badr Brigade battles the Mahdi Army, even though both are Shia. But why dwell on the negative? All this will be behind us once Israel cedes more territory to those plucky Palestinians."—ILANA (December 8, 2006)
    • "In their depiction of the Middle East as a magically interconnected ecosystem, Baker et al. have conjured a construct every bit as mystical as Bush’s democracy-by-osmosis."—ILANA (December 8, 2006)
    • "Saddam’s last major massacre was in 1991, during which only 3,000 Shiites were murdered. That’s less than the monthly quota under 'democracy.'”—ILANA (December 1, 2006)
    • "Under our ministrations Iraq has gone from a secular to a religious country; from rogue to failed state."—ILANA (December 1, 2006)
    • "When it comes to Iraq, the pols fetishize details, hang hopes on minutia and forfeit a deeper understanding of the place and people. The devil is not in the details—more troops, or better training for Iraqis—but in the big picture."—ILANA (November 16, 2006)
    • "The government of Iraq doesn’t stand apart from the governed; it reflects them. The divisions that have riven the region for four millenniums are mirrored in the current government, and will continue to hobble every successive government that hunkers down in the Green Zone."—ILANA (November 16, 2006)
    • "Remove one Saddam, who kept a lid on the cauldron of crime and corruption that is Iraq, and there’ll be another waiting to take his place—and another and another. Just like a shark’s teeth."—ILANA (November 6, 2006)
    • "Hyping a war as a symbolic war gives it momentum—and facilitates its expansion beyond regional confines."—ILANA (July 16, 2006)
    • Person of the Year: “The Average Iraqi is a tragic hero, not a Randian hero. His image should be seared in the minds of men with a conscience. He is the repository of state evil; first Saddam, and then a faraway president and his Revolutionary Assembly sealed his fate without his consent.”—ILANA (12.18.05 @ 2:01 am)
    • “Once a rogue state; Iraq is now a failed one, where any faction that imagines its wishes are being frustrated goes out and kills its foes. Freedom is on the march.”—ILANA (December 6, 2005)
    • “Prior to Bush’s invasion, I didn’t give a tinker’s toss what Iraqis did to Saddam. He was their baggage. But now that this burlesque of justice [Saddam's trial] is branded ‘made-in-America,’ it's a Mark of Cain on all of us.”—ILANA (December 6, 2005)
    • "Bush and his devotees continually compare the carnage in Iraq to the constitutional cramps of early America: Yes, the hoots, hollers, and blasts emanating from members of Iraq’s tribal troika capture to a tee the tone of the debates in, what’s that document called? The Fedayeen Papers?"—ILANA (October 12, 2005)
    • Again, "on the continual comparisons between the carnage in Iraq and the constitutional cramps of early America: Why didn’t it occur to me? Only a fool would fail to trace the philosophical link between the warring Mohammedans and the followers of John Locke and Baron de Montesquieu."—ILANA (October 12, 2005)
    • “Let’s ignore Bush’s reverse Midas touch, and assume for the sake of argument that his ‘project’ has not whittled Iraqi liberties. If indeed we’ve subsidized ‘freedom’ for Iraqis and fought their battles—then we’ve also increased their impotence and diminished their initiative.”—ILANA (September 2, 2005)
    • “We have a solemn duty not to violate the rights of foreigners everywhere to life, liberty, and property. But we have no duty to uphold their rights. Why? Because upholding the negative rights of the world’s citizens involves compromising the negative liberties of Americans—their lives, liberties, and livelihoods. The classical liberal government’s duty is to its own citizens, first.”—ILANA (September 2, 2005)
    • “Let's leave aside the question of whether the invasion of Iraq was unjust and unattainable or merely mistaken and misguided. Why must we continue to feed this false idol with more lives? What does this make us? Worshippers of Moloch or mere fools?”—ILANA (December 1, 2004)
    • “To say that Saddam may have had WMD is quite different from advocating war based on those assumptions. It’s one thing to assume in error; it’s quite another to launch a war in which thousands would die based on mere assumptions, however widely shared.”—ILANA (June 25, 2003)
    • "Murder with majority approval is still murder."—ILANA (April 23, 2003)
    • “… a brave nation fights only because it must; a cowardly nation fights because it can.”—ILANA (March 26, 2003)
  • Islam & Arabia

    • "All Muslims can thrive in America. But not all Americans will thrive in the presence of Muslims. This is because the faith of Muslims is Islam. And Islam—the real or the imposter variety; it matters not—predisposes to violence. Some Americans will be hurt or die as a result of importing members of this militant faith."—ILANA Mercer, "A Muslim Ban Is Logical, Moral, Even Libertarian," The Daily Caller, November 3, 2017.
    • "Violent Jihad is not an ideology, as our Moderate Muslim friends keep calling it. Jihad is a pillar of a faith. That faith is Islam."—ILANA Mercer, "A Muslim Ban Won't Kill Americans -- Accepting Them Might," The Unz Review, November 2, 2017.
    • "While most Muslims are not terrorists, an unusually large number is willing to dabble in the lifestyle."—ILANA Mercer, "A Muslim Ban Won't Kill Americans -- Accepting Them Might," WND.com, November 2, 2017.
    • "The fact that there are moderate Muslims doesn't mean there is a moderate Islam."—ILANA Mercer, "A Muslim Ban Is Logical, Moral, Even Libertarian,"  The Daily Caller, November 3, 2017.
    • "Statistics are silly unless given context. If you have one foot in fire, the other in ice, can we legitimately say that, on average, you're warm? Hardly. Probabilities, in this case the chance that any one of us will die-by-Muslim, are statistically insignificant—unless this happens to you or to yours, to me or mine."—ILANA Mercer, "Barcelona and Beyond: How Politicians & Policy Wonks Play God With Your Life,"  American Thinker, August 20, 2017.
    • "Life with Islam is life under Islam and its enablers."—ILANA, The Unz Review, April 4, 2017.
    • "One defining issues over which New Conservatives and liberals practically converge: Islam is peaceful, except for a few bad Abduls."—ILANA (March 18, 2016)
    • "Donald Trump's political rivals look at the price exacted by a Muslim like Syed Farouk and his bride in the aggregate. To a politician, 14 lives in 322 million is a small price to pay for 'our freedoms.' Fourteen dead is not a steep price to pay for unfettered immigration from Islamic countries, peddled politically as 'our values,' 'our tolerance,' 'our greatness.' This callous calculus is second nature to politicians like Lindsey Graham or Darth Vader Cheney. Not to Trump."—ILANA (December 11, 2015)
    • "Private-enterprise driven considerations are aimed at conserving, not squandering, scarce resources. If it loses an asset, the Trump Organization hurts. Good businessmen are programmed differently than politicians. As a tremendously gifted entrepreneur, Donald Trump is averse to squandering scarce resources, money or manpower. By contrast, politicians do not understand the natural economic reality of scarcity. They control the production of money for their promiscuous purposes and they exert power over millions of interchangeable people in their territorial jurisdiction."—ILANA (December 11, 2015)
    • "Statistics are funny things. Insignificant probabilities, in this case an attack on each one of us, are immaterial unless they happen to YOU or ME. It is this calculus that politicians peddle. They rely on the fact that we'll adopt their sloganeering because each one of us is unlikely to die by Muslim. Such is life: C'est la vie, so long as it doesn't happen to me."—ILANA (December 11, 2015)
    • "The inmates are running the American and European asylum, where The People are the real refugees. Patriots who promise no more than to make the West safe for its people again; the gilded traitor elite threatens with court orders served upon them by Jihadis."—ILANA (December 4, 2015)
    • "Until the Islamic reformation is codified, those in the know—know-nothing Obama is not among them—will look upon the Islamic State as a religious, literalist, millenarian, apocalyptic group that is as Islamic as the Prophet and his band of belligerents during the Medina years."—ILANA (February, 20, 2015)
    • "How was the West vanquishing the enemies of free speech? In response to the craven, yet characteristic, massacre of staff at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, hundreds of thousands of Europeans—in Barcelona, Brussels, London, Paris, Nice, Lyon—came outen masseto plonk teddy bears on sidewalks and point pens and pencils to the heavens. 'Winning,' as Charlie Sheen would say."—ILANA (January 16, 2015)
    •  "You might say that the term 'radical Islam' is something of a redundancy. Islam is radical, and by extension, so are its true believers. Some, like ISIS or ISIL, are simply more devoted than others"—ILANA (August 22, 2014)
    • "The West either admits Muhammadans through mass immigration, or grows them at home in hothouses of multiculturalism."—ILANA (August 22, 2014)
    • "The affinity for Islam that made-in-the-West murderers exhibit is secondary to their contempt for our helplessness. They are killers first, who prey on the kind of people who look to Big Brother to rescue them, dupe them; and tell them what's what. Islam is muscular and murderous all right. It feeds those with compatible cravings. That murderers mouth Muhammadan mantras is, however, incidental to the fact that they know they can act on their fantasies with impunity. After all, they live among an emasculated, enfeebled people, lacking in core beliefs; the kind of people who look to Big Brother to rescue them, dupe them; and tell them what's what."—ILANA (May 24, 2013)
    • "In order to pass a rights-violating draft constitution, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi attempted to force a Faustian bargain on his people, sidelining a branch of government (the judiciary) and stacking another (parliament). For that, he came under attack. An admirably rebellious people, Egyptians distrust decrees from their dictators; Americans don't even blink as their top dogs issue one after the other. These diktats we call executive orders. ... As Egyptians fight Mr. Morsi, Americans are pinned down like butterflies by the monarch who sits in 1600 Pennsylvania."—ILANA (December 7, 2012)
    • "If only symbolically, a gold revolution across Arabia and Africa would have outweighed by far the significance of a democratic revolution."—ILANA (August 26, 2011)
    • On the Mega Mosque at Ground Zero: "Muslim culture is a macho one; they purchase property and raise building to their faith and its political mission. Western contemporary culture has become a feminine one; we cry publically, perhaps punch the air in impotent rage, and carry signs asking our S&M masters (elected officials included) to show us some love." —ILANA (June 18, 2010)
    • "If Christians raised a cathedral at Liberty St. and Church St., most Americans would not mind. If the Hari Krishna set up a place of worship in the vicinity, and bobbed up and down the exact complex in Lower Manhattan, Americans would smile benignly. Ditto if a Jewish tabernacle were to be erected around the corner; this reaction would not have occurred. It's in the faith of Islam and its adherents that Americans have no faith." —ILANA (June 18, 2010)
    • "Restricting acquisitive property rights in a free society should never be entertained. As far as I can tell, then, all anti-Mega-Mosque activists are requesting is kindness and consideration from those they regard as conquistadors. How dhimmi" —ILANA (June 18, 2010)
    • "On Journalists & Jihadis: "If you're a swarthy supremacist, driven by devotion to a vampiric prophet and his deity, you can count on the 'discretion' of those whose job description is vigilant indiscretion."—ILANA (June 12, 2009)
    • "Islamic terrorism is the handiwork of people who’ve heeded, not hijacked, Islam."—ILANA (March 17, 2006)
    • "Islam doesn’t brook reason or reformation and is commanded to will the world to its ways."—ILANA (September 22, 2006)
    • "That Islam counsels conquest, not coexistence, is ultimately what has given the pope pause."—ILANA (September 22, 2006)
    • "Whenever a Muslim woman’s genitals are infibulated, when she is flogged for having been raped, killed for “honor,” or betrothed at age nine, Islam’s aficionados invariably claim these barbarisms are a manifestation of cultural peculiarities, or of the imposter, inauthentic Islam."—ILANA (December 7, 2007)
    • "What do you fear most? Your youngster 'finding' Jesus, Jehovah, or Allah? Faced with those choices, would you prefer that she come home one day wearing a black nose bag, and clutching a Quran and a prayer mat, or dressed in a long skirt, nose in the Hebrew or Christian Testament?"—ILANA (August 31, 2007)
    • "In Islam, provided they’re Muslim, the murderous, not the meek, shall inherit the earth."—ILANA (November 24, 2006)
    • “In the ‘progressive's’ universe, evil actions don't incriminate, they mitigate. Rather than signify a lack of moral fiber, the criminality of the darling buds of France—her raging Muslim youths— is said to be a symptom of inadequate freebies and fraternité.”—ILANA (November 11, 2005)
    • “Whenever a Muslim commits odious acts in the name of his faith, these are deemed—post haste and post hoc—a manifestation of the inauthentic Islam.”—ILANA (September 15, 2006)
    • "Unlike Iranian Holocaust humor, there is no objective reason to label the Danes and their drawings immoral—they have violated Islamic, not Western, strictures. This slur is based on the demands of cultural relativism and cowardice."—ILANA (March 10, 2006)
    • "So long as it's voluntary and doesn't involve The Rack … unleashing an army of missionaries on the Islamic patrimony would be far more efficacious than the military offensives currently underway."—ILANA (February 23, 2005)
    • "On the Danish Cartoons: The camel in the room… is legal and unselective immigration…A culturally coherent immigration policy is the best defense. Unless Bush does his constitutional duty, it'll be only a matter of time before the first American Theo van Gogh is stuck like a pig on our streets.”—ILANA (February 10, 2006)
    • "While throwing money and men to Moloch, the commander in chief ignores that the Arab Street has always been more militant than its leaders…The only way Bush will get the democracy he desires in the Arab world is by dissolving the people and electing another, to paraphrase Bertold Brecht."—ILANA (February 3, 2006)
    • "Our adventurous foreign policy might be a necessary condition for Muslim aggression but it is far from a sufficient one."—ILANA (July 19, 2005)
    • “…the catalog of Muslim complaints and contrivances is a little longer than the excuse-makers allow. Violence against innocent nonbelievers and the infliction of Shari'a are as integral to Muslim exegetics as are declamations about occupation."—ILANA (July 19, 2005)
    • “Based on Muslims’ own say-so… it’s both disingenuous and stupid of Islam’s champions to claim categorically that Muslim aggression is entirely reactive, a function solely of our misguided foreign policy.”—ILANA (July 19, 2005)
    • “…an estimated 100 to 300 million Muslims are active adherents of Islamism: small potatoes, right? Yet to listen to the Bush/Blair pair, you’d think that Jihadists are as alien to Islam as edelweiss is to the Kalahari.”—ILANA (July 26, 2005)
    • "Our Demagogue-in-Chief insists that democracy will both empower and pacify Muslims. [But] Democratic elections across the Muslim world would see the pan-Islamists take power everywhere; then elections would cease."—ILANA (January 26, 2005)
  • Israel & The Palestinians

    • "There is nothing Solomonic about splitting Jerusalem, which was sacred to Jews for nearly two millennia before Muhammad and is not in the Quran."—ILANA MERCER, "Jews Must Never Forget Trump For Remembering Our Unforgettable Jerusalem," Townhall.com, February 23, 2018.
