American Renaissance Review

Democracy,Ilana Mercer,Literature,Political Economy,Political Philosophy,South-Africa


Dr. F. Roger Devlin has reviewed “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa” in the August 2011 issue of the American Renaissance. Dr. Devlin’s review is not a critical review, but a contents-driven one. And a good one at that, as he distills the facts of the book at a furious pace. Intelligently so too.

Unlike the many factoids that marred the skewed, diasporic, Jewey emphasis (utterly absent in my book) of Prof. Paul Gottfried’s review of “Into the Cannibal’s Pot” (a copy of which was captured here on BAB), Dr. Devlin cleaves to the facts of the book. (Incidentally, rather than correct the Gottfried review so that it vaguely captured “Into the Cannibal’s Pot’s” impetus, the reviewer and editor showed their “courtesy” by simply removing the thing from Taki’s Magazine. My mother used to use the adjective “peruvian” to describe incivility. I believe that word was removed from the dictionary because politically incorrect.)

In any event, unexamined in Dr. Devlin’s review are interwoven points of political philosophy. What do I mean? As a classical liberal, for example, my complaint against apartheid is not that it “disenfranchised” or “denied the majority its democratic rights,” since “citizenship rights, after all, are not natural rights.” Rather,

It is natural rights that the law ought to always and everywhere respect and uphold. In its police state methods—indefinite detention without trial, declarations of a state of emergency—apartheid destroyed the individual defenses of equality before the law, the presumption of innocence, habeas corpus and various other very basic freedoms. That the apartheid regime contravened natural justice by depriving Africans of rights to property and due process is indisputable as it is despicable. Nevertheless, denying people political privileges does not amount to depriving them of natural justice.

(Into the Cannibal’s Pot, 2010, p. 231)

Dr. Devlin’s tack is conciliatory and is perfectly congruent with AR editor Jared Taylor’s surprisingly non-confrontational, data-driven journalism. (I intend to post about Mr. Talyor’s latest book at a later date.)

Perceptively, Dr. Devlin highlights one of the crucial points my book makes about democracy:

A prerequisite for parliamentary democracy is that majority and minority status should be fluid—that the ruling majority party should, at each election, be almost as likely to become a minority as to retain its majority. In a multiracial polity this does not happen. Parties represent racial groups rather than different philosophies of government, and elections become racial headcounts.

You can order this issue of American Renaissance here, where Dr. Devlin’s review is summed up as follows:

In Into the Cannibal’s Pot, author F. Roger Devlin reviews an important new book by columnist Ilana Mercer entitled Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa. Mrs. Mercer, a South African emigré, has sounded a ‘fire bell in the night’ with her sobering analysis of a once thriving First-World nation that is now descending into the abyss of savagery, genocide, starvation, and hopelessness. Mr. Devlin also summarizes her critique of raw numerical democracy and her effort to set the record straight on the Apartheid system—and most poignantly, her warning to the people of the United States.”

5 thoughts on “American Renaissance Review

  1. CompassionateFascist

    Just saw yours of 7/26 replying to my remark about Humpty being shoved….And I thought libertarians held free speech to be an absolute value. A few hours ago, for instance, some lad in Tel Aviv posted a death threat on one of my sites; but I let it stand, and used it for another excursion into the higher realms of Truth. As to AmRen, used to be a member, but I grew weary of all those charts and graphs demonstrating that Whites have higher IQs than Blacks and mestizos; maybe, but you wouldn’t know it from the current survival prospects of the 3 races in America. To understand all this, one would have to do what Jared T. refuses to do: look at the machinations of that high-IQ trans-national Tribe which is pulling the strings on the burgeoning anti-white ethnoids.

    [I presume you are referring to the likes of the Jew who hosts you here most graciously. As to your right to say what you want on private property: This blog spot is strictly private property. If you read anything I write, you would know private property is an “absolute value.” You speak/write here at my discretion. Read the Posting Policy, as the concept of private property seems alien to you. When you are paying my bills, you can decide what gets posted here and what affronts to her person your host should tolerate before she kicks you off!]

  2. james huggins

    Dr. Devlin’s summation in the final paragraph, above, hit the nail on the head as far as
    “The Cannibal’s Pot” is concerned. ITCP is a great work on the subject and I hope it gets wide recognition.

  3. Dennis

    BRAVO ILANA! I don’t recall the “7/26 Humpty…”, but it really doesn’t matter.

    “PRIVATE” means just that…PRIVATE!

    I have to say that your “INTO THE CANNIBAL’S POT” has motivated me to prepare, seriously, for my family’s best interests. Those who believe in freedom will be facing the whirlwind – just read the news about flash-mobs, shootings in Detroit, more bombings in the M.E., Wisconsin Fair, Philly, etc.


    ps: With “ANONYMOUS” hacking away, read “ONE SECOND AFTER” by Forstchen (yes fiction), but pay attention to what happens to the elderly, invalids, handicappers, unescorted women, etc.

    pps: Hey Comp-Fasc, re the death threat, save it, contact the Israelis about it as well as your local police, FBI, and a major Israeli newspaper and get ready to file charges…don’t forget the Israeli Embassy in D.C.

  4. CompassionateFascist

    No…we on the HardRight know that real System Change can only come from polarization, then Civil War. Death threats from the opposition are made to order. And I don’t play lawyer games.

  5. Dennis

    All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.
    Adolf Hitler

    All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.
    Adolf Hitler

    Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless.
    Adolf Hitler

    OK, Comp-Fasc, I see where you are coming from – read above Hitlerisms – and it is no place I wish to be.

    ps: My suggestions were NOT for lawyer games, but criminal threats…but then, those threats do play well with your apparent goals, i.e. System Change, Civil War, etc. The usual result of those actions is dictatorship, e.g. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot.

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