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FOUNDED BY H.L. Mencken in 1924, The American Mercury is now an online magazine, providing news and views for the thinkers and leaders of the next generation — and with a direct connection to the print Mercury and its legacy.

The Mercury believes that most political discourse in the media today is staged and inauthentic. We make an end run around it.

We aim to bypass the corporate media’s sandbox and bring you original thinkers and their ideas, unmediated by the interests of capital or the political class.

Questioning the assumptions of the ruling globalist paradigm, the Mercury is for free, sustainable, independent communities for all peoples. We believe that Western Civilization — as well as indigenous communities worldwide — have a right to exist and be free.

We don’t believe in empire, whether imposed by guns or by votes or by dollars.

The Mercury is for religious freedom, including the right to be a freethinker.

The Mercury is neither of the “left” or the “right.” Critics of the oligarchy come from many traditions of thought and culture.

We actively seek out new writers and editors of excellence who believe in free thought and free communities. The new American Mercury was created in 2010 by a group of volunteer writers and editors, among whom are some who collectively worked with the contributors and management of the print Mercury for over 40 years. They and their direct successors work under the aegis of the Jefferson-Mencken Group, a ministry of the American Deist Community.

From H.L. Mencken to Karl Hess, from William Bradford Huie to Harold Lord Varney, we stand for a tradition that we believe exemplifies what is best in American journalism.

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    Homeless Jack on “Grabbing Some Pussy”

    November 7, 2016

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    We discovered this piece scrawled on some foolscap left on our doorstep, an all-lower-case Kerouac-style stream of consciousness rap, and offer it as we found it. by H. Millard trump is an american original and a throwback to the days when americans were bursting with confidence and energy and the sheer joy of freedom and […]

    Africa, History »

    ‘The Choice of Achilles’: John Alan Coey Against the New World Order

    January 3, 2013

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    by T.R. Bennington AS EVER, BUT ESPECIALLY in our present state of civilizational malaise, there is a need for figures with the power to inspire — men who in less confused and cynical times would have been unabashedly described as heroic. One such figure is Corporal John Alan Coey, a young soldier who has perhaps […]

    Science »

    Quarter of Americans Convinced Sun Revolves Around Earth

    March 2, 2015

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    “DOES the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?” If you answered the latter, you’re among a quarter of Americans who also got it wrong, according to a new report by the National Science Foundation. A survey of 2,200 people that was released Friday revealed some alarming truths about […]

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    Jailbirds

    June 7, 2017

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    by Jim Tully; from The American Mercury, September, 1928; transcribed by Kevin I. Slaughter THE jail room was thirty-five feet long, twenty-five feet wide, and seven feet high. In this large cage were fifty prisoners. Some had been sentenced and were serving jail terms; others awaited trial, or removal to the penitentiary. The floor was of […]

    Opinion »

    The Old Right and the Antichrist

    June 7, 2017

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    by Richard Spencer (pictured) The following address was given to the H.L. Mencken Club’s Annual Meeting; November 21-23, 2008. BEFORE William F. Buckley settled on writing God and Man at Yale in 1951, the 25 year-old had something quite different in mind as a debut volume. Buckley planned, and may have begun drafting, a book caustically […]

    Literature »

    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: Hunter

    November 19, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury TODAY as we join Vanessa Neubauer’s latest audio book reading — chapter 18 — of Robert Griffin’s The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds we learn about Hunter, William Luther Pierce’s second novel. Hunter is a follow-up to Pierce’s famous The Turner Diaries, and Dr. Pierce considered it to be the more […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: The Turner Diaries

    September 24, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury WHAT IS PROBABLY the most controversial novel ever written — The Turner Diaries — is the subject of this week’s chapter of our new audio book, The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds. (ILLUS.: The cover and autographed title page of a first edition copy of The Turner Diaries, […]

    Frank Audio Books, History »

    New Audio Book: The American Mercury on Leo Frank – Arnold’s Closing Arguments, part 2

    September 20, 2017

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    REUBEN ARNOLD’S closing arguments (part 2) for the defense of Leo Frank — on the charge of murdering his sweatshop employee Mary Phagan — are our presentation this week in our new audio book series, read by Vanessa Neubauer. This series encompasses the American Mercury’s coverage of the 1913 trial and conviction of Jewish sex killer […]

    Literature »

    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: Revilo P. Oliver

    September 17, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury RESPECTED PROFESSOR of the classics — co-founder of the John Birch Society — radical racial-nationalist — witness before the Warren Commission — and profound influence on William Luther Pierce: All of these things describe Revilo Pendleton Oliver, who is the subject of this week’s chapter of our new […]

    Frank Audio Books, History »

    New Audio Book: The American Mercury on Leo Frank – Arnold’s Closing Arguments, part 1

    September 15, 2017

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    REUBEN ARNOLD’S closing arguments (part 1) for the defense of Leo Frank — on the charge of murdering his sweatshop employee Mary Phagan — are our presentation this week in our new audio book series, read by Vanessa Neubauer. (ILLUS.: Luther Rosser and Reuben Arnold headed Frank’s defense team.) This series encompasses the American Mercury’s coverage of […]

    Literature »

    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: The National Alliance

    September 11, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury WILLIAM LUTHER PIERCE was born 84 years ago today. The political organization he created, the National Alliance, is 47 years old if we count its earliest incarnation, the National Youth Alliance, which began in 1970. It is still making the news today in 2017, 15 years after Pierce’s […]

    Frank Audio Books, History »

    New Audio Book: The American Mercury on Leo Frank – Hooper’s Closing Arguments

    September 8, 2017

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    THIS WEEK our new audio book of the American Mercury’s coverage of the 1913 trial and conviction of Jewish sex killer Leo Frank moves into the closing arguments of the attorneys to the jury. We will be presenting these extensive arguments in order and in full — a monumental, book-length project that will add another sixteen […]

    Literature »

    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: George Lincoln Rockwell

    September 4, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury GEORGE LINCOLN ROCKWELL (pictured) had  a profound influence over the thinking and the destiny of William L. Pierce — and therefore, as Pierce’s colleague Kevin Alfred Strom once remarked, potentially over the future course of Life in the Universe. Was Rockwell a “Nazi clown” as some have called […]

    Frank Audio Books, History »

    New Audio Book: The American Mercury on Leo Frank – 100 Reasons Leo Frank Is Guilty

    September 1, 2017

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    by Penelope Lee THIS WEEK, as we are preparing the (very long) audio book version of the Leo Frank defense team and prosecution team closing arguments, the American Mercury is proud to present the new audio book version — never before available in its entirety — of our editor Bradford L. Huie’s 100 Reasons Leo Frank is Guilty, […]

    Literature »

    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: The John Birch Society

    August 27, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury THE JOHN BIRCH Society was the most prominent anti-Communist group in America. Despite its professed philo-Semitism and “anti-racism,” it was a part of the lives of such White radicals as Revilo Pendleton Oliver, Richard Berkeley Cotten — and the subject of this audio book, Dr. William L. Pierce, […]

    Frank Audio Books, History »

    New Audio Book: The American Mercury on Leo Frank – Frank’s Trial, Week Four

    August 25, 2017

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    TODAY our audio book of the American Mercury’s coverage of the 1913 trial and conviction of Jewish sex killer Leo Frank moves into the fourth exciting week of the trial, in which the defense brought forth young female witnesses who claimed that Frank had never made improper sexual advances toward them, rebutted by the defense with […]