    • "An historical, national Jewish right to the city of Jerusalem does not extinguish the property rights of individual Arab homesteaders acquired over the years. Muslims residing in East Jerusalem must just learn to extend to their Jewish neighbors the courtesy their Muslim brethren receive from their Jewish neighbors, in Israel proper. In other words, allow Jews to live in peace. Or, just to live."—ILANA MERCER, "Make Jerusalem Safe Again," The Unz Review, January 25, 2017
    • "Quick quiz: What does 'unoccupied' or 'liberated' Palestinian land look like? Answer: Like Gaza."—ILANA MERCER, "Make Jerusalem Safe Again," The Unz Review, January 25, 2017
    • "As a Special-Forces commander, Sharon was on the front—and in front of his men—performing daring assaults that saved Israel in both the 1967 and 1973 wars. Pugnacious and tenacious, 'Arik' Sharon was nothing if not controversial. Hated though he was abroad, Sharon was, nevertheless, a soldier in the style of 'Stonewall' Jackson, not Dubya the Deserter, to whom he and the Likudniks were often compared."—ILANA (January 17, 2014)
    • "What's the matter with Israel's Special Operations capabilities? Did the Israel Defense Forces rain bombs, willy-nilly, on the civilians at the Entebbe Airport—in Uganda, on July 4, 1976—where the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine held 100 hijacked Jews and Israelis hostage? Not on your life. Led by Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, Bibi Netanyau's late great brother, 100 members of the 'Sayeret' traversed 2,500 miles to rescue their brethren. They killed only those who needed killing."—ILANA (November 23, 2012)
    • "Hamas hides among unwitting civilians, who have no way of controlling its activities. This fact does not give Israel the right to kill innocent non-combatants, not even unintentionally. Besides, murder is not 'unintentional' when you know it is inevitable."—ILANA (November 23, 2012)
    • "The titan is tired. We Americans have our own tyrants to tackle. We no longer want to defend to the death borders not our own—be they in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, wherever. And we don't need our friends looking to us to do so."—ILANA (April 29, 2011)
    • On the flotilla affair: "I too condemn the Israeli commandos — for sliding one-by-one into a snake pit seething with poisonous reptiles."—ILANA (June 4, 2010)
    • "The liberal West honestly believes that bad leaders are what shackle backward peoples."—ILANA (January 9, 2009)
    • "Be it in Africa or Arabia, liberals labor under the romantic delusion that the effects of millennia of development-resistant, fatalistic, superstitious, and cruel cultures can be cured by an infusion of foreign aid, and by the removal of the Mugabes and Haniyas of the respective regions." (January 9, 2009)
    • At 60, Israel has demonstrated that a country can at once respect the rights of all its inhabitants, retain its historical majority and reject the mass of mankind."—ILANA (May 16, 2008)
    • "Certain nihilists appear to believe that it’s preferable for their Palestinian protégés to be masters in a failed state than a minority in a functioning one."—ILANA (March 14, 2008)
    • “The notion that Hezbollah is a Jihadist organization that would like to see Israel destroyed does nothing to address whether there is utility or justification in destroying Lebanon."—ILANA (August 10, 2006)
    • "The blame for civilian casualties lies indirectly with Hezbollah … which targets civilians and hides among them. Although necessary, this fact, however, is not sufficient to exempt Israel from responsibility for its direct actions … Israel can’t claim it didn’t intend to take out civilians when Israeli generals can both see and foresee the devastating results of their bombardments."—ILANA (July 21, 2006)
    • “It's hard to imagine Angelina Jolie...visiting an Israeli child who has survived a suicide bombing. I know she has hung out with the M.O.P.E (Most Oppressed People Ever aka the Palestinians). I guess some people just don't die as well as others.”—ILANA (June 23, 2006)
    • “No amount of wanking with words is going to change that Palestinians, unlike their Israeli neighbors, don't live under the rule of enlightened Western law, don't have a free and ferociously critical media or liberal courts, and are more likely to approve when their coreligionists strap on belts of nails and dynamite and blow up innocents.”—ILANA (January 13, 2006)
    • “Apologists for lackluster Palestinian productivity blame Israel—the few thousand [Gazan] 'settlers,' especially. Socialists will do that. Their zero-sum economics dictate that one person’s plenty is another’s poverty.”—ILANA (August 19, 2005)
    • "In Israel, the West has reclaimed a small spot of sanity in a sea of savagery, where enlightened Western law prevails, and where Christians, Jews, and their sacred places are safe. Yet what is the West feverishly fighting for? The utter emasculation of Israel."—ILANA (August, 23, 2005)
    • “By returning land to the aggressors—the Sinai first—Israel violated Nullum crimen sine poena, the imperative in international law [and natural law] to punish the aggressor.”—ILANA (August 23, 2005)
    • “It is becoming apparent that to some, bringing about the end of Israel is well worth the deadly price of reviving and consolidating a caliphate. There’s a word for that (besides insanity).”—ILANA (August 23, 2005)
    • "Gaza is being 'cleansed' of Jews to the sounds of a jeering media. The punditocracy has cheered the evacuation of the descendants of the Hasmoneans and heralded a takeover by the spiritual scions of Hamas."—ILANA (August 19, 2005)
    • “When it comes to Israel, the logical power pyramid is mysteriously inverted so that a small nation is seen as wielding paranormal powers over a superpower.”—ILANA (May 29, 2005)
    • “Sharon was a soldier in the style of ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, not Dubya the Deserter. As a Special Forces commander, he personally led his troops into battle, performing daring assaults that saved Israel in the 1967 and 1973 wars.”—ILANA (November 14, 2003)
    • “The world mistakes the Palestinian’s military weakness for moral innocence.”—ILANA (April 17, 2002)
  • Law & Ethics

      • "That many Americans no longer believe all are entitled to equality under the law reveals a great deal about the fault lines that mar and scar our country."—ILANA MERCER, "GOP Betrayal: The Cross Examination That Never Was," WND.com, September 27, 2018.
      • "Underpinning the legal protections afforded to an accused in our adversarial legal system are vital ethical imperatives in which our society is meant to share. We afford a man the presumption of innocence partly because the law instructs us to so do, but mainly because it is the right thing to do."—ILANA MERCER, "GOP Betrayal: The Cross Examination That Never Was," Unz Review, September 27, 2018.
      • "Consider: Republicans can’t even get a middle-of-the-road mind like Brett Kavanaugh confirmed!"—ILANA MERCER, "GOP Betrayal: The Cross Examination That Never Was," WND.com, September 27, 2018.
      • "Repealing statutory, man-made law the Left, invariably, depicts as fascism, when in fact repealing positive law is often liberating; strengthening the natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."—ILANA MERCER, "Trashing Populism: Dim-Bulb Academic Vs. Deplorables," Townhall.com, April 18, 2018.
      • "The object of creating bogus categories of crime is to leverage power over adversaries; to scare them."—ILANA Mercer, "Flynn's Sin Was Lying To Liars, Not Colluding With Russians," Storia.com, December 6, 2017
      • "An easy way for the government to create criminality where there is none is to make it a crime to lie to its agents, in this case the FBI, which is Deep State Central."—ILANA Mercer, "The Non-Crime of Lying To The FBI," Mises.org, December 11, 2017.
      • "There was no man more valorous and courageous than Robert E. Lee."—ILANA Mercer, "Sanctuary City Mayor Trashes An AMERICAN Hero, Robert E. Lee," The Abbeville Institute, May 25, 2017
      • "Rather than uphold individual rights, most positive law regulates or criminalizes the business of life. The nullification of man-made laws comports with American freedoms just fine."—ILANA (January 22, 2016)
      • "America has become a nation of thousands-upon-thousands of arbitrary laws, whose effect is to criminalize naturally licit conduct."—ILANA (January 22, 2016)
      • "There is nothing sacred about every law an overweening national government and its unelected agencies inflict on the people."—ILANA (January 22, 2016)
      • "The only laws that are naturally inviolable are those upholding life, liberty and property."—ILANA (January 22, 2016)
      • "Unlike the positive law, which is state-created; natural law in not enacted. Rather, it is a higher law—a system of ethics—knowable through reason, revelation and experience.”—ILANA (December 12, 2014)
      • "The government has a monopoly over making and enforcing law— it decides what is legal and what isn't. Thus it behooves thinking people to question the monopolist and his laws.”—ILANA (December 12, 2014)
      • "Most matters previously subject to state jurisdiction have been pulled into the orbit of the judiciary. So much for Alexander Hamilton's promise, in Federalist No. 78 (May 28, 1788), that the Judiciary would be the weakest of the three branches of his proposed government. ”—ILANA (January 24, 2014)
      • The media's "Colosseum of court-room cretins" is an "Idiocracy elite that lacks the ability to separate the political constructs to which it is wedded (racism) from the facts of a case brought in a court of law. If the trial of George Zimmerman taught us anything at all it is that debate in mass media is monopolized by a noisy, all-powerful elite of idiots to whom reason is racism”—ILANA (July 19, 2013)
      • "A pesky detail has eluded all those invincibly stupid special interests who're piping up for the privacy of the press, as opposed to fighting for the privacy of all Americans. There is nothing new about warrantless wiretapping—other than that the American people haven't been particularly exercised about them. They've trusted Uncle Sam to go about this activity judiciously. ... the government is reading over your shoulder—has been doing so for some time. It can spy on Americans without breaking the law.”—ILANA (May 17, 2013)
      • "Immoral acts that are forbidden severally cannot be sanctioned collectively. The citizen must not steal. Neither should The State.”—ILANA (July 12, 2013)
      • "In a constitutional republic, The Law should apply to civilian and civil servant alike, with no exceptions. If a country's legal code outlaws sexual assault—then the act of fondling an innocent and unwilling stranger, without probable cause, between her thighs and around her breasts, must be proscribed to all people, in all places. If, as we are told, the TSA's touching is in furtherance natural rights—then, it should be perfectly proper for civilians, in turn, to pat these agents on their privates (repulsive though that may be)."—ILANA (July 20, 2012)
      • "Comprehending circumstantial evidence demands analytical and deductive thinking. These faculties are becoming rare in the Age of the Idiot now upon us, as was glaringly apparent in the deliberations of Casey Anthony's jurors. The average individual seldom reads; he knows only what is palpable and perceivable—what he can see and feel. If he can't picture something—see it happen on YouTube or on CSI—he certainly cannot think about it in the abstract. Circumstantial evidence cannot be grappled with absent an ability to think in the abstract."—ILANA (October 7, 2011)
      • "While Western man works to rid himself of the most basic ethical instincts, like defending his kinfolk, animals remain true to their nature. Wild beasts intuit that their teeth and talons are meant for tearing flesh—any flesh, the easier the better. It makes perfect animal sense to attack a thing that is docile, slow, and passive, like the not-always sapient Homo sapiens."—ILANA (Ocotber 8, 2010)
      • "Whether it is committed by a group operating within or without the law, terrorism is still terrorism."—ILANA (May 21, 2010)
      • "The position that the law is always just because it was arrived at through majority vote is a species of legal positivism. Contra classical natural law theory, legal positivism equates justice with the law of the state. However, from the fact that most Americans want others to fund or subsidize their healthcare, it does not follow that they have such a right."—ILANA (January 1, 2010)
      • "Government commissions are where accountability goes to die."—ILANA (November 17, 2009)
      • "A procedural default such as the failure to apprise a defendant of his consular contacts is never a violation of a natural right. 'Consular rights' are of a piece with Miranda rights and the Exclusionary Rule—technicalities tarted up as real rights."—ILANA (August 8, 2008)
      • "The-state-as-parent is a leftist legal doctrine that has been eagerly embraced by the rigor-mortis riddled Right."—ILANA (April 25, 2008)
      • "The Spitzer piranha didn’t give law teeth; he used bad law to bite business to the bone."—ILANA (March 17, 2008)
      • "Consistency is the touchstone of truth."—ILANA (March 14, 2008)
      • On Plagiarism: "Why borrow what I may be able to best?"—ILANA (February 18, 2008)
      • “Sometimes the law of the state coincides with the natural law. More often than not, natural justice has been buried under the rubble of legislation and statute.”—ILANA (March 20, 2002)
      • "Can there be any doubt that civil rights laws coerce individuals, often against their better judgment, into involuntary associations?"—ILANA (January 2, 2007)
      • "As affable as he is, Judge Roberts regrettably, is no Janice Rogers Brown. Let's hope, at the very least, that Roberts is a Rehnquist."—ILANA (September 15, 2005)
      • "Their devotion (and dotage) prevents President Bush’s lickspittles from realizing that he too considers Janice Rogers Brown 'outside the mainstream,' to use the Democrats' demotic line. Let's hope, at the very least, that Roberts is a Rehnquist."—ILANA (September 15, 2005)
      • “Restoring the people's 'unalienable rights' may well lie in Jeffersonian interposition and nullification, whereby states beat back the federal occupier by voiding unconstitutional federal laws.”—ILANA (September 24, 2004)
  • Left-Liberalism

    • "The pale, liberal patriarchy is a pioneer in forever scrutinizing itself for signs of racism and deficits in empathy toward 'The Other,' while readily accusing others of the same. It's as though liberal men derive erotic pleasure from prostrating themselves to assailants and ceding to racial claims-making.”—ILANA MERCER, "Better Orbán than Corbyn," The Quarterly Review, April 30, 2018.
    • "The liberal program aims to dissolve 'the constitution of man' in the service of sexual sameness. It is predicated on the imbecilic belief that biology is incidental, and that men and women are essentially interchangeable.”—ILANA MERCER, "Are Liberal Pervs Sexually Obsessed With Refugees?", Constitution.com, April 27, 2018.
