The Third Degree à la Germany: Answering To Junge Freiheit

Ilana Mercer, November 29, 2016

Junge Freiheit is Germany’s finest weekly newspaper. It’s easily its only authentically rightist, freedom-loving, classically liberal publication. When Junge Freiheit‘s editors come calling; this writer is always happy to oblige—and not only because my weekly column once appeared in JF. But also because, present company excepted, the young editors at JF are simply the kindest, most professional journalists I’ve encountered. What was it that Oscar Wilde said about kindness? “She thought that because he was stupid he would be kindly, when of course, kindliness requires imagination and intellect.” Having just emerged from a 15-year-long, abusive, professional relationship; kindness and courtesy are indeed new and lovely things to behold.

However, my Teutonic editor lit a fire under me. I was asked to make haste in answering Junge Freiheit‘s personalities-from-abroad questionnaire, for the November 11 issue. You’re in good company was his matter-of-fact message. But get to it.

The company: Nigel Farage (architect of Brexit), Eric Burdon (rock-and-roll legend), Douglas Murray (famous neoconservative), Lord Christopher Monckton (politician and inventor), Thomas Drake (Whistleblower), Colin Crouch (author of Postdemocracy), Frederick Forsyth (bestselling author), Charlie Duke (Apollo 11 and Apollo 16 astronaut), Tony Sheridan (early Beatles), etc.

The record time for answering the JF questionnaire: six minutes. Needless to say, I failed miserably to best it.

JUNGE FREIHEIT: Where would you like to be at this very moment?

ILANA MERCER: I’m strictly reality oriented. I don’t indulge in make-believe. I don’t wish to be where I’m not. …

JF: What would you give anything for?

MERCER: I’d give “anything” for freedom from The State, provided “anything” is a figure of speech (no limbs, eyes, etc.)

JF: What does home mean to you?

MERCER: My residence; my house—but also a revival of the thing Edmund Burke called “the little platoon we belong to”; namely an end to the centrally planned transformation of Western communities through forced integration and mass immigration.


JF: What do you consider important in life?

MERCER: Meaningful work, intellectual honesty (rare), close relationships, good health, my guns, my companion parrot (Oscar-Wood), related advocacy and charities.


JF: What did you learn from your parents?

MERCER: To think critically about everything, to read voraciously, to be charitable; the love of music and art.


JF: What book has left a lasting impression on you?

MERCER: The concept of a Favorite Book is childish, if you’re a lifelong reader. Lots of books of political theory, philosophy and economics have indelibly influenced my thinking. Lately, it’s been Clyde N. Wilson’s “The Yankee Problem: An American Dilemma.”


JF: What music do you like?

MERCER: Chamber music and Bach—any Bach—and the hard core, intricate, masterful brilliance of progressive rock outfits like Symphony X, Dream Theater, to say nothing of neoclassical guitar wizards like Sean Mercer, Tony MacAlpine, Yngwie Malmsteen.


JF: Which event in history has been the most incisive and far-reaching for the world?

MERCER: The advent of Communism. Its agents killed the most people and poisoned the most minds, for posterity. Communism/socialism continues to pollute every nook-and-cranny of state and civil society.


JF: What would you want to change?

MERCER: In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” instead of “life, liberty and property.” With that vagueness, Jefferson undermined the foundation of civilization: private property rights.


JF: What do you believe in?

MERCER: Individual sovereignty, secession down to the individual.


JF: Which values should we pass down to our children?

MERCER: Traditionalists value hierarchy. An infantile, immoral society deifies The Child. Kids should follow Florence King’s injunction that “children have no business expressing opinions on anything except, ‘Do you have enough room in the toes?'”


JF: What does death mean to you?

MERCER: The end.


JUNGE FREIHEIT, z.Hd. Christian Dorn, Hohenzollerndamm 27 A, 10713 Berlin, GERMANY, November 11, 2016 issue, page 27.

CATEGORIES: Europe, ILANA Mercer, Individualism, Literature, Political Theory, Popular Culture