Notes on Democracy
by H. L. Mencken

Mencken does a great job of analyzing the social disease called democracy. It is the most illuminating dissection of the psychology of citizens under a democratic state. It maintains a consistently libertarian attitude toward all forms of government. That is, it recognizes government itself as distasteful.

Mencken offers no prescription, except to say it would be nice if there were a libertarian party (but he is pessimistic about the possibility of one succeeding). He believes that the very nature of the majority of men opposes freedom. Only the aristocratic few are not afraid of it. Democrats abhor aristocrats. Without an aristocracy, there can be no libertarian party. It takes as much time to breed a libertarian as to breed a champion thoroughbred.

Year Read: 1975


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