    • "Liberals have developed a utopian vision of how nature should behave. It must remain in perfect balance. To that end, they'll exterminate harmless critters that violate the liberal idea of Order; of species correctness. For example, when a delightful flock of gentle conure parrots made San Francisco's Telegraph Hill its home, radical environmentalists demanded the flock be exterminated because it wasn't indigenous. While animals may not migrate illegally, or disrupt the preordained 'natural' order—liberal central planners encourage non-indigenous peoples to mess with the social habitat of historic, host populations. Provided they're Caucasian.”—ILANA MERCER, "Is Diversity Driving A Decline in White Population?" WND, April 19, 2018
    • "When they grow up, organizations like Microsoft want to be the government.”—ILANA, "High-Tech Traitors Are Social Justice Warriors 1st; Businessmen 2nd," The Liberty Conservative," February 21, 2017
    • "Would that our high-tech executives were just businessmen vested in the wealth of their shareholders. That would be a blessing and a good thing. The truth is that tech traitors are true believers, radical leftists; social justice warriors, vested in the engineering of tribalism ('multiculturalism') and racial favoritism ('affirmative action') in the workplace.”—ILANA, "High-Tech Traitors Are Social Justice Warriors 1st; Businessmen 2nd," The Unz Review, February 17, 2017
    • “The Left's delayed Russophobia is about a century too late.”—ILANA MERCER, “The Proof is Not In The Putin,” The Daily Caller (December 16, 2016)
    • "Conservatives have taken to speaking the postmodern gibberish once associated mostly with the pseudo-intellectual Left. Did you know that 'Trump 'Otherizes' others," as one  pig-ignorant, conservative panelist prattled?"—ILANA (March 4, 2016)
    • "According to liberal liturgy, if not for largely exogenous circumstances—all human beings would be capable of similar accomplishments. Many a co-opted scientist will second the political dictum that there is no such thing as general intelligence. Speak, if you must, about the phenotype—even genotype—of all individual traits other than intelligence. As for the possibility of group genotypic intelligence: Don't go there!"—ILANA (September 18, 2015)
    • "Ask any left-liberal American Jew if he supports a 'Right of Return' to Israel proper for every self-styled Palestinian refugee, and he'll likely recoil: 'Are you meshuga? Never! That's a euphemism for Israel's demise.' The very thing he rejects for Israel, the liberal Jew is inclined to champion for America: a global right of return to the US for citizens of the world."—ILANA (August 8, 2014)
    • "The liberal, typically, detests a debate about substance, for it demands an intellectual argument. Rather, he is compelled to score silly points about style, for that sanctions his emotional approach."—ILANA (April 12, 2013)
    • "Britain has morphed into a nation of sheep and shopkeepers, whose vaulting ambitions were on display during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. I am referring to the song, dance and Hosannas the host country gave to its National Health Service, or NHS."—ILANA (August 10, 2012)
    • On the Military: "One can't expect members of a liberal organization—in structure and philosophy— to adhere to strict codes of conduct. Liberalism is about license and lenience. Disciplined, buttoned-up soldiers are bound to become an anomaly among America's progressive fighting forces."—ILANA (December 28, 2010)
    • "Progressive policies lead to a regressive society."—ILANA (May 28, 2010)
    • Socialism is secondary to state squandering—and a consequence of it.—ILANA (February 20, 2009)
    • "The liberal West honestly believes that bad leaders are what shackle backward peoples."—ILANA (January 9, 2009)
    • "Be it in Africa or Arabia, liberals labor under the romantic delusion that the effects of millennia of development-resistant, fatalistic, superstitious, and cruel cultures can be cured by an infusion of foreign aid, and by the removal of the Mugabes and Haniyas of the respective regions." (January 9, 2009)
    • "Liberals are always exalting man’s basest instincts and debasing his most exalted achievements.”—ILANA (2007)
    • Liberals retain a totemic attachment to the Freudian idea that traumatic toilet training is destiny.”—ILANA (December 29, 2004)
    • "Liberals can always be trusted to see God in Mumia Abu-Jamal and the devil in the Pope."—ILANA (April 29, 2005)
    • "The only kind of marriage liberals had ever glorified is the gay kind. But thanks to Michael Schiavo, the sanctity of marriage is fast becoming a liberal sacrament, with the proviso it has to involve 'mercy killing.' It took Michael Schiavo's devoted efforts to starve and dehydrate his wife to restore liberal faith in the institution."—ILANA (March 26, 2005)
    • What distinguishes civilized beings from animals, primitive societies, and liberals is that they don’t see nature as an exemplar of all that is fine and good. To the contrary: the civilized don’t abandon the burdensome or the enfeebled to nature. When some of us do, others will always strive to rescue them.”—ILANA (March 26, 2005)
    • "Evidence that primitive societies abandoned their enfeebled members to 'nature' only intensified the liberal’s Rousseauist reverence for this practice, as the case of Terry Schiavo showed."—ILANA (March 26, 2005)
    • “Left-liberals ... believe a judicial activist is someone who reverses precedent. George Bush thinks a judicial activist is someone who disobeys the President.”—ILANA (October 3, 2005)
  • Liberty, Rights, Classical Liberalism

    • "Modern-day Americans, some of whose ancestors were brought together by a 'profound intellectual and emotional attachment to individual liberty,' possess little by way of social capital to unify them."—ILANA Mercer, "How the Disunited States Can Survive," American Greatness, November 3, 2018.
    • "If the Bill of Rights was intended to place strict limits on federal power and protect individual and locality from the national government—the 14th Amendment effectively defeated that purpose by placing the power to enforce the Bill of Rights in federal hands, where it was never intended to be. Put differently, matters previously subject to state jurisdiction have been pulled into the orbit of the judiciary."—ILANA Mercer, "Whodunit? Who Meddled With Our Democracy?" Part 2, The Heartland Institute, May 18, 2018.
    • "Ours was never a country conceived as a democracy. To arrive at a democracy, we Americans destroyed a republic."—ILANA Mercer, "Whodunit? Who Meddled With Out Democracy? (Part 1)" February 10, 2018, Townhall.com.
    • "Complaints about the damage done to our "democracy" by outsiders are worse than silly. Such damage pales compared to what we Americans have done to a compact rooted in the consent of the governed and the drastically limited and delimited powers of those who govern."—ILANA Mercer, "Whodunit? Who Meddled With Out Democracy?" February 10, 2018, Townhall.com.
    • "From the fact that a man or a community of men lacks the intellectual wherewithal or cultural and philosophical framework to conceive of property rights—it doesn't follow that he has no such rights, or that he has forfeited them. Not if one adheres to the ancient doctrine of natural rights."—ILANA Mercer, "Everyone Has Property Rights Whether He Knows It Or Not," Mises Wire, October 11, 2017.
    • "A natural-rights libertarian values the life of the innocent individual. Only by protecting each individual's rights—life, liberty and property—can the government legitimately enhance the wealth of the collective. Only through fulfilling its night watchman role can government legitimately safeguard the wealth of the nation. For each individual, secure in his person and property, is then free to pursue economic prosperity, which redounds to the rest."—ILANA Mercer, "Barcelona and Beyond: How Politicians & Policy Wonks Play God With Your Life," Daily Caller, August 21, 2017.
    • "Thomas Jefferson never entertained the folly that he was of immigrant stock. He considered the English settlers of America courageous conquerors, much like his Saxon forebears, to whom he compared them. To Jefferson, early Americans were the contemporary carriers of the Anglo-Saxon project."—ILANA Mercer, "The Declaration of Independence No Longer Expresses the American Mind," American Thinker, July 4, 2017.
    • "Contemporary Americans are less likely to read the Declaration of Independence now that it's easily available on the Internet, than when it relied on horseback riders for its distribution."—ILANA Mercer, "The Declaration of Independence No Longer Expresses the American Mind," American Thinker, July 4, 2017.
    • "The category of 'criminal' (according to incontrovertibly correct libertarian political theory) entails the outlaw criminal class—it needs no introduction—and the legalized criminal class: the politicians."—ILANA, "Jihad's Triumph On Westminster Bridge," Townhall.com, March 30, 2017.
    • "In Cool Britannia, the moniker the Island acquired in the times of trendy Tony Blair, the only way disarmed Britons may shoot a savage is with ... a camera."—ILANA, "Jihad's Triumph On Westminster Bridge," Townhall.com, March 30, 2017.
    • "The idea of the American 'creedal nation,' which is supposed to unite us all in 'a common commitment to a set of ideas and ideals,' is abstract and inorganic. This creed comes from above, not from below. It's a state religion reflexively developed to bring about compliance."—ILANA, The Daily Caller, "What Rep. Steve King’s ‘Racist’ Statements Teach," March 20, 2017.
    • "The States now act as coequal partners in the administrative tyranny President Trump is trying to break."—ILANA, "Coequal in Tyranny: The Ninth Circuit’s Rules for Radicals," Townhall.com, February 13, 2017
    • "Through an appeal to values, the State aggrandizes itself. A limited government, serving an ostensibly free people, must thus never enforce values."—ILANA, "Beware The Values Cudgel," The Daily Caller (February 2, 2017)
    • "Because our form of government is incompatible with the enforcement of values, the American People can't and mustn't welcome into their midst civilizations whose values are inimical to the survival of their own."—ILANA, "Beware The Values Cudgel," The Daily Caller (February 2, 2017)
    • "Self-government, and not imposed government, implies that society, and not The State, is to develop value systems. The State's role is to protect citizens as they go about their business peacefully, living in accordance with their peaceful values."—ILANA, "Beware The Values Cudgel," The Daily Caller (February 2, 2017)
    • "Candidates who talk about the Constitution 'in depth' are dishonest. For there is no Constitution left to talk about.  That thing died over the course of centuries of legislative, executive and judicial usurpation."—ILANA (January 22, 2016)
    • "Like gun laws, spy laws, courtesy of the Surveillance State, oppress only law-abiding, harmless individuals."—ILANA (December 4, 2015)
    • "The paleolibertarian grasps that liberty has a civilizational dimension, stripped of which the libertarian non-aggression axiom, by which we all must live, cannot endure."—ILANA, "Steigerwald, Oy Gevalt!" Target Liberty,  January 14, 2015
    • Like left-liberals, "lite libertarians"—they're the kind that is afflicted with the same spineless conformity; a deformation of the personality euphemized as political correctness—are incapable of appreciating a script or book; a painting or symphony; a stand-up routine, if only because the material and its creator violates the received laws of political correctness."—ILANA, The British Libertarian Alliance, January 14, 2015
    • "To be vested in linguistic accuracy is to be vested in the truth. The closer the language we use approximates reality—and, by extension, the truth—the greater the likelihood that our actions will follow."—ILANA (September 18, 2015)
    • "Guns are not the root cause of man's evil actions. Neither are the multiplying categories of the psychiatric Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Evil is part of the human condition, always has been, always will be. Evil can't be wished away, treated away, medicated away or legislated away. Evil is here to stay. Bad people do bad things. Deal, as they say in the hood."—ILANA (September 4, 2015)
    • "Yankees are fond of citing Confederacy officials in support of slavery and a war for slavery. Most Southerners, however, were not slaveholders. All Southerners were sovereigntists, fighting a 'War for Southern Independence.' They rejected central coercion. Southerners believed a union that was entered voluntarily could be exited in the same way.”—ILANA (June 26, 2015)
    • "The Articles of Confederation, which were usurped in favor of the Constitution at the Philadelphia convention, are better founding documents than the Constitution.”—ILANA (April 10, 2015)
    • "The individual living in America as it was meant to be would be free to run his business as he wishes, associate with those he likes, dissociate from those he dislikes or disapproves; hire, fire, rent to or evict from, invest and disinvest, speak and misspeak at will. This hypothetical free man is at liberty to bruise as many feelings as he likes, so long as his mitts stop at the next man's face. So long as he harms nobody's person or property, our mythic man may live as he wishes to live.”—ILANA (April 3, 2015)
    • "Tyranny strives for uniformity.”—ILANA (March 13, 2015)
    • A Modest Libertarian Proposal: "The Monster State refuses to protect its people from plagues. It welcomes high-risk travelers from the Ebola hot-zones. Simultaneously, it quarantines aspiring fighters for Jihad here at home, in the West, so that the homeland is the only arena in which they can act-out. The nightwatchman state of classical liberalism would keep killers out of the country, not in the country.”—ILANA (January 23, 2015)
    • "No individual should be arrested for harboring wicked thoughts or hanging out with wicked people. But when he leaves the Occident with the intent to train to wage war on his neighbors—this Jihadi must be stopped from re-entering the good country. Let the West's homegrown Jihadis wander from the killing fields of one crap country to another, like the nomadic hired guns they are."—ILANA (January 23, 2015)
    • "If not by design at least by default; reflexively if not intentionally, government operatives work to retain their positions and increase their sphere of influence.”—ILANA (October 17, 2014)
    • "Working for government ought to be one of the most dangerous jobs ever. Occupational hazard might just get us a better class of parasite.”—ILANA (October 3, 2014).
    • "By going on the defensive... libertarians are, inadvertently, conceding that speech should be policed for propriety, and that those who violate standards set by the PC set are somehow defective on those grounds alone and deserve to be purged from 'polite' company.”—ILANA ("Fee-Fi-Fo-Fem, I Smell The Blood Of A Racist," May 16, 2014)
    • "Whether arrived at through reason or revelation… natural law is the highest law known to man. It is anchored in the very existential nature of man and is therefore a priori just.”—ILANA ("Why The Land Belongs To Bundy," April 25, 2014)
    • "If the Bill of Rights was intended to place strict limits on federal power and protect individual and locality from the national government—the 14th Amendment effectively defeated that purpose by placing the power to enforce the Bill of Rights in federal hands, where it was never intended to be.”—ILANA (January 24, 2014)
    • "The nice men in periwigs who came up with the Fourth Amendment were recklessly naive to imagine that branches of a government, each of whose power is enhanced when the power of the other branches grows, would serve to check one another. The idea of a judiciary that would police the executive as an arm of a self-correcting tripartite government was worse than naive.”—ILANA (January 3, 2014)
    • On "the inglorious history of American freedom and federalism": "In the rare event that the Supreme Court refuses to play along—there is always a perfectly legal, extra-constitutional, quasi-legislative, quasi-executive, quasi-judicial, 'independent' regulatory commission or executive agency to kill off or override constitutional protections.”—ILANA (January 3, 2014)
    • "Lite libertarianism Vs. paleolibertarianism: "A crucial difference between lite libertarians and the Right kind is that to the former, the idea of liberty is propositional–a deracinated principle, unmoored from the realities of history, hierarchy, biology, tradition, culture, values. Conversely, the paleolibertarian grasps that ordered liberty has a civilizational dimension, stripped of which the libertarian non-aggression axiom, by which we all must live, cannot endure.”—ILANA (December 20, 2013)
    • Against Dog-Ate-My-Homework Argumentation: "For the sins of man, hard leftists blame society, and the lite libertarian saddles the state. In its social determinism, the lite libertarian's 'the-state-made-me-do-it' argumentation apes that of the left's 'society-made-me-do-it' argumentation. Both philosophical factions implicate forces outside the individual for individual- and aggregate group dysfunction.”—ILANA (December 20, 2013)
    • "A propagandized population has a hard time choosing worthy heroes. It is high time Americans celebrate the Anti-Federalists, for they were correct in predicting the fate of freedom after Philadelphia.”—ILANA (December 6, 2013)
    • "This gun owner is no gun nut; but a right-to-self-defense fanatic.”—ILANA (November 22, 2013)
    • "Certain bedrock principles—arguably a true conservative mindset—dictate a respect for life. A life-conserving sensibility means that guns are meant for self-defense, not for needless killing.”—ILANA (November 22, 2013)
    • "If not illegal, let us remember that the IRS's activities are immoral. The IRS's business is legalized theft. Theft is wrong, whether it is committed by an individual or a group. In a just society, the moral strictures that apply to the individual must also extend to the collective. Immoral acts that are forbidden severally cannot be sanctioned collectively. The citizen must not steal. Neither should The State. House Republicans are aiming ostensibly to make an agency of thugs practice theft and intimidation with greater fairness, when they should demolish the den of iniquity and vice that is the IRS.”—ILANA (July 12, 2013)
    • "Contemporary Americans are less likely to read The Declaration of Independence now that it is easily available on the Internet, than when it relied on horseback riders for its distribution."—ILANA (July 5, 2013)
    • "What Edmund Burke said about the House of Commons in his day applies in spades to a House packed with the likes of Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash. 'Designed as a control for the people,' the House has become a control 'upon the people.'"—ILANA (June 21, 2013)
    • "Come every Memorial Day—more aptly called 'Dying For Nothing Day'—we direct a commonplace saying at members of a military that has not defended authentic American liberties for decades. It is, however, to a young man such as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that we should say: 'Thank you for your service, Mr. Snowden.'"—ILANA (June 14, 2013)
    • "There are excellent arguments to be made for an armed citizenry and an unarmed police force. In the United Kingdom, however, both the people and the police have been disarmed. No wonder 'bobbies' carrying wooden truncheons are often late to the crime scene; it's a miracle that they pitch up at all."—ILANA (May 24, 2013)
    • About "those invincibly stupid special interests who're piping up for the privacy of the press, as opposed to fighting for the privacy of all Americans ..."—ILANA (May 17, 2013)
    • "The great Roman statesman Cicero observed that, 'Not to know what happened before one was born is to be always a child.' In our ignorance of the values that form part of our history and heritage, we Americans have become perpetual children."—ILANA (May 10, 2013)
    • "It is a smart libertarian who retains a healthy contempt for politicians, even the libertarian ones. Ultimately, they're all empire builders, who see nothing wrong in using fame and the public dime to peddle their influence and their products. The people—at least those who've never fed at the 'public' trough, unlike every single politician and his aide—are always morally superior to the politicians. In all, some politicians are less sickening than others, but all fit somewhere along a sick-making scale."—ILANA (March 1, 2013).
