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With a method that mixed biting sarcasm with the "language of the unfastened lunch counter," Henry Louis Mencken shook politics and politicians for almost part a century. Now, fifty years after Mencken’s loss of life, the Johns Hopkins college Press pronounces The Buncombe assortment, newly packaged variations of 9 Mencken classics: satisfied Days, Heathen Days, Newspaper Days, Prejudices, Treatise at the Gods, On Politics, Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper paintings, Minority file, and A moment Mencken Chrestomathy.

In 1956, Mencken learn via his notebooks and extracted these items he concept truest, such a lot pertinent, such a lot exact, or probably to blow the dirt out of a reader's mind.

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Race all denial that immoral. Yet common the progress it is it takes somehow it is materialism, sense, that has has seen in sor- five brought hundred Metaphysics has contributed precisely nothing to the H. L. Menckens Notebooks on the contrary, process; it has been an impediment. Medi- cine never really got anywhere until overboard. Find and show you I'll called me an it threw metaphysics man who He may be, a medical a quack. but ethical quack, 47 still he still toys with perhaps, what it, is a quack.

Put to it, Japan, for example, takes a very high place in the scale, falling only a little below that of the most cultured nations of the West. It Minority Report 42 rises almost immeasurably above any other oriental nation. China and India world fail little live mainly in the past, and have given the They or nothing of sound value for centuries. not only generally, but also in every particular. They have contributed nothing for or the sciences, living. and even many years to either the arts the practical business of less to Their political ideas are crude and and irrational, they produce no valuable goods save raw materials.

All the rights and privileges of civilized man, under any democratic system, are similarly The man who is barely wasted upon worthless persons. human is treated as if he were the peer of Aristotle. 38 The basic cause of the recurrent troubles in Europe fact that all the so-called countries are governed, prevailing system, by men who get and hold ing the mob. Their principal business boos. Those bugaboos, rational to men, but succumb is office is the under the by alarm- the raising of buga- at the start, are never believed in in the long run even rational to the alarm.

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