Monday, 16 January 2017

Quote of the Day: On the aim of politics

 

Mencken’s words never lose their relevance; instead, they only gain – increasingly, every political cycle:

"The aim of politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all imaginary." 
~ H. L. Mencken

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2 comments:

  1. "Ever since the advent of the U.S. national-security state after World War II, America has needed official enemies, especially ones that induce fear, terror, and panic within the American citizenry. When people are fearful, terrified, and panicked, they are much more willing, even eager, to have government officials do whatever is necessary to keep them safe and secure. It is during such times that liberty is at greatest risk because of the propensity of government to assume emergency powers and the proclivity of the citizenry to let them have them." Jacob G. Hornberger
    (is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation ~ the organisation that supported von Mises, and got von Mises works published)
    Peter

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  2. We are at war with Eurasia. We have always been at war with Eurasia. Eastasia are our allies.

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