    • "The positive manmade law is not a libertarian lodestar."—ILANA (March 1, 2013)
    • "A right that can't be defended is a right in name only. If you cannot by law defend your life, you have no right to life. If you cannot defend your property, you have no right of private property. And if you cannot defend your liberty, you are not a free man. It follows that inherent in the idea of an inalienable right is the right to mount a vigorous defense of the same rights."—ILANA (January 18, 2013)
    • "The American Founding Fathers were sophisticated thinkers. Some were scientists and inventors. ...all were familiar with the idea of humanity's unstoppable progress. In the Bill of Rights they authored a timeless document of individual liberties, setting limits to government power. The document was never meant to recalibrate individual liberties in light of each era's technological innovations."—ILANA (January 18, 2013)
    • "Austerity is a euphemism among politicians and their media pack animals for 'long term retrenchment and reform' in the public sector. Implicit in their critique of “austerity” is that inflicting pain on the state apparatus will inevitably destroy society. Au Contraire. State and society should never be conflated. In fact, the bigger the state the smaller the civil society."—ILANA (February 24, 2012)
    • "Socialism is humanity's second nature. All politicians do is turn human vice into votes."—ILANA (September 30, 2011)
    • "Europeans have come to realize that adding an overarching tier of tyrants—the EU—to their own government has benefited them as a second hangman enhances the health of a condemned man."—ILANA (September 9, 2011)
    • "Libertarianism Lite": Ordinary, gun-toting, homeschooling, bible-thumping Middle Americans remain unmoved by people who draw their paycheques from foundations, think tanks, and academia, and wax orgiastic about MTV and Dennis Rodman. This stuff might appear sophisticated, but it is reductive and shallow—a post-graduate cleverness that lacks philosophical depth."—ILANA (July 8, 2011)
    • "Like or dislike her, the British Queen is harmless. Her role is purely ceremonial. Conversely, life and death are in the hands of the monarch who sits in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."—ILANA (May 20, 2011)
    • "The heroic movement for democracy in Egypt dovetails with an ongoing flirtation with fascism in the US; the twilight of individual sovereignty in the US contrasts with its rise in Egypt."—ILANA ( February 19, 2011)
    • "I've yet to hear liberty deprived peoples the world over stand-up for the tea-party patriots. When they do - I'll gladly galvanize on their behalf. Until then, I wish the Egyptians better luck with their next 'son of 60 dogs' - that's an Egyptian expression for political master. But that's about it."—ILANA (February 4, 2011)
    • "The idea that the Founders were flawed, sinful men like you and me is current among a hefty majority of Americans, conservative too. It is wrong. Quite the reverse. The Founders are matchless today both morally and intellectually - their actions bespeak a willingness to forsake fortunes and risk lives for liberty, a concept and cause alien to contemporary Americans, who're, mostly, bereft of both the mental and moral gravitas necessary to grasp it."—ILANA (December 3, 2010 )
    • "The Transportation Security Administration attack dogs ought to be tagged, collared, and impounded."—ILANA (November 19, 2010)
    • "The TSA onslaught is a quest for submission, not sex." —ILANA (November 19, 2010)
    • "The founders were not democrats; they foresaw today's pillage politics - and they understood that, unchecked, overbearing majorities would be more malignant than monarchs. All too well did the founders know that, granted a vote, the unpropertied masses would help themselves to the belongings of the propertied."—ILANA (February 19, 2010)
    • "From the fact that most Americans want others to fund or subsidize their healthcare, it does not follow that they have such a right. A need is not a right. A man's life, liberty and the products of his labor were not intended to be up for grabs by grubby, greedy majorities."—ILANA MERCER (January 1, 2010)
    • "There is no such thing as absolute free speech; there are only absolute rights of private property. Speech is circumscribed by private property rights. You may deliver a disquisition in my virtual or actual living room only if I permit you to so do."—ILANA MERCER (December 23, 2009)
    • "Many would argue that making some supply others with work, water, clothes, food, education and medical care will increase overall liberty in society. That won't wash. Liberty is not an aggregate social project. Every individual has rights. And rights give rise to obligations between all men, including those who are in power. That men band in a collective called 'government' doesn't give them license to violate individual rights."—ILANA MERCER (January 1, 2010)
    • "By the standards of honest, if unorthodox, accounting, government workers don't pay taxes, but are paid out of taxes. In other words, they pay taxes out of money confiscated from taxpayers, who, in turn, pay taxes twice: on their own income and on the income of members of the bureaucracy. At the very least, this should disqualify state workers from voting."—ILANA (September 25, 2009)
    • "Rights, as our founding fathers conceived them, are not claims to economic goods, but freedoms to act in the procurement of these goods."—ILANA (August 14, 2009)
    • "A society that is reduced to the skeletal essence of the libertarian non-aggression axiom is not a civil society, but an "Idiocracy."─ILANA (June 21, 2009)
    • "The rights to life, liberty and property were not meant to be subject to the vagaries of majority rule."─ILANA (May 15, 2009)
    • "Man’s rights are immutable and inviolable not just because they are necessary for his physical survival and intellectual and psychological fulfillment, but because, bereft of absolute rights, his survival as a sovereign individual becomes impossible."─ILANA (May 15, 2009)
    • "The problem with rights in the American social democracy is that the cockroaches in Congress decide how much of a man’s life is his and how much is theirs. The positive law has become the source of our rights."─ILANA (May 15, 2009)
    • "Whether one defers to divine law or natural law, rights must be independent of the will of man. Congressional law was never intended to be the source of our rights."─ILANA (May 15, 2009)
    • "Libertarian and leftist protest over any impediment to the free flow of people across borders is predicated not on the negative, leave-me-alone rights of the individual, but on the positive, manufactured right of human kind to venture wherever, whenever."─ILANA (May 1, 2009)
    • "Whether one defers to reason or revelation for their justification–the natural rights of man remain inalienable. Rights are never lost—not when reason or religion is jettisoned. More often than not, however, rights are violated."─ILANA (March 15, 2009)
    • "The right to pursue happiness has become a right to happiness, a home and healthcare."─ILANA (February 20, 2009)
    • "McCain’s national greatness 'conservatism' sees the individual as a cog in the service of the collective. Contra McMussolini, the American Founders placed the individual before the collective, giving pride of place to individual liberties before duties."—ILANA (September 12, 2008)
    • "A procedural default such as the failure to apprise a defendant of his consular contacts is never a violation of a natural right. 'Consular rights' are of a piece with Miranda rights and the Exclusionary Rule—technicalities tarted up as real rights."—ILANA (August 8, 2008)
    • “If Thomas Jefferson begrudged the Normans’ malign influence on the natural law he cherished, imagine how he’d view our contemporary cultural conquistadors from the South, whose customs preclude natural rights and natural reason!"—ILANA (July 4, 2008)
    • "For the edification of libertarians prone to vulgar individualism, the Declaration is at once a statement of individual and national sovereignty."—ILANA (July 4, 2008)
    • "In the land of the free and home of the brave hundreds of children can be rounded up and removed from their families based on a hunch or a hoax. No hue and cry will ensue—not from professional civil libertarians, nor from members of the un watchful dogs in the media, or from presidential candidates vying to uphold—or is it just to hold—the Constitution."—ILANA (April 25, 2008)
    • "If only the high-minded Framers had written the Constitution with crooks in mind."—ILANA (February 15, 2008)
    • About the futility of central planning: "Societies are built from the soil up, not from the sky down. And by the people, not the politicians."—ILANA (January 4, 2008)
    • "Policy by definition addresses the collective, not the individual. Duly, the reality-based libertarian will seek to minimize political overreach, not mandate heaven on earth."—ILANA (January 15, 2008)
    • “A right that can't be defended is a right in name only.”—ILANA (August 6, 2003)
    • "Natural rights are not for governments to grant but to uphold.”—ILANA (June 25, 2004)
    • In unfree societies... governments pacify the multitudes by mulcting the few."—ILANA (March 2, 2007)
    • "All men are imbued with natural—but not necessarily political—rights. The laws of this country ought to respect the natural rights of all people, legal and illegal. Not so their demands for political and welfare privileges."—ILANA (December 14, 2007)
    • “We have a solemn duty not to violate the rights of foreigners everywhere to life, liberty, and property. But we have no duty to uphold their rights. Why? Because upholding the negative rights of the world’s citizens involves compromising the negative liberties of Americans—their lives, liberties, and livelihoods. The classical liberal government’s duty is to its own citizens, first.”—ILANA (September 2, 2005)
    • "The sole role of a legitimate government is to protect ... life, liberty, and property, not provide housing, food, education, health care, child benefits, emotional well-being, enriching employment, ad infinitum. Why? Because the former impose no obligations on other free individuals; the latter enslave some in the service of others."—ILANA (June 27, 2007)
    • “Liberty is a simple thing. It's the unassailable right to shout, flail your arms, even verbally provoke a politician, unmolested. Tyranny is when those small things can get you assaulted, incarcerated, injured and even killed.”—ILANA (September 28, 2007)
    • "Those demanding the Speaker channel 'The Decider' are on the side of concentration of power, and consequently, a further loss of power by the people."—ILANA (April 6, 2007)
    • "A rational suspicion of power, upon which libertarians pride themselves, must be predicated on distrusting all power, not only American power."—ILANA (May 18, 2007)
    • "A sizable majority of the people 'receives in disbursements more than it pays in taxes.' The minority funding the orgy 'pays in taxes more than it receives back in disbursements.' The latter, not the former, should have the vote."—ILANA (April 24, 2007)
    • "Taxpayers ought to have the vote, not so tax consumers. And that goes for politicians, who pay taxes out of what they loot from the taxpayer."—ILANA (April 24, 2007)
    • "The freer a society, the less likely government is to placate the envious by taking from those they envy."—ILANA (March 2, 2007)
    • "In a truly free society, the kind we once enjoyed, one honors the right of the individual to associate and disassociate, invest and disinvest, speak and misspeak at will."—ILANA (September 15, 2006)
    • “If the Constitution were binding and America still a republic of limited government, the president and his incontinent legislators would have to quit marking their territory around the world.”—ILANA (February 3, 2006)
    • “Casting a vote to give someone power does not make a man free; freedom is the knowledge that even if one doesn’t perform that ritual, nobody can exercise power over one’s life, liberty, and property.”—ILANA (December 18, 2005)
    • “Adding an overarching tier of tyrants—the EU—to European governments will benefit Europeans as a second hangman enhances the health of a condemned man.”—ILANA (June 8, 2005)
    • “In a free society, the ‘vision thing’ is left to private individuals; civil servants are kept on a tight leash, because free people understand that a ‘visionary’ bureaucrat is a voracious one and that the grander the government... the poorer and less free the people.”—ILANA (January 26, 2005)
    • “James Madison was not a democrat. He denounced popular rule as ‘incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.’ Democracy, he observed, must be confined to a 'small spot' (like Athens). Indeed, the Bush administration's deafening demagoguery notwithstanding, democratic majoritarianism is thoroughly un-American.”—ILANA (September 16, 2004)
    • “Restoring the people's 'unalienable rights' may well lie in Jeffersonian interposition and nullification, whereby states beat back the federal occupier by voiding unconstitutional federal laws.”—ILANA (September 24, 2004)
    • “Sometimes the law of the state coincides with the natural law.“ More often than not, natural justice has been buried under the rubble of legislation and statute.”—ILANA (March 20, 2002)
    • "From the fact that many libertarians believe that the state has no legitimacy, they arrive at the position that anything the state does is illegitimate. This is a logical confusion. Consider the murderer who happens on a scene of a rape while fleeing the law, saves the woman, and pounds the rapist. Is this good deed illegitimate because performed by a murderer?"—ILANA (July 31, 2002)
  • Mainstream Media

    • "Those gathered at the Annual Correspondents' Dinner, or their Christmas party, are not the country's natural aristocracy, but its authentic Idiocracy. No matter how poor their predictive powers, no matter how many times they get it wrong—in war and in peace—the presstitutes always find time for this orgy of self-praise—ILANA Mercer, "Thanks, POTUS, For Breaking-Up The Annual Correspondents’ Circle Jerk," The American Thinker, May 8, 2017.
    • "Like nothing else, the annual Correspondents' Dinner is a mark of a corrupt politics. It's a sickening specter, where some of the most pretentious, worthless people in the country—in politics, journalism and entertainment—convene to revel in their ability to petition and curry favor with one another, usually to the detriment of the rest of us in Rome's provinces."—ILANA Mercer, "Thanks, POTUS, For Breaking-Up The Annual Correspondents’ Circle Jerk," The American Thinker, May 8, 2017.
    • "The White House Correspondents' Dinner (WHCD) should have been more appropriately called the Sycophants' Supper. Would that it was the last such supper."—ILANA Mercer, "Thanks, POTUS, For Breaking-Up The Annual Correspondents’ Circle Jerk," The American Thinker, May 8, 2017.
