The ugly truth about democratic South Africa

by Ilana Mercer -- I sincerely hope that events in Iraq have inched Americans toward a less Disneyfied view of democracy. It is a mistake to doggedly conflate democracy with freedom, and more…

The Iraq Study Group's magical realism

by Ilana Mercer -- The Iraq Study Group has advised the administration to try a few more tricks before getting our spent men and materiel out of Iraq. Led by James Baker more…

At least Saddam kept order

by Ilana Mercer -- When it comes to Iraq, the pols and the pundits fetishize details, hang hopes on minutiae and forfeit a deeper understanding of the place and people. The devil more…

'Obsession' By Muhammad

by Ilana Mercer -- "Obsession" is a new documentary about "Radical Islam's War against the West." The unfortunate title, however, conjures a Calvin Klein fragrance, not a serious examination of the foundations more…

Conservatives for killing Terri

by Ilana Mercer -- I can think of only two occasions on which I agreed with George Bush. Both involved the upholding of the people's negative, or leave-me-alone, rights. The first was more…

It's about federalism, stupid!

by Ilana Mercer -- Last year, President Bush officiated at an adopt-an-embryo ceremony at the White House. It was an odd convention intended to symbolically protest a vote in the House to more…

Manly no more

by Ilana Mercer -- I was stocking up on groceries at Fred Meyer when I heard this fretful falsetto. "Honey, look at these ingredients. Oh my God. Check the percentage of trans more…

Job: Jewish individualist

by Ilana Mercer -- I got thinking about the book of Job after La Coulter made fun of Howard Dean for choosing Job as his favorite "New Testament reading." Dean is an more…

The logic of La Raza libertarians

by Ilana Mercer -- Last week, cable networks and mainstream press celebrated the birth of the 300-millionth American. Segments and stories abounded emphasizing the glories of high-population density and Tower-of-Babel diversity. In more…

Calling bin Laden's bluff

by Ilana Mercer -- Many factors have combined to mythologize Osama bin Laden. The ineptness of his enemies, for one: That we Americans have been incapable of capturing him does wonders for more…