Where magic wins out over reason

by Ilana Mercer -- The images coming at us from Somalia are too horrible for words. And I don't mean the sight of celebrity journo Anderson Cooper and his CNN sidekicks standing more…

Be afraid: The proof is in the Putin

by Ilana Mercer -- Left and right, the cable commentariat is currently engaged in a cut-and-thrust over the use of strong words in politics. In particular, does "terrorism" describe the initial reluctance more…

Home free on Facebook? Think again

by Ilana Mercer -- When free-market economists say markets don't discriminate, they are only partially right. Rational self-interest does indeed propel people, however prejudiced, to set aside bias and put their scarce more…

Dead-end debt debate

by Ilana Mercer -- The economy is in advanced stages of decrepitude due to debt: public and private. Nevertheless, a just-released ABC News/Washington Post poll revealed that 58 percent of self-identified Republicans more…

American veteran-hero jailed

by Ilana Mercer -- As I document in my new book, "Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons For America From Post-Apartheid South Africa," "South Africa's ruling dominant party disregards the importance of private more…

Libertarianism lite

by Ilana Mercer -- A certain establishment-endorsed libertarianism is currently being touted on the Fox News and Business channels as the only legitimate brand of libertarianism. This lifestyle libertarianism, or libertarianism lite, more…

Sacrificing kids to PC pietism

by Ilana Mercer -- After a brief observation, here is how an alien from deep space would puzzle over the creatures who, by dint of a miracle, still dominate the Western world: more…

Clueless in South Africa with Mrs. Obama

by Ilana Mercer -- First lady Michelle Obama is touring this writer's birthplace, South Africa. "[Nelson] Mandela's legacy in the battle for South African democracy," wrote one rapt reporter, who followed the more…

Bachmann: Bling for Ron Paul?

by Ilana Mercer -- A day after the GOP debate in New Hampshire, mainstream media awoke to Rep. Michele Bachmann's undeniable abilities and magnetism. Before June 13, this mummified lot had turned more…

Don't believe Michelle Obama

by Ilana Mercer -- Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa later this month. The first lady's trip coincides with the release of my new book, "Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons For more…