    • Megyn Kelly: "A serious journalist with a grasp of the enormity of the Trump Revolution; a journalist who didn't wish to give up on ever again interviewing the candidate, or forever forfeit access to a possible future president, a journalist with gravitas would have labored less at promoting herself and more on mending a professional relationship."—ILANA (January 29, 2016)
    • "The Left is going to love Megyn Kelly even more for supposedly intimidating Donald Trump. For Kelly to love herself more is impossible."—ILANA (January 29, 2016)
    • On the egos in the an anchor's chair: "You are not the story. Your job is to get the story."—ILANA (January 29, 2016)
    • On why insightful commentators and thinker whose observations have predictive power generally barred from the national discourse, while the usual foolish, false prophets are called back for encores: "The opportunity costs associated with consumption of toxic punditry are low or non-existent. Having their worldview affirmed, even affirmed in a parallel universe, is worth a lot to news consumers, who are keener to avoid the pains of cognitive dissonance than to get the real deal."—ILANA ("Pundits, Heal Thyselves!")
    • "Fox News' Megyn Kelly has fast succumbed to the female instinct to show-off, bare skin, flirt and wink. She now also regularly motormouths it over the occasional smart guest she entertains (correction: the one smart guest, Ann Coulter). At the same time, Kelly has dignified the tinnitus named Dana Perino with a daily slot as Delphic-oracle."—ILANA (August 21, 2015)
    • First Republican presidential debate, 2015: "'The Murdoch Media's' golden goose, Megyn Kelly, henpecks Donald Trump ... ."—ILANA (August 14, 2015)
    • "Brian Williams: member of the media circle jerk."—ILANA (February 13, 2015)
    • "Like nothing else, the Sycophant's Supper is a mark of a corrupt politics and press, as the un-watchful dogs of the media have no business frolicking with the president and his minions. This co-optation, however, is the hallmark of the celebrity press, in general. The days following these glitzy events, the Gilded Ones spend genuflecting to … themselves."—ILANA (February 13, 2015)
    • "The annual White House Sycophants' Dinner is where the most pretentious people in the country—in politics, journalism and entertainment—convene to revel in their ability to petition and curry favor with one another, usually to the detriment of the rest of us in Rome's provinces. Those gathered at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, or its Christmas party, are not the country's natural aristocracy, but its authentic Idiocracy."—ILANA (February 13, 2015)
    • "The Fourth Estate has moved the country into the Third Dimension. The media lie so much, that when stuff happens that scares them, they no longer know where to turn for the truth."—ILANA (January 30, 2015)
    • "Think of lab rats racing through a maze, when you watch the sub-intelligent, dual-panel 'dialogue' conducted on the teli. ... Each rat runs with a designated, neatly bifurcated (Republican or Democratic) political orthodoxy. Each is a 'maze-bright' rat, and not the possessor and giver of any truth."—ILANA (January 10, 2004)
    • "The blow-by-blow, wall-to-wall coverage of the massacre in Newtown—and of every related utterance on the issue since, official or other—is the very essence of the postmodern deconstruction of the discipline of journalism. If there is no edifying information on the case, no reporting needs to take place."—ILANA (December 21, 2012)
    • "France's founding principles of liberté, égalité, fraternité—that blood-drenched, illiberal Revolution and its legacy—leapfrogged across The Pond and took hold in America, where agents like CNN help it spread."—ILANA (July 13, 2012)
    • "It's impossible to miss the sexual overtones. A gleaming flash of dentition, a glowing complexion: when CNN women folk report on Big Daddy O, their fondness is on display for all the network's 291,000 national viewers to see."—ILANA (July 13, 2012)
    • "Cognitive consonance is what writing in the Age of the idiot is all about. The key to success in the scribbling profession is to strike the right balance of mediocrity in writing and thinking, which invariably entails echoing one of two party lines, poorly."—ILANA (April 13, 2012)
    • "The dueling perspectives political panel is compatible with the aims of CNN, MSNBC, and the other progressive broadcasters. This format is positively postmodernist. By presenting the public with two competing perspectives—you mislead viewers into believing that indeed there are two realities, and that it is up to them to decide which one is more compelling. The truth is that truth is immutable, never relative. The little truth there is in mainstream media should not be diluted or presented by its adherents as dueling with untruth."—ILANA (November 18, 2011)
    • "Members of the media-monetary-congressional complex orbit in privileged circles; all benefit from the freshly counterfeited funny-money dispensed from D.C. On the other hand, the workers of the world are brothers in bondage."—ILANA (August 26, 2011)
    • "No matter their brand of political prostitution (Republican or Democrat), media talking heads are props to the politicos; they mirror the political class, reflecting and reinforcing the opinions—and the reality—among the elites they serve. More often than not, the chattering classes are as privileged and protected as their masters."—ILANA (August 19, 2011)
    • "The cable commentariat is a cog in the sprawling American comitatus. They all feed off Rome."—ILANA (August 5, 2011)
    • "In an effort to create reality on the ground - instead of reporting on it - the American media seem to color events by refracting them through a sickeningly sentimental prism."—ILANA ( February 19, 2011)
    • "TV's Talkers are all uncritical slaves to the ghost-ship of state, provided the pirates at the helm are members of their particular political faction." —ILANA (August 6, 2010)
    • "Good newsmen are a dying breed. Good newswomen are mostly dead already. By the time she died, the brilliant and brave Oriana Fallaci had long since been buried professionally by mediocrities like Barbara Walters of the 'cutting edge' anti-aging reportage and colonic crusader Katie Couric."—ILANA (June 6, 2008)
    • "I suspect most media cheered for Obama reflexively, rather than consciously—too stupid to ask themselves whether what they were doing was journalism or advocacy."—ILANA (June 6, 2008)
    • "The moribund mainstream media is dead from self-inflicted wounds."—ILANA (February 22, 2008)
    • "Ann Coulter is right about very many things; it’s a shame she rarely writes about the things she’s right about. That's the secret to success: keep the masses euphoric and moronic."—ILANA (February 13, 2008)
    • "Too Many pundits posing as populists have benefited handsomely from turning folks onto war—pornographically so."—ILANA (February 9, 2007)
    • "CNN’s Anderson Cooper is a major culprit in changing the face of news. Forehead furrowed into a perpetual I-feel-your-pain frown, Cooper’s broadcasts are an interminable kvetch that elevates feelings above facts."—ILANA (June 27, 2007)
    • "The media monolith, pitchforks hoisted, has conducted a swift public trial, meant to make an example of Imus, and serve as a warning to all others who fail to march in lockstep, shouting 'Jawohl!'”—ILANA (April 13, 2007)
    • "In the financial benefits they derived from whooping it up for war, a great many media types were as good as Halliburton war profiteers."—ILANA (December 4, 2006)
    • Fox News is full of statists on steroids.—ILANA (January 25, 2006)
    • “The media talking heads are props to the politicos. As long as they play to the ‘Demopublican Monopolists,’ and sustain the respective parties’ constituencies, media 'mavens' will retain their perches, their pensions, and their sizable salaries.”—ILANA (August 8, 2005)
    • “The commentariat... is a mirror image of the political class, reflecting and reinforcing the opinions—and the reality—of the elites. More often than not, the chattering classes are as privileged—and protected—as their masters.”—ILANA (August 8, 2005)
    • “News is not what it used to be because a dumbed-down population, well represented in newsrooms, cannot distinguish evidence from assertion and fact from feel-good fiction. News is now nothing but a slick, demand-driven product designed to please—not inform—the public.”—ILANA (May 28, 2004)
  • Neoconservatism

    • John McCain is wedded to the idea that his own home (America) is nothing more than an idea, and never a community of flesh-and-blood people with a shared, treasured patrimony."—ILANA MERCER, "Finally, A War John McCain Doesn't Love," Townhall.com, October 27, 2017.
    • "Our soldiers have been propagandized to conflate fighting for American freedom with fights in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali."—ILANA MERCER, "Finally, A War John McCain Doesn't Love," Townhall.com, October 27, 2017.
    • "No war makes Johnny McCain a sad boy."—ILANA MERCER, "Finally, A War John McCain Doesn't Love," Mises Wire, October 26, 2017.
    • "Talking like a conservative doesn't mean a politician will act like a conservative. Republican presidents who've talked and acted conservatively are as elusive as Big Foot. There hasn't been a sighting in maybe a century. A purist would cite Democrat Grover Cleveland as America's last conservative president. He preached and practiced the maxim that 'the people must support the government, but the government must not support the people.'"—ILANA (March 18, 2016)
    • "When it comes to philosophical convictions, most conservatives more closely resemble their beltway liberal friends than Republican Party voters. From the country's dismal finances and propagandized population, a sizable segment has concluded that conservative power-brokers and liberal power-brokers are indistinguishable."—ILANA (March 18, 2016)
    • "In the classical conservative and libertarian traditions values are private things. They must be left to individuals and to civil society to practice and police. Party and state operatives have police powers with which to back their 'values.' Therefore, never-ever are they to preach or police The People's values."—ILANA (March 4, 2016)
    • "Russell Kirk was a real, old-school conservative. 'Values,' said Kirk, 'are private and frail.'  Values enforced become dogma."—ILANA (March 4, 2016)
    • "The politicians—Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan—offer up platitudes; political niceties to excite the asses in the anchor's chair. They propose nothing to stop the slaughter, stateside, by Muslim. Instead, they demand a leap of faith—that you believe dropping 'daisy cutters' on Muslims in the Middle East (only on the bad ones, naturally) will reduce the danger to Americans at home."—ILANA (December 4, 2015)
    • "Neoconservatives are still in the business of creating their own parallel reality and forcing ordinary Americans, Europeans and Middle-Easterners to inhabit the ruins."—ILANA (September 25, 2015)
    • "If America busies itself not with elective wars, but with commerce, the shift in power and prestige will be away from politicians who prosecute wars, and back to The People who produce prosperity."—ILANA (September 25, 2015)
    • neoconservatives are still in the business of creating their own parallel reality and forcing ordinary Americans, Europeans and Middle-Easterners to inhabit the ruins.
    • "'Is America a good country? Are we a bad country?': Neoconservative Dinesh D'Souza collapses the distinction between 'America' and the U.S. government. This is a mistake. The state is not the same as America. Opposing the policies of the American state is not synonymous with opposing 'America.' It is possible to disavow every single action taken by the U.S. government and still love the 'little platoons' of America, as Edmund Burke described a man's social mainstay—his family, friends, coreligionists, coworkers. By logical extension, it is dishonest to malign those who assign the 'bad' category to the state, on the ground that they hate 'America.'"—ILANA (September 19, 2014)
    • "Fighters for the family and the farm are never 'rebels.' Or so Senators John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham would impatiently insists. Wresting dominion over the distributive state: Now that's the defining battle of an 'authentic' freedom fighter. Political illiteracy being a precondition for political office, these 'three blind mice,' naturally, don't know Shia from Shinola. Grasping Syria's ethnic and religious mix is clearly beyond the ken of one John McCain."—ILANA (August 3, 2012)
    • It's okay to kill 'em, but it's not okay to pee on them once they're dead. This sums up the piss-poor discussion over the LiveLeak clips of 'four United States Marines urinating on three dead Taliban fighters.' The force of the to-pee-or-not-to-pee position is just up Beavis and Butthead's philosophical alley."—ILANA (January 20, 2012)
    • On the neoconservative's "propositional nation": "No longer will communities comprise individuals bound by a shared language, literature, culture, faith, history, habits and heroes. Rather, what we’re being fashioned into is a disparate people, forced together by an abstract, highly manipulable, coercive, state-sanctioned ideology."—ILANA (December 28, 2007)
    • "For exhorting that 'we should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity,' Ann Coulter was even banished from National Review. This was a puzzling purge, considering neoconservatives promptly adopted her recommendations (save the peaceful one), invaded Muslim countries and killed their leaders.—ILANA (October 26, 2007)
    • “Neocon nirvana is a U.S.-supervised world, where Afghani and Israeli alike are fashioned into global democrats, citizens of the world.”—ILANA (April 24, 2002)
    • “In the process of pursuing some sort of neoconservative ‘Manifest Destiny,’ President Bush has junked the American Constitution—it gave him no authority to ‘promote’ global freedom, democracy or nation-building with blood and treasure not his own.”—ILANA (September 11, 2003)
    • "Inviting an invasion by foreigners and instigating one against them are two sides of the same neoconservative coin."—ILANA (January 16, 2004 Also mentioned here by Larry Auster)
    • “Neoconservatives are committed cultural and religious relativists who firmly believe a good democratic heart throbs in every thorax.”—ILANA (February 23, 2005)
    • “Loving Islam and leveling an Islamic country—these are two sides of the same neoconservative coin.”—ILANA (November 4, 2005)
  • Popular Culture & Populism

    • "Unite we Americans do over the state of our sovereign debt—it's bad! But not over what it means to be a sovereign people."—ILANA Mercer, "If The Disunited States of America is to Survive," Townhall.com, November 2, 2018.
    • Football fetish: "We all inhabit this busy mart called America, but are united by nothing meaningful at all. The football fetish in America has intensified in the context of a country whose inhabitants agree on little else than the importance of The Game. Consequently, come playoff time, we come together fleetingly and superficially, to make a religion out of our respective professional football teams."—ILANA Mercer, "Taking a Knee is Akin to Taking A Pee," The Daily Caller, September 29, 2017.
    • "Satire in the US has been killed off by the twin tyrannies of political correctness and affirmative action."—ILANA Mercer, "Thanks, POTUS, For Breaking-Up The Annual Correspondents’ Circle Jerk," The Daily Caller, May 8, 2017.
