Monday, November 01, 2010

H. L. Mencken finally canonized

One of my favorite authors is finally getting the Library of America treatment. It's about time!!!

In this election season, we would be well to remember this, one of my favorite Mencken quotations:

"Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary."

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