- 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
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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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 WorldNetDaily.com
"…a mind fearlessly in pursuit of analytical truth...in Ilana Mercer, the passion for justice lives on." --Peter Brimelow, editor of VDARE.com, 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 WorldNetDaily.com, 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 Antiwar.com.
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, LewRockwell.com, Free-Market.Net, Antiwar.com, and VDARE.com.
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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." In our national youth before liberalism dumbed us down to the mediocrity and mendacity of egalitarianism, we were not afraid to accept the obvious realities of the world. We did not flinch in face of the fact that cultures are not equal. We were not afraid to pass judgment on the moral vacuity of certain ways of life. In this wide-ranging series of essays, Ms. Mercer brings us back to Jefferson. She passes judgment, and it is marvelous.
Broad Sides cuts a vibrant swath across the tyrannical shams of modernity -- from creeping statism at home, to Pax Americana abroad, to the insanity of open borders, the myth of Rousseau's Noble Savage, and the "boundless ignorance" of the neo-conservatives masquerading as America's champions. Ms. Mercer enlightens us as to what is needed if we as a nation are to reverse our miasmic slide into the decadence that has, this past century, been consuming our lives like crack cocaine swallows up a ghetto.
Mercer shows us that freedom and virtue are companions, that a free people do not need to be a trashy people. America was meant to be a land of libertarian politics and traditional values. The Founders' legacy was about precisely such a combine. Mercer's scintillating mind offers us a vision of that legacy again and says to us that it is not dead, that if we in America wish to regain our high-minded form of freedom, all we need is to hearken back to the philosophy of Jefferson and Madison. Such a philosophy is not ephemeral; it is eternal. Today's computerized world needs a hierarchy of values taught to its young just as Jefferson's world did. That the liberals bamboozled three generations of intellectuals into the madness of relativism is our most nefarious crime. It is here at the level of basic values that the battle must be waged. Mercer comes armed with Excalibur to show us how and why.
Margaret Mitchell created one of the great literary heroines of all time in Scarlett O'Hara. There was a spirit about her that stood up to the bumptious idiocy and cruelty that life so often throws at us. Scarlett did not know how to back down. That, more than her beauty, was why men found her so appealing. That is the kind of spirit that permeates this book. Ilana Mercer's intellect, like Scarlett's spirit, does not back down from the unsettling truths of life and the debauchery that we have made of it today. Broad Sides is a dangerous and marvelous book. It will threaten the oleaginous elites of Washington and enthrall bedrock Americans in the heartland.
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.
Although I cannot agree with everything she writes, I wish America COULD take the lion's share of her advice. The difficulty here, I'm afraid, is that the changes in American culture, legislation, etc., require an honest society that is willing to "do the right thing" rather than "the safe thing" or "the thing that makes me more politically powerful."
Figure the odds...
If there ever is a nation (New Utopia?) that works as Ilana would have it, I would sign up in a heartbeat. But unless we have some SERIOUSLY significant emotional events (as 9/11 was), I'm afraid it won't be the United States.
And by the way, read WorldNetDaily.com for a sample of Ilana's work.