    • "Anyone who's been made to watch a French film, serious or satirical, knows that the French have no sense of humor or irony. The last truly funny comedian to have made merry in France lived in the 17th century. He was Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, aka Molière. To get a feel for what has since become of French comedy, watch Louis de Funès, whom the French consider a comedic giant. Even your typically humorless Charlie Hebdo cartoon—take the one in which the contours of Muhammad's turban resemble his bare buns, accompanied by the caption, 'And my butt, you like my butt?'—is wittier than Louis de Funès' oeuvre."—ILANA (May 8, 2015)
    • "If you don't quite know whether you are afflicted with political correctness, ask yourself this: "Do I police what people say for political propriety? To the extent that I seek it out, do I scrutinize great literature, music, art, television or comedy for signs of so-called sexism, racism, elitism, homophobia, antisemitism and meanness? Am I incapable of appreciating a superbly written script or book; a sublime painting or symphony; a smart stand-up routine, if only because the material and its creator violate the received laws of political correctness?"—ILANA (July 11, 2014)
    • "B.B. King is no match for Johann Sebastian Bach."—ILANA (March 7, 2014)
    • "Dance, in general, has become more atavistic than artistic. Dance moves most energetically engage the rump and the reproductive region, as though choreographed to the rhythm of mating primates."—ILANA (March 7, 2014)
    • "Duck-Dynasty" controvery: "The Ducksters are part of a debased culture—the right-wing answer to Kim Kardashian, whose deformed figure and ass elephantiasis you can ogle online and on late-night Leno."—ILANA (December 27, 2013)
    • "Not for nothing was the vow of silence once considered a test of character and spirituality in Christianity and in other faiths. This universal value has been inverted by American pop culture and pop religion. In the US, a deeply private person is considered defective; a blabbermouth who does and says anything on camera is canonized."—ILANA (March 15, 2013)
    • "Auto-Tune technology is what makes a cast of vain ventriloquists like Katy Perry and Glee what it is."—ILANA (January 25, 2013)
    • "I'd rather listen to the dodecaphony of twelve-tone music than sit through the cacophony that passes for music, emitted by today's performers."—ILANA (January 25, 2013)
    • "The pornography of public grief in our country is almost as warped as the evil (not ill), mother-slaying, mass murderer responsible for the Sandy Hook carnage. There is very little dignity in the freaky spectacle of mass contagion—where members of the public turn professional mourners, flock to memorial happenings for victims they never knew, and mill about for hours in the hope of being discovered by the master of ceremonies, the journalist. These ritualistic displays are symptomatic of our festering cultural commons."—ILANA (December 21, 2012)
    • “Dr. William Sears is the mad-hatter behind the onansim known as ‘attachment parenting. Time magazine and NBC's Today Show staged uniquely American vaudeville in support of Dr. Sears' Method Parenting ..."—ILANA (May 18, 2012)
    • "A depraved culture supports a depraved politics and vise versa."—ILANA (December 17, 2011)
    • "Our society revolves around the pleasure principle. Unless something is pleasurable, it excites suspicion and is deemed unworthy of pursuit. This is one reason so many American youngsters entering the job market are dumb, difficult and will be, ultimately, dispensable."—ILANA (April 22, 2011)
    • "The God-awful Lady Gaga, a facilely recycled idiot."—ILANA (September 24, 2010)
    • "To justify distaff disenfranchisement look no further than Meghan McCain."—ILANA (February 19, 2010 )
    • "Meghan McCain and her peers are everywhere, loudly dispensing mind-numbing clichés as though they were Socratic sayings."—ILANA (February 19, 2010 )
    • "Homegrown retardation is far more pressing a problem than homegrown terrorism in modern-day America."—ILANA (October 23, 2009)
    • "This is the age of the idiot. The triumph of Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber in American culture and politics can no longer be disputed."—ILANA (October 17, 2008)
    • "In contemporaray America, crying automatically vests the blubberer with moral virtue."—ILANA (July 18, 2008)
    • "Meghan McCain is not working with much - and is eminently qualified to dim debate in the Age of the Idiot."—ILANA (May 8, 2009 )
    • "Imagine what a locust-like cloud of Girls Gone Wild, or bumping and grinding semi-nude spring breakers, would do to Saudi Arabia. Before long, pious Muslim men, the potential Jihadi pool, would succumb to a bacchanalia of debauchery—sex, sloth, and stupidity."—ILANA (May 9, 2008)
    • "'Reality' TV regularly lifts from well-deserved obscurity a procession of shameless degenerates."—ILANA (May 9, 2008)
    • "Idiots have come into their own in a big way, courtesy of depraved consumers, and complicit TV producers and publishers, of pixel and paper alike. The duller you are and the louder you crow in contemporary America, the better you do."—ILANA (May 8, 2009 )
    • "Misplaced compassion is common in sentimental, sensation-driven America."—ILANA (April 25, 2008)
    • "The marketplace doesn't adjudicate the quality of art or pop culture. Thus one’s artistic judgments must be animated by something more, if one thinks that there are objective standards by which popular culture or art can be judged"—ILANA (Hudson Institute, February7, 2003)
    • "America's idea of beauty nowadays is of a piece with its idea of good food: cheap and nasty."—ILANA (February25, 2008)
    • "The late Robert Mapplethorpe of the bullwhip-bedecked behind..."—ILANA (February17, 2007)
    • "Postmodern literary analysis is an error—an artificial, political construct that doesn’t render reality but rapes it."—ILANA(December 2007)
    • "Dogmatic plebeians are always poised, pitchforks hoisted, to enforce the lowest common denominator."—ILANA (February4, 2007)
    • "In music nowadays, the visual, not the auditory, is the medium."—ILANA (December 10, 2006)
    • "The Queen of England has only ever done what is right by her country, whether it knows it or not. Yet the British almost had the elderly lady up for treason because she didn’t tear her frock and roll in ashes when that dodo, Diana, died."—ILANA (May 8, 2006)
  • Private Property Rights

    • "Anti-discrimination law banning the private discrimination just described is inconsistent with freedom of association and the right of private property."—ILANA (April 3, 2015)
    • "People with higher incomes constitute a minority, an economically dominant minority (to paraphrase Amy Chua). People with low incomes are in the majority, a politically dominant majority. The rich are politically impoverished; the poor politically rich. The rich dominate the economy, the poor dominate the polity. Come election time, the politically powerful exact their revenge against the economically powerful."—ILANA (November 9, 2012)
    • "To those who imagine the death of our diplomats in Libya turns on American free-speech, I say this: You have no right to deliver your disquisition in my living room. You have only the right to request permission to so do from this (armed) private-property owner. By extension, you have no universal right to 'free speech' on another man's land. More so than to America's diplomats—Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Iran belong to the people of Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Iran."—ILANA (September 14, 2012)
    • "PROPERTY ÜBER ALLES. Libertarians think of the troika of liberties—life, liberty, property—as equally weighted freedoms. However, property trumps liberty, for liberty can be variously defined. Government insists we are free so long as we can vote. We know this to be untrue. Property, moreover, is harder to redefine. If our rights to property were fully upheld, the same officials who tell us to count ourselves free (and lucky) would be unable to control huge areas of our lives—bedroom, boardroom, you name them."—ILANA (Septmber 23, 2011)
    • "Arguably, a right that is not vigorously defended is as good as a right forfeited."—ILANA (Septmber 23, 2011)
    • "Just as a partial pregnancy is an impossiblity, one can’t be a partial property owner with the government as the sleeping partner. If the government can claim a percentage of a man’s income as a condition of letting him live unmolested—that man owns diddly-squat. Ownership is then symbolic, subject to the whims and “wisdom” of the sovereign of the day."—ILANA (March 28, 2008)
    • "The right of ownership is an extension of the right to life. If ownership is not an absolute right but is instead subject to the vagaries of majority vote, then so is the right to life."—ILANA (November 20, 2002)
    • "The 16th Amendment gave government a limitless lien on a man’s property and, by extension, on his life."—ILANA (November 20, 2002)
    • "If U.S. ports were private, and not state run, their proprietors would have to underwrite the endeavor and would thus be extra cautious, since it would fall to them—and not to taxpayers—to cover the costs of an attack…port owners would then express the same trepidations most Americans are now voicing over who manages—and has easy access to—their ports."—ILANA (February 24, 2006)
    • "Most American ports are owned by localities—states, cities, and local port authorities. This is the American people’s backyard. They feel they own the ports, which is why they responded as cautiously as any proprietor who prizes and protect what is his."—ILANA (March 3, 2006)
    • “Inherent in private property is the right to include or exclude; associate with or dissociate from. This attribute is also why we in the West are supposed to uphold private property as a civilizing institution. How better to keep the peace than to keep a distance?”—ILANA (November 18, 2005)
  • Racial & Multicultural Issues

    • "To the commentariat of CNN, MSNBC and BBC, wanting a place you can call home while white is … racist."—ILANA Mercer, "Whites, Men, Republicans And Other Scum," WND.COM, August 2, 2018.
    • "To the of the commentariat of CNN, MSNBC, BBC, wanting a place you can call home while white is considered racist."—ILANA Mercer, "Whites, Men, Republicans And Other Scum," The Unz Review, August 2, 2018.
    • "In the postmodern tradition, the pseudo-academics behind the concept of white privilege have invented for themselves an artificial, political construct. Political constructs confer power on those who dream them up. For politics is the predatory process through which the figment of sick minds is weaponized."—ILANA Mercer, "The Demonization Of Whites By Mrs. Bill Gates & Other Dangerous Idiots," Constitution.com, June 8, 2018.
    • Effects of affirmative action: "No longer beholden to the unifying, overarching value of merit, institutions become riven by tribal feuds and factional loyalties—both in government and in business alike, where it is well-known that newly arrived 'minorities' hire nepotistically."—ILANA Mercer, "When Merit-Based Hiring Is Deemed Racist, Bridges Fall Down," The Unz Review, March 29, 2018
    • "The American Idiocracy is moving to equate merit-based institutions with institutionalized racism."—ILANA Mercer, "When Merit-Based Hiring Is Deemed Racist, Bridges Fall Down," The Unz Review, March 29, 2018
    • "It is in Man's nature to dislike those who are unlike him—all the more so when they, as a group, have accomplished what he has not."—ILANA Mercer, "Why Hatred Of Whites Is Here To Stay," The Daily Caller, November 9, 2017
    • "'Taking the knee' is like taking a pee. It's a waste. It speaks to the inward-looking, ego-driven, vain posturing of the Left and its perpetually seething, predatory racial coalition. They're bent on extracting something from innocent, ordinary Americans who owe them nothing."—ILANA Mercer, "The Tribalism of Kneelism," The Daily Caller, September 29, 2017.
    • "Metaphorically speaking, free African-American politicians and activists are boiling the bones of their enslaved ancestors to make soup. The suffering of slaves is being exploited posthumously to shape discourse in politically advantageous ways."—ILANA Mercer, "What Cultural Marxist Would Say About Looting," WND.COM, September 14, 2017
    • "In the US, Great Britain and Western Europe, state and civil society acculturate immigrants into a militant identity politics. Essentially, newcomers are taught to hate their hosts."—ILANA Mercer, "The Manchester Massacre was Murder By Muslim Immigrant," The Unz Review, May 25, 2017.
    • "We dare not suggest that a civilization created by a particular people with a particular religious and racial profile, may well perish once those people are replaced or have engineered their own replacement."—ILANA, "What Rep. Steve King’s 'Racist' Statements Teach," Daily Caller, March 20, 2017.
    • "With the election of Donald Trump, white America has essentially told race pimps such as Al Sharpton to talk to the hand ('cause the face ain't listening). They've had enough of the pigment burden."—ILANA (January 13, 2017)
    • "America: Are you ready to elect another white-bashing hater as president? Heeeere's Hillary."—ILANA (March 4, 2016)
    • "The no-longer-silent majority is exhausted, sick-and-tired of being racially ramrodded. They've had enough of the pigment burden."—ILANA (March 4, 2016)
    • "If you're working-class and white, you're invisible. You have been for decades. You used to be the backbone of the economy. No more. You're still the backbone of the US military, more likely to die in the service of The State in far-flung countries. Your love of country is sanctioned provided it is confined to dying in the wars launched by Rome-on-the-Potomac. You may find belonging only by risking your life abroad in the service of strangers, or opening your home to them, stateside. If you survive the combat-to-coffin career path, your love of community will need to encompass a million immigrants, each and every year, who'll have the run of your schools, hospitals, libraries, parks and workplace. Destined to fight against subsistence farmers in foreign lands, you find yourself harassed on your homesteaded land, at home, never free from federal aggression."—ILANA (January 15, 2016)
    • "Many a co-opted scientist will second the political dictum that there is no such thing as general intelligence. If not for largely exogenous circumstances—all human beings would be capable of similar accomplishments. Speak, if you must, about the phenotype—even genotype—of all individual traits, but not intelligence. As for the possibility of group genotypic intelligence: Don't go there!"—ILANA (September 18, 2015)
    • "In America, black is beautiful. To be black is to be more righteous, nobler; carry the heaviest historic baggage—heavier than the Holocaust—and be encouraged to perpetually and publicly pick at those suppurating sores. To be black is to have an unwritten, implicit social contract with wider, whiter society. To be black it to be born with an IOY (I Own You); it is to be owed apologies, obsequiousness, education, and auto-exculpation for any wrongdoing."—ILANA (July 17, 2015)
    • "From financial aid (for foreign students) to an affirmative-action placement in Harvard Law School, Barry Soetoro is a Frankenstein of America’s creation."—ILANA, "Dying for Obama's Deadly Dogma," Target Liberty, October 17, 2014
    • "Obama didn’t build what he has; he got it by grant of government privilege."—ILANA, "Dying for Obama's Deadly Dogma," Junge Freiheit, October 17, 2014
    • "Like two pimps in a pod, Al Sharpton and Barack Obama have collaborated to keep racial grievance going."—ILANA (August 29, 2014)
    • "Libertarian Cathy Reisenwitz is on a fee-fi-fo-fem's expedition to sniff out 'homophobes,' 'sexists,' 'xenophobes' and 'racists.'"—ILANA (May 16, 2014)
