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Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa [Kindle Edition]

Ilana Mercer
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In “Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from post-Apartheid South Africa,” Ilana Mercer delivers a compelling polemical work anchored in history, reality, fact, and the political philosophy of classical liberalism. “Into the Cannibal's Pot” is a manifesto against mass society, arguing against raw, ripe democracy, here (in the US), there (in South Africa), and everywhere. “Into the Cannibal's Pot” follows Russell Kirk's contention that “true freedom can be found only within the framework of a social order.” It is intended as a reminder that, however imperfect, civilized societies are fragile. They can, and will, crumble in culturally inhospitable climes. Advanced societies don't just die; they either wither from within, or, like South Africa, are finished off by other western societies. And as Ms. Mercer demonstrates, the tyranny of political correctness, so unique to the West—plays a role in their near- collapse.

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"Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa is a very powerful, eloquent, and original indictment of South Africa's 'democracy.' It is a disgrace that such an informative and courageous book could not come out with a major publisher.--PAUL E. GOTTFRIED, Horace Raffensperger Professor of Humanities, Elizabethtown College, author of Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right, After Liberalism (Princeton, 1999), and Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt (Missouri, 2002)

"I relish reading Into the cannibal's Pot. Ilana Mercer's conceit in comparing post-apartheid South Africa with post-American-creed America seems brilliant--and timely."--PAUL SPERRY, investigative journalist, Hoover Institution media fellow, author of Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington (2005) and the blockbuster book Crude Politics (2003)

"Ilana Mercer has written about a topic that the Western media have almost completely ignored - the failure of [democratic] post-apartheid South Africa to move in the direction of peace, justice, and prosperity."--LEWROCKWELL.COM, anti-state, anti-war, pro-market (July 21, 2011)

"Powerful stuff of the most profound evaluations of human nature and multiculturalism that I have read. It's that good."--JAN MICKELSON, WHO News Radio, 1040

"Cannibal is an achievement of the highest order. Ilana is in much greater supply of that 'manly virtue' than are most male writers today... the richness of Mercer's intellect is as impressive as the soundness of her character"--JACK KERWICK, Ph.D., The New American & Beliefnet's At the Intersection of Faith & Culture.

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This is a book about ideas and ideology. When losing an intellectual argument, there are despicable people who point an accusing finger and shout racism. In our dark times where mob rule and collectivist ideas resonate with so many, this appalling strategy can be very effective. To those who support colorblind civil discourse, rule of law, equality of opportunity, freedom, the golden rule (do unto others as you wish them to do unto you), liberty, freedom of expression and religion and private property rights...regardless of skin color or ethnic background (black, red, white, yellow, brown, green or violet), we extend the hand of friendship. To those who support all forms of thuggery-- including totalitarianism, collectivism, fascism, extremist fundamentalism, unequal treatment under law, income redistribution, nanny state government programs and the soft bigotry of low expectations-- your skin color and ethnicity are irrelevant...and your ideas belong in the dustbin of history.

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  • Publisher: Bytech Services (May 10, 2011)
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172 of 177 people found the following review helpful
"When South Africa was governed by a racist white minority, it was scorned by the West ... Now that a racist, black majority government controls the country ... it's the toast of the West." Classical liberal columnist, writer and former South African Ilana Mercer deconstructs the new democratic South Africa, a country where government corruption, rape and murder are all in a day's work. Scholarly and readable, Mercer gives a detailed account of the country's history, from the early days of the Dutch settlers, all the way through to Colonial rule, apartheid and beyond to the nation's current state of being dismantled from the bottom up, quickly becoming in the authors words "another Islamist friendly, failed African state."

Continually correlated with past and present day America, as the title suggests the book carries with it a lesson. A clarion call if you will to anyone who respects the rule of law and the basic principles of liberty. She illustrates how with relative ease a society can wither away, or in South Africa's case be hacked to pieces with a machete.

"Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa" tells the true story of South Africa not the sugar-coated, multi-cultural utopia the Western liberal media and their conservative counterparts will have you believe.
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120 of 127 people found the following review helpful
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Into the Cannibal's Pot reveals what happens when an advanced nation built by European people upon Christian principles is deceived by the Cultural Marxist dream of racial egalitarianism and in the name of justice and liberty surrenders political power to an African majority that had never shown the capacity to create or sustain a free, just, and civilized society. What we have witnessed since the end of Apartheid is African political leaders in South Africa dragging that nation down to the same violent, primitive and tribal existence found in every other failed African government, and for the same reasons.

