Mencken on elections, government

“The government consists of a gang of men and women exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government. They have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principle device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.” H. L. Mencken

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  1. Nicholas Stewart

    You’ll never be given an invitation to hear President Obama speak posting this sort of thing. Check out http://mises.org/. Maybe you’ll have something to talk to your relatives about this Thanksgiving.

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