Alberto Mingardi  

Perhaps the most relevant of Mencken's aphorisms

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David Henderson has celebrated H.L. Mencken's birthday by posting some of his best aphorisms on democracy and politics. I would just like to commend the following one, which seems to me to be the most relevant for contemporary policy issues: from soft paternalism to military interventions.

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.

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'An idealist is one who, upon noting that a rose smells sweeter than an onion, concludes that it will also make better soup.'

or, paraphrasing; The cynic is perennially in the position of a guest at a wedding, who has known the bride and has had her confidence. Presumably the groom, beautifully barbered and arrayed, about to embark upon the honeymoon, is the one to be envied. The cynic looks forward two weeks...two months...two years....Such are the enduring satisfactions in life.

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