Category Archives: Ethics

NEW COLUMN: Conservatism’s Perennial Piñata

Colonialism, Conservatism, Criminal Injustice, Ethics, History, Neoconservatism

THE NEW COLUMN is “Conservatism’s Perennial Piñata.” “Politically powerless and proud, Native-Americans are an easy target.” It’s currently on WND.com. An excerpt:

…  As they heap contempt upon Native-American societies—establishment bobble heads, with admirable exceptions, are at the beck and call of African-American interests. Most conservatives agree about the legitimacy of African-Americans’ eternal grievances (“the fault of Democrats,” they intone). The same establishment offers incontinent exhilaration about the greatness of African-American heroes (MLK über alles). And the only argument mustered in these quarters for raising, rather than removing, statues for the South’s heroes is, “We need to preserve our history, horribly flawed with respect to African-Americans, mea culpa.” Or, “Who’s next? Jefferson?”

Conservatives seem constitutionally (as in physically) incapable of arguing the merits of Robert E. Lee , something Lord Acton managed on solid philosophical grounds.

Here’s a theory as to why conservatives use American Indians as their perennial piñata, while generally acceding to the aggressive demands for permanent victim status levied by African-Americans. …

… READ THE REST. “Conservatism’s Perennial Piñata” is currently on WND.com.

You can read the Mercer Column weekly on the Unz Review, WND.com, Daily Caller, frequently at American Thinker, very occasionally on Townhall.com, and certainly on the other fine outlets listed here. It’s always posted, eventually, on IlanaMercer.com, under Articles. Please share.

Fake News Fallacies And The Las Vegas Massacre

Ancient History, Crime, Ethics, GUNS, Journalism, Left-Liberalism, Media, Propaganda, Terrorism

Days following the Oct 1 massacre of country music concertgoers in Las Vegas, a CNN ego in an anchor’s chair, her name is Brooke Baldwin, continued to push her guests to reconsider guns already regulated. Is this journalism or activism?

Ms. Baldwin had previously (and shamefully) tried to extract an anti-gun “change of heart” message from a female country music DJ she interviewed. The young woman reacted with class, refusing to wade into the mire with Ms. Baldwin. I suspect Baldwin will continue her asinine lack of discipline. Come to think of it, there are no disciples any longer, are there? Baldwin and her pals on the late-night shows are activists, not journalists. There was a reason the ancients created the disciplines.

Ms. Baldwin further shed credibility by asserting that the shooter used automatic rifles in the slaughter. Not that it makes the man less monstrous, but the shooter (whose name will live on in infamy) used semi-automatic rifles. The bump-fire modification used is a LEGAL modification. As a member of the GabFamily said, let media morons think the Vegas shooter used automatic rifles. Let the dumb Left re-ban automatic weapons.

Some credible individuals, such as U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer, insisted the gunman deliberately targeted country music concertgoers so as to kill Trump Supporters. Was Stephen Paddock targeting Deplorables? As Jack Kerwick has argued, this is one perfectly plausible theory of the crime.

Another fallacy echoed by Fake News: Mass shootings are the purview of white males. Don’t listen. Look at this lineup of ghouls:

 

UPDATED (10/1): Taking A Knee Is Akin To Taking A Pee

Ethics, Left-Liberalism, Nationhood, Race, Racism, Sport, The Zeitgeist

NEW COLUMN is: “Taking A Knee Is Akin To Taking A Pee.” It’s now on WND.COM. An excerpt:

“Taking a knee” stands for the specter of beefy, pampered athletes—they’re not sportsmen—wealthy beyond belief, striking a political pose on the football field, during the playing of the national anthem.

First to kneel when he was meant to stand was Colin Kaepernick. The reason the San Francisco 49er knelt, in 2016: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Like Kaepernick, current kneelers are not Copernicus. It’s hard to fathom what they actually want. A non-player activist has since narrowed the kneeling to “ending the killing of black men and black women by the police.”

To question the debasing of the English language, in this context, is probably considered racist, but I’ll take one for Team English. At first, I knew not what on earth “take a knee” meant. Commentators and anchors discussed this god-awful expression without explaining it. And my connection to American football is as weak as the connection Americans have to one another.

I grew up on a sports diet of basketball and real football—the kind Pelé played without a dog muzzle and with dazzling footwork. South African rugby, too, was faster and more fun than American football. Nevertheless, I root for my home team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Why so? We all inhabit this busy mart called America, but are united by nothing meaningful at all. The football fetish in America has intensified in the context of a country whose inhabitants agree on little else than the importance of The Game. Consequently, come playoff time, we come together fleetingly and superficially, to make a religion out of our respective professional football teams.

“Take a knee” must have originated in some linguistic botching, a lazy collapsing of alliteratively related words and phrases. I mean, you can “kneel,” “kneel down,” or “get down on your knees.” You most certainly can “bow down” or “take a bow.” But, “Take a knee”? It sounds like an adaptation from “take a p-e.” Actually, I’m not far off. The Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. “had been flagged … for unsportsmanlike conduct when he celebrated a touchdown by impersonating a dog urinating.” …

… READ THE REST. “Taking A Knee Is Akin To Taking A Pee” is the current column, now on WND.COM.

You can find the Mercer Column weekly on the Unz Review, Daily Caller, WND.com, frequently at American Thinker, occasionally on  Townhall.com, and on other fine outlets, where The Column is a feature. It’s always posted, eventually, on IlanaMercer.com, under Articles. Please share.

UPDATE (10/1/017): Introducing Cedric Ingram Lewis & Larry McCullough: 

Why Is Nigel Farage Campaigning For American Politicians & Not For Brexit?

America, Britain, Ethics, Media, Morality, Nationhood

Why doesn’t anybody question Nigel Farage for appearing to be more involved with the dummies at Fox News and with campaigns for American politicians, than with his own country’s stalled battle for Brexist?

There is something obscene about the specter of a once-heroic British politician coming to fight for Trump, when Farage ran on, and became famous for, being an English patriot. I wonder how Nigel Farage’s former British constituents feel about him tweeting out MAGA and raging against the Republican establishment.

Can you imagine Steve Bannon campaigning for this new UKIP leader (UK Independence Party)? It’s the same thing, except I can’t see Bannon doing it. Unseemly.

I once admired Mr. Farage. Not so much any longer.

See:

Brexit: It takes Brains To Understand Liberty
The Third Degree à la Germany: Answering To Junge Freiheit