    • "Round and round will Americans be compelled to ride on a mindless, manufactured, racial carousel ... for without it, the edifice of an industry built upon grievance and excuse-making is destined to collapse."—ILANA ("The rediculous Racial Merry-Go-Round," May 2, 2014)
    • "Steeped in state-enforced multiculturalism, America's deracinated, self-anointed cognoscenti have a hard time grasping the blood-brother connections between the people of Russia and Crimea."—ILANA (March 21, 2014)
    • "... racism trumps ageism on the pyramid of politically dictated Thou shalt Nots."—ILANA (June 28, 2013)
    • "There is nothing dainty or merely depressing about tyrannical speech codes, whose enforcement by the centrifugal forces in our culture and politics is meant to make malleable clones of each one of us, on pain of boycotts, bankruptcy and excommunication. Political authority depends on this sort of ritual sacrifice, reflexively coordinated by the country's Ministries of Truth—the self-anointed "quot;intellectuals" (who aren't intelligent) in education, academia, the entertainment industry, and the churches; among the ruling duopoly and everywhere in the malpracticing media."—ILANA (June 28, 2013)
    • "America's practically pornographic rituals of public grief—what are they if not a neurotic symptom of this disconnect? A diverse and distrusting people, lacking in a shared national DNA, are thrust together by the crisis of the day. In the absence of any core value over which to unite, we Americans meet on the only common ground we share: the graveyard. We come together to bury or remember our dead. We unite to grieve over tragedy and misfortune that have befallen us for no other reason than that we exist in the same space in time."—ILANA (May 3, 2013)
    • For years, those of us who've warned about demographics have been dubbed racists. But the D-Bomb has dropped. Its debris is scattered across 'the field' upon which Mitt Romney said he 'left everything.'"—ILANA (November 9, 2012)
    • "I cop to Western man's individualist disdain—could it be his weakness?—for race as an organizing principle. For me, the road to freedom lies in beating back the state so that individuals regain freedom of association, dominion over property, the absolute right of self-defense; the right to hire, fire, and, generally, associate at will.”—ILANA (April 13, 2012)
    • "Democracy is especially dangerous in ethnically and racially divided societies, where majorities and minorities are rigidly predetermined and politically permanent."—ILANA (November 4, 2001 & Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lesson for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa)
    • "To state simply that 'discrimination is bad for business' is to present an incomplete picture: The market, by which we mean the trillions of capitalist acts between consenting adults, is discriminating as in discerning—it is biased toward productivity. Hiring people on the basis of criteria other than productivity will eventually hurt the proprietor's pocket. Thus, we can be fairly certain that, say, absent affirmative-action laws, the market would reflect a bias toward productivity. In other words, what the good economists are often loath to let on is that a free market is a market in which groups and individuals are differently represented."—ILANA (Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lesson for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa, July 29, 2011)
    • “My answer to those who'd fault me for daring to make broad statements about aggregate group characteristics, vis-à-vis crime [or rioting], … would be as follows: Generalizations, provided they are substantiated by hard evidence, not hunches, are not incorrect. Science relies on the ability to generalize to the larger population observations drawn from a representative sample. People make prudent decisions in their daily lives based on probabilities and generalities. That one chooses not to live in a particular crime-riddled county or country in no way implies that one considers all residents to be criminals, only that a sensible determination has been made, based on statistically significant data, as to where scarce and precious resources—one's life and property—are best invested.”—ILANA MERCER, Into the cannibal’s pot: Lessons for America form Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) (pp. 41-42)
    • "This prototypical WASP is flabby in body and mind. He is fearful and easily cowed. He erupts in tears at a drop of a hat. He is gripped by the culture of apology, and flagellates over sins he has not committed. His eternal state of expiation is driven not by goodness, but by insufferable self-righteousness."—ILANA (July 1, 2011)
    • On "Stoic, Heroic Japan Vs. Neurotic Nation USA: Accustomed as I am to seeing abreacting Americans or unhinged Haitians, these sights astounded me. My heroes have always been in the Greek tradition. This makes the silent, stoic, refined Japanese my heroes."—ILANA (March 18, 2011)
    • "On the imagined martyrdom of one Shirley Sherrod, now the most celebrated public servant in the United States: The Obama posse overestimated the extent of Sherrod's animus for whites. She turned out to be a mere mezzanine-level racist. Sherrod's is a tale of the triumph of low expectations and black racial exculpation in contemporary America. The acme of ethics in American: a black woman who has graduated from hard-core to soft bigotry."—ILANA (July 23, 2010)
    • "Quotas are a perfectly logical, if diabolical, extension of the regulation of private property courtesy of the Civil Rights Act, whereby in an attempt to shape American society in politically pleasing ways, people have been coerced into liking, hiring or renting against their will or better judgment."—ILANA (April 2, 2010)
    • "Notwithstanding the claims of the 'multicultural noise machine,' the Declaration—whose proclamation, on July 4, 1776, we celebrate—was as monocultural as its author."—ILANA (July 4, 2008)
    • "Blacks have a sense of humor. They have fun with the nasty 'N' word. Etiquette and good breeding dictate that whites steer clear. Self-deprecation doesn’t work when others deprecate you."—ILANA (July 25, 2008)
    • "Americans had come out in droves for Barack, not because he’s a black man, but because they think he’s the right man. Yet the journalistic herd never stopped riding the same old racism ass."—ILANA (June 6,2008)
    • "Obama gets away with conjecture—he saddles white America with black America’s woes. Grandma, however, has still not acquitted herself for expressing a visceral fear borne of the brutal reality of crime in this country."—ILANA (March 21, 2008)
    • "The genteel Obama is nothing like the Rev. Wright, except that they both appear to be overcompensating for not looking more like Kunta Kinte. There’s another small something the two share: a philosophy."—ILANA (March 21, 2008)
    • "Race is like stigmata. And Obama plunged deep into those suppurating sores, intent on making white Americans welt-up and bleed at the mention of their alleged sins."—ILANA (March 21, 2008)
    • "Michelle Obama’s sentiments seep out from that festering reservoir of racial animosity—the same cesspool wherefrom the Reverends Sharpton and Jackson launch their perennial strikes against honky."—ILANA (February 22, 2008)
    • "If Americans were as good at driving a bargain as they are at coming out in droves for Obama, they’d insist that he insist that his spouse quit smearing them as racists."—ILANA (February 22, 2008)
    • "CNN’s Kyra Phillips has led her viewers to believe that dangling a noose—an impolite and impolitic form of expression—is a hate crime; a black man beating a white man to a pulp—not so much. Being maimed or murdered, evidently, doesn’t compare to being maligned."—ILANA (November 23, 2007)
    • "Broad statements about aggregate group characteristics, provided they are substantiated by hard evidence, not hunches, are not incorrect. Science relies on the ability to generalize to the larger population observations drawn from a representative sample. People make prudent decision in their daily lives as to where to invest scarce and precious resources—to wit, one’s life and property—based on probabilities and generalities."—ILANA (September 15, 2006)
    • On racial quotas: "No one has ever demanded that the NBA or the 100-meter dash be made to better reflect the general population."—ILANA (September 9, 2007)
    • "This latest Sharpton-and-Jackson-led reign of terror has made Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League look as genteel and sedate as an English squire."—ILANA (April 13, 2007)
    • “Race is intricately and ineluctably tied to freedom because we live under a state which circumscribes liberty by enforcing codes of hiring, firing, renting, and money lending, among others."—ILANA (September 15, 2006)
    • "Race has become such an issue because we labor under nominal property ownership, and are subject to what is flippantly called political correctness, but is in fact codified and legalized theft and coercion.”—ILANA (September 15, 2006)
    • "Race and crime can be discussed as long as the topic is framed in bogus root-causes terms: stick to the Three P’s—patriarchy, poverty, and powerlessness.”—ILANA (October 1, 2005)
  • Reason & Reality

    • "Provided they are substantiated by hard evidence, not hunches, generalizations are not incorrect. Science relies on the ability to generalize to the larger population observations drawn from a representative sample. People make prudent decisions in their daily lives based on probabilities and generalities. That one chooses not to live in a particular crime-riddled county or country in no way implies that one considers all individual residents there to be criminals, only that a sensible determination has been made, based on statistically significant data, as to where scarce and precious resources—one's life and property—are best invested."—ILANA Mercer, Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011, pp. 41-42)
    • "Casting fact and objective truth as no more than a perspective is a handy bit of intellectual egalitarianism: If nothing is immutably true, then all positions are but a matter of preference and can claim equal validity."—ILANA, The Daily Caller, "Faking History To Make The Black Kids Feel Good" (January 13, 2017)
    • "Mythical thinking thrives in a culture that eschews objective truth: ours."—ILANA,  The Daily Caller, "Faking History To Make The Black Kids Feel Good" (January 13, 2017)
    • "Where once there was an understanding that a reality independent of the human observer exists; students are now taught that truth is a social construction, a function of the power and position—or lack thereof—of persons or groups in society."—ILANA, The Daily Caller, "Faking History To Make The Black Kids Feel Good" (January 13, 2017)
    • "Consider: Medicine uses the same principles to explain health and disease. Conversely, the pseudo-science of psychiatry and its legions of followers use one set of principles to explain rational behavior; another set to explain irrational behavior. When a person does something ghastly, psychiatry concludes, post hoc, that he has ceased being a morally responsible agent, and herewith acquired a disease. Do we ever seek chemical causes for positive and extraordinary actions? No. As the benefactor of mankind does good things, we attribute his actions to choice. As a murderer like Adam Lanza perpetrated evil, we attribute his deeds to causes: to a diseased mind or an inattentive mother."—ILANA (December 21, 2012)
    • "The paradox at the heart of this root-causes fraud is that causal theoretical explanations are invoked only after evil deeds have been committed (reasoning backward is an error of logic). Good deeds have no need of mitigating circumstances. Left-liberals of this mindset (among them most conservatives, who are now liberals in all but name) acknowledge human agency and free will if—and only when—adaptive actions are involved."—ILANA (December 21, 2012)
    • "The Left treats 'The Rich' as a reified, rigid state-of-being. Ayn Rand and all men and women of reason understand that 'rich' is a work in progress. Achieved through voluntary cooperation, riches are a reward for work well done."—ILANA (August 17, 2012)
    • "One cannot properly undermine a claim by undermining the motives or character of its claimant. That's a variant of the ad hominem fallacy. The same holds for charges of hypocrisy—the kind Rick Perry leveled at Mitt Romney for employing illegal workers. Such accusations amount to an ad hominem fallacy; Perry's rabid personal attack did nothing to shake Romney's position on illegal immigration (as unclear as that may be)."—ILANA (October 21, 2011)
    • On conspiracy theories: "Imputing garden variety government evils to conspiracies is based on the following faulty premise: Government generally does what is good for us (NOT). So whenever we think it is failing in a mission it fulfills so well (NOT), we should look beyond the facts for something more sinister (NOT)."—ILANA (August 26, 2011)
    • "Policy by definition addresses the collective, not the individual. Duly. The reality-based libertarian will seek to minimize political overreach, not mandate heaven on earth."—ILANA (January 15, 2008)
    • "Reality: the rational man’s anchor."—ILANA (June 15, 2007)
    • “The strength of ideas rests on their relationship to reality."—ILANA (The American Conservative, January 16, 2006)
    • "Unvarnished objective reality is morality’s best measure; and human action the ultimate adjudicator of moral worth."—ILANA (January 13, 2006)
  • Republicans & Democrats

    • "The sounds emanating from the uterine core of the Democratic Party are the subhuman grunts and growls one hears from animals in estrus or mid-feed. Something is terribly wrong with them."—ILANA MERCER, "The Party of Man-Haters," Townhall.com, October 19, 2018.
    • "The Democratic Party has come to be controlled by hysterical women and their domesticated man servants. In conduct, these Democratic women are more feral than female."—ILANA MERCER, "The Dominatrix Party," American Greatness, October 21, 2018.
    • “A Democratic takeover promises to be a bitch for ordinary men.”—ILANA MERCER, “The Dominatrix Party,” American Greatness, October 21, 2018.
    • "Democrats demonstrate daily that they’re not for the rule of law, but for the law of rule, mob rule."—ILANA Mercer, "The Party of Man-Haters," Townhall.com, October 19, 2018
    • "While the Left controls the intellectual means of production—schools (primary, secondary, tertiary), media, foundations, think tanks, publishing prints—the 'Respectable Right' is hardly on the outs with the liberal smart set."—ILANA Mercer, "Trump Doesn't Need To Talk Like A Con-Servative," WND.com, March 17, 2016.
    • "Democrat Grover Cleveland was America's last conservative president. He preached and practiced the maxim that 'the people must support the government, but the government must not support the people.'"—ILANA Mercer, "Trump Doesn't Need To Talk Like A Con-Servative," WND.com, March 17, 2016
    • "It should be plain to see that where conservatives reduce the reality of crime to a political theory—too much welfare, too little capitalism, not enough Trumpism—they're flirting with Cultural Marxism lite."—ILANA Mercer, "What Cultural Marxist Would Say About Looting," WND.COM, September 14, 2017
    • "The only time you want the president to reach across the aisle on matters immigration is to grab a Democrat or an errant Republican by the throat.”—ILANA, "ICE Agents Prefer Deporting Illegals to Changing Their Diapers," March 3, 2017, Townhall.com.
    • "Audacity we won't miss: Obama praised his spoilt daughters for graciously wearing 'the burden of years' of life in the lap of luxury (courtesy the taxpayer), a sentiment his wife, Michelle Antoinette Obama, seconded.”—ILANA MERCER,  Townhall.com, "'Go On Now Go,’ Barack Obama, ‘Walk Out The Door …’" January 19, 2017.
