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Sunday, June 12, 2011
WND's Mercer Pines For the Days of Apartheid
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily columnist Ilana Mercer has already lionized the leader of South Africa's Afrikaner Resistance Movement while hiding the group's history of violence and white supremacism, so it's no surprise to see South Africa native Mercer pining for the days of apartheid.

That's essentially what Mercer does in her June 10 WND column touting her new book, "Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons For America From Post-Apartheid South Africa." She complains:

Washington and Westminster bear considerable responsibility for the "swelling social disorder" in South Africa, having insisted that South Africa pass into the hands of a voracious majority. Unwise South African leaders acquiesced. Federalism was discounted. Minority rights for the Afrikaner, Anglo and Zulu were dismissed.

Ironically, America's Founding Fathers had attempted to forestall pure democracy by devising a republic. Yet under the wing of the American eagle a dispensation was negotiated in South Africa, the consequence of which is the raw, ripe rule of the mob and its dominant, anointed party.

The time is thus historically ripe to challenge some of the central tenets of a liberal democratic ideology that would bring about the disaster that is post-apartheid South Africa.

While Mercer does concede that apartheid was "racist," she presents it as infinitely preferable to the country's current rule and apparently unable the fundamental unfairness of a tiny minority ruling over others. Instead, she insists that South Africa is a "cautionary tale" and that, apparently, people not like her shouldn't get to vote:

In their unqualified paeans to the will of the majority everywhere, Americans must understand that universal suffrage is not to be conflated with freedom. As the democratic South Africa (and Iraq) amply demonstrates, political rights don't secure the natural rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness; ink-stained fingers don't inoculate against blood stains. Extant societal structures that safeguard life and property can always be improved upon. But once these bulwarks against mob rule and mayhem disintegrate, they are seldom restored.

Lest anyone doubt Mercer's racial ambitions, the preface of her new book is published at VDare, a website whose own editor describes as "white nationalist." In it, Mercer mostly whines that no mainstream publisher would touch her book. That editor, Peter Brimelow, writes an introduction to Mercer's preface.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:37 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, June 13, 2011 12:09 PM EDT

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