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Jim Bovard on HL Mencken

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HL Mencken is the writer you need to read immediately. He was savagely brilliant, caustic, and witty, but also prolific across genres in ways almost unthinkable of journalists today. His skill with the English language was virtually unmatched in the 20th century, as was his deep and abiding contempt for utopian statism in any form. And his broadsides against two world wars were incredibly courageous at the time. Our great friend Jim Bovard joins the show to discuss Mencken’s work, his complicated elitism, his Old Right politics and social views, and the magnificent pleasure of reading this master. “H.L. Mencken, The Joyous Libertarian” by Murray N. Rothbard: Mises.org/Joyous Mencken Wikiquote: Mises.org/HLQ Powered by WPeMatico

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HL Mencken is the writer you need to read immediately. He was savagely brilliant, caustic, and witty, but also prolific across genres in ways almost unthinkable of journalists today. His skill with the English language was virtually unmatched in the 20th century, as was his deep and abiding contempt for utopian statism in any form. And his broadsides against two world wars were incredibly courageous at the time.

Our great friend Jim Bovard joins the show to discuss Mencken’s work, his complicated elitism, his Old Right politics and social views, and the magnificent pleasure of reading this master.

“H.L. Mencken, The Joyous Libertarian” by Murray N. Rothbard: Mises.org/Joyous

Mencken Wikiquote: Mises.org/HLQ

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