Tuesday , October 15 2019
Home / Carpe Diem / Happy 139th Birthday to the ‘Sage of Baltimore’ — H.L. Mencken – Publications – AEI

Happy 139th Birthday to the ‘Sage of Baltimore’ — H.L. Mencken – Publications – AEI

Summary:
AEI Happy 139th Birthday to the ‘Sage of Baltimore’ — H.L. Mencken Tomorrow (September 12) is H.L. Mencken’s birthday. The “Sage of Baltimore” (pictured above) was born on September 12 in 1880 and is regarded by many as one of the most influential American journalists, essayists, and writers of the early 20th century. To recognize the great political writer on his 139th birthday, here are 14 of my favorite Mencken quotes: 1. Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. 2. A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. 3. A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground. 4. Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. 5. Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of

Topics:
Mark Perry considers the following as important: ,

This could be interesting, too:

Mark Perry writes 50 years of failed doomsday, eco-pocalyptic predictions; the so-called ‘experts’ are 0-41 – Publications – AEI

Mark Perry writes Quotation of the day on the ‘High Church of Environmentalism’…… – Publications – AEI

Mark Perry writes Animated chart of the day: Public school enrollment, staff, and inflation-adjusted cost per pupil, 1970 to 2016 – Publications – AEI

Mark Perry writes Videos of the day: Index funds, renewable portfolio standards and eco-anxiety – Publications – AEI

AEI
Happy 139th Birthday to the ‘Sage of Baltimore’ — H.L. Mencken

Happy 139th Birthday to the ‘Sage of Baltimore’ — H.L. Mencken - Publications – AEI

Tomorrow (September 12) is H.L. Mencken’s birthday. The “Sage of Baltimore” (pictured above) was born on September 12 in 1880 and is regarded by many as one of the most influential American journalists, essayists, and writers of the early 20th century. To recognize the great political writer on his 139th birthday, here are 14 of my favorite Mencken quotes:

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

2. A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

3. A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.

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

5. Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.

6. Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

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

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

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

10. For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

11. 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.

12. As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. 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.

13. The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.

14. No democratic delusion is more fatuous than that all men are capable of reason, and hence susceptible to conversion by evidence.

You can find more great Mencken quotes here.

Happy 139th Birthday to the ‘Sage of Baltimore’ — H.L. Mencken
Mark Perry

Mark Perry
Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *