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Are DPers Familiar With H.L. Mencken?

Mencken is one of the more obscure notables who I've yet to find quoted on the any of the liberty forums. I thought I might post a couple of his quotes and perhaps this way offer an introduction.

"All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man. Its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both. One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives.
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally, he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are." ~Mencken

"I believe it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air,--- That progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man that takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave." ~Mencken

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Complete writings

http://www.amazon.com/H-L-Mencken-Prejudices-Complete-Librar...

Few writers roiled the American cultural scene like Henry Louis Mencken. Pathbreaking journalist, trenchant social observer, and unbridled humorist, Mencken was the most provocative and influential cultural critic of the last century. To read him today is to be plunged into an era whose culture wars were easily as ferocious as our own, in the company of a writer of boundless curiosity and vivacious frankness. In the six volumes of Prejudices published between 1919 and 1927, Mencken attacked what he felt to be American provincialism and hypocrisy, and championed writers and thinkers he saw as harbingers of a new candor and maturity. Laced with savage humor and delighting in verbal play, Mencken's prose remains a one-of-a-kind roller coaster ride over a staggering range of thematic territory: literature and journalism, politics and religion, sex and marriage, food and drink, music and painting, the absurdities of Prohibition and the dismal state of American higher education, and the relative merits of Baltimore and New York. Now, The Library of America restores the full text of Mencken's landmark work to print in a deluxe two- volume boxed set, ensuring that new generations of readers can rediscover his one-of-a-kind genius.

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

Literally just invoked him in

Literally just invoked him in my most recent comment, prior to seeing this thread:

http://www.dailypaul.com/304628/serial-liar-video-of-obama-b...

Moreover, back in January 2012, under my prior account, I posted this entry linking to the preface to Tom Woods' 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask, which was entirely predicated on a story related by H.L. Mencken. It is, to this day, one of my all-time favorite anecdotes, bar none:

http://www.dailypaul.com/203847/what-the-history-of-the-bath...

H.L. Mencken is legendary. Probably more than that, but certainly nothing less.

"Every election is a sort of advance auction of stolen goods."

another Mencken gem

haha

I'll have to give this guy a read.