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“When we gained power, the country was at the edge of the abyss; since, we have taken a great step forward.”
—unnamed African government minister

Tocqueville in the 19th century, and Solzhenitsyn in the 20th, noted that conformity of thought is powerfully prevalent among Americans.  I have always thought that a strong justification for freedom of speech and press is the possibility, however small, that a lonely voice telling an unwanted truth might be heard.  Such a speaker requires intellectual courage—the rarest of all forms of courage.  The feisty, independent-minded libertarian columnist Ilana Mercer has that courage—in spades—as she chronicles the drawn-out murder of civilization in her native South Africa.  She not only describes what is happening, she tells us how it came about and what it means.  This is one libertarian who knows that the market is wonderful, but it is not everything.

Ah, those were the days, my friend!  And not so long ago, too, when democracy dawned in southern Africa!  The queen danced with Sir Robert Mugabe, Nobel Prizes were handed out, and the U.S. Congress fawned over the foreign terrorist Mandela.  (Who could be bothered to care if that old fogey Solzhenitsyn was barred from the White House?)  The media celebrated a brave...

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