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Mencken, “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.”
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