    • “Obama is a case study in hubris.”—ILANA MERCER, Constitution.com (January 2, 2017)
    • "More so than Democrats are Republicans in the habit of shaming Americans into silence by telling them how aberrant and out-of-sync they are. Or, 'this is not who we are'. 'You are not who we are.'"—ILANA (March 4, 2016)
    • "Grand Old Party oldies are more likely to want less government than the youngsters they sired."—ILANA (October 30, 2015)
    • "Republicanism is so meaningless a political identity that a Democrat can just as easily transition to being one, without too much pain."—ILANA (May 1, 2015)
    • "The gold standard for stupid is this Republican riff: 'Government would work much better if it were run like a business.' It is in violation of the Law of Identity. A is A. Things are what they are. Government is government; it is not business."—ILANA (October 25, 2013)
    • "The only time Republicans will shake fists and point fingers is over a war delayed, one that isn't led by the US, or a war waged without the necessary conviction (read collateral damage)."—ILANA (June 7, 2013)
    • "From the expansion of surveillance-state USA, to the leveling of Libya, to forcing individual Americans to purchase healthcare and religious organizations to fund birth control; to the crafting of a Kill List featuring his chosen targets for extrajudicial elimination, to running guns to Mexico's goons, while gunning for America's guns—Barack Hussein Obama's philosophical fingerprints are all over his administration. ...The link between President Obama and the policies his minions have pursued, moreover, seems patent enough. Obama is the philosophical felon, the fulcrum on which everything pivots."—ILANA (May 31, 2013)
    • "Having turned the political flip-flop into an art form, Mitt Romney should try to elevate it in the cause of a principle, and do an about-face on foreign policy."—ILANA (October 12, 2012)
    • "For one reason only was Obama on the ropes, while Romney floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee: Romney's superior intelligence, his ability to store immense amounts of information and apply it to bolster his arguments—abilities his rival, Barack Obama, manifestly lacks. The belated scoop is this: The Child was not born in a barn and was never a brainiac."—ILANA (October 5, 2012)
    • "Conservatism once had the genius of James Burnham, Russell Kirk, Frank Chodorov, and Felix Morley; now the brand boasts S. E. Cupp, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Rich Lowry, and their editorial enablers. (Perhaps National Review will recruit Jedediah [sic] Bila to replace the dismissed John Derbyshire?)"—ILANA (April 13, 2012)
    • "There is almost nothing that can reverse what the Progressives have wrought. The Ryan budget, viewed as radical by rival Rooseveltians Gingrich and Obama, will slow only the growth of the entitlement kudzu, not its invasiveness."—ILANA (December 8, 2011)
    • "What are the odds that a Democratic commander in chief and his chief Republican rival declare their philosophical fidelity to the Progressive Theodore Roosevelt on the same day? To answer that question: The dice were loaded in Teddy’s favor. The sitting Democratic president (Obama) and the Republican odds-on favorite for president (Gingrich) are in TR’s corner—in everything from executive power and the projection of American power abroad to property rights stateside."—ILANA (December 8, 2011)
    • "The politicians are posturing about living within the confines of the constitution. Alas, like a yeti or unicorn, a constitutional government is a mythical creature that is unlikely to materialize anytime soon. The political poseurs should be reminded that there is nothing constitutional (or just) about fine-tuning—increasing or decreasing—state spending to coincide with a supposed sovereign people's acquisitive abilities and economic energies."—ILANA (July 22, 2011)
    • "Republicans see the police state perfected under the now fully rehabilitated 'W' as a co-equal branch of government."—ILANA (November 19, 2010)
    • "The Democratic and Republican parties each operates as a necessary counterweight in a partnership designed to keep the pendulum of power swinging in perpetuity from the one set of colluding quislings to the other, and back."—ILANA (January 15, 2010)
    • "No sooner do the Republicans come to power, than they move to the left. When they get their turn, Democrats shuffle to the right. At some point, McCain reaches across the aisle and the creeps converge."—ILANA (January 15, 2010)
    • "Someone ought to tell Mrs. Palin that idolizing the military - and the missions it executes on behalf of its political masters - amounts to the worship of Moloch, not the Almighty."—ILANA (January 15, 2010)
    • "Unfortunately, Governor Palin has a propensity for rambling, run-on sentences, peppered with grating gerunds. Pearls of wisdom are often lost in the prolix answers she gives."—ILANA (January 15, 2010)
    • "When Republicans and conservatives cavil about the gargantuan growth of government, they target the state's welfare apparatus and spare its war machine. Unbeknown to these factions, the military is government. The military works like government; is financed like government, and sports many of the same inherent malignancies of government. Like government, it must be kept small." —ILANA (November 13, 2009)
    • "As Dr. Johnson said, 'There is no settling the point of precedency between a louse and a flea.' Neoconservative (Bush) or Progressive (Barack); louse or flea — a pest is still a pest." —ILANA (October 30, 2009)
    • "The GOP needs Hispanics to sustain a worthwhile political life like an anaerobic organism needs oxygen. Come to think of it, a GOP that accommodates the demands of this demographic is better off dead."—ILANA (May 29, 2009)
    • On Meghan McCain: "If Republicans don’t stop their love affair with idiots, it’s not a bigger tent they’ll be seeking, but a giant tin-foil hat."—ILANA (May 8, 2009)
    • Republican Sen. Arlen Specter's defection: "The imagery conjured by such ideological spit swapping between Republicans and Democrats is of two colossal, identical amoebas occasionally allowing their semi-permeable cell walls to open and merge with a biologically compatible, primitive organism."—ILANA (April 28, 2009)
    • "George W. Bush set the scene for Barack H. Obama. Stimulus, bailouts, a house for every Hispanic—these were Bush's babies." —ILANA (March 6, 2009)
    • "How much to hand-out; who to hand it to; which hand-out makes the best use of taxpayer money; do the Big Three submit a business plan with their bailout requisitions, or not—that’s the depth of the 'philosophical' to-be-or-not-to-be among Republikeynsians."—ILANA (December 5, 2008)
    • Bipartisanship: "Far better that the people’s representatives sleep with prostitutes than slip between the sheets with members of the opposition. The more the quislings collude, the less competition in government voters end-up with."—ILANA (May 23, 2008)
    • “'Leadership' is a euphemism for overriding the will of the people. No sooner does the pesky popular will intrude into the debate than the top Republican contenders begin to yammer about their obligation to demonstrate 'leadership.'"—ILANA (May 18, 2007)
    • "Would that Republicans fussed as much over the many fully formed human-beings dying daily in Iraq, as they do over fetuses."—ILANA (November 10, 2006)
    • "If establishment Republicans had the faintest affinity for conservatism, they’d quit pouring American blood and treasure down the Iraqi drain."—ILANA (October 6, 2006)
    • "Antitrust laws ought to be deployed, not against business, but to bust this two-party monopoly, which subverts competition in government and rewards the colluding quislings with sinecures in perpetuity.”—ILANA (May 26, 2006)
    • "What we have now is a cartel, the traditional ideological differences between the political parties having been permanently blurred."—ILANA (May 26, 2006)
    • "Republicans have framed a demand for accountability as an attempt to 'politicize' the Katrina cataclysm. Democrats, as always, refuse to recognize the banality of bureaucratic evil. Their boilerplate battle cry is "racism." As the factions settle into their familiar foxholes, it becomes crucial to remind Americans that, irrespective of political fidelity, politicians – local, state, and federal – must pay for the lives lost to Katrina."—ILANA (September 13, 2005)
    • "Republicans are the drag queens of politics. Peel away the pules for family, faith and fetuses and one discovers either 'neoconservative welfare-warfare statists or global social democrats,' or national socialists of sorts, who fuse economic protectionism, populism and a support for the very welfare infrastructure that is at the root of the social rot they decry."—ILANA MERCER (November 06, 2002)
  • The Therapeutic State

    • "The psychiatric endeavor—voodoo, really—is premised on the medicalization of misconduct."—ILANA (July 17, 2015)
    • "The most famous advocate of the-Camel-Ate-My Homework theory of criminal culpability is Barack Obama. Obama's flabby assumption has it that the poor barbarians of France's burbs have been deprived of fraternité. 'Europe needs to better integrate its Muslim communities,' lectured the president."—ILANA (January 30, 2015)
    • "The victims of killer Adam Lanza have become a sideshow in the nation's pornography of grief. Tragedy is denuded of any dignity, reduced to a showy public affair to be managed by the Managerial State's media and medical lapdogs."—ILANA (December 21, 2012)
    • “I commend Mr. Sheen for copping to being a bad boy, and not a sick boy desperate for the ministrations of prissy prohibitionists.”—ILANA (March 4, 2011)
    • "A mushy-headed maxim held in the US is that to be a victim of crime, terrorism, one's own stupidity is to be automatically conferred with oracular wisdom."—ILANA (December 31, 2010)
    • "The end result of positively reinforcing bad behavior is that you get more of it. The culmination of a failure to punish predators is a debased, dissolute, slum-dog society in which, by legal decree, the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper."—ILANA (May 28, 2010)
    • "To listen to the nation’s psychiatric gurus is to come to believe that crimes are caused, not committed. Perpetrators don’t do the crime, but are driven to their dirty deeds by a confluence of uncontrollable factors, victims of societal forces or organic brain disease."—ILANA (April 20, 2007)
    • "Police and campus authorities responded to Cho’s stalking, pyromania, and voyeurism by medicalizing his misbehavior. As the nation’s pseudo-experts generally advise, Cho was referred to a mental health facility."—ILANA (April 20, 2007)
    • "The Drew Pinskys of the world conjure so-called mental diseases either to control contrarians or to exculpate criminals"—ILANA (April 20, 2007)
    • "If the consensus in society is that doing the bare minimum is an act of supreme courage; then failing to perform basic obligations must be considered the norm."—ILANA (February 2, 2007)
    • "It is an error to use the disease paradigm to describe or explain errant behavior."—ILANA (January 2007)
    • "Liberals first, and conservatives in short succession, have taken to the idiom of disease like ducks to water. Left and right now insist, based on wispy pseudoscience, that just about every human excess is an illness as organic as cancer or diabetes."—ILANA (August 4, 2006)
    • “According to the disease theory of delinquency, the arsonist has 'pyromania,' the thief 'kleptomania,’ and Bill Clinton is not promiscuous, but a ‘sex-addict.’''—ILANA (August 4, 2006)
    • “At the root of the diseasing of behavior is the eradication of good and bad. Placing bad behavior beyond the strictures of traditional morality, moreover, makes it amenable to external, ‘therapeutic’ or state interventions.”—ILANA (August 4, 2006)
    • “In the ‘progressive's’ universe, evil actions don't incriminate, they mitigate. Rather than signify a lack of moral fiber, the criminality of the darling buds of France—her raging Muslim youths— is said to be a symptom of inadequate freebies and fraternité.”—ILANA (November 11, 2005)
    • “Someone is considered creative and strong in the Zeitgeist not when she builds an empire and employs hundreds of people, but once she has conformed by gaining therapeutic ‘self-knowledge’ and whimpering on Oprah. In fact, the therapeutic creed is often used to coerce people into conformity.”—ILANA (Everyman: A Men’s Journal, April-June 2005)
  • Politics & The Welfare-Warfare State

    • "Hidden or in plain sight, The State is geared toward increasing or maintaining its sphere of influence, never reducing it. Voters are paid lip service, provided their wishes coincide with the aims of this unelected, entrenched apparatus. But when the popular will defies Deep State, that monster breathes fire.”—ILANA Mercer, "Elon Musk, Et al.: The Corporate Arm Of The Deep State," Townhall.com, June 3, 2017
    • "The anatomy and workings of the Deep State are reflexive, rather than a matter of collusion and conspiracy. Simple psychology—human nature at its worst—sees government jobs and programs, war and welfare alike, protected in perpetuity and at all costs by the administrators of government jobs and programs.”—ILANA Mercer, "Elon Musk, Et al.: The Corporate Arm Of The Deep State," Townhall.com, June 3, 2017
    • "'Deep State' is no conspiracy theory. There's nothing mythical about the Republican and Democratic career government workers, embedded like parasites in the bowels of the bureaucracy, the intelligence community, the military, and a like-minded media, who've risen on their hind legs to protect their turf and protest an agenda that leaves them out in the cold.”—ILANA Mercer, "Elon Musk, Et al.: The Corporate Arm Of The Deep State," Townhall.com, June 3, 2017
    • "Wars are generally a rich man's affair and a poor man's fight.”—ILANA Mercer, "Sanctuary City Mayor Trashes An AMERICAN Hero, Robert E. Lee," The Abbeville Institute, May 25, 2017
    • "A professional politician is opportunistic and parasitic. For his survival, he must feed off his hosts. To convince the host to let him hook on and drain his lifeblood, the political hookworm must persuade enough of them to believe his deception. The energies of this political confidence trickster are thus focused on gaining voter confidence by promising what will never be delivered and what is impossible to deliver.”—ILANA (August 7, 2015)
    • "Conservatives question government programs. War is a government program. If they hope to retain a modicum of philosophical integrity, conservatives will have to include a critique of the state's warfare machine in their case against its welfare apparatus.”—ILANA (June 6, 2014)
    • "Failure to keep health care services out of the hands of socialist central planners will see all Americans pinned down like butterflies by 'service providers,' whose sadistic displays of power are honed in a state monopoly.”—ILANA (October 25, 2013)
    • "On Rome's marching army and its mating habits (or the David Petraeus scanadal): "Military top brass and the brassy broads who attach themselves to Rome's Army do not stand aloof from the state and its supermarket culture. Its evil imperial reach notwithstanding, the military is manacled by doctrinaire mediocrity, multiculturalism, feminism, affirmative action (fem and other), and every postmodern pox imaginable. And this is only the froth on the top. I wonder what next big shoe is fixing to drop.”—ILANA (November 17, 2012)
    • "As proof that the matter in Big Government V. Small Government has been decided, I offer exhibit No. 1: 16 trillion gigabucks worth of debt. While it might have dipped at some distant point in the past, the national debt has been rising steadily for decades, under both Democratic and Republican faction.”—ILANA (September 21, 2012)
    • "If regular visits with prostitutes kept the political class from launching trillion-dollar war- and welfare programs, and financing Fanny, Freddy and the Fed—I would personally contribute to a prostitution fund for Washington whores. The prostitutes would be the patriots.”—ILANA (May 11, 2012)
    • "When has waging economic warfare on a country done anything other than entrench internal monopolies, political and economic?”—ILANA (March 16, 2012)
    • “Government is doomed to fail because it is bereft of the constraints private property imposes. The more funds funneled into an insolvent system, in which property is communally ‘owned’—the greater the squandering of these scarce, precious, appropriated resources.”—ILANA (April 15, 2011)
    • "The FLOTUS of the fat-based initiatives 'cares' enough to decide what America's bloated babes will ingest, but not enough to weigh-in when their bodies are invaded by state workers at the nation's federally controlled airports."—ILANA (December 31, 2010)
    • "Proper metaphors for the relationship between The Great Unwashed and their Overlords Who Art in D.C. is that of ruled and ruler, Rome and its provinces, Imperial China and its peasants."—ILANA (December 24, 2010)
    • "As proof that the matter in Big Government V. Small Government has been decided, I offer exhibit No. 1: 16 trillion gigabucks worth of debt. While it might have dipped at some distant point in the past, the national debt has been rising steadily for decades, under both Democratic and Republican faction."—ILANA (September 21, 2012)
    • "The military is government. The military works like government; is financed like government, and sports many of the same inherent malignancies of government, chief of which is its liberalism. Like the government, the military is freighted with pathological political correctness."—ILANA (December 10, 2010)
    • "On the anti-Obamacare town hall protestors: "Americans with a bias for small government and big society! What next?"—ILANA (August 14, 2009)
    • The idea of charity is to improve society, not the State; and to do so through personal, not political, acts."—ILANA (August 29, 2008)
    • "The-state-as-parent is a leftist legal doctrine that has been eagerly embraced by the rigor-mortis riddled Right."—ILANA (April 25, 2008)
    • "Whether they are 'plural' or single, Wicca or just weird, bohemian or bourgeoisie—parents should take the kids and skedaddle when they hear that phrase 'in the best interests of the child.'"—ILANA (April 25, 2008)
    • The nation’s foster parents: "Fagin on welfare."—ILANA (April 25, 2008)
    • "The danger exists that by subsidizing 'freedom' for others, we’ll disempower them and encourage dependency."—ILANA (February 3, 2006)
    • “‘Philanthropic’ wars are transfer programs—the quintessential big-government projects. The perpetually profligate Bush should quit pretending he’s an apostle of smaller government.”—ILANA (January 6, 2006)
    • “Most of what the Federal Frankenstein does is either unconstitutional, immoral, illegal, or all of the above.”—ILANA (October 15, 2005)
    • “A Katrina Question: Hey, what do Americans have to do to get their army reservists to bat, not for Baghdad, but for the homies and the homeland? Climb on their rooftops and yelp for help?”—ILANA (August 30, 2005)
    • "The Key to Katrina: “The inverted and perverse incentive structure that characterizes [government] endeavors guarantees failure. ... Wrongdoing and incompetence in government are seldom punished, but are, rather, rewarded with budgetary increases. A government department accretes through inefficiency. Failure translates into ever-growing budgets and powers and a further collectivization of accountability.”—ILANA (September 2, 2005)
    • “Statists say that if not for the state, man would be unable to produce. That's like saying that the tick created the dog! Production predates government predation. Government doesn't produce wealth—it only consumes it.”—ILANA (Sixteen, the Number of the Beast, in Broad Sides, 2004)
    • “A brave nation fights because it must; a cowardly nation fights because it can.”—ILANA (March 26, 2003)