H.L. Mencken on Liberty and Government, by Jim Quinn


One of America’s greatest political commentators was H.L. Mencken. In the first half of the twentieth century he was known as the “Sage of Baltimore.” From Jim Quinn at theburningplatform.com:

Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken was perhaps America’s most outspoken defender of liberty in the first half of the 20th Century.  And a major theme of his writings was that “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”

It is worth remembering some of the reasons he gave for that shame, since, by the same standards, the government is even more shameful today than when Mencken wrote.

The basis justifying shame in our government lies in the appropriate role of government:

“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.”

“Good government is that which delivers the citizen from being done out…

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