HL Mencken on Government

I am  a dangerous man.

I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t curious about the world I live in. Any curious person who tries to think things out for himself has questions.  Since childhood, I have been an avid reader trying to answer those questions. And as all enthusiastic readers know, interests and the pleasures of learning start out as a spark  and if  properly fueled can grow to a enjoyable passion.

“The Emperors New Clothes” is not just a children’s story to me. It reflects the world today.  The boy in the story speaks out and says the emperor is naked, which is the reality in that story. While the crowd, because of conflicting interests, maintains the illusion.

The world, today,  has institutionalized so many conflicting interests that it appears impossible to solve problems without violating somebody’s rights. I don’t think this is an accident.  A careful study of history repeatedly shows that a small group, an oligarchy,  seeks to concentrate  wealth and power for their benefit.

Killing, enslavement, robbery and other abuses are still here.  While they may be legal they are not lawful. or moral.  These conflicts are growing bigger all the time and yet the controlled media that dominate most peoples  sources of information  maintain the illusion that the emperor has new clothes.

Anyone who points out reality today may be labeled as a dangerous man