Aphorismen: Henry Louis Mencken

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Astrofraktal für H.L.Mencken.
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“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
― Typischer Ausspruch von H.L. Mencken

Weitere Zitate:

  • Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
 Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956), better known as H. L. Mencken was a twentieth century journalist and social critic, a cynic and a freethinker, known as the "Sage of Baltimore" and the "American Nietzsche".

Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956), better known as H. L. Mencken was a twentieth century journalist and social critic, a cynic and a freethinker, known as the “Sage of Baltimore” and the “American Nietzsche”.

  • For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
  • 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.
  • The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
  • Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
  • A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
  • It doesn‘t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.
  • Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
  • Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.
  • Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.
  • What men value in this world is not rights but privileges.
  • Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country, it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it.
  • The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.
  • Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.

H. L. Mencken

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Präziser Spötter Mencken: Dominanz der nüchternen Erdzeichen
und Stellium in der kritischen Jungfrau, mit Uranus conj. Sonne.

Aus Wikipedia:

Mencken war Verteidiger der Freiheit und der Bürgerrechte und ein Gegner des angelsächsischen Puritanismus. Seine Grundansichten – u.a. von Friedrich Nietzsche beeinflusst, dessen Buch “Der Antichrist” er übersetzte – galten als libertär, bisweilen auch als elitär.

Aufgrund der auf den Hurra-Patriotismus des Ersten Weltkrieges und die ausgeweiteten staatlichen Repressionen (Palmer Raids) folgenden Proteste in den USA, erlangte seine Satire in den 1920er Jahren ihren publizistischen Höhepunkt. Der kritische Blick, mit dem Mencken die amerikanischen Lebensumstände betrachtete, war stark durch seine familiären deutschen Wurzeln beeinflusst.

Mencken kritisierte in seinen in die Tausende gehenden Zeitungskolumnen und in zahlreichen Büchern mit scharfer Zunge die Wertvorstellungen der amerikanischen Bourgeoisie (die er „booboisie“ nannte), die Kirchen und die staatlichen Einrichtungen und war dennoch über Jahrzehnte einer der meistgelesenen Autoren der USA. Wegen der beiden Weltkriege des 20. Jahrhunderts ergaben sich für ihn nach eigenem Bekunden einzig zwischen 1925 und 1940 relativ unbehinderte Publikationsmöglichkeiten.

 

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