Saturday, May 10, 2014

@ Carpi Diem: Mencken Timeless Quotations Worth Pondering

MARK PERRY WRITES TODAY AT HIS SITE THAT THESE QUOTES..... are from H.L. Mencken (pictured above), who is often regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the early 20th century. Here are some of the “Sage of Baltimore’s” timeless quotes on politics, democracy, government and elections. (A version of this post originally appeared on CD on January 18, 2013.)
1. The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
Recent examples of political hobgoblins: Campus sexual assault, the 23% gender pay gap, global warming /climate change extreme weather, insider trading, bullying, fracking, energy exports, and income inequality.
2. Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods.
3. Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
4. Democracy, too, is a religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.
5. Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
6. Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
7. Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
8. If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.
9. As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
10. All government, of course, is against liberty....

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