Stoic, heroic Japan vs. Neurotic Nation USA

by Ilana Mercer -- On the day that a venerated American institution was preparing to bestow an award for transparency in government on President Barack Obama ̶ the domestic equivalent of the more…

Not a dime for NPR from this little piggy

by Ilana Mercer -- A classmate of mine, an Israeli Arab, taught me a phrase I will paraphrase here, as it was indelicate in the original: There is nothing wrong with carving more…

Charlie Sheen's out of the AA 'troll hole'

by Ilana Mercer -- I liked Charlie Sheen's "Platoon," but not his comedic "work" (that's a pretentious word used by America's self-aggrandizing entertainers and jesters to describe their occupation). Sheen does, however, more…

Public enemy No. 1: Government unions

by Ilana Mercer -- For evidence of the power of the teachers unions acting out on the streets of Madison, Wis., look no further than your property taxes. Almost 50 percent of more…

Media's sickening sentimentality on Egypt

by Ilana Mercer -- "Romanticism is man's revolt against reason," wrote the great classical liberal economist Ludwig von Mises. Minds ravaged by the rot of romanticism were everywhere on display in mainstream more…

Lincoln lied, people died

by Ilana Mercer -- Tomorrow is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Familiar Lincoln idolaters will gather to celebrate the birth, on Feb. 12, 1809, of the 16th president of the United States and finesse more…

Frankly, my dear Egyptians, I don't give a damn

by Ilana Mercer -- Members of the American chattering class have been tripping over one another to show off their solidarity with the popular uprising in Egypt. After being hammered left and more…

Sinophobia trumps common sense

by Ilana Mercer -- Conservatives are fuming over the fact that the Obamas have finally done the right thing and held a state dinner in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao. The more…

Loughner, language and the Big Lie

by Ilana Mercer -- "What is government if words have no meaning?" Jared Lee Loughner asked Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in 2007. Loughner was attending a Giffords "Congress in Your Corner" get-together. more…