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Happy 138th Birthday to the ‘Sage of Baltimore’ — H.L. Mencken – Publications – AEI

AEI Happy 138th 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 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 birthday, here are 12 of my favorite Mencken quotes: 1. Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of...

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Happy 137th Birthday to the ‘Sage of Baltimore’ — H.L. Mencken – Publications – AEI

AEI Happy 137th 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 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 birthday, here are 12 of my favorite Mencken quotes: 1. Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of...

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On Election Day, some quotes from H.L. Mencken on elections, voting and democracy

H.L. Mencken (pictured above) is often regarded as one of the most influential American political writers of the early 20th century. Today is Election Day, so it’s a great time to feature some of Mencken’s quotes on elections, politics, democracy, and government. Here are 12 of my favorite Mencken quotes (previously featured on CD in September on Mencken’s birthday): 1. Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. 2. A good politician is quite as...

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Happy 136th 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 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 birthday, here are 12 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...

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The slight uptick in the 2015 traffic fatality rate: A ‘call to action’ or another ‘imaginary hobgoblin’?

The chart above shows the annual rate of US traffic fatalities (deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled) from 1950 to 2015, based on data released today for last year from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (historical data here). As the trend in the graph illustrates, the US traffic fatality rate has been gradually and steadily declining over the last 65 years, and the rate last year of 1.12 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) represents an amazing...

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Quotation of the day on poli-ticks, politicians, and elections…..

…. is from H.L. Mencken (very timely now that we’re 74 days from the November election): The state — or, to make matters more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get, and to promise to give it to them [e.g. free college]....

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