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Article posted Feb 06 2011, 10:38 AM Category: Commentary Source: H.L. Mencken Print

The Most Dangerous Man to Any Government

"All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both. One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives. The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are." - H.L. Mencken

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Posted: Feb 06 2011, 7:51 PM

71127 You talking to me?

Oh, yes, I see that you are.

Posted: Feb 07 2011, 6:59 AM

government automatically creates its own nemesis though decoys and distractions by intention flood the information field. power politics achieves the opposite of its aims. 'it' is a relevant detail for 'it' describes people who have surrendered their views.

what has been achieved through the existance of power politics at intolerable cost for many is an end to the need for employment and the drudgery of mere survival. the pursuit of unfreedom, what is now a global war for unfreedom; has left humankind just a mind state away from meaningful freedom.

there is a catch for government creates by intention fools of everyone, government especially. here in exeter more and more people are being stuck in black uniforms in order to present the image of authority.

<Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice. - mencken>

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