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8 Jan
Liberalism

H.L. Mencken

A mind-set manifests itself in different ways in different circumstances.  Psychologically, there is no difference between the 1920s small-town reverend and the head of a contemporary women’s studies department.  They are both authoritarian Puritan fanatics.


Time proceeds, and circumstances alter, but fundamental truths abide, and so does the visionary genius of the skeptic.  Case in point:


What H.L. Mencken said in the 1920s: “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”


What Mencken would say today: “Liberalism.  The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be exercising his or her own judgment.”

Lesson of the Comparison: Skepticism is a powerful bullshit detector.
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