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H. L. Mencken: The Joyous Libertarian posted 01/01/2011, 11:57 PM (Murray N. Rothbard)
[Category: Commentary]
This article originally appeared in the New Individualist Review, vol. 2, no. 2, Summer 1962, pp. 1527.
The extortions and oppressions of government will go on so long as such bare fraudulence deceives and disarms the victims so long as they are ready to swallow the immemorial official theory that protesting against the stealings of the archbishop's secretary's nephew's mistress' illegitimate son is a sin against the Holy Ghost. ~ H. L. Mencken
IT IS TYPICAL of American Kultur that it was incapable of understanding H. L. Mencken. And it was typical of H. L. Mencken that this didn't bother him a bit; in fact, quite the contrary, for it confirmed his estimate of his fellow-countrymen. It is difficult for Americans to understand a merger of high-spirited wit and devotion to principle; one is either a humorist, gently or acidly spoofing the foibles of one's age, or else one is a serious and solemn thinker. That a man of ebullient wit can be, in a sense, all the more devoted to positive ideas and principles is understood by very few; almost always, he is set down as a pure cynic and nihilist. This was and still is the common fate of H. L. Mencken; but it is no more than he would have cheerfully expected.

Any man who is an individualist and a libertarian in this day and age has a difficult row to hoe. He finds himself in a world marked, if not dominated, by folly, fraud, and tyranny. He has, if he is a reflecting man, three possible courses of action open to him: (1) he may retire from the social and political world into his private occupation: in the case of Mencken's early partner, George Jean Nathan, he can retire into a world of purely esthetic contemplation; (2) he can set about to try to change the world for the better, or
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H.L. Mencken Speaks posted 01/01/2011, 11:55 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Resistance]

H.L. Mencken tells it like it was. This is the only known recording of his voice and it is incredibly rare.
This is superb. - Chris

The Elitist Individualism of H.L. Mencken posted 01/01/2011, 11:57 PM (Mises Institute)
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