Several thought provoking (and in some cases, amusing) quotes

The whole aim of practical 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 of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

H.L. Mencken

In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.

H.L. Mencken

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.

H.L. Mencken

And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps.

H.L. Mencken

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.  [However] The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

Winston Churchill

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