Feb 21, 2008

H.L. Mencken on the crowd and free speech

All appeals to any intrinsic love of free speech are futile. There is no such passion in the people. It is only an aristocracy that is ever tolerant. The masses are invariably cocksure, suspicious, furious, and tyrannical. This, in fact, is the central objection to democracy: that it hinders progress by penalizing innovation and non-conformity.

~ H.L. Mencken, Letters of H.L. Mencken (1961), p. 109

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