Pimping the culture

by Ilana Mercer -- 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 acted more…

No country for old, white men

by Ilana Mercer -- In the waning days of 2012, Time put God back in some American homes. The magazine crowned Barack Obama as its Man of the Year. The snake in more…

The pornography of public grief

by Ilana Mercer -- A headline on the Huffington Post blared: "Comfort Dogs Sent To Newtown From Chicago Area To Help Community After Sandy Hook Shooting." CNN's top dog, Anderson Cooper, followed more…

Frankenfoods, diet dictators and other folderol

by Ilana Mercer -- What follows is the first part of a conversation with Karen De Coster, CPA. Karen De Coster is an accounting/finance professional and a freelance writer, blogger, speaker and more…

Walk like an Egyptian

by Ilana Mercer -- This just in: The Secret Service, backed by the District of Columbia Police Department, is battling thousands of protesters outside President Barack Obama's 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue "palace," prompting more…

The fiscal cliff: a lemming's lunacy

by Ilana Mercer -- Since the chicken-little metaphor is hackneyed, let us use the alleged lunacy of the lemming as a metaphor for the prattle that rises from the cattle that is more…

Standing armies commandeered by cowards

by Ilana Mercer -- In "Letters from Iceland," W. H. Auden reflected on "the cold controlled ferocity of the human species." The latest flare-up in the cold war between Hamas and Israel more…

Whoring and warring in the military: What's new?

by Ilana Mercer -- There's David Petraeus, former CIA director, formerly a four-star general who cultivated his own celebrity. There's his mistress-cum-stalker, the bombastic, narcissistic Paula Broadwell, who despite – or, rather, more…