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In the Story of Al Smith, the great reformist governor of New York, who gradually turned into a narrow-minded economic conservative and bitter critic of F.D.R. H. L. Mencken explained it thusly:

“His association with the rich has apparently wobbled him and changed him. He has become a golf player.”

H.L. Mencken Wealth, Politics

"Conservatism is the domination of society by an aristocracy ... [it] is incompatible with democracy, prosperity and civilization in general. It is a destructive system of inequality and prejudice that is founded on deception and has no place in the modern world."

Phil Agre Politics

"If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good, makes the bill good, also...It is absurd to say that our country can issue 30 million dollars in bonds and not 30 million dollars in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people."

Thomas Edison Capitalism, Economy

"Only when the last tree has been cut, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will the white man realize that money cannot be eaten."

Unknown Enviornment

"May your stream be strong and dribble free."

Old Welsh Blessing

Unknown Toast, Blessing

"There's always more to it. This is what history consists of. It's the sum total of all the things they aren't telling us."

Don DeLillo History, Politics

“You have forgotten the editors. They draw their salaries for the policy they maintain. Their policy is to print nothing that is a vital menace to the established. The press of the United States? It is a parasitic growth that battens on the capitalist class. Its function is to serve the established by moulding public opinion, and right well it serves it.”


Jack London Capitalism

From Federalist #8, "Consequences of Hostilities Between the States":

"Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached o liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free....

They [these institutions] would, at the same time, be necessitated to strengthen the executive arm of government, in doing which their constitutions would acquire a progressive direction toward monarchy. It is of the nature of war to increase the executive at the expense of the legislative authority”...

The perpetual menacings of danger oblige the government [of a localized confederacy] to be always prepared to repel it; its armies must be numerous enough for instant defense. The continual necessity for their services enhances the importance of the soldier, and proportionally degrades the condition of the citizen. The military state becomes elevated above the civil. The inhabitants of territories, often the theatre of war, are unavoidably subjected to frequent infringements on their rights, which serve to weaken their sense of those rights; and by degrees the people are brought to consider the soldiery not only as their protectors, but as their superiors. The transition from this disposition to that of considering them masters, is neither remote nor difficult; but it is very difficult to prevail upon a people under such impressions, to make a bold or effectual resistance to usurpations supported by the military power.”

N/A America, Politics

"... the school of whatever is not nailed down is mine and whatever I can pry loose is not nailed down."

Day of the Dandilion

Peter Pringle Other

"History isn't written to reveal the truth. It is written to flatter power and instruct the masses."

There is what really happened. That is lost forever.

There is what is recorded in contemporary chronicles. That is the reality of those who lived through it.

And, there is the history that is taught in schools. That is the history that is acceptable to those in power."

Unknown History

"We must accept the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart."

H.L. Mencken Religion