Ilana Mercer

From a home for articles deleted from Wikipedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article was considered for deletion at Wikipedia on November 11 2018. This is a backup of Wikipedia:Ilana_Mercer. All of its AfDs can be found at Wikipedia:Special:PrefixIndex/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Ilana_Mercer, the first at Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Ilana_Mercer. Purge

Ilana Mercer
Born January 7[1]
South Africa
Residence United States
Occupation Columnist, author, blogger

Ilana Mercer is a paleolibertarian author, columnist, blogger and thinker. She has been featured on numerous radio, podcasts and television shows.[2]

She is the author of three books, including Into The Cannibal's Pot: Lesson for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa and her latest The Trump Revolution: The Donald's Creative Destruction Deconstructed was released in June 2016.[3]

Early Life

Ilana Mercer was born in South Africa.[4] Her father, a rabbi and “vocal opponent of apartheid,”[5] [6]was “harassed by the South African security forces”[7] and, consequently, moved his family to Israel.[8]

Later returning to the country of her birth, Mercer earned degrees at the University of South Africa,[9] before immigrating to Canada and finally settling in the United States.[10]


Mercer’s weekly column began in 1999, in the now defunct Canadian North Shore News,[11] but currently appears on websites such as,[12] The Unz Review,[13],[14][15], Quarterly Review[16] and American Greatness.[17]

Her column, "Return to Reason", was briefly syndicated by Creators Syndicate in 2001. Some of her syndicated columns have appeared on The Daily Caller,[18] American Thinker[19] and American Renaissance,[20] a white nationalist website that has also featured other syndicated columnists such as Patrick J. Buchanan[21] and Ann Coulter[22].


In a Slate Magazine article published August, 2018[23] Mercer was referred to “as a real piece of work, racism-wise,”[23] and accused of believing that “getting rid of apartheid has been bad for South Africa—and that, broadly, white people shouldn’t support democracy in countries in which they’re a minority population because they will be exterminated by nonwhite savages."[23]

In a direct response,[24] Mercer referred to the article as a “hit piece” and “sloppy slander,”[24] stating how the woman dubbed ““a real piece of work, racism-wise”’ worked tirelessly against petty apartheid”[25] Mercer has however stated her opposition to "unrestrained majoritarianism" and to a situation where one party is always dominant.[26]


Mercer is the author of three books. Her first, Broad Sides: One Woman’s Clash With a Corrupt Culture (2003), is a collection of essays which covers a wide variety of topics through a paleolibertarian lens, described by the author as a "personal manifesto aimed at rolling back the modern Leviathan State and reclaiming civil society." Peter Brimelow of said "This volume appears at a moment of peculiar crisis for libertarians in general,"[27] implying that libertarian orthodoxy tends to avoid issues of immigration.[28]

In her second book, Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011), Mercer argues that the transfer of power in South Africa to the black majority has yielded disastrous results for them as well as for the white minority.[29] Throughout the book she maintains that if the current patterns of immigration continue, the United States will face a similar fate.[30]

Her latest book, The Trump Revolution: The Donald's Creative Destruction Deconstructed (2016), is a series of real-time essays analyzing from a libertarian point of view the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, whom Mercer describes as "a political Samson that threatens to bring the den of iniquity crashing down on its patrons." Mercer writes that by "drastically diminishing The Machine," Trump "might just help loosen the chains that bind the individual to central government, national and transnational."[31]


  2. N/A, N/A (12-11-2013). "Mandela's Legacies". 
  3. N/A, N/A (11/07/18). "Profile: Ilana Mercer". 
  4. Metcalf, Geoff (03/10/02). "Ilana Mercer's Return To Reason". 
  5. Gelernter, Josh (02/07/15). "The End Of South Africa". 
  6. Mercer, Ilana (11/09/18). "Slate's resident idiot slanders Jewish woman -- me". 
  7. Gelernter, John (02/07/15). "The End of South Africa". 
  8. Metcalf, Geoff (03/10/02). "Ilana Mercer's Return To Reason". 
  9. Metcalf, Geoff (03/10/02). "Ilana Mercer's Return To Reason". 
  10. Mercer, Ilana (03/10/02). "Ilana Mercer's Return To Reason". 
  11. Mercer, Ilana (06/07/1999). "Stop Making Excuses For Drug Addiction". 
  12. N/A, N/A (11/7/18). "WND Author". 
  13. Mercer, Ilana (11/7/18). "Ilana Mercer Archive". 
  14. N/A, N/A (11/8/18). "Ilana Mercer Articles". 
  15. N/A, N/A (11-8-18). "Ilana Mercer Archive". 
  16. N/A, N/A (11-8-18). "N/A". 
  17. N/A, N/A (11/7/18). "About Ilana Mercer". 
  18. N/A, N/A (11/7/18). "Ilana Mercer Articles". 
  19. N/A, N/A (11-7-18). "Articles and Blog Posts by Ilana Mercer". 
  20. N/A, N/A (11-8-18). "Archive: Ilana Mercer". 
  21. N/A, N/A (11-8-18). "Archive: Pat Buchanan". 
  22. N/A, N/A ("Archive: Ann Coulter". 
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Mathis-Lilley, Ben (08/20/18). "White House Speechwriter Appeared on Panel With Author Who Compared Black South Africans to Cannibals". 
  24. 24.0 24.1 Mercer, Ilana (11/08/18). "Slate's resident idiot slanders Jewish woman -- me". 
  25. Mercer, Ilana (11/12/08). "Slate's Slanders".'s-slanders/. 
  26. Mercer, Ilana (06/09/17). "The American Architects of The South-African Catastrophe". 
  27. "A Passion For Justice: Ilana Mercer | VDARE - premier news outlet for patriotic immigration reform". 
  28. "Mass immigration ‘End of Days’ scenario". 
  29. Devlin, Roger (August 2011). "Into the Cannibal’s Pot (book review)". American Renaissance (magazine). Retrieved 6 November 2018. 
  30. "Articles: Ilana Mercer's Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa". 
  31. "The Trump Revolution Ilana Mercer website, June 29, 2016

External links

Template:Wikiquote Template:Commons category

Template:Authority control