Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mencken Passing at 58

Two years short of six decades ago today, H.L. Mencken passed away.

A quote from Notes on Democracy:

The heritage of freedom belongs to a small minority of men, descended, whether legitimately or by adultery, from the old lords of the soil or from the patricians of the free towns. It is my contention that such a heritage is necessary in order that the concept of liberty, with all its disturbing and unnatural implications, may be so much as grasped - that such ideas cannot be implanted in the mind of man at will, but must be bred in as all other basic ideas are bred in.

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