Ms. Mercer's book tells the real story of South Africa in the face of almost universal silence by the Liberal Media in the West. Her candor and lack of political correctness is refreshing and her application of the lessons of South Africa to America is instructive. Her book is a timely warning of what can happen when a nation leaves its core principles for the sake of poltical expedience and phony compassion and equality. I was very impressed with her book and look forward to reading more from her in the future.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesson Learned July 25, 2011
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I won't go into the heart-wrenching descriptions of the savage crimes perpetrated by South African blacks against the few whites that remain in that nation today. I will say the level of cruelty is not analogous to being a human being. It's not human to do what these armed thugs are doing to families, raping women, murdering husbands, fathers and sons, violating infants... They've become worse than animals... savages who have no respect for life, whose hatred for whites has taken over their very core and transformed them into primordial killing machines with no conscience and no heart.

And as these barbarians wander the country, preying on their victims, the South African government has made it nearly impossible for terrorized whites to legally defend their lives and their loved ones against these bloodthirsty troglodytes.

Their recourse? Rape insurance that provides policies for victims of rape just in case they get AIDS from their rapists, which is entirely possible in a country where garlic and beetroot, as well as rape of infants is considered "medication" for the HIV positive thug. And because the African National Congress (ANC) has no regard for life or property (at least not when it comes to its white citizens), justice is nonexistent.

"'Before you can act in self-defense,' remonstrates Anton du Plessis of the Institute for Security studies, 'the attack against you should have commenced, or at least be imminent. For example, if the thief pulls out a firearm and aims in your direction, [only] then you would be justified in using lethal force to protect your life.'"

If you stop to contemplate the severity of the threat against you, you could very well watch helpless as armed thugs gang rape your loved ones.
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101 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into The Cannibal's Pot July 2, 2011
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It's always spring somewhere. Once upon a time there was the post-colonial Black African spring that turned into bloodbaths in short order. Now, decades later, the bloodbaths continue. The optimists insisted, based on a belief in egalitarianism, people were fungible; that x, given the opportunity, could be inserted for y and an ordered society would continue apace. South Africa and Zimbabwe (among many others) have proved otherwise and the optimists have been reduced to closing an already blind eye to the consequences.

Ilana Mercer's "Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from post-Apartheid South Africa", will have none of that. South Africa, once her home, is put front, center, and under a microscope. The lessons for America are clear and found in Zimbabwe and South Africa she insists i.e., the changing of an ordered society of high-intelligence people sharing the norms of civilization into a disordered society of rudimentary Communism, black/minority empowerment (entitlement), and black/minority dispensation (freedom from culpability).

"Into the Cannibal's Pot" features an invaluable contrast of past and present throughout the book, the past/present of Ian Smith/Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe, deKlerk/Mandela-Zuma South Africa, and is best represented in the U.S. by pre 64' Civil Rights Act America and present day America. Many believe and Ms. Mercer concurs and makes a case that The Civil Rights Act has put us on the road to Zimbabwe with no hope of laughs or a happy ending.

The optimists who look up as we descend, Ms.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-Destruction via Naive Social Engineering
Ilana Mercer's incredible investigative work eviscerates naive, feel-good Western views of post-apartheid South Africa. Read more
Published 23 days ago by William B. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Eye opener to the fate of whites when they become a minority.
Published 1 month ago by Scott Jessup
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
An eye opening account of post apartheid South Africa's deterioration. Once a modern country on the rise, it's rapidly turning into a murder ridden land of terror whose leaders are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear warning.
A very sad lesson that we must learn from and take heed. In every country where whites become a minority, whites are victimized and slaughtered. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Solzhenitsyn
4.0 out of 5 stars great info
the writing and cohesiveness should have been worked on a little more, but the info and persuasiveness were what ought to be reported.
Published 4 months ago by Timothy Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is prophetic
A candid and enlightening work for anybody concerned about the social and economic future of the US ( or the West). Highly recommended.
Published 4 months ago by Derek A. Hadley
5.0 out of 5 stars Realism isn't Racism
More than 100 people have reviewed this book on Amazon. In an Afterword to Mercer's book Jack Kerwick hopes for exactly this as the book was not only difficult to get published... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Telling us what we already knew
So the story is told again.

Some government somewhere runs fine for a long while, and then black people take it over and things fall apart. Detroit. East St. Louis. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lemas Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you know of South Africa is wrong
Forget the Mandela-crap and all the MSM is telling you: it's fake and misleading. Ilana Mercer gives the reader lots of evidence that SA is going the wrong way, the way of black... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Brehm
5.0 out of 5 stars wherever they go blacks ruin life for everyone
wherever they go blacks ruin life for everyone seems to be the thesis of this well written book. It is a very disturbing read and meant as a warning against what is to come. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Phillip S. Greene
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More About the Author

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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