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Broad Sides: One Woman's Clash with a Corrupt Culture 2nd Revised Edition

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"Hard hitting" doesn’t begin to express the sheer power of Ilana’s thoughts and words. --Walter Block, Harold E. Wirth eminent scholar endowed chair in economics at the college of business administration, Loyola University, New Orleans, and author of eight books, including the libertarian classic, Defending the Undefendable

"Ilana writes with the passion and logical clarity of Ayn Rand, the devotion to liberty of a Jefferson or Madison…" --Thomas J. Dilorenzo, professor of economics, Loyola College, Maryland, and author of The Real Lincoln

"Ilana’s insights stand out like a beacon in a vast sea of punditry, always witty and incisive, never predictable..." --Joseph Farah, founder of

"…a mind fearlessly in pursuit of analytical Ilana Mercer, the passion for justice lives on." --Peter Brimelow, editor of, and best-selling author of Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster

Ms. Mercer’s collection of essays is a model of how libertarian insights can and should be applied to current affairs. --David Conway, emeritus professor of philosophy, Middlesex University, England, and author of Classical Liberalism: the Unvanquished Ideal

This remarkably insightful polemicist, and extraordinary cultural commentator, understands that a free society cannot be sustained in an unthinking culture. --Chris Matthew Sciabarra, visiting scholar, Department of Politics, New York University, and the author of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical

Unlike the narcoleptic "conservative" columns in the national press, this collection is truly explosive.  --Paul Gottfried, professor of humanities, Elizabethtown College, and the author of Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt

Ilana’s book demonstrates that she is a true warrior—a modern day Joan of Arc—in the fight for freedom. --Aaron Russo, noted Hollywood producer and former libertarian presidential candidate.

About the Author

Ilana Mercer is a US-based columnist and author. Mercer wrote a well-read weekly column covering politics, economy, and culture for, a leading independent newssite. The column—praised for the breadth of topics it covered, the depth of the treatment they received, and the style of the prose—was highly regarded among conservatives and libertarians, in particular. She now writes a regular column for the libertarian

Mercer has written for the Foundation for Economic Education's Ideas on Liberty and for Insight On the News (an affiliate of the Washington Times), for which she has also penned essays in symposia debating intellectual property. Her work has appeared in the Financial Post, the Globe and Mail (Canada's National Newspaper), the Ottawa Citizen, the Vancouver Sun, the Report Newsmagazine, the London-based Jewish Chronicle, the Colorado Gazette, the Orange County Register, and The American Spectator. Mercer’s commentary has also featured on freedom-oriented web sites such as the Ludwig von Mises Institute, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Laissez Faire City Times,, Free-Market.Net,, and


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Curva Peligrosa Press; 2nd Revised edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097410390X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974103907
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,695,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ILANA Mercer is a widely published classical liberal (libertarian) writer, based in the United States. She pens WND's longest-standing, exclusive, libertarian weekly column, "Return to Reason." ILANA also features on RT (Russia Today) with the "Paleolibertarian Column." ILANA is a fellow at the "Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies." ILANA, who is a Canadian citizen, was born in South Africa to Rabbi Ben Isaacson and raised in Israel--where the family decided to move after Rabbi Isaacson's anti-apartheid preaching and activism led to their harassment by South African security forces. ILANA is the author of "Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons For America From Post-Apartheid South Africa." "The titular tease," she explains in the book, "is meant as a metaphor and is inspired by Ayn Rand's wise counsel against prostrating civilization to savagery." ILANA's website is She blogs at

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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Hultberg on May 9, 2004
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Medford Evans once said about Gone With The Wind that it "is not specifically Southern; it is a world book. And it is a world book mainly because Scarlett is Everywoman, in whom every woman recognizes herself, and every man recognizes something dangerous and marvelous."
In her new book, Broad Sides, Ilana Mercer is Scarlett O'Hara reincarnated with an intellect. She is dangerous and marvelous. She takes on today's corrupted establishment the way Scarlett took on the marauding Yankee soldier climbing the stairs at Tara to have his way with her. Scarlett impudently unloaded a pistol into the Yankee's face, and Ms. Mercer does the same to our collectivist establishment today. Her prose style is 44 Magnum force. Her insights are like silver bullets.
Here is just a taste of that style: "Our society revels in a drunken orgy of self-indulgence and self-abasement. We live in an era in which all rational standards are mocked and dismissed as irrelevant and impotent. The quest for moral reputation has been supplanted by an obsession for instant notoriety -- a ferocious competition in attention-seeking that elevates shameless degenerates. 'Reality' TV lifts from well-deserved obscurity a procession of vacuous narcissists who flaunt their neuroses and intimacies before millions of video voyeurs, themselves desperate to fill dull mornings and empty evenings with the solace of vicarious titillation."
The paramount need in modern America is to find our way back to that hierarchy of values that all great, free cultures must possess if they are to remain great and free. America once radiated such a hierarchy because we as a people understood what Jefferson meant by "a natural aristocracy among men composed of virtues and talents.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tom DiLorenzo on February 21, 2004
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A number of very talented female conservative/libertarian columnists have burst onto the scene in recent years, but most of them seem to have turned into mere apologists for the Republican Party. Republicans Good, Democrats Bad is the preditable theme of nearly every column. This could never be said of Ilana Mercer whose brilliant new book, Broad Sides, is solidly based on "first principles," which she clearly explains in the first 46 pages, and then applies them rigorously to myriad social and economic issues, from deficits to war, criminal injustice, riots, Madonna, ADD, feminism, Israel, "neocon artists," and dozens of other contemporary issues.
Mercer's first principles are essentially the priciples of the Ameican Jeffersonian tradition, coupled with free-market economics. Reading Broad Sides, one immediately understands that this is a writer who is intellectually heads and sholders above most other columnists (her column appears each Friday on the web site WorldNetDaily). Every essay is based on a solid foundation of theory and evidence, and her writing style is unique and superb. Think of her as a combination of Ayn Rand, Camille Paglia and Florence King, with a little hard-nosed Milton Friedman-type thinking mixed in.
Broad Sides is a joy to read. You will finding yourself being educated, sometimes entertained, and wanting more once you have finished.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Monart Pon on October 22, 2004
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Ilana Mercer's intelligent and courageous book BROADSIDES gracefully demonstrates to readers how important are the principles of the right to one's life, liberty, and property -- and how the violation of these principles causes suffering to the innocent, while benefiting the guilty. Most people agree that they must earn their living, that they should not rob or steal another's living - but far less people agree that the government is committing acts of theft, fraud, robbery, and extortion -- committed in the name of "the majority", "the good of society", or "the needs of the unfortunate". BROADSIDES, through a myriad of examples, reminds us to look at the dishonesty and injustice prevalent in our mixed-up scio-political system and do something about it. An informative and enjoyable book: BROADSIDES.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2004
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Ilana Mercer covers just about every relevant topic under the sun in Broadsides. Furthermore, she delivers her opinions with startling clarity and a literary flare of staggering proportions. One needn't agree with her opinions to appreciate her extraordinary style. On the other hand, one would be a fool to disagree with her. She is a voice for peace and liberty lovers everywhere. Pop culture, philosophy, economics, politics, pseudo science - everything is covered with a fresh and lively perspective. This is a must read for everyone.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Rick Patras on May 2, 2004
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Ilana Mercer is a woman whose intelligence, insight and incisive thinking make this book a wonderful read. Not only does she make her points in a clear, uncompromising way, her principles are in consonance with the Founders of our nation and she has a no-holds-barred manner of bringing those mouldy (but timelessly true) thoughts to life.
I would strongly recommend this book to everyone, whether they consider themselves open-minded to other ideas, or so sure of themselves that they could never conceive of changing their mind about our nation and how it should be led; she has a way of opening your eyes and mind to truth. When I started this book, I was reading another work of fiction by a best-selling author who has a reputation as a page-burner. However, when I read the first article in Ilana's book, I set aside the 'page-burner' and lost myself in this lady's incredible mind. It was amazing, how I found myself agreeing with her on almost every point she would make, or at least I would see the logic behind what she said, as she stayed right on message.
I am the father of four children, and I have purchased a book for each of them, and later this month at our family get-together, I will be presenting them each a new copy of "Broad Sides...". This is the kind of thinking and values that more of our young people need to be exposed to, so that they may have the benefit of powerful words that can make a difference in our nation.
Thank you, Ilana, for putting together your thoughts in such a clear, easy-to-read synthesis of pure brilliance and well-researched topics.
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