Thursday, July 31, 2008

H.L. Mencken: sharp as a razor

From yesterday's Email Update from the Future of Freedom Foundation:


Wednesday, July 30, 2008


The state — or, to make matters more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, 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. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting ‘A’ to satisfy ‘B’. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advanced auction on stolen goods.

— H.L. Mencken, On Politics [1996]

2 comments:

Charlie Hazlett said...

you might want to edit the date of Mencken's quote......

Jim Fedako said...

Charlie,

You'll have to direct your concern regarding the date to the Future of Freedom Foundation.