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H. L. Mencken Quote! 

25 Nov

” The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all, it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. 

Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent. 

The New Deal began, like the Salvation Army, by promising to save humanity. It ended, again like the Salvation Army, by running flop-houses and disturbing the peace. 

The ideal Government of all reflective men, from Aristotle onward, is one which lets the individual alone – one which barely escapes being no government at all. 

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 … 

It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law … that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts. 

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. 

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. 

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. 

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. 

The American people, North and South, went into the [Civil] war as citizens of their respective states, they came out as subjects … what they thus lost they have never got back. 

We suffer most when the White House busts with ideas. 

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.

What men value in this world is not rights but privileges. 

The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it’s good-by to the Bill of Rights. 

There is always an easy solution to every human problem – neat, plausible and wrong. 

I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone. 

The average man doesn’t want to be free. He simply wants to be safe. 

The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic. 

Most people want security in this world, not liberty. 

The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty – and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies. 

Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies. 

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. 

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

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time. 

If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. 

Whenever ‘A’ attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon ‘B’, ‘A’ is most likely a scoundrel. 

The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression. 

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. 

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages. 

When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before. 

All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. 

Democracy, too, is